Staff Picks July 2021

Emily’s Picks

DVD: Ever After
ever afterMaybe my favorite adaptation of Cinderella, this movie has everything you could want from a fairy tale retelling: a great cast (especially Drew Barrymore as a spunky and active heroine), splendid costumes, lots of humor and heart, and of course a sweeping love story!

CD: Greatest Hits: Sound and Vision by Blondie sound and vision
This “greatest hits” album lives up to its name by including all ten of the iconic rock band’s US chart-toppers, and several of their UK hits as well. All the best songs from their Parallel Lines album are here, along with classics such as “The Tide is High,” “Call Me,” and “Maria.”

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Independence Day
welcome to earth“Massive spaceships appear in Earth’s skies and wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. The world’s only hope lies with a determined band of survivors.”

Audiobook: Shoot to Thrill shoot to thrillby P.J. Tracy
“When Minneapolis homicide cops are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see a bride, facedown, dead in the water. But it’s not long before the Monkeewrench Crew discovers a frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet.”

John’s Picks

DVD: Non-Stop
non stopLiam Neeson at his best in this intense action thriller! A US Air Marshall must identify the individual threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes for ransom. So many twists & turns you’ll be left guessing (probably incorrectly) along with Bill Marks (Neeson).

CD: This Land by Gary Clark Jr.this land gary
The winner of the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Clark is a master on the guitar, and he’s evolving into a leading figure in the industry with a unique blend of blues and rock.

Kim’s Picks

DVD: War and Peace
war and peaceSergei Bondarchuk directs and stars as Pierre in this epic of epics based on Leo Tolstoy’s historical novel that follows several segments of Russian society during Napoleonic times.  Stupendous battle scenes depict Austerlitz and Borodino, and the grand balls may only be topped by those in The Leopard21 lessons (1965).  Tender and life-altering moments for the young and vibrant Natasha contain equal pleasures.

Audiobook: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Harari has written three best-selling books in the past few years, all of which expand the reader’s mind:  this, Homo Deus, and Sapiens.  In 21 Lessons Harari makes what should be self-evident:  put on the back burner the age-old question about the meaning of life.  Priority number one must be, “how do we stop suffering?”

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
prince of persiaFun, action packed adventure based on the video game. With great costumes and sets, this fantasy will keep you entertained all the way through.

CD: La Vie en Rose Original Soundtrack la vie
This soundtrack to the 2007 Edith Piaf biopic, La Vie en Rose features not only iconic Piaf songs  but is also filled out by pieces from the original score that convey the feelings and themes of the film.

Stephanie’s Picks

Libby Audiobook: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrixsouthern vampire
“A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a real monster”

CD: Jaime by Brittany Howard
Jaime is the name of Brittany Howard’s sister, a sibling who died from a rare cancer when she Jaime Brittany Howardwas 13 years old. Howard began reckoning with the enduring ramifications of her loss when she started writing a memoir, an exercise that eventually led to her 2019 solo debut Jaime. Running a tight 35 minutes but containing a lifetime’s worth of drama and insight, Jaime is bracing in its adventure and generosity. Trace elements of Americana can be heard… but Jaime could never be mistaken for an Alabama Shakes album. It’s too funky and too fluid in how it embraces noise, art, and soul… Jaime plays the way memories do: specific facts get lost to a truth that gets larger as years pass, where the familiarity can be reassuring yet melancholy. Howard’s embrace of all the mess of life gives Jaime its sustenance. Her audacity is apparent upon the first listen, but subsequent spins are profound and nourishing.”

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