Wednesday, May 27, 2015

may 27

 American Sniper

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend". However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. ... Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to "leave no one behind." 
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Imitation Game
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. ...  --amazon--

Orange is the new black

“Orange is the New Black: Season Two” is stronger, overall, than Season One. There is a lot more concentration on relationships, since regular characters have already been introduced. Because the role of Alex (Laura Prepon) is downplayed, more screen time is allocated to other, more interesting characters. This is a definite improvement, as the Alex/Piper scenes dominated Season One and became tiresome. A great addition to Season Two is Lorraine Toussaint as Vee, an intimidating new “bad guy” among the prison family.

World War One the people's story

...Along with historical footage, an outstanding cast of actors reenact first-hand accounts uncovered from attics, archives, and libraries across Britain. Performers include Daniel Mays (Ashes to Ashes), Matthew McNulty (The Paradise), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Romola Garai (Emma), Alison Steadman (Pride and Prejudice), and Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy). Narrated by Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), this four-part series re-creates the extraordinary stories of ordinary people, told in their own words.    --amazon--

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18

About Daddy

About Daddy is a daughter's harrowing journey into her father's past. A novel examining the legacy of distrust and communal strife that continues to haunt India. It is a new and unusual work on contemporary India.  --amazon--

Admit One
Allison Hawbaker has spent the past year putting back the pieces of her shattered life. Recovering from both family crisis and personal tragedy, Allie throws herself into building a business with her childhood best friend while trying to put the past behind her. Part of Allie’s past is British thespian Mason Armitage, the man she fell for and rebuffed a year ago. Now Mason’s back, and Allie’s in danger of losing her heart again. When she and Mason stumble across a grave robbery in progress, it causes a chain reaction that puts Allie in the crosshairs of criminal conspirators. Because sometimes the past won’t stay buried – literally. Sweetwater. Small town. Big secrets.--amazon--

Aluminum Dreams
Aluminum shaped the twentieth century. It enabled high-speed travel and gravity-defying flight. It was the material of a streamlined aesthetic that came to represent modernity. And it became an essential ingredient in industrial and domestic products that ranged from airplanes and cars to designer chairs and artificial Christmas trees. It entered modern homes as packaging, foil, pots and pans and even infiltrated our bodies through food, medicine, and cosmetics. In Aluminum Dreams, Mimi Sheller describes how the materiality and meaning of aluminum transformed modern life and continues to shape the world today.    --amazon--

The Art Instinct

The Art Instinct combines two of the most fascinating and contentious disciplines, art and evolutionary science, in a provocative new work that will revolutionize the way art itself is perceived. Aesthetic taste, argues Denis Dutton, is an evolutionary trait, and is shaped by natural selection. It's not, as almost all contemporary art criticism and academic theory would have it, "socially constructed." ...--amazon--

...Spanning forty years that include corruption and transformation, turmoil and progress,Believer takes readers behind the closed doors of politics even as it offers a thrilling call to democratic action. Axelrod’s Believer is a powerful and inspiring memoir enlivened by the charm and candor of one of the greatest political strategists in recent American history.  .--amazon--

Blood in West Virginia
The Lincoln County feud was one of the most sensational events that occurred in the Southern Appalachian Mountains prior to 1900. Arising out of personal grievances between two prominent residents in a rough-and-tumble West Virginia timber town, it quickly escalated into a struggle for supremacy between business competitors and political rivals. During its hey-day, between September 1889 and May 1890, the feud commanded headlines in newspapers all over the country. Journalists, anxious to please an American audience hungry for news of mountain feuds, investigated the trouble, groped to acquire facts, and printed stories both long and short...--amazon--