Thursday, November 19, 2015



Anchored by Trigiani's masterful storytelling that takes you on a worldwide ride of adventure from Hollywood to the shores of southern Italy, this mesmerizing epic is, at its heart, a luminous tale of the most cherished ties that bind. Brimming with larger-than-life characters both real and fictional—including stars Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, Hattie McDaniel and more—it is it is the unforgettable story of one of cinema's greatest love affairs during the golden age of American movie making. --amazon--

Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam’s rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.  --amazon--

City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.

An exposé of American power that is as disturbing as it is timely, The Devil’s Chessboard is a provocative and gripping story of the rise of the national security state—and the battle for America’s soul.

Drinking in America

Seen through the lens of alcoholism, American history takes on a vibrancy and a tragedy missing from many earlier accounts. From the drunkenness of the Pilgrims to Prohibition hijinks, drinking has always been a cherished American custom: a way to celebrate and a way to grieve and a way to take the edge off. At many pivotal points in our history-the illegalMayflower landing at Cape Cod, the enslavement of African Americans, the McCarthy witch hunts, and the Kennedy assassination, to name only a few-alcohol has acted as a catalyst.


A week before Christmas, a young photographer discovers a plastic-wrapped corpse amidst the sand dunes north of Cape Town. The only thing found on the corpse is a dead iPhone, but it doesn’t take long for the police to identify the body as that of Ernst Richter—the tech whiz behind MyAlibi, an internet service that provides unfaithful partners with sophisticated cover stories to hide an affair. The high-profile murder has already been the subject of fierce media speculation, with questions swirling about the potential for motive: could the perpetrator be one of the countless jilted spouses? An aggrieved client?   --amazon--

The Japanese lover

...Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.  --amazon--

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nov 11

November 11

Cinderella   DVD

 Cinderella is retold respectfully and refreshingly for the new generation. The previous live-action films were all about style. They lacked substance and, unfortunately, heart. Cinderella, however, has style, substance and, most importantly, heart.  --amazon--

Home Fires  Season 1   DVD

With WWII imminent, the local Women's Institue dissolved after Joyce resigns as president. Frances tries to revive the group with a jam-making project.    --amazon--

In Series 3, Phryne and Jack’s developing relationship is matched by the on-again, off-again romance of Phryne’s assistant, “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings, Tomorrow, When the War Began), and Jack’s constable, Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt, San Andreas). But with the unexpected arrival of her father in Australia, Phryne recalls troubling incidents from her past—and contends with ominous affairs in the present.  --amazon--

Paper towns    DVD

Not your typical teenage love story. I think this is a tale that a lot of people can relate to. Two kids who grow up together, grow apart, one popular, the other not, but in the end, life is not always as it seems. Paper Towns though definitely aimed at the younger crowd of today, crosses the generation barrier as the society gaps formed in public schools are something that every teenager has faced throughout the ages. I truly enjoyed it and think if you go into it with an open mind, you will also.   --amazon--

...Pitch Perfect 2 has a solid amount of humor, drama, and musical bravado. The 2nd act of the movie slows down, and some lines in the movie work, while other lines just don't(or feel too in vein of the original), but Pitch Perfect 2 is a enjoyable film due to the actors/actresses involved, the music, the humor, and the story which has a charming 3rd act.   --amazon--

Southpaw   DVD

Every element in Southpaw is ultra-recognizable. There is the athlete on top of the world who does not respect and control his craft, subsequently falls from grace, and then rises from the ashes, enlightened and enriched. There is the frequent contrasting of the promoter (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), avaricious and flashy, with the hard-nosed, soulful trainer (an excellent Forest Whitaker). There is even an over-the-top antagonist our hero must fight by the end to complete his arc of redemption with a dash of...healing vengeance? Yes, the wheel is never threatened with reinvention here.  --amazon--

Water Diviner  DVD

Connor is an outback farmer and water diviner. ... His three sons go off to fight the Turks during the first World War and never return. His wife's dying wish was for her sons to be buried back in Australia. Working with few clues, Connor embarks on a trip where he is a hated stranger in a strange land, yet inspires and helps those around him. The opening claims it was "inspired by true events" but is closer to historical fiction....    --amazon--

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oct 23

WV Fall Foliage

Aeronaut's windlass 

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.   --amazon--


A sophisticated legal thriller that plunges readers into the debate within the US government surrounding the imprisonment of thousands Japanese-Americans during WWII.   --amazon--

Candy corn murder

Halloween is coming to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and local reporter Lucy Stone is covering the town’s annual Giant Pumpkin Fest for the Pennysaver...
Amid the pumpkin gore is a very deceased Evan, bashed in the head and placed in the trunk by someone long before the contest started...
With each new lead pointing her in a different direction, Lucy sees that time is quickly running out. If she wants to spook the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story…      --amazon--

... J.P. Beaumont is at loose ends after the Special Homicide Investigation Team, affectionately known as S.H.I.T., has been unexpectedly and completely disbanded. When Brandon discovers that there are links between Lassiter’s case and an unsolved case in Seattle,...  Those two cases suddenly become hot when two young boys from the reservation, one of them with close ties to the Walker family, go missing. Can two seasoned cops, working together, decipher the missing pieces in time to keep them alive? --amazon--

...a sensational murder shakes up the small southern town of Darling, Alabama--and pulls in the ladies of the Darling Dahilas' garden club, who never let the grass grow under their feet when there's a mystery to solve...   --amazon--

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .  --amazon--

The girl in the spider's web

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States.    . . . a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cyber criminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it .    --amazon--

The heart goes last

"A gripping, psychologically acute portrayal of our own future gone totally wrong, and the eternal constant of flawed humanity."
Huffington Post   --amazon--

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sept 23

Age of Adaline    DVD

A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered
ageless after an accident, after many solitary years, she meets a 

man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. -- amazon--

Aquarius  first season     DVD

Los Angeles, 1967 … homicide detective whose investigations dovetail with the activities of real-life cult leader Charles Manson in the years before he masterminded the most notorious killings of a generation, the Tate-LaBianca murders…. A small-time but charismatic leader with big plans, Manson has begun to build up his “family”, recruiting vulnerable young men and women to join his cause. Teaming up with a young cop who will help him infiltrate Manson’s circle, Hodiak is forced to see things through the questioning eyes of someone who came of age amongst the current anti-establishment counterculture.   --amazon--

Closer to the moon       DVD

In 1959 Bucharest, five high-ranking Jewish members of the Communist party staged a bank heist that baffled the repressive regime and left the public in an uproar. Their motives were never known. Having been captured, arrested, and sentenced to death, the unusual gang of so-called criminals is given one last punishment before facing the execution squad: reenact the heist for the benefit of a Communist propaganda film. What follows is a darkly comic and sincerely heartfelt exploration of one of history s most unusual headlines, the effects of which still resonate to this day. --amazon--

Empire  first season       DVD

The cast is phenomenal and everyone plays their role exceptionally well. I love how this drama isn't like anything else on tv... I like the history and depth behind the characters and how quickly we get to know that history.   ... it's fictitious it deals with real struggles that not everyone has been exposed to.  --amazon--

Mad Max fury road      DVD

From director George Miller comes the fourth adventure in the Mad Max film series.  In a apocalyptic world, Max (Hardy) teams up with a mysterious women,  Furiosa (Theron), to try and survive.

Silver linings     Book
 Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark’s decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers....  --amazon--

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sept 14

Aloha        video

A celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.  --amazon--

Atlantis season 2 part 2          video

 A year has passed and much has changed. With Minos dead, Ariadne is Queen and finds herself at war with her old adversary: Pasiphae. ...As the battle for the throne intensifies loyalties are tested to the limit and the responsibilities of duty become increasingly unforgiving. These difficult times require hard choices for all as secrets and lies become the currency of choice and no one is immune to betrayal. Strikingly cinematic with ambitious production values and an impressive international cast, Series 2 merges the myths and legends of classical Greek literature to create a unique and intriguing blend of high fantasy drama and gripping action adventure.  --amazon--

Citizen four             video

...With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award winning director Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, e-mail, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again.  --amazon--

...Just five years after losing the 'rebellious colonies, it appears that England's King George III (Hawthorne) is now losing his mind! Suddenly, the stately monarch is hallucinating, shouting obscenities, behaving lewdly towards the Queen's (Helen Mirren) comelylady-in-waiting and generally becoming a candidate for the lunatic asylum. The palace doctors are baffled, but the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), tired of playing the waiting game, conspires to take advantage of the situation. Will the King's supporters be able to restore their monarch's wits before he's stripped of his throne?  --amazon--

"Hoffman’s subject matter and her evocative writing style are a wonderful fit for this moving story, which illuminates a historical period and women whose lives were colored by hardships, upheavals, and the subjugation of personal desires."
Publishers Weekly--

The insatiably curious Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie returns, taking on a case unlike any she’s had before—this one with paranormal implications—in the eagerly anticipated new installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s beloved and best-selling series.  ...


Jo has been hiding the truth about her role in her high school boyfriend's drowning for sixteen years. Every summer, she drops her children off with her mother at the lakeside community where she spent summers growing up, but cannot bear to stay herself; everything about the lake reminds her of the guilt she feels. ...   ...Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach.   ...The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a riveting novel that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.   --amazon --

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 08

Beat goes on  book

...THE BEAT GOES ON is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove--a must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.


Child 44     dvd

...Written by Richard Price (“The Color of Money” “Sea of Love”), the script of “Child 44” attempts to cover too many territories like Stalinism and Holodomor. To be sure, the film benefits from the strong acting from the leads Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace (this is part a love story) and director Daniel Espinosa (“Easy Money” “Safe House”) does his best to keep up the pace, but with the limited success, especially in the second half of the story, in which things happen in a too incredible way (the transport train scene is just one of them).  ...   --amazon--

Devil's bridge     book

It’s a brave author who does something radically different in a hugely successful long-running series. But in Devil’s Bridge, the seventeenth outing for New York prosecutor Alex Cooper, best-selling thriller writer Linda Fairstein does just that.  --amazon--

Divergent series :Insurgent     dvd

Tris and Four race to unlock the truth about the past in this star-powered, action packed second adventure from the Divergent series.


Far from the madding crowd   dvd

In victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep framer, Frank Troy a reckless sergeant and William Boldwood a prosperous and mature bachelor.  --amazon--

  Forensics: what bugs, burns, prints, DNA, and more ...     book

...The dead talk—to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.  -- amazon--

Go set a watchman      book

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.  --amazon--

The Knick   first season       dvd

Set in downtown New York in 1900 - ...  The Knick centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital (dubbed The Knick), which faces a major upheaval due to poor finances and an exodus of wealthy patients. The one remaining star is Dr. Thackery (played by Clive Owen) who along with the hospital staff of surgeons, nurses and other personnel must struggle to keep both themselves and the hospital going.   --amazon--

Based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Sparks, this romantic drama center on a young couple who make a fateful connection that changes their lives forever.