I hope you're not sick of reading about dead presidents (e.g. O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln) because you simply must read Candice Millard's fascinating retelling of the assassination of President Garfield. Truthfully, you don't even have to be interest...read more
I read this book in two sittings. I would have finished it in one, but I have a job and need meals to subsist. And as soon as I finished it sometime after midnight, I exhaled loudly and had to talk to my husband. Fortunately he's a night owl, as I ha...read more
What makes a person "good"? Circumstances, innate personality, upbringing? If a good person "breaks bad" for good reasons, are they still noble? What if they turn out to be the wrong reasons?
Take Walt White, for example. He's a straight-laced famil...read more
Now wait just a second! Before saying "zombies? no, thanks" or "horror isn't my thing," just hear me out. This well-made, AMC television drama deserves all the fandom and critical acclaim it has received. Yes, it has heaps of flesh-eating zombies in ...read more
Did you know that we now carry Xbox and Wii games? Not only that, but we carry my personal favorite game, Super Mario Bros. Wii!
He's managed to do it again. Bowser, the "King of the Koopas," has managed to kidnap Princess Peach. At some point he'll...read more
When I finish a book, it's a matter of days before I forget minor details. Within weeks, major characters, important settings, and pivotal events escape me. But the true story of a former refugee named Deo, and his escape from unspeakable violence in...read more
If you love the rawness of Gillian Welch, the tenderness of Julie Miller, or the power, soul, and range of Bonnie Raitt, do yourself a big favor and pick up Patty Griffin's most recent release, Downtown Church. On previous albums, Griffin has demonst...read more
Beautifully written and intricately layered, Russian Winter is the story of a woman who tries to forget her past, and the people who won't let her. A wonderful find for lovers of literary historical fiction, particularly people who enjoyed Kate Morto...read more
While many welcome Spring by cleaning closets and planting flowers, I have the peculiar habit of celebrating the season change by bringing out my blues collection. Winter is too gloomy for the honey-why-do-you-leave-me's and the one-shoe-blues, but S...read more
This movie makes me laugh every time I watch it. After a painfully long guitar solo and a failed stage dive, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) has been kicked out of his rock band, No Vacancy. With no aspirations other than being a rock god, Dewey resigns hims...read more
I've always felt like I might be a bit of a geek, but now I have objective evidence: I have read a 461-page reference book from cover to cover. In my defense, the book - Genealogy Online by Elizabeth Powell Crowe - is jam-packed with useful informati...read more
This film is beautiful. It's sweet, simple, whimsical, charming, creative, visually stunning, and quintessentially French.
Amélie Poulain leads a rich insular life. Her imagination is vivid, and her admiration of simple diversions carries her...read more
If you could erase painful memories from your brain, would you do it?
This is the premise of one of my absolute favorite films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. After a terrible fight with her boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey), Clementine (Kate Wins...read more
Simply, this cookbook rocks. If your crock pot is collecting dust, it's time to get it ready for some serious cooking.
When I get home from work, the last thing I want to think about is preparing dinner. I enjoy cooking when a) it can be accomplishe...read more
When I read or watch TV, I'm a quiet, calm person. You won't hear me yelling at the TV or breathing a sigh of relief when an ill-fated situation goes well. But this memoir was so shocking that my mouth was dry, so troubling that I audibly agonized ov...read more
Edgar Award-winning John Hart’s The Last Child is not your average thriller. It’s an atmospheric story of complex heroes, unusual events, and the strength and weakness of the human spirit, all told with an intriguing spiritual undercurren...read more
I'm not a historical fiction reader. The possibility of believing something that isn't quite true or learning about people that didn't exist irks me. But when I saw that Alison Weir -- the scholar responsible for several (factual) Tudor history books...read more
The predecessor to America's hit comedy of the same name, BBC's "The Office" is an inside look into Wernham Hogg, a fictional paper company in Slough, England. Filmed in mockumentary fashion, cameramen chronicle the daily dramas of a small office of ...read more
Forget what you think you know about Stephen King. I bet you've looked at his picture, his brooding, peculiar expression, and thought, "So this is what a disturbed man looks like. How does he come up with such twisted, horrifying plotlines?" Perhaps ...read more
What started as a casual I-can-take-it-or-leave-it interest in this show has turned into a full-blown obsession. It would be embarrassing for me to admit the length of marathons I've fit into my schedule to watch the adventures and misadventures of K...read more
If you had twenty minutes to come up with approximately $50,000 to save someone's life, could you do it?
This is the premise of German film Run Lola Run, winner of 26 awards. Lola receives a frantic phone call from her boyfriend Manni who has just l...read more
On the streets of West Germany, 15-year-old Michael Berg finds his life irrevocably changed. Hanna Schmitz, a 36-year-old tram conductor, discovers him doubled over in sickness in front of her apartment and decides to escort him home. After his healt...read more
My love affair with Chilean poet Pablo Neruda started right around the time I saw this film. I was in high school then, and I was just beginning to appreciate that artfully crafted poetry knows no cultural, language, or age boundaries. Neruda's was r...read more
Imagine a group of elderly men and women coming together to sing. What are they singing? Where are they singing? Yes, it's true; I am trying to trick you into creating a stereotype of a choir singing "Come Thou Fount" to pews of church-goers. But wha...read more
Coffee table book At Home with Books is for you if you meet one or more of the following criteria: you cannot find your coffee table because you have too many stacks of books; you find yourself buying books at grocery stores, thrift stores, bookstore...read more
Lenin once said that he could not listen to music because it moved him to be sweet and silly instead of mercilessly violent, a necessary trait to achieve a socialist state. So sets the tone for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's remarkable film, The ...read more
Gorgeous and inspiring, Annie Dillard's The Writing Life is a memoir that hands the pen to the aspiring writer and whispers it into movement. Both story and instruction, Dillard encourages the reader-cum-writer with the same signature delicacy and po...read more
Fans of psychological thrillers and mysteries will love sinking their teeth into Patricia Highsmith's noir classic Strangers on a Train. At the top of his career and deeply in love with the woman of his dreams, Guy Haines is taking the train to reque...read more
Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale is the only book in recent memory that had me up all night turning pages. This Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel masterfully captures both the devastation and the hope that characterized the pligh...read more