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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

If you were born after 1985, you’ll remember the high school game Never Have I Ever where those playing each put their hands into a circle, and one by one everyone goes around and says something they’ve never done. If you’ve done the stated action, you put a finger down, and the last person with fingers remaining “wins” the game. Or do they?

In Katie Heaney’s debut book Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, Heaney meticulously illustrates her love life starting at the mature age of five. While her promiscuous grade school days, laden with multiple crushes and several boyfriends at the same time, may foreshadow an equally

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing (DVD)

Shakespeare, William
4
Rated by
Nancy B.
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015

In what master’s work will you find Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves as brothers? Shakespeare, of course. The 1993 movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing also stars Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, and Micheal Keaton. It is a rollicking tale of mistaken identities with dashing princes, sharp tongued wenches, and evil plots.

The word "Attachments" being held together by a paperclip, with two office desk chairs in the corner.

Attachments

Rainbow Rowell
5
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

Before the success of the young adult novels Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell debuted with the adult fiction novel Attachments.

Set at the end of 1999 with Y2K pending, Attachments tells the story of three newspaper employees, Lincoln, Jennifer and Beth. Lincoln is a night systems security officer, whose main duty is to monitor employee emails for potentially inappropriate or prurient activity. Jennifer and Beth are best friends whose emails get flagged to Lincoln on a regular basis. Amused by their snarky and clever non-work related conversations, Lincoln decides not to report their staff email abuse, and instead continues to read their personal email exchanges.

An orange background with an astronaut floating.

The Martian

Andy Weir
5
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Have you ever felt like you were the only one on the planet to do something? For botanist astronaut Mark Watney, this is a reality for everything he does. Abandoned by the rest of his crew during an unforeseen dust storm, Watney is stranded on Mars after his team fled, thinking it too late to save him. Completely isolated from the rest of humanity, Watney has to figure out not only how to survive, but also how to get back home.

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Small Gods

Terry Pratchett
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015

Let's say you've heard of this "funny fantasy series" called Discworld by some guy named Terry Pratchett. You've never read any of the books, but you're intrigued. Unfortunately, there are a lot of books in the series and there doesn't seem to be an obvious book to start with.

Has Been

William Shatner
5
Rated by
Brian B.
Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

This album is a fantastic treat, the true definition of a "hidden gem." I'm not entirely sure why I first purchased this album on its release. Maybe because I was so into Ben Folds at the time and this album is produced by Folds. I had heard William Shatner's previous attempts at "singing" so I was not expecting much besides something to laugh at and listen to every once in awhile.

My Dog An Unconditional Love Story

DVD
4
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Sunday, Jan 4, 2015

My Dog is a sweet exploration of the relationship between man and dog. You will be delighted to see a spunky Isaac Mizrahi rave about his pooches, listen to Richard Gere’s brief philosophical tidbits about his dog and get a peek into the beautiful connections between dogs and their humans.

I really appreciated how the film gracefully skips from one interview to the next, constructing an exciting collage of poignant moments and revelations and giving ample opportunities to see my favorite people and their dogs.

Magnificent Vibration

Rick Springfield
4
Rated by
Brian B.
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

"Why are we here? What is love? Is there a Loch Ness monster? Does God send text messages?" These four lines, and "Jessie's Girl," were about all I had to go on before cracking open Rick Springfield's debut fiction novel. It follows an early thirties, recently divorced, recovering slacker as he ponders his existence. It leads him on a quest that ends up with a 1-800 hotline to God, a recently "freed" nun, and a date with the Loch Ness monster.

Bright yellow background that looks like a crinkled fast food wrapper with red text and tiny pictures of fast food items.

The Middlesteins

Jami Attenberg
3
Rated by
Kinsley Riggs
Monday, Nov 10, 2014

Edie and Richard Middlestein have been married for over 30 years, enjoying their family life in Chicago. But as their relationship stops growing and Richard decides to leave, all Edie can seem to do is grow. She is obsessed with food and eating. Will the family save her from herself? Will Richard come back and continue loving every ounce of her?

Redshirts

John Scalzi
4
Rated by
Brian B.
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Redshirts is a thoroughly engaging read, with interesting characters, snappy dialogue, and a plot that transports from comedic to thought-provoking at will. The story follows the adventures of a group of "Redshirts" as they fight for survival and try to unravel the mystery of a curse that plagues their ship.

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