Lisa C. is ongoing events person for Tattered Cover as well as a Douglas
County librarian who works with several branches for special events.
One of the most popular are her Book Lover's Chats, at which she and
other librarians give a crowded house of eager readers their opinions
and recommendations of new and not so new books they love. Lisa shares
her most recent list with us, this is part 3. You can find the first two segments on the blog HERE and HERE.
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In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan
Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen
over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television
dramas that changed the medium and the culture at large forever,
including The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Lost,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights,
Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, Sepinwall weaves his trademark
incisive criticism with highly entertaining reporting about the
real-life characters and conflicts behind the scenes.
interviews with writers David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Joel
Surnow and Howard Gordon, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and Vince
Gilligan, among others, along with the network executives responsible
for green-lighting these groundbreaking shows, The Revolution Was Televised is the story of a new golden age in TV, one that’s as rich with drama and thrills as the very shows themselves.
This was the first novel by Atkinson I have read, so I had no
preconceptions or expectations of her style or wheelhouse.
Ursula Todd is born on February 11, 1910. And
she dies immediately as the umbilical cord is wrapped around her throat.
Now suspend disbelief. As the novel wouldn't be much if this were the
only story our heroine had to tell.
Without explaining how (the reader
just has to accept it), the world sort of resets, and Ursula Todd is
born on February 11, 1910 and just as her tiny soul begins to slip from
her being, a well-placed pair of scissors cuts the cord from around her
neck. She lives.
Each time Ursula dies, she is transported back to whatever junction
in her life led her down that path. Sometimes, these lives span years.
Even decades. Until Ursula finds the "right" path for her life.
Surviving both World Wars in a myriad of ways, Ursula grows despite
reliving the same years repeatedly.
Without any wu-wu or hubabaloo, Atkinson creates and recreates a strong female protagonist and a compelling story.
Nearly five decades ago, John le Carré became an international sensation with the publication of his third novel, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. His last novel, Our Kind of Traitor, won unanimous critical acclaim and hit the New York Times bestseller list just as the Oscar-nominated film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy introduced a new generation to his chillingly amoral universe.
A Delicate Truthopens in 2008. A counter-terrorist
operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown
colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value
jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a
private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady
American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the
operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby
Bell, is not cleared for it.
In 1956, when divorced working-mom Ava Lark rents a house
with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a Boston suburb, the
neighborhood is less than welcoming.
Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the
only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes
missing. The neighborhood – in the era of the Cold War, bomb scares,
and paranoia – seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her
Lewis never recovers from the disappearance of his childhood friend.
By the time he reaches his twenties, he’s living a directionless life, a
failure in love, estranged from his mother. Rose is now a
schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never
able to watch over her own brother. Ava is building a new life for
herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy’s disappearance is
unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost.
Jackie says: "Warning: this woman's writing is addictive. Her characters are so vivid
you feel like you know them, and you go through their horrible times
with them, feeling each and every one of their emotions.
Eva is a
very modern woman for the year, 1956, when this story begins. She's
divorced from a cheating husband and trying to raise her brilliant son,
12 years old at the start of the book, under a microscope for all of
that AND because she is Jewish, making ends meet as a overworked,
underpaid secretary. Lewis, her son, only has two friends, a brother
and sister from across the street. Eva is like their second mother.
Then a mystery changes the neighborhood forever, and all 4 of their
lives change with it. (Wow, it's hard not to reveal any spoilers for
this book!). This is a wonderful period peace that is nevertheless very
familiar to us today. This is a fantastic read and I highly recommend
Save The Date!!!
Caroline Leavitt will be at our Colfax Avenue Store on June 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm as part of the Algonquin Book Club Night. You don't want to miss this, so write on the calendar right now!