Check It Out Category: Romance

Movies and TV: The Wind Rises

The Wind RisesWind Rises DVD cover is a flight of fancy worthy to be the swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki. All of his hallmarks are on display: sweet yet dramatic storytelling, artful scenes, and an underlying whimsy that bubbles with imagination. It is the history of Jirô, a young man with a genius for designing aircraft, who often takes inspiration from imagined jaunts with an Italian aviation pioneer. A recurring line of poetry, “The wind is rising!  We must try to live!” quivers with thematic resonance not only against the backdrop of war, illness, and natural disaster, but also in the tentative steps toward selfless love. Both ambitious and intimate, this Academy Award nominee is at its brightest when celebrating the small moments that lead to epiphanies.

Fiction: Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh

Stealing Adda book coverAdda Sinclair is a successful romance novelist known for her skill with male characters. If only that insight translated into real life! Her husband left her for her arch-rival, a pretty-boy cover model is more interested than she is, and the attractive publisher with plans to brand her books for male readers keeps her off-balance. What’s a girl with writer’s block and too little romance in her personal life to do? In Stealing Adda, it will take a public scandal, multiple misunderstandings, and a spiritual awakening to illuminate what’s most important. Author Tamara Leigh has created a funny and relatable heroine who comes to realize that roadblocks in life might serve a higher purpose and that perhaps she has it in her to write her own happily ever after.

Library Staff Favorites of 2014

With 2015 just around the corner bringing a whole new crop of to-be-read lists to tackle, shows to watch, and music to experience, Staff at Mount Prospect Public Library took time to pause and look at what brought us joy in 2014. Check out staff members’ favorite books, CDs, or DVDs they read, watched and/or listened to in 2014. Feel free to share what is on your list of favorites for the year!

Picture of AllisonAllison
South Branch:
-The Magician’s Land
-The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Amy
Community
Services:

-Tell the Wolves I’m Home
-The Fall

Picture of AmyAmy
Youth Services:
Never Say Die
-Clink

Cover of Barb B.Barb
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-Enough Said
-I Must Say

Barbara
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-Orphan Black S. 2
-Ready Player One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of CarlaCarla
Administration:
-The Round House
-Omar

Picture of Carmel ShaneCarmel Shane
Circulation:
-Once Upon a Time
-18 Months

Picture of CarolCarol
Community
Services:

-Little Failure
-Hotel Florida

Picture of CathleenCathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen
:
-Station Eleven
-Bron/Broen

Picture of ColleenColleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-Steelheart
-The 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of CynthiaCynthia
Research
Services:
-Ready Player One
-The Returned

Picture of DaleDale
Research
Services:
-Hysterical
-Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Picture of DianeDiane
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-Among Others
-Guardians of the Galaxy

Picture of DonnaDonna
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-Winter Street
-Duets II

Picture of ErinErin
Youth Services:
-The Screaming Staircase
-Hilda and the Bird Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of EvaEva
Research
Services:
-Secret Life of Walter Mitty
-Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Picture of JanineJanine
Circulation:
-True Detective
-Ready Player One

Picture of JoeJoe
Research
Services:
-Lowball
-Rick and Morty

Picture of KarenKaren
Registration:
-Ancillary Justice
-Neptune’s Inferno

Larry Staff picks photoLarry
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-The Martian
-Redshirts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of LindaLinda
IT Services:
-The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
-The Martian

Picture of MartaMarta
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
-The Awakening of Miss Prim

Picture of Mary JaneMary Jane
Research
Services:
-Controlled Descent
-How Dogs Love Us

photo of meganMegan
South Branch
:
-Red Rising
-Saga

Picture of NancyNancy
Fiction/AV/Teen:
-My Salinger Year
-American Hustle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of NicoleNicole
Circulation:
-The Paying Guests
-Life in Motion

Picture of PaulaPaula
Registration:
-Rush
-Dad is Fat

Picture of PennyPenny
Research
Services:

-The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
-Leaving Time

photo of Rosemary GroenwaldRosemary
Technical
Services:

-Natchez Burning
-How the Light Gets In

Picture of StevenSteve
Research
Services:
-Death on the Nile
-Cosmos

Fiction: The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

Thorn and the Blossom book coverWhat a beautiful book! Physically, The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss is a gorgeous volume. It comes in a flowered slipcase and when you pull the book out – how unusual it is. It has an accordion-fold binding. If you read the novel from one direction, it is Evelyn’s story. If you read it from the other direction, it is Brendan’s story. Evelyn went into a bookstore while on vacation and came out of it with Brendan, a new friend. But both Brendan and Evelyn feel as if their burgeoning friendship is deeper than normal. Perhaps it could be that they’ve known each other in another life…