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Staff Pick: William and Mary

Photo of Barb B.William and Mary is a slice of modern lighthearted yet complicated British life.  Julie Graham plays Mary, a midwife, and William, played by Martin Clunes, is an undertaker.  The two meet and hope to finally get a relationship right.  Life is hectic and unpredictable, but they find that as in birth and death, love is the most important and strongest force.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 2, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Barb B. staff picks photoThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak is superbly written almost in a poetic way. In 1939 Germany, Death has never been busier, yet it’s captivated by a young orphan who learns to find comfort in the written word. After the Nazis burn the town’s books, Liesel steals from the mayor’s own library and shares with a Jewish man hiding in her home. You will not be able to put this book down because of its award-winning writing.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on September 2, 2014 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Barb B.Worth’s The Midwife tells the fascinating story of her life as a midwife in 1950’s London. Set in the East End, where she worked with nuns from St. Raymond Nonnatus, Worth chronicles the rigorous drama and inspiring magic of birth. It’s a captivating memoir. After reading, watch the excellent television series it inspired.

By MPPL on June 10, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Nonfiction, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Family Tree

Barb-BIf you’re a fan of Christopher Guest movies (like Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show), you’ll love his TV series, Family Tree. Tom Chadwick plays an Englishman who inherits a mysterious box from a great-aunt he has never met. This begins a splendid, funny adventure to find his roots.

By Readers' Advisor on February 18, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Karl Pilkington

Barb staff picksKarl Pilkington is a British TV and radio personality. He works with Ricky Gervais. I love everything Pilkington does, like An Idiot Abroad, where he travels to the Seven Wonders of the World with twists orchestrated by Gervais. Also, try The Ricky Gervais Show for more hysterical, dry wit.

By Readers' Advisor on November 19, 2013 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Barb’s Pick: A Royal Affair

Barb's staff picks photoYou must check out the Danish costume drama A Royal Affair.  It is based on the true story of a fiery and forbidden romance between an insane Danish king, his royal physician, and the independent-minded Queen. This affair leads to a revolt that changes a nation.

By Readers' Advisor on August 20, 2013 Categories: Historical Fiction, Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Barb’s Pick: Zero Dark Thirty

Barb staff picks photoZero Dark Thirty is a dramatization about the 10-year search for Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. Maya is a young CIA officer who refuses to give up the search even when it involves torture. Maya and Seal Team 6’s efforts ultimately secure bin Laden in this engrossing film.

By Readers' Advisor on May 21, 2013 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Barb’s Pick: The End of Your Life Book Club

Barb staff picks photoThe End of Your Life Book Club is the true story of Mary Anne and Will, a mother and son, finding the power of books as she is dying of cancer. For two years, they read an array of genres and deeply discuss topics such as gratitude, listening, and love.

By Readers' Advisor on March 5, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Barb B.’s Pick: My Mother Was Nuts

Barb staff picks photoPenny Marshall, star of Laverne and Shirley, has lived by a few simple rules: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have FUN.” My Mother Was Nuts, Marshall’s intimate memoir, talks with humor and heart about how she stumbled into acting and directing.

By Readers' Advisor on December 11, 2012 Categories: Books, Humor, Nonfiction, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks


Wonder book coverBarb of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Wonder by R.J. Palacio:

Wonder is a beautifully written novel filled with characters that touch your heart. Auggie Pullman was born with severe facial deformities. He learned to hide from the alarmed stares of others. Auggie has always been home-schooled, but entering the fifth grade, his parents have enrolled him in a private school. Predictably, Auggie has some terrible experiences at school when a bully tries to turn the other kids against him, but luckily he has loving parents, a sister, and caring teachers to help him along the way. This is a thought-provoking, fast read and a great book to open up discussions about love, support, and judging people on their appearance.

By Readers' Advisor on October 15, 2012 Categories: Books, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks