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Sigh No More Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons/ Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons/ Sigh No More

Get out your plaid, skinny jeans and thick-rimmed glasses because we’re ready to talk about some Mumford and Sons’ Sigh No More. In all seriousness I’m definitely not a pioneer of the “hipster” movement. I like what I like, and I definitely like this CD. The general feel of it makes me want to lay on a grassy hill and just look up into the sky and find shapes in clouds. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times when I was “gettin’ down” (as in, grooving in my chair and dancing while doing the dishes). Of course there are the tried and true singles that have music videos and air time on the radio, such as “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man”. But, that’s not all, (sounding like an infomercial here) there are special gems sprinkled throughout the album. Marcus Mumford, the lead singer, has a gravel-filled, soulful, passionate voice. There were times when I couldn’t help getting chills. I would tell you which ones, but I want you to figure them out for yourself. (It would be like giving away a twist in a book, or the climax in a movie.)

So what’s this album sound like? Well, it has a folksy feel with a: bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and a resonator guitar. If you’re not quite sure if you like the folk-style, this is definitely a good introduction. It has a sense of rock, soul, and folk. With time changes and key changes, Mumford and Sons make their music stand out from other genres.

Other albums similar to this one:

The LumineersThe Lumineers, Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions, Of Monsters and Men’s My Head is an Animal, and fun’s Some Nights

By Megan Y.

By MPPL on February 17, 2014 Categories: Adult, Music

Daughter of Smoke of Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Are you looking for a book that is filled with fantasy, action, and romance; well Daughter of Smoke and Bones is the book for you. Imagine living a double life, in which one you’re a normal 17 year old and in the other you’re running errands collecting teeth for a monster; well welcome to the life of Karou. Everything has been going great until the Angels start to appear, and Karou is faced with the ongoing war between “Good & Evil” and the love of her lives! “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

You may also like Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr; Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
By: Maria R.

By hmarroquin on February 3, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

There are some characters from books that leap off the page and into your heart, and somehow you know they’re going to stay long after you’ve finished reading. The Mighty Miss Deza Malone is one of these.  Deza Malone is twelve years old and living with her family in Gary, Indiana in 1936.  She observes the devastation of the Great Depression with wit, humor, and unquenchable curiosity.  Already a ravenous reader and enthusiastic essay-writer, her parents and teachers have told her that she is meant for a special path in life. As the Great Depression takes its toll, Deza’s father leaves Gary to find work.  Before long Deza, her brother Jimmie, and their mother follow him, riding on trains and hiking north to Michigan.  But when they can’t find him, Jimmie too leaves to find work.   Facing one challenge after another, you see that it’s not just her intelligence that makes her such a special girl, but her courage as well. Deza never stops believing in her family’s motto: “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.”

 

By Allison S.

By hmarroquin on January 20, 2014 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Heaven is for Real: a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back by Todd Burpo

Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

Have you wondered about the mysterious and extraordinary existence of heaven? Read Heaven is for Real  to see Todd, a minister in a small town, retell the story of how his critically hospitalized son made an incredible trip to heaven and back.  Todd is taken aback by three-year-old Colton’s descriptions, marveling at how all that Colton expresses about heaven matches the stories in the Bible–despite his being too young to read.  Imagine having a three-year-old telling you that the angels sang to him and that Jesus rides a rainbow horse…Take the trip with Colton and his father through the next several years as this experience strengthens their family and inspires others in the community.        

If you like this, you may like: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander.

By jperez on January 6, 2014 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

The Fantasia Anthology

The Fantasia anthology

The Fantasia Anthology

Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia featuring music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.

You may also like: The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins

By jperez on November 18, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Film, Music, Youth

Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh

Twisted Fairy Tales

Twisted Fairy Tales

This collection of short stories is not for the faint-hearted! While hearkening back to the macabre roots of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, each of these stories features a plucky or clever heroine to cheer on—forget about pining princesses or damsels-in-distress.  The stories are briskly written and acutely psychological, with the whole collection brought together by the atmospheric illustrations of Jane Laurie.  There are the token popular tales of British and German origin, but mixed with several lesser-known tales, such as “The Red Shoes,” and “Molly Whupple, ”as well as some treasures from other cultures, like “Vasilisa’s Fire,” and “The Island of Skeletons”.  Get into the Halloween spirit with this book today!

By Allison S.

By jperez on October 10, 2013 Categories: Books, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Caperucita descolorida

Caperucita descolorida  por Yanitzia Canetti

Que mejor libro que un libro con cuentos clásicos.

Esta serie de libros “Había otra vez” te entretendrá con historias originales y conocidas tanto para adultos como para niños pero con pequeños y divertidos cambios en las historias.

Si te gusto Caperucita descolorida, puedes leer estos libros de la misma serie: Blanca Nieve y los siete gigantones, Pinocho no era el mentiroso, El patito bello o La peluca de Rapunzel

By hmarroquin on September 23, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad all year

Frog and Toad All Year

Meet Frog and Toad, two friends who share an adventure throughout the seasons of the year.  Join Frog and Toad as they have a fun time sledding  down a snow covered hill or enjoying one of summers delicious treats, ice scream.  Great for early readers, Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel takes readers in a humor filled story as children successfully learn how to read beginner chapter books.

You may also like: Fox All Week by Edward Marshall and It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger.

For other Early Reader Level 4 books, check out our catalog.

By MPPL on September 9, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad all year

Frog and Toad All Year

Meet Frog and Toad, two friends who share an adventure throughout the seasons of the year.  Join Frog and Toad as they have a fun time sledding  down a snow covered hill or enjoying one of summers delicious treats, ice scream.  Great for early readers, Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel takes readers in a humor filled story as children successfully learn how to read beginner chapter books.

You may also like: Fox All Week by Edward Marshall and It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger.

For other Early Reader Level 4 books, check out our catalog.

By jperez on Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy

USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy 2013 Edition by J.S. Aaron

Do you want to become a U.S. citizen? Learn how you can get a Green Card or prepare yourself for the citizenship interview with USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy.  Created with English as a Second Language user, this study guide is a comprehensive tool covering a variety of useful information including how to apply for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”.  From the reading and writing practice to simple steps on how to apply, this edition by J.S. Aaron will give you a clear understanding of what you need know and do to become a U.S. Citizen. 

If you like USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy you may also like Your U.S. citizenship guide : what you need to know to pass your U.S. citizenship test, A simple guide to U.S. immigration and citizenship, or The citizen’s almanac : fundamental documents, symbols, and anthems of the United States

By hmarroquin on August 1, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction