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New in the Stacks: Week of January 9, 2012

New Books Section at Central

Wondering what’s new at your Library? Each week on KC Unbound, we’ll round up a few of the more interesting titles that have arrived on our shelves in the New Books section here at Central.

Deconstructing Woody

Woody Allen

Woody Allen is famous for, among other things, wearing his neuroses on his sleeve. He's the focus of Four Films by Woody Allen, the latest edition of the Searching the Psyche Through Cinema series.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Reviewed by Jamie Mayo

I listened to Okay for Now in preparation for the Kansas City Mock Awards, a tradition among librarians here (and all over the country) to make our best guesses as to what the Newbery Award committee will choose as the winner for 2012.

Movie Quiz: Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

More than a few of us consider Meryl Streep to be the finest screen actress in the world today. See if you can match these line of dialogue to the movie they came from and the name of the character who spoke them.

Book Reviews

2011: A Year in Reading - Bloggers' Picks

Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

As we ring in a new year of adventures in reading, Kansas City Public Library staff members look back on their favorite books from the past year – not all of which were published in the past year.

Program Notes: Two for the Seesaw (1962)

Two for the Seesaw movie poster

Playwright William Gibson's fame was established with Two for the Seesaw, a two-character romantic drama. Considerable behind-the-scenes machinations were involved in bringing it to the big screen.

Featured Authors

Interview: Whistle-blower Wendell Potter On Why Our Health Care System Is Sick

Wendell Potter portrait

Wendell Potter has good news and bad news. The bad news, according to him, is that health care in America is sick. Life expectancy and infant mortality rates here are lower than in some Third World countries. People die because they can’t get insurance – upwards of 45,000 a year.

Book Reviews

2011: A Year in Reading - John Horner on Pratchett, the Bible

Terry Pratchett Snuff cover

As we ring in a new year of adventures in reading, Kansas City Public Library staff members look back on their favorite books from the past year – not all of which were published in the past year.

New on DVD: The Guard (2011)

The Guard movie poster

The Guard, a terrific first-time feature from writer/director John Michael McDonagh, finds Brendan Gleeson dominating every second he’s on screen in a role tailor-made for his imposing physical presence and bullish personality.

Program Notes: Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Somebody Up There Likes Me movie poster

Viewed today, Somebody Up There Likes Me seems way ahead of its time. It’s easy to see how this Robert Wise production provided a road map for other fight movies. It also made Paul Newman a star.

Book Reviews

2011: A Year in Reading - Robert Butler on Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

As we ring in a new year of adventures in reading, Kansas City Public Library staff members look back on their favorite books from the past year – not all of which were published in the past year.

Civil War

Discover the Civil War: The Border Wars Conference

BORDER WARS ART

Follow us into the archives as we visit regional libraries, historical societies, and other cultural institutions and work to digitize thousands of their Civil War-era primary sources for the Missouri-Kansas Conflict project. Learn more about our collective past as we uncover the stories of those who experienced it firsthand.

Library Life

Best-Checkers: The Most Checked-Out Books of 2011

Tom Sawyer Penguin cover

It was a year of ice and fire in the book industry, of fallen leaders, marriage plots, and Paris wives. But amid the usual best-seller buzz, Kansas City Public Library customers were thrilling to a 135-year-old novel of a boy’s life in rural Missouri.

Guess the Movie!

Movies posters are iconic images that frequently make their way into popular consciousness right along with the movie itself. Can you guess the movie from the poster?

Book Reviews

Amazing Grace by Steve Turner

Amazing Grace by Steve Turner book cover

Of all the English hymns written in the 18th century, “Amazing Grace” stands out as the most popular and the most performed hymn of all time. The song reaches out across cultures and nations and was translated in various languages.

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