June 2013 Archives

Click for availability and more information 100 Things Patriots Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, by Donald Hubbard
 
In preparation for the NFL preseason, I picked up and read the book 100 Things Patriots Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. It's a combination of trivia, restaurant reviews and football sight-seeing guide. I thought I knew a lot about the Patriots, but now realize I have plenty more to learn. For instance, I didn't know that Tom Brady was a star catcher in college and was once scouted by a professional baseball team! The book chronicles the many owners of the team, and the numerous playing venues. At one time, the team was the laughing stock of the NFL as a parade of motley crew coaches came and went from Boston and Foxboro. This book will give you a better understanding of the Patriots' past, present and future. It's a must read for the football purist, who likes the sport regardless of his or her allegiance.
-Carl

Eagle vs Shark

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Click for availability and more information Eagle vs Shark
 
Eagle vs Shark is an unusual movie, which you just might enjoy! Filmed in New Zealand, it's the story of two misfit lovers who are nerdy. Lily works at a fast food restaurant. Jarrod works in a video store. Everyday Jarrod comes in for a burger, and Lily tries to catch his eye. Lily crashes Jarrod's costume/video game party and he is impressed with her controller skills. A romance blossoms. In a sub-plot, Jarrod plans to challenge a bully who terrorized him in school. Everything goes haywire as Jarrod decides his new found romance will not last and he will be hurt. He sabotages his own happiness. Lily is devastated. Could this be the end? You'll have to take out the DVD to find out!
-Carl

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The Buddha in the Attic

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Click for availability and more information The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka
 
For those who were fortunate enough to attend Julie Otsuka's talk at the Greenwich Library about When the Emperor Was Divine, her first book and the Greenwich Reads selection for 2013, reading The Buddha in the Attic will be especially interesting. At that gathering, the author stated that her second book, The Buddha in the Attic, is really a "prequel" to her first book. And, it certainly is. While her first book is centered on the internment of Japanese Americans in camps during World War II, this book is centered on the immigration experience of the Japanese, specifically women, who came to America in the early years of the Twentieth Century. Their story is often bleak and filled with times of great despair as they tried to cope with living in a society totally opposite from that of their homeland. Otsuka has a terrifically effective writing style that makes The Buddha in the Attic a very moving reading experience. Both of these books are highly recommended as individual and companion reading experiences.
-Roy

Wildfire Run

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Click for availability and more information Wildfire Run, by Dee Garretson
 
A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound.
-Deirdre

Dessert First

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Click for availability and more information Dessert First, by Hallie Durand
 
Third-grader Dessert's love of treats leads to a change in her large family's dinner routine, then an awful mistake, and later a true sacrifice after her teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody, urges students to march to the beat of their own drums.
-Deirdre

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