Are you hooked on Downton Abbey? Did you know the series was inspired by Robert Altman’s film Gosford Park? Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for Gosford Park. Check out Maggie Smith as Countess of Trentham before she became Downton Abbey’s Countess of Grantham!
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If 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.
Scott goes to live with his hilariously awkward and selfish Grandma Ruby and helps take care of his Uncle Nathan who has cerebral palsy. Crapalachia is a dark, lyrical portrait of a warts-and-all coming of age in modern day West Virginia. Loved. This. Book.
You wouldn’t expect to enjoy a romance novel where the hero has very few redeeming qualities, yet somehow the chemistry between flawed Sebastian and the gorgeous bluestocking, Jessica, works. Filled with witty repartee and fast-paced dialogue, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is a must-read for romance fans!
Staff Pick: One Goal II: The Inside Story of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks by Bob Verdi
Diane of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends One Goal II: The Inside Story of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks by Bob Verdi:
From the streak to the Stanley Cup, One Goal II and the 53 minute long DVD 17 Seconds (which comes with the book) portray the inside story of the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. The hardcover book and DVD provide an all-access pass inside the locker room party in Boston, the airplane ride home with the Cup following Game 6, and interviews with the players. Through full color photos, fans ride along on the players’ buses during the championship parade and follow the Blackhawks as they spend their Cup days with family and friends, sharing the greatest trophy in sports with their communities.
Additionally, the book contains an innovative, mini video screen. It plays the Blackhawks’ two goals in 17 seconds to win the Cup and a five-minute feature with interviews about those two goals and the ensuing celebration.
Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song is Amos Lee’s fifth studio album. This powerful album is a mix inspired by folksy, bluesy, and even some funky influences. Whatever your mood, there is something to like here. From the title song to “Chill in the Air” you can’t listen to this without big feelings.
The World Without Us describes the relationship between humans and nature using science with a dash of philosophy to imagine what would happen if the earth was suddenly without us. The human impact on nature and the restorative abilities of the earth are clearly explained in this pop science read.
The Testing is not your average dystopian! To attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must undertake the Testing. For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, the Testing is more dangerous than she could imagine and it’s not a fight to pass, but a fight to survive!
Think you know WWII history? You might be surprised! The Ghost Army explains how the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops – made up of artists, sound technicians, and radiomen – created the grand illusion of American troops that held the line against German forces in major battles of the war. Amazing!
Ginny of Research Services recommends Stella Bain by Anita Shreve:
In 1916, an American woman wakes up with amnesia in a French hospital. She remembers her duties as a nurse’s aide and ambulance driver and that her name is Stella Bain…or is it? Dr. Bridge, a cranial surgeon who nurses Stella back to health, helps get her an appointment inside the British Royal Navy’s headquarters. While there, a former friend recognizes Stella, and Stella’s memories begin returning – like why she left her home and what drove her to the French battlefields. As Stella’s story unfolds, Shreve takes us back and forth between Europe and the United States, before and after WWI. Shreve vividly examines trauma, shell shock, and memory loss while effectively tracing a woman’s journey to recover her past.