Jan. 22, 2020 - 3:30 pm
Less than a month into 2020, in the midst of awards and ceremonies, critics and cinephiles are in an uproar over accolades given and not given to last year’s films and performances. So goes the passion for moving pictures. I have my own opinions on the best of 2019, and how it’s shaking out this...
Aug. 10, 2019 - 4:31 pm
I was slightly intrigued by The Stranger in the Woods when I sat in on Anythink Commerce City's book club discussion on this non-fiction title by Michael Finkel. I had already put this book on my Goodreads "To Read" list, but had forgotten about it. After listening to the discussion on this story,...
Dec. 04, 2018 - 11:35 am
I saw an apron once that said "Will travel for food." I love to travel, but can't go very far very often. For me, cooking food from around the world is a simpler way to explore and, with a correlating soundtrack, I am easily transported for a few hours.
I recently discovered a cookbook on the...
Dec. 01, 2018 - 4:34 pm
I have quite a soft spot for the elderly. Possibly it's because I had the pleasure of growing up with regular contact with both sets of my grandparents (who were amazing people). I also think it's because I was taught to see the value in those in the older generation. They have lived through...
Jul. 20, 2018 - 5:18 pm
Three years before the groundbreaking documentary Grey Gardens was released, footage of the now iconic Beales was taken for another project. In the summer of 1972, Lee Radziwill (sister of Jackie O) and photographer Peter Beard ventured to East Hampton with the intention of making a film about the...
Jan. 23, 2018 - 7:47 pm
In most bottle stories, the characters are trapped. Nicole and I examined two such stories in our previous posts in this series. But there is another kind of bottle story. Rather than confining characters somewhere against their will and watching what happens, this other kind of bottle story simply...
Dec. 05, 2017 - 1:47 pm
Gabrielle Zevin’s 2017 book, Young Jane Young, is a notable novel. When I happened upon it in the library’s New and Notable section, I felt a frisson of excitement, since I thoroughly enjoyed reading Zevin’s 2014 novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. The description offered inside the book jacket...
Mar. 14, 2017 - 11:16 am
The Daily Show (The Book) is a compelling read. It presents the workings of a unique program in a style well-suited to the subject. This book shows the show during Jon Stewart’s tenure, yet it isn’t comprised of a host of comments by the host. Rather, author Chris Smith collects comments from a...
Dec. 30, 2014 - 1:30 pm
“The day after I was born my parents named me Resolute. Pa said it gave me an aspect of solemnity and perseverance, which are pretty things for a child with a sanguine humor. It was a good name for a girl, Ma always added, and there was nothing wrong with a girl being confident and ruddy. A boy...
May. 10, 2013 - 3:20 pm
Anythink recently added a new book to its collection titled My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly LaForce and Jane Mount. When I first saw this book on the New and Notable shelf, I snatched it up quick! I LOVE books about books! It's not enough that I have stacks and stacks of unread books at home or a...