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Cathleen’s Pick: The Winslow Boy

Cathleen staff picks pictureOne man’s fight for his little boy’s honor turns into a national obsession in David Mamet’s The Winslow Boy.  Loosely based on an actual case, this Edwardian drama is less about courtroom and more about character.  Are some costs too high, even if fighting for what you believe is right?

By MPPL on August 24, 2009 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: Shadow of a Doubt

Cathleen staff picks pictureCan you imagine anything creepier than suspecting a beloved family member is a serial killer?  In Shadow of a Doubt, Charlie begins to distrust the charming uncle she idolized.  Alfred Hitchcock and Thornton Wilder combine their considerable talents in a chilling film that brings paranoia to our own homes.

By MPPL on June 15, 2009 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: First Drop

Cathleen staff picks pictureA roller coaster ride of thrills and spins, First Drop by Zoë Sharp introduces former soldier turned bodyguard Charlotte “Charlie” Fox.  Protecting a teen should be easy, but once the action starts, it doesn’t brake.  Trust me, when the ride is over, you’ll want to get right back in line.

By MPPL on March 16, 2009 Categories: Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: Pushing Daisies

Cathleen staff picks pictureFeeling low?  One sure remedy is a dose of Pushing Daisies.  This fanciful series has witty dialogue, quirky mystery, and overflowing heart.  Following the adventures of a shy piemaker with a unique gift and a burly private eye with a fondness for knitting, this is escapism at its most sparkling.

By MPPL on February 2, 2009 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas

Cathleen staff picks pictureSinger/actress Kristin Chenoweth never fails to cheer me, so I am excited about her new holiday album, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas.  Her vocals range from sweet to show-stopping, which makes for all-around magical entertainment.  Be sure to hear her arrangements of What Child Is This? and What A Wonderful World.

By MPPL on December 1, 2008 Categories: Music, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: The Spellman Files

Cathleen staff picks pictureFor laugh-out-loud hilarity, you cannot beat Izzy Spellman and her wacky family of private investigators.  The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans both race along with humor and heart.  Who can resist a narrator who writes suspicious behavior reports on her own family and catalogs ex-boyfriends in an appendix?

By MPPL on October 13, 2008 Categories: Books, Humor, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Cathleen’s Pick: Bleak House

Cathleen staff picks pictureSecrets, murder, romance, comedy, and spontaneous human combustion – Bleak House has it all!  I couldn’t help but glide from episode to episode in this absorbing miniseries.  Gillian Anderson’s performance is riveting, but it is little-known Anna Maxwell Martin whom I cannot forget.  Surprisingly fast-paced, this adaptation is anything but bleak.

By MPPL on September 15, 2008 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

Belong to Me

Belong to Me book coverCathleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos:

Feeling much like the new girl in school, young wife Cornelia moves from the city life she knows to unfamiliar suburbia.  Almost immediately she encounters two women who will become indelible parts of her world: formidable Piper, the self-appointed guardian of the neighborhood, and savvy Lake, a single mother with an extraordinary son and a vague past.  In Belong to Me, Marisa de los Santos skillfully weaves these three families into an evocative fabric of secrets and vulnerability, strength and survival.  Struggling to balance cherished dreams with the painful crises that interfere is what defines their futures, especially as each seeks to belong without losing herself.  Belong to Me is rich and rewarding, with vivid characters that will be with you long after the book is closed.

By MPPL on August 4, 2008 Categories: Books, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks