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Movie Quiz: Trash Talk

Pwned!

Movie sets can be back-stabbing battlegrounds. Here we have some savage put-downs of well-known motion picture personalities. Try to match the quote to the person who said it.

Book Reviews

Big Read Recap: Chs. XXIX - XXXII

Tom Saywer 1st Edition Cover

Whether you are a child or an adult, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a wonderful read. But isn’t it amazing how different the experience is reading the book as a child versus reading it as an adult?

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That’s Some Catch: Joseph Heller Remembered at the Library

Just One Catch book cover

Joseph Heller was lying in bed in his four-room apartment on the West Side of Manhattan, New York, when suddenly it came to him: It was love at first sight. The first time he saw the chaplain, Someone fell madly in love with him.

Program Notes: Scent of a Woman (1992)

Scent of a Woman movie poster

In Martin Brest’s film, Scent of a Woman (1992), Pacino’s Frank Slade rants and rages and behaves badly at every opportunity. He’s bitter about being blind, probably alcoholic and makes life miserable for the long-suffering sister who takes care of him.

New on the DVD shelves: The Beaver (2011)

The Beaver movie poster

Adore him or abhor him, Mel Gibson is the reason to see Jody Foster’s The Beaver. As Walter Black, a toy company executive sliding into a paralyzing world of depression, Gibson registers a degree of mental anguish that is shocking.

Program Notes: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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Shaun of the Dead is one of the most successful examples of a horror subgenre known as the “zomcom” — short for zombie comedy.

Book Reviews

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Winter's Bone book cover

Many of us have fallen on hard times in this economy. We see the effects all around us, yet most of us still have our basic needs met. In the novel Winter’s Bone by Missouri writer Daniel Woodrell, Ree Dolly is not afforded the same luxuries that some of us take for granted.

Library Life

Bobby's World

Bobby Gordon

It would be tempting to compare Bobby Gordon's all-boys book club at the Plaza Branch to the Kansas City Chiefs. Both are active for the duration of the football season (well, most of it). And, both generate lively discussion among the fans who get involved.

Library Life

Know Your Librarians: Amy Morris, Westport

Amy Morris

Amy Morris still remembers her first librarian. Growing up in Raytown, she rode her bike to the neighborhood branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. There, she was greeted by Jean (Morris doesn't remember her last name), a librarian who broke the typical stereotype.

Movie Quiz: It's All About Me

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The following famous names from film have all published their own life stories. All you have to do is match the author with the book. And if you can pinpoint the year of publication, you’re a better movie geek than I am.

Book Reviews

Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XXV-XXVIII

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book cover

Good golly gracious, is there anyone who has not enjoyed reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? To the last person, everyone I have talked to fell in love at first sight (or first read) with that boy; although most have been quick to add that they are glad he is not their son!

Program Notes: The Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Magnificent Obsession movie poster

The Magnificent Obsession is Hollywood hyper-melodrama at its greatest and also the most ridiculous movie ever made. A solid case can be made for both of these viewpoints.

Library Life

Molly Raphael: Transforming Libraries

Molly Raphael lecture

American Library Association President Molly Raphael began her address at the Central Library with an invocational reading: "The best restaurants in the world are, of course, in Kansas City. Not all of them; only the top four or five."

Book Reviews

The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart

Many of us lead double lives. There’s our “actual” life, the one that requires showing up in person, and our “virtual” life, the one that requires opposable thumbs and a high-speed internet connection.

Program Notes: 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later movie poster

There are purists who will tell you that Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002) isn’t actually a zombie movie. Well, I say If it moves like a zombie, bites like a zombie and smells like a zombie...IT’S A ZOMBIE!!!

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