HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 36 – Oscar Winning Movies

It’s been a great year for movies — Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a discussion with Brian about Oscar winning movies. Who do you hope takes home the Best Picture Oscar this year? What Academy Awards for Best Picture over the past 85 years do you think were most (or least) deserved? Share your recommendations with us!

Read and Discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891) imagines a young man who sells his soul to ensure that a painting of him will age so that his own beauty never fades in this work of classic gothic fiction with a strong Faustian theme. Discuss at the library on Monday, March 11, 2013, 1:30–3:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 35 – Disaster Stories in Books and Movies

It’s been a great year for books — Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a (31:38) discussion with Julie about disaster books and a (34:53) discussion with Brian about the disaster movie genre. What are your favorite disaster stories? Share your recommendations with us!

If you liked The Help, you’ll love Calling Me Home

This debut novel is an historical romance, a contemporary romance, and a compelling issues novel about civil rights and women’s rights all tied up in an emotional page turner that will keep you hooked until the last page and leave you wishing it hadn’t ended so soon. In the author acknowledgements at the end she reminds the reader of her book’s message about racism and prejudice: “It’s up to you to be the change.” Reading fiction lets us explore other people’s lives with empathy. Read this book and be the change.

Brains is a Trivial Quest

First off, this isn’t a novel about zombies, despite the deceptive title. What if the current pop-culture obsession with “brains” took a different turn? What if professional football declined, and professional trivia teams took their place, complete with overpaid players, competitive coaches, tabloid media, player infighting, rookies under pressure and all of the other fabulous […]