March 2014 Archives

Click for availability and more information The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?, by Thomas Cathcart
 
The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? by Thomas Cathcart is an interesting philosophical study. Cathcart poses an unusual hypothetical case in which a trolley is flying down a track, out of control. On the track are five workers, unaware of the danger. On a spur (or side) track, a single man is working. Would you throw a switch to divert the train to the spur and sacrifice 1 to save 5? What about the rights of the single man? To complicate matters, there's a man on a bridge, standing next to a rather portly man. Should the portly man be thrown on the tracks to stop the train? The author tries to draw an analogy with a case in which a doctor "harvests" a living man's organs to save 5 people. Is he guilty of manslaughter?

Cathcart cleverly describes a hypothetical trial, in which arguments are made for and against certain actions. Then he presents arguments by different elements of society (academia, medicine, religion, philosophy, etc.). The groups raise questions of ethics, morality, law and logic. Does the greater good for the many supersede the rights of the individual? This book will make you question your own preconceptions.
-Carl

Leap Year

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Click for availability and more information Leap Year
 
Leap Year is a light comedy DVD which is very entertaining. A young girl (Anna) is waiting for her cardiologist boyfriend (Jeremy) to propose to her. He's constantly running off to some emergency. Then she sees a news feature about girls proposing to their boyfriends in Ireland on Leap Day. (Coincidentally, her boyfriend is in Ireland.) She attempts to follow him, but becomes the victim of several mishaps, which threatens her arrival in Dublin by February 29th. In desperation, she hires a down-on-his-luck innkeeper (Declan), who may lose his business to foreclosure. He eventually agrees to drive her to Dublin to earn money to save his inn. At first, they dislike each other, but they eventually learn to respect each other. The movie also takes a subtle look at the difference in cultures. There's a fabulous twist at the end which will make you feel good! This is the movie for you if you're looking for a good laugh!
-Carl

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The Secret Zoo

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Click for availability and more information The Secret Zoo, by Bryan Chick
 
When Noah's sister Megan goes missing, Noah and friends Ella and Richie follow a trail of mysterious clues to the Clarksville City Zoo. Once inside, they discover a big secret--a secret so big that it must be protected at all costs. With the help of some very smart animals, Noah and his friends must rely on one another as they try to rescue Megan and save the magical world of the Secret Zoo.
-Deirdre

Toys Go Out

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Click for availability and more information Toys Go Out, by Emily Jenkins
 
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to. Illustrated by Caldecott winning Paul O. Zelinsky, these are the adventures--and misadventures--of three extraordinary friends.
-Deirdre

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