Biography

The Dirty Life: on Farming, Food, and Love

Kristin Kimball
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Helen H.
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016

If you have any doubt that growing clean food, and sustainable farming takes a special person, Kimball will set you straight. Especially since she didn’t start out a passionate grower. She was, in fact, a New Yorker. A Manhattanite even. A vegetarian Manhattanite living in a shabby cool exposed-brick apartment.

Amy Poehler sitting down with her hand raised, under a neon pink sign that reads "Yes Please"

Yes Please

Amy Poehler
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Kari E.
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016

Listening to the audiobook of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please exceeds expectations. To hear the comedic build-up, delivery, and nuance of each joke she lands is a joy. Poehler tells us writing is hard and she is trying to lower expectations so when it turns out well we are impressed. However, there is no need to try and fool the reader; the writing is crisp, witty, hilarious, and often soul-searching.

Goat Song

Brad Kessler
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Helen H.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Just when I thought I was done with the “bought a farm and moved to the country” genre, along comes Goat Song. Brad Kessler’s book is certainly about buying a farm and moving to the country. It’s also about learning to raise dairy goats. And even a little bit about making cheese.

But really, it’s song in itself--a sweet melody about harmony and how Kessler has managed to find it.

Crazy Brave

Joy Harjo
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Helen H.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

It took Joy Harjo fourteen years to write her memoir Crazy Brave. In it she tells of her parents' tumultuous marriage. Harjo's beautiful mother opposes her own father, traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma in search of a mate. When young, Harjo's father had been sent to a military academy where he “learned anger as a method to control sensitivity.” When the violent marriage ends, an abusive stepfather steps in to consume the family. At sixteen, when her stepfather tries to send her to a Christian boarding school, Joy pleads with her mother to send her, instead, to The Institute of American Indian Arts.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Furiously Happy is a second memoir by Jenny Lawson, and she's just as outspoken, insightful and full of profanity as in the hysterically funny Let's Pretend This Never Happened (a Mostly True Memoir).

Cover art for Bridge of Spies featuring Tom Hanks and the Soviet flag.

Bridge of Spies (DVD)

Buena Vista Home Entertaiment/Touchstone Home Entertainment
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Rated by
Stefanie E.
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016

Bridge of Spies is one of the better realistic spy movies out there. It is a movie made with the care that was used in making films in the time it's story is set. The 1960's was a gorgeous era in the world of film with bright saturated colors from the use of Technicolor and actors dressed in the glamorous fashion of the time, all of it an excellent distraction from the Cold War that was in full swing.

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi
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Rated by
Colleen O.
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016

How do I begin discussing this book? It’s breathtaking, painful, haunting, and beautiful all at the same time. Paul Kalanithi attended Stanford and Yale to become a doctor trained in neurological surgery and neuroscience, all in the hopes of gaining an understanding of death, and choosing a much more difficult path to be able to treat the dying. As he’s just beginning his career and getting incredible job offers throughout the country, he is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at thirty-six years of age.

Amy (DVD)

Asif Kapadia
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Rated by
Michelle H.
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016

Any film about a musician who tragically dies early is bound to be sad, but nobody’s story is only sad. Filmmaker Asif Kapadia weaves together testimonials and footage, creating a documentary that ultimately supports not only Amy Winehouse’s music but also her unique swagger.

A Fine Romance

Susan Branch
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Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Friday, Feb 19, 2016

I couldn’t have read A Fine Romance at a more perfect time. It was the perfect book to read while cooped up in a hospital room waiting for a loved one to heal. I sailed right along with Susan Branch and her husband, Joe, as they journeyed to England via ship and explored the country for two months. This book is not only Susan’s diary during their vacation in England, it is also a ver

Fieldhouse

Scott Novosel
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Rated by
Helen H.
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016

At first glance, Fieldhouse, by Scott Novosel appears to be a basketball story. And it is a story about basketball. After three tryouts as a walk-on player with the Kansas Jayhawks, Novosel finally succeeds in his senior year. He plays fifteen games for Coach Roy Williams and alongside future NBA players.

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