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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowlings is a master at world-building.  But if you’ve even considered picking this book up ever since it came out, you already knew that.  Instead of illuminating a magical world that exists intersected with ours, in The Casual Vacancy she throws open the doors of the mind into a deceptively quiet village in Britain.

When family-man and friendly neighbor Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly of an aneurism, it leave an incredible number of holes in the hearts and minds of his fellow citizens of the village of Pagford.  As the village bustles to fill the “casual vacancy” left by his death on the local Parish Council, J.K. Rowlings explores the unforeseen repercussions of his death, revealing the complex relationships and inner workings of this intimate community.  Barry Fairbrother’s death is a catalyst for the building pressure between neighbors and within families, and the cracks are finally beginning to show.

As you become familiar with the characters, it reads like a sitcom of the tiny English town, one by one baring all of the residents’ petty grudges, and dark secrets.  Rowlings’ observations of human nature are bitingly sharp, often satirical, but ultimately compassionate. And despite its length, readers will be hanging on every word, waiting for the inevitable eruption.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on February 15, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books

Daria

Daria

Daria

Daria, which aired on MTV between 1997 and 2002, Daria does not care about been popular in high school, establishing long time friendships, or join the glee club in high school…whatever.  Daria Morgendorffer is cool in her own way she funnily explains over and over why she is called “the misery chick”. Her yuppie parents or her younger sister do not get her and the inhabitants of her hometown easily fall prey to her hilarious sarcasm. Watch and laugh out loud how Daria tries to survive high school with as little human contact as possible. This dvd includes all five seasons and plus both TV movies such like “Is it Fall yet?” and “Is it College Yet?”.

By ttovar

By MPPL on February 1, 2013 Categories: Adult, Film

Dotknac nieba

Dotknac nieba

Dotknac nieba

Dotknąć nieba” to jedna z najnowszych nowel Richarda Evansa.

Jej bohaterem jest 28-letni Alan Christoffers, właściciel dobrze prosperującego biznesu i szczęśliwy mąż.  Pasmo sukcesów zawodowych i powodzenie w życiu prywatnym przerwie splot niepomyślnych okoliczności. Podczas konnej przejażdżki jego żona ma wypadek.  Zmuszony zająć się sparaliżowaną kobietą, powierza prowadzenie biznesu – z fatalnym skutkiem – swojemu koledze. Gdy żona umiera, Alan pakuje plecak i wyrusza w drogę, by na nowo odszukać sens życia i nadzieję…

Książkę czyta się jednym tchem.

Richard Paul Evans – Dotknac nieba

By mgarstecki

By mariag on January 18, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Polish

Alamar (DVD)

 

Alamar

Alamar

Alamar, directed by Pedro González-Rubio, is the story of five-year-old Natán, during the weeks that he lives with his father, Jorge, before leaving to be with his mother in Rome.  Jorge takes his son to Banco Chinchorro of Mexico, the second largest coral reef on the planet, where he teaches him the rhythm of the life of a fisherman, and the beauty of the sea.  The movie often has the feel of a documentary, and we experience this life alongside Natán—reveling in magnificent vistas above and below the water, and learning about the harmony that these fishermen create with the world around them.  In Spanish with optional English subtitles, the gentle pacing and emotional depth of this movie is truly refreshing.

 Alamar, dirigida por Pedro González-Rubio, sigue la vida de Natán, un niño de cinco años, durante las semanas que vive con su padre antes de salir para vivir con su madre en Roma.   El padre lleva a su hijo al Banco Chinchorro de México (el segundo arrecife de coral más grande del mundo), donde le enseña el ritmo de la vida de un pescador y la belleza del mar.  En momentos la película se muestra como un filme con características de documental, mientras experimentamos la vida por los ojos de Natán.  Disfrute de las maravillosas escenas arriba y abajo del mar y aprenda sobre la harmonía en que viven los pescadores con el mundo natural. Está doblado al español con opción de subtítulos en inglés.

 By asmith

By MPPL on December 31, 2012 Categories: Adult, Film

Doctor Who. The complete first series

Doctor Who. The complete first series

Doctor Who. The complete first series

The new series of Doctor Who returns and is based on the science fiction program Doctor Who that originally ran from 1963 to 1989. Dr. Who is an alien that is wise, funny, a loner, brave and is detached to logic. That is why he needs a human companion to complement each other. The Doctor always travels with his companion through time, space and encountering new adversaries. The series hold 13 episodes that strike excitement, and imagination, with engaging performances from Christopher Eccleston who portrays the Doctor and Billie Piper as his human companion. By the end of this series you will know what is a “Dalek”, the meaning behind the words of “Bad Wolf” and how a blue British police box is bigger from the inside.  

If you like the Doctor Who series you may also like Torchwood, Being Human and Once Upon a Time.
 

By atovar

By MPPL on December 14, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

Hot Diggity Dog:The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Calling all dogs! Did you know that in the United States hot dogs are also called red hots? Read all about the fascinating history of the hot dog in Hot Diggity Dog.  From its 1860′s arrival in America to extreme eating contest, reading this book just might make you hungry. 

 Books you may also like: Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb, The United States Cookbook: fabulous foods and fascinating facts from all 50 states

By jperez on December 1, 2012 Categories: Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction, Youth

Food Network Magazine. 1,000 Easy Recipes: Super Fun Food for Every Day

Food Network Magazine.  1,000 Easy Recipes:  Super Fun Food for Every Day

Food Network Magazine. 1,000 Easy Recipes: Super Fun Food for Every Day

Quick, easy and delicious recipes compiled in one easy-to-read cookbook – just what a busy chef needs!  This collection includes breakfast, appetizer, main course, drink and dessert recipes to suit every taste and schedule.  The mix and match format of the book makes it “super fun” to use!  This reviewer recommends trying one of the 35 crostini recipes – yum!

 You may also like: Now eat this! : 150 of America’s favorite comfort foods, all under 350 calories / Rocco DiSpirito

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on November 21, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction

La sombra del viento: una novela por Carlos Ruiz Zafón

La gran orquesta de animales

La sombra del viento por Carlos Ruiz Zafón es un laberinto que a Borges le haría orgulloso.  Sigan los pasos de Daniel Sempere, hijo de un vendedor de libros, cuyo destino cambiará para siempre al encontrar un libro maldito escondido en el Cemetario de los Libros Olvidados.   Entréguense a la investigación sobre las misteriosas circunstancias alrededor de este libro que se lleva por las calles antiguas de Barcelona del año 1950.  La trama se despliega como una rompecabeza y con las revelaciones de cada personaje descubran una historia aun más compleja de amor, suspenso e intriga. 

   By asmith

By MPPL on November 12, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

The Hunger Games, Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

If you can’t get enough of the Hunger Games, even after all the books and the movie, check out this CD!  This album stands out among soundtracks as it varies from the typical collection of epic scores that fill a movie.  Instead, this becomes another look into the world itself, bringing together the voices and talents of several modern artists and groups such as Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, The Decemberists (and more!) showing off songs that were not in the movie.  All of the songs on this album were created especially for this project, and each one brilliantly captures a moment from the first book/movie, often told from a new perspective.  Lovers of genre-blending will appreciate the mix, as most songs blend folk and pop/rock, but with a little grit and grunge on the fringe, echoing your favorite characters’ struggles, triumphs and heartache.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on October 26, 2012 Categories: Adult, Music, Young Adult

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Imagine going to the doctor and finding out you only have 1-year to live and keeping it a secret. Deciding not to undergo any type of treatment for his rare disease, Ben Wolf decides instead to make a mark in his small town of Trout, Idaho. Ben’s plan is to petition for the name change of Main Street to Malcolm X all while frustrating his biased history teacher. Follow Ben, star cross-country runner turned football player in his humorous yet realistic world as he manages to keep his life as “normal” as possible in Deadline.

 Books you may also like: Speak by Laurie Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, The Fault in our Stars by John Green

 

By jperez on October 20, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult