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  • Posted on 03/26/2012 - 12:39pm

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    At a boarding school in 1982, four boys go down to the river one day. Three boys come back: the fourth, Thomas Brougton, is dead. Of the remaining three boys, one admits to drinking and is expelled, but the other two – the narrator, Alex, and his friend Glenn – lie, and are allowed to remain. Unlike the narrator of John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, Alex has in no way caused Thomas’ death, but he feels responsible nevertheless. Glenn, who may in fact be more culpable than Alex allows himself to consider, is afraid that their English teacher, Miss Dovecott (on whom Alex has a crush, and who encourages his writing), saw more that day at the river than she has admitted, and wants to oust her from the school. Alex is drawn into Glenn’s plan reluctantly, all the while trying to work through his own grief and guilt through his writing, both in his journal and in poems.

  • Posted on 03/21/2012 - 1:47pm

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    What does a wife do when she finds out her husband, who is also the Illinois State Attorney General, cheated on her with a prostitute? Thus begins the story of Alicia Florrick, who has to pick up the pieces when her husband is sentenced to prison for his part in the sexual and political corruption scandal. Thanks to an old friend, Will Gardner, she is able to land a job at the law office of Lockhart and Gardner, a prestigious firm in downtown Chicago.  Here her new life begins to take shape, and Alicia must weigh her duties as a wife and mother against new possibilities that are open to her, including beginning a romantic relationship with Will, who had been an old college flame. The resulting tension is the basis of the first season.  Julianna Margulies won an Emmy for her role as Alicia Florrick.

  • Posted on 03/20/2012 - 7:37pm

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    The Song of Achilles is a vivid retelling of the siege of Troy, told from the point of view of Achilles’ companion Patroclus – himself an exiled prince. Madeline Miller, a teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek, expertly enriches Homer’s Iliad by imagining a personal story behind the original events. Throughout, human characters interact with the gods, including Achilles’ sea-nymph mother, Thetis, who dislikes Patroclus. Nevertheless, Patroclus and Achilles become close friends and then lovers. Together they study with the centaur Chiron, and together they sail to war against Troy, despite the shadow of the prophecy that hangs over them. Fame, pride, love, grief, revenge – The Song of Achilles bursts with all of these, and can be enjoyed whether or not one has read the Iliad.

  • Posted on 03/19/2012 - 2:51pm

    This documentary is about the life of Buck Brannaman, who was the inspiration for the film The Horse Whisperer. Today Buck spends the majority of his time on the road giving clinics around the country sharing his gentle style of horse training. What gives his story another dimension is his early upbringing. Buck and his older brother, Smokey, were star trick ropers on the rodeo circuit as children. They were taught by their abusive father who demanded the best in the boys and regularly beat them. After the death of their mother when the boys were young, the beatings escalated.  The turning point came in high school when the football coach saw evidence of the physical abuse and called the sheriff. The boys were moved to a foster home where they found safety and love.  Buck went on to study horse training with Ray Hunt, one of the founders of the natural horsemanship movement, finding his calling and becoming an inspiration to many.


  • Posted on 03/17/2012 - 2:58pm

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  • Posted on 03/17/2012 - 10:57am

    TitleArtistRelease Date
    Wrecking BallSpringsteen, Bruce3/6/2012
    Port of MorrowShins (The)3/20/2012
    Radio Music SocietySpalding, Esperanza3/20/2012
    En Vivo!Iron Maiden3/26/2012
    VulnerableUsed (The)3/26/2012

  • Posted on 03/16/2012 - 1:46pm

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    Codes and Keys (2011), Death Cab's seventh studio album, continues in the same vein previous recent albums Plans (2005) and Narrow Stairs (2008), which is to say: melodic, atmospheric, instantly recognizable tracks. One of the band's major strengths is singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard's lyrics, which tell whole stories within each song. (Gibbard, also of the band The Postal Service, has "a gift for singing like his heart can't quite fit in his chest," according to NPR.) The songs may be sorrowful and occasionally haunting, but they're still catchy enough to become stuck in your head. You may even recognize one or two - "Home Is A Fire" or "You Are A Tourist" - from the radio. Rather than losing steam over time, Death Cab for Cutie's music is as appealing as ever.

  • Posted on 03/14/2012 - 8:45pm

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    Unique in structure, Ursula, Under begins with two-year-old Ursula Wong falling down an abandoned mine shaft in Michigan. While the story of her rescue occurs in the present, the story of her ancestors – her mother’s family is Finnish, and her father’s family is Chinese – is told in alternating chapters, starting as far back as the third century B.C. and continuing forward to the present day. Ursula, Under is a marvel of storytelling; readers will find it nearly impossible to resist empathizing with Ingrid Hill’s characters, diverse as they are. 

  • Posted on 03/13/2012 - 6:11pm

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    Musician Patti Smith evokes the New York City of the late 1960s and ‘70s, when she was just beginning her long career. She writes about her friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, the process of creating art and music, and other (now well-known) people she met, including Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. Her writing is honest, vividly bringing to life the atmosphere of the time and place – you don’t have to be a fan of her music to enjoy the book.

  • Posted on 03/08/2012 - 5:33pm

    TitleRelease Date
    King of Devil's Island3/6/2012
    The Women On The 6th Floor3/13/2012
    Amor En Transito3/20/2012
    The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo3/20/2012
    The Sitter3/20/2012
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy3/20/2012
    A Dangerous Method3/27/2012
    Bicycle Bride3/27/2012
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close3/27/2012
    Romantics Anonymous3/27/2012