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Barb’s Pick: Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Barb staff picks photoMichael Jackson’s This Is It is an homage to what a really superb entertainer Michael was. The music and dancing are fantastic, and the scope of what this concert production was going to be is exciting to see. I recommend you watch it in surround sound if you can!

By MPPL on April 26, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Beulah Land

Barb staff picks photoCheck out the movie Beulah Land, an epic dramatizing the lives of two passionate families during the early to mid 1800s in Georgia. Follow the Kendricks of Beulah Land and the Davises of Oaks Plantations as both families love, prosper and live during and after the Civil War.

By MPPL on February 15, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Historical Fiction, Movies and Television, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Rockferry

Barb staff picks photoCheckout this fantastic, soulful CD called Rockferry by Welsh singer Duffy. She has a retro-blues, 60′s sound. Duffy reminds me of Dusty Springfield or Lulu. All the tracks are simultaneously soothing and rhythmic. This unique, expressive singer will definitely beguile you.

By MPPL on November 30, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Appaloosa

Barb staff picks photoAppaloosa, a western directed by Ed Harris, takes place in a dusty town suffering under rancher Randall Bragg, played by Jeremy Irons. Appaloosa officials hire two friends, renegade lawmen Virgil Cole and Everette Hitch, to arrest Bragg. The arrival of a young widow complicates relationships between all the menfolk.

By MPPL on September 14, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Barb

Handle with Care

Handle with Care book coverBarb of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult:

Jodi Picoult has done it again! She has written another page-turner that grabs at your heart. In her most recent book, Handle with Care, we encounter Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s struggle to care for their daughter, Willow, who was born with brittle bone disease.  To make matters worse, Charlotte decides to sue her obstetrician, who happens to be her best friend. Willow’s older sister, Amelia, adds difficulties to the group dynamic as she tries to handle the major issues that surround the entire family. Once more, Picoult takes us on a rollercoaster of hope, regret, tension and surprise.

By MPPL on September 7, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Grey Gardens

Barb staff picks photoGrey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens are must-see documentaries.  We are pulled into mother Edith’s and daughter Little Edie’s fascinating relationship.  They also happen to be Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ relatives!  The pair lived in a deteriorated mansion in East Hampton with their cats, raccoons, and their captivating stories.

By MPPL on July 6, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Nonfiction, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Barb staff picks photoTess of the D’Urbervilles is a wonderful new DVD adaptation of the classic novel by Thomas Hardy. Excellent acting and entrancing film-making turn this mini-series into a marvelous piece of work. Our spirited heroine, Tess, is hurt by one man and forsaken by another. The actress playing Tess is fantastic.

By MPPL on April 27, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: The 19th Wife

Barb staff picks photoDavid Ebershoff’s intriguing, timely story, The 19th Wife, weaves together the past and present drama of polygamy in the Mormon Church. The author connects you with Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, and a modern-day mystery in which another wife is accused of murdering her polygamous husband.

By MPPL on February 16, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Centennial

Barb staff picks photoNow on DVD, James Michener‘s Centennial is one of the best made-for-TV mini-series ever produced.  The acting is superb, the photography is amazing, the costumes and portrayals of the Native Americans are well researched and brilliant.  A great epic to watch with your family — they don’t make TV movies like this anymore.

By MPPL on December 29, 2008 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Barb

Barb’s Pick: Browns in Blue

Barb staff picks photoI loved The 5 BrownsBrowns in Blue. Brothers and sisters play extraordinary piano along with other musicians. They have a great mix of selections from Chopin to Gershwin.  Many varied and emotional musical shades are in store for your listening pleasure!

By MPPL on November 3, 2008 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Barb