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Cathleen’s Pick: Strict Joy

Cathleen staff picks pictureIf, like me, you were mesmerized by the magic of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s music in the film Once, you’ll be just as captivated by Strict Joy.  Gentle, aching harmonies interlace the bittersweet with the hopeful.  A truly poignant collaboration, these conversations in song will wring your heart.

John’s Pick: Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked book coverJohn of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby:

Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby’s latest novel, is a return to the elements that made his debut novel High Fidelity a hit: music, romance and arrested development.  It tells the tale of a reclusive singer-songwriter who hasn’t recorded in years, the unexpected release of an acoustic version of his most popular album, and a trans-Atlantic correspondence with the increasingly disgruntled girlfriend of his biggest fan…which leads to something more.  As always, Hornby’s witty characterization runs side-by-side with his sharp observations of how the way we consume popular culture shapes our lives.