Add “Spring” to your step.

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

The hills are alive with the sound of music…Not only do we have the 50th Anniversary Sound of Music Collection here are a variety of other genres to put a little “spring in your step.”

Break Stuff

Break Stuff

by Vijay Iyer Trio

Contents: Starlings — Chorale — Diptych — Hood — Work / Thelonious Monk — Taking flight — Blood count / Billy Strayhorn — Break stuff — Mystery woman — Geese — Countdown / John Coltrane — Wrens.

Broadway Lafayette

Broadway-Lafayette

Contents: Piano Concerto in G major / Maurice Ravel — The Circle and the Child : Concerto for piano and orchestra / Philip Lasser — Rhapsody in Blue / George Gershwin.

 

Face The Fire

Face the Fire

by Michelle Chamuel

Contents: Face the fire — The fall — Golden — Made for me — Lottery — Weight of theworld — Rock it — Wake up — Money — Give you.

 

Forever Charlie

Forever Charlie

by Charlie Wilson

Contents: Somebody loves you — Touched by an angel — Goodnight kisses — Just like summertime — Unforgettable (feat. Shaggy) — Sugar.Honey.Ice.Tea — My favorite part of you — Infectious (feat. Snoop Dogg) — Hey lover — Things you do — Birthday dress — Me and you forever.

Happy Prisoner

Happy Prisoner: the bluegrass sessions

by Robert Keen

Contents: Hot corn, cold corn — 52 Vincent Black lightning — Footprints in the snow — 99 years for one dark day / feat. Peter Rowan — East Virginia blues — Poor Ellen Smith — Long black veil — This world is not my home — T for Texas / feat. Lyle Lovett — Peter Rowan intro — Walls of time — White dove — Old home place — Twisted laurel — Wayfaring stranger / feat. Natalie Maines.

Interlude

Interlude

by Jamie Cullum

Contents: Interlude — Don’t you know — The seer’s tower — Walkin’ — Good morning heartache / feat. Laura Mvula — Sack o’ woe — Dont’ let me be misunderstood / feat. Gregory Porter — My one and only love — Lovesick blues — Losing you — Out of this world — Make someone happy — Come and get me — Lullaby of the leaves — Come rain or come shine.

No Cities to Love

No Cities to Love

by Sleater-Kinney

Contents: Price tag — Fangless — Surface envy — No cities to love — A new wave — Noanthems — Gimme love — Bury our friends — Hey darling — Fade.

 

Reflections

Reflection

by Fifth Harmony

Contents: Top down– Bo$$ — Sledgehammer — Worth it (feat. Kid Ink) — This is how we roll — Everlasting love — Like Mariah (feat. TYGA) — Them girls be like –Reflection — Sugar mama — We know.

Soul Traveler

Soul Traveler

by Marion Meadows

Contents: Celebration Road — Magic men — Andalusian sunset — Soul traveler — Humanity — Invisible — Mother Earth — Dark beauty — Life in the clouds — Dream catcher — Real time — Last ticket to somewhere

Sound of Music

Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary

Contents: Prelude and The sound of music — Overture ; Preludium ; Dixit Dominus ; Morning hymn ; Alleluia — Maria — I have confidence — Sixteen going on seventeen — My favorite things ; Salzburg montage — Do-re-mi — The sound of music — The lonely goatherd — Edelweiss — Grand waltz — Laendler — So long, farewell — Processional waltz — Goodbye Maria ; How can love survive waltz — Edelweiss waltz — Entr’acte — Climb ev’ry mountain — My favorite things — Something good — Processional and Maria — Sixteen going on seventeen (reprise) — Do-re-mi (reprise) — Edelweiss (reprise) — So long, farewell (reprise) — Nuns and Nazis ; Escape ; Climb ev’ry mountain (reprise) ; Finale — End titles.

 

 

 

 

New Thrillers

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

Looking for an edge of your seat book to listen to? Here are a few CD books that  are new to the library and have some intrigue, mystery and action!

Amnesia

Amnesia

by Peter Carey

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let’s be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country) the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers–to save her, his own career, and, perhaps, his country. But how to get Gaby–on the run, scared, confused, and angry–to cooperate?

Breaking Creed

Breaking Creed

by Alex Kava

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape- a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders- the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.

Endangered

Endangered

by C.J. Box

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more–Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway–alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren’t sure if she’ll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it–says she ran away from him, too–and there’s evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’s family is like none Joe has ever met before. Joe’s going to find out the truth, even if it kills him. But this time, it just might.

Insatiable Appetites

Insatiable Appetites

by Stuart Woods

It’s a time of unexpected change for Stone Barrington. A recent venture has achieved a great victory, but is immediately faced with a new challenge: an underhanded foe who is determined to wreak havoc at any cost. Meanwhile, when Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process reveals secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming. From the lavish brownstones of Washington, D.C., to the grand estates of New York’s outer boroughs, the trail of sabotage, corruption, and murder culminates in a stunning conclusion.

 

Private Vegas

Private Vegas

by James Patterson

Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds–especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It’s the perfect location for Lester Olsen’s lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides–and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before.

 

Trust No One

Trust No One

by Jayne Ann Krentz

It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying- and deliberate- reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice- a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense former Marine does have some skills that Grace can use- and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked. As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her.

Warriors

Warriors

by Ted Bell

On the streets of Washington, D.C., a brilliant scientist, the brains behind a revolutionary fighter aircraft prototype in development by the Pentagon, is snatched by masked thugs and disappears. Now five years later, an elderly professor at Cambridge University has been murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture. Alex Hawke teams up with Scotland Yard former Chief Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer, but this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship. In the United States, the president’s behavior makes many question his fitness for leadership. Is his mental health deteriorating–or is there something far more sinister at work? The answer is crucial, for hostilities are rapidly escalating between China, North Korea, and the United States, as China launches a vastly advanced fighter far more sophisticated than any seen before–military technology that might leapfrog everything the U.S. and Great Britain now possess. With the situation edging closer and closer to the yawning abyss, Hawke faces a female Chinese mastermind and assassin named Chyna Moon. He must infiltrate enemy territory and neutralize their advantage . . . or risk the outbreak of World War III.

Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter

by Cecilia Ekback

Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow. While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice. As the seasons change, and the “wolf winter,” the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Humor Month

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

April is National Humor Month enjoy it with some big laughs.

Bob and Tom Radio

Bob & Tom radio the comedy tour. v. 1

Radio favorites Bob and Tom take their hilarious act from the dial to the stage for a memorable night of laughs featuring the biggest names in stand-up comedy.

 

 

 

Fluffy Movie

The Fluffy Movie

Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias, the world-famous Hawaiian-shirt-clad comedian, takes viewers on a joke-filled journey into his life in this nonstop laugh fest. The funnyman delves into subjects such as the joys of parenting a teen, the similarities between India and Mexico, and more hilarious observations, while also providing fans with special backstage access and exclusive never-before-seen footage from his sold-out Unity Through Laughter tour.

 

God Said Ha

God said, “Ha!”

In this film of her one-woman show, former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney recounts the worst year of her life. Something more than a stand-up routine, the comedienne performs on a stage set with only a couch, a chair, a table, and a lamp.

 

 

 

Kevin Hart Let Me Explain

Kevin Hart : let me explain

Kevin Hart, one of today’s most successful comedians, delivers a hysterically funny performance in this record-breaking, sold-out, live performance from Madison Square Garden.

 

 

 

Mr Universe

Mr. Universe

Jim Gaffigan performs live stand-up comedy. He answers such questions as why whales are fat; the effect of hotel rooms on behavior; fast food; etc.

 

 

 

Obsessed

Obsessed

Jim Gaffigan is back with a brand new hour long comedy special. He has a clever, quiet and infectious style as he talks about everyday scenarios that people can relate to. As one of the top comedians out today, he continues to raise the bar with new material and of course, some bacon.

 

 

Ron White A Little Unprofessional

Ron White. A little unprofessional

Filmed live at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, and features ‘Tater Salad’ with cigar in one hand and drink in the other, delivering all new material.

 

 

 

Saturday Night Live

Saturday night live the best of Steve Martin

Although he was never a cast member on SNL, Martin currently holds the record for number of times hosting the show. From his early days as a stand-up to becoming a household name, he has played many memorable and hilarious characters.

 

 

 

Thou Shalt Laugh

Thou shalt laugh

Seven comedians who all happen to be Christian, including Taylor Mason and Michael Jr., give hilarious performances with family-friendly jokes and stories that poke fun at daily trials and tribulations we can all relate to.

It’s not too early to think about gardening!

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by ckopacek

Here are some books that will help you prepare your garden and maybe even inspire you to try something new.

American Grown

American grown: the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America

by Michelle Obama

In her first-ever book, American Grown , Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life.

Garden Rescue

Garden Rescue: first aid for plants and flowers

by Jo Whittingham

Whether the wisteria is wilting or the cherry tree isn’t producing any fruit, Garden Rescue will help identify and treat the minor issues and major problems that can harm plants. With information on both edible and ornamental gardens, Garden Rescue provides flow charts to help diagnose the problem, discover options, and then implement the best course of action. A photo gallery of the most dangerous pests and diseases will help you recognize early warning signs, then take action to keep their plants in the very best of health.

Gardening in Iowa

Gardening in Iowa and surrounding areas

by Veronica Lorson Fowler

This month-by-month guide to gardening in Iowa includes tips from some of the more than two thousand members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa.

 

Gardening with Heirloom Seeds

Gardening with heirloom seeds: tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation

by Lynn Coulter

Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer’s crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They’re living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. They are sometimes better adapted to pests and harsh conditions than many modern varieties and often simply smell or taste better. Gardening with Heirloom Seeds serves as a resource for gardeners, cooks, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise who want to know more about finding, sharing, and propagating the seeds of heirloom flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

by Niki Jabbour

Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, including Amy Stewart, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Pleasant, Dave DeWitt, and Jessi Bloom. You’ll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more. Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list.

Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening

by Elizabeth Millard

Author and Bossy Acres CSA co-owner Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more—all inside your own home, where you won’t have to worry about seasonal changes or weather conditions. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of DIY in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to this exciting new growing method—not just for garnishes or relishes, but wholesome, nutritious, organic edibles that will satisfy your appetite as much as your palate.

Making Butterfly Gardens

Making Butterfly Gardens

by Dana Meachen Rau

Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. Follow along with the exciting activities in these books to build the skills you need to create amazing art projects of your own.

 

Mister Owitas Guide to Gardening

Mister Owita’s guide to gardening

by Carol Wall

“In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting–as in her garden, as in life.” — People , 4 stars “A perfect spring awakening.” — Good Housekeeping A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing–and ultimately everything–in common. Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

Speedy Vegetable Garden

The Speedy Vegetable Garden

by Mark Diacono

Typically, vegetable gardening is about the long view: peas sown in spring aren’t harvested until summer, and tomatoes started indoors in February can’t be eaten until July. But it’s not true for all plants. Some things can be planted and eaten in weeks, days, even hours. The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest each plant, and sumptuous photography that provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest. In addition to instructions for growing, it also provides recipes that highlight each crop’s unique flavor.

Your Midwest Garden

Your Midwest Garden: an owner’s manual

by Jan Riggenbach

It’s a rare midwesterner who doesn’t grow something, whether potted plants on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And it’s an even rarer midwestern gardener who isn’t sometimes flummoxed by extremes of weather, pesky insects and persistent diseases, or simple questions about what to plant where. For nearly four decades, Jan Riggenbach has given these gardeners answers, as well as a weekly dose of gentle humor and wise counsel, in her widely syndicated newspaper column, Midwest Gardening. Your Midwest Garden draws on these columns to offer readers in America’s heartland all the gardening information they want and need, along with plenty they might not even suspect they’re missing.

 

Geisel Awards

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by ckopacek

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. Check out the following Geisel Award honorees and winners:

Ball

Ball

by Mary Sullivan

A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence.

 

Big Guy Took My Ball

A Big Guy Took My Ball!

by Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too…but is he big enough to help his best friend?

 

Mr Putter and Tabby Turn the Page

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page

by Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, love reading their favorite books over and over. So when Mr. Putter sees a sign at the library that says “Read Aloud with Your Pet at Story Time,” he signs up! But then Mr. Putter’s friend and neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, wants to join. If Mrs. Teaberry brings her good dog, Zeke, to the library, who knows what will happen? With Zeke up to his usual tricks, story time might get too exciting!

 

Penny and Her Marble

Penny and Her Marble

by Kevin Henkes

When Penny spots a marble in Mrs. Goodwin’s front yard, she picks it up, puts it in her pocket, and takes it home. It’s a beautiful marble–it’s big, shiny, blue, smooth, and fast, and Penny loves it. But does the marble really belong to Penny? What do you think will happen?

 

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt–the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song–after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons?

 

Rabbit and Robot

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover

by Cece Bell

Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends. Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they will do. First off is making pizza, but Robot only likes nuts and bolts and screws on top. Next on the list is watching TV, but the remote is missing, and Rabbit is panicking! Will Robot find a logical solution to the problem? Number three is . . . uh-oh! Why is Robot lying down instead of playing Go Fish? And what is that message reading “BAT” printing out from a slot on his front?

 

Waiting is Not Easy

Waiting Is Not Easy!

by Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more…

 

Watermelon Seed

The Watermelon Seed

by Greg Pizzoli

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

You Are Not Small

You Are (Not) Small

by Anna Kang

Two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

 

 

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Courageous Americans

Posted on: March 7th, 2015 by ckopacek

Try one of these books and be inspired by a courageous American.

American Sniper

American Sniper

by Chris Kyle

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . . From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time. Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

by Anita Diamant

A story “about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine–a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.”

Boys in the Boat

Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

This book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.

 

Don't Give Up Don't Give In

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In

by Louis Zamperini

Zamperini’s story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken. Now, in his own words, Louis Zamperini reveals, with warmth and great charm, the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey. He was a youthful troublemaker from California who turned his life around to become a 1936 Olympian and a world-class miler at the University of Southern California. Putting aside his superstar track career, Louis Zamperini volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into the violent combat of World War II as a B-24 bombardier.

Forgotten 500

The Forgotten 500

by Gregory A. Freeman

In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped and sheltered for months by villagers behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of Operation Halyard, a story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery, is now being told for the first time.

 

 

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Richard Flanagan

August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both.

Unbroken

Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

 

 

 

Nominated Actors & Actresses

Posted on: March 7th, 2015 by ckopacek

In addition to the films of the 2015 Academy awards, enjoy these movies featuring the actors/actresses who were nominated or won Best in a Leading Role or Best in a Supporting Role during this year’s awards.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Benedict Cumberbatch

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.

Birdsong

Birdsong

Eddie Redmayne

Birdsong is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire. They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. He must learn to endure the ravages of war and make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.

Children of Men

Children of Men

Julianne Moore

London, 2027. Humanity has become infertile and no child has been born for 18 years. Science is at loss to explain the reason. Immigration is a crime and refugees are caged like animals. African and East European societies have collapsed and their dwindling populations are migrating toward England and other wealthy nations. A London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with Julian, his revolutionary ex-wife, in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant.

Failure to LaunchFailure to Launch

Bradley Cooper

Tripp is a thirty something slacker, but that doesn’t mean that he is ready togive up the many benefits of living at home with his mom and dad. His desperate parents have had enough though, and after years of gentle nudging they soon realize that it is going to take a concerted effort to get Tripp out so they can enjoy their twilight years in peace. Realizing that their only hope for riding themselves of their reluctant-to-leave son, Al and Sue hope that on the off-chance Tripp will meet the woman of his dreams, the two enlist the help of a beautiful and talented woman in providing the romantic incentive needed to finally get their son out of the family home.

Girl in Progress

Girl in Progress

Patricia Arquette

Grace is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford, to give her daughter, Ansiedad the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, she is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker, Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita.

 

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

Steve Carell

Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple who have been married for 30 years and now are sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the doctor’s intense week-long marriage counseling session. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion.

Like Crazy

Like Crazy

Felicity Jones

Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is fragile. When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control. Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart.

 

New in Town

New in Town

J.K. Simmons

A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a small Minnesota town, in the middle of nowhere, to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. She endures a frosty reception from the locals, along with the icy roads and freezing weather. She warms up to the small town’s charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she’s ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she’s forced to reconsider her goals and priorities. Now she needs to find a way to save the town.

Nine

Nine

Marion Cotillard

With only a week left before shooting begins on the filming of his latest movie, world famous film director Guido Contini is desperately searching for a way to overcome his creative block. Escaping to a seaside resort, he attempts to restore the equilibrium to his personal and professional existence by drawing inspiration from the women in his life.

 

Post Grad

Post Grad

Michael Keaton

Ryden Malby has a master plan. Graduate college, get a great job, hang out with her best friend and find the perfect guy. But her plan spins out of control when she’s forced to move back home with her eccentric family. By the time she lands her dream job, Ryden realizes it’s meaningless without the man of her dreams, and the people she loves.

 

Pride and Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

Rosamund Pike

Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family’s future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment.

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

Reese Witherspoon

Against all odds, a veterinary student and a beautiful circus performer from a bygone era meet and fall in love through their shared compassion for a special elephant. But their secret romance incurs the wrath of her dangerously volatile husband.

 

 

Celtic Music

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by ckopacek

Whether a lilting, classic ballad or a rollicking, modern number that begs for dancing, Celtic music has charmed people the world over.

Cabbage

Cabbage

Gaelic Storm (Musical group)

Contents: Raised on black and tans — Space race — Cyclone McClusky — Blind monkey — Green eyes, red hair — Just ran out of whiskey — Jimmy’s bucket — Cecilia — The buzzards of Bourbon Street — Turn this ship around — Rum runners — Northern lights — Crazy Eyes Mcgillicuddy — Chucky Timm.

Celtic Harpestry

Celtic Harpestry: A Contemporary Celtic Collection

Contents: Bright new morning (Belfast Harp Orchestra) — The humours of Ballyloughlin (Maire Ni Chathasaigh) — Golden string hornpipe (Rudiger Oppermann) — A walk on Belfast (Belfast Harp Orch.) — Star of the County Down (Deborah Henson-Conant) — The old woman’s dance (Sileas) — My heart will go on (Belfast Harp Orch.) — The chestnut tree medley (M. Chathasaigh) — The butterfly (R. Oppermann) — Londonderryaire (D. Henson-Conant) — Seallaibh curaidh eoghain (Sileas) — Breton medley (Cheryl Ann Fulton) — Brian Boru’s set (Belfast Harp Orch.) — Robert Jordan (M. Chathasaigh) — The minstrel boy (D. Henson-Conant) — May song (R. Oppermann) — Earth, water, wind and fire (Belfast Harp Orch.)

Celtic Visions

Celtic Visions

Contents: Cailín na gruaige baine / (James Galway/Phil Coulter) — Silence / (Áine Minogue) — Carolan’s concerto / (Emily Mitchell) — Over the sea to skye / (James Galway) — Dawn / (Carolos Nũnez) — The ballad of the foxhunter / (Cherish the Ladies) — Rosemary faire / (Áine Minogue) — Believe me if all those endearing your charms/The gentle maiden / (James Galway/Phil Coulter) — Bridget cruise / (Emily Mitchell) — Our island of dreams / (Alison Hood) — Sommeil de l’enfant/The kings travel East / (Aengus) — Lament for the wild geese / (James Galway/PhilCoulter) — Sleep song / (Áine Minogue)

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman

Contents: Last rose of summer (intro)/Walking in the air — May it be — Isle of Inisfree — Danny Boy — One world — Ave Maria — Send me a song — Siuil a run (walk my run) — Orinoco flow — Someday — She moved thru’ the fair — Nella fantasia — The butterfly — Harry’s game — The soft goodbye — You raise me up — BONUS LIVE TRACKS: The Ashoken farewell/The contradiction — Si do mhaimeo i (The wealthy widow)

Fiona

Fiona

Patrick Ball

Contents: Castle Kelly — She moved through the fair = Ta me mo shui/Samhradh, samhradh — May morning dew (Morrison’s jig) — The fairy queen — Arran boat song — The twisting of the rope — The buttonhole — Limerick’s lamentation (Brian Boru’s march) — Carolan’s cup / T. O’Carolan — L’heritiere de Keroulez = The pretty maid milking her cow — Farewell to the land of mist.

Heritage

Heritage

Celtic Thunder (Musical quintet)

Contents: The Dutchman — Buachaill ón eirne — Black is the color — My love is like a red red rose — Home from the sea — Just a song at twilight — The Galway girl — Gold & silver days — Noreen — Kindred spirits — Whiskey in the jar — Red Rose Cafe — A place in the choir.

Mask and Mirror

 The Mask and Mirror

Contents: Mystic’s dream Bonny swans Dark night of the soul Marrakesh night market Full circle Santiago Cé hé mise le ulaingt? ; Two trees Prospero’s speech

 

 

Piper's Legacy

The Piper’s Legacy

Rob Crabtree

Contents: Morning has broken — The mist covered mountains — Duart’s castle — The water is wide — Amazing grace — The road to the Isles — Greensleeves — Boat songs — The meeting of the waters — Danny boy — Going home.

Signed and Sealed in Blood

Signed and Sealed in Blood

Dropkick Murphys (Musical group)

Contents: The boys are back — Prisoner’s song — Rose tattoo — Burn — Jimmy Collins’ wake — The season’s upon us — The battle rages on — Don’t tear us apart — My hero — Out on the town — Out of our heads — End of the night.

Speed of Darkness

Speed of Darkness

Flogging Molly (Musical group)

Contents: Speed of darkness — Revolution — The heart of the sea — Don’t shut ‘em down — The power’s out — So sail on — Saints & sinners — This present state of grace — The cradle ofhumankind — Oliver boy (All of our boys) — A prayer for me in silence — Rise up.

 

 

Ireland

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by ckopacek

Read a book about Ireland and maybe the luck of the Irish will rub off on you.

Airman

Airman

by Eoin Colfer

In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands. He spends his days studying the science of flight and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter. But his life changes when he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. There is only one way to escape imprisonment, and that is to fly.

 

Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor

by Tana French

All but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick–disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

 

Darling Jim

Darling Jim

by Christian Moerk

When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office’s dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he’s ever heard–and her tale has only just begun in this modern gothic novel of suspense.

 

Forgotten Waltz

The Forgotten Waltz

by Anne Enright

Gina Moynihan is already married when she meets Seán Vallely. But longing and desire soon overtake them–and their lives begin to crumble shortly after. In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for “the love of her life,” Seán Vallely. As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina remembers their affair: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina awaits the arrival of Seán’s fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie-the complication, and gravity, of this second life.

In the Company of Others

In the Company of Others

by Jan Karon

Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia’s pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

 

Ireland a novel

Ireland a novel

by Frank Delaney

From a land famous for storytelling comes an epic novel of Ireland that captures the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit.One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland’s history. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again. Ronan’s search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.

Philomena

Philomena a Mother, her son, and a fifty year search

by Martin Sixsmith

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.” Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena’s son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother. A gripping exposé told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.

TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic

by Colum McCann

Newfoundland, 1919– Aviators Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Dublin, 1845 and ’46– On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause. New York, 1998– Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show

Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show

by Frank Delaney

She sprang from the womb and waved to the crowd. Then smiled and took a bow. And so we first meet Venetia Kelly, the beguiling actress at the center of this new, spellbinding, and epic novel by Frank Delaney. January 1932: While Ireland roils in the run-up to the most important national election in the Republic’s short history, Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. After a two-hour kaleidoscope of low comedy, Shakespearean recitations, juggling, tumbling, and other entertainments, Ben’s father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe’s magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben’s mother, shattered by the desertion, exhorts, Find him and bring him back, thereby sending the boy on a Homeric voyage into manhood, a quest that traverses the churning currents of Ireland’s fractious society and splinters the MacCarthy family.

Whitethorn Woods

Whitethorn Woods

by Maeve Binchy

When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann’s Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann’s for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it’s a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed. Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.

 

 

Grammy Nominated Artists

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by ckopacek

Now that you’ve watched the award show, listen to songs by some of the nominated artists.

Bangerz

Bangerz

Miley Cyrus

Contents: Adore you — We can’t stop — SMS (Bangerz) (feat. Britney Spears) — 4X4 (feat. Nelly) — My darlin’ (feat. Future) — Wrecking ball — Love money party (feat. Big Sean) — #Getitright — Drive — FU (feat. French Montana) — Do my thang — Maybe you’re right — Someone else.

B'Day

B’day

Beyonce’

Contents: Deja vu / featuring Jay-Z — Get me bodied — Suga mama — Upgrade u / feat. Jay-Z — Ring the alarm — Kitty kat — Freakum dress — Green light — Irreplaceable — Resentment — Encore for the fans.

Change Your Life

Change Your Life

Iggy Azalea

Contents: Change Your Life – Work – Bounce – Work – Change Your Life [Shift K3y Remix] – Change Your Life [Wideboys Remix]

 

Fearless

Fearless

Taylor Swift

Contents: Fearless — Fifteen — Love story — Hey Stephen — White horse — You belong with me — Breathe — Tell me why — You’re not sorry — The way I loved you — Forever & always — The best day — Change — Enhanced content: Love story : (music video); Change : (music video).

Get Lifted

Get Lifted

John Legend

Contents: Prelude — Let’s get lifted — Used to love u — Alright — She don’t have to know — Number One (feat. Kayne West) — I can change (feat. Snoop Dogg) — Ordinary people — Stay with you — Let’s get lifted again — So high — Refuge (when it’s cold outside) — It don’t have to change (feat. the Stephens Family) — Live it up (feat. Miri Ben-Ari).

Hozier

Hozier

Hozier

Contents: Take me to church — Angel of small death & the codeine scene  – Jackie and Wilson — Someone new — To be alone — From Eden — In a week (featuring Karen Cowley) — Sedated  – Work song — Like real people do — It will come back — Foreigner’s God — Cherry wine (Live).

One of the Boys

One of the Boys

Katy Perry

Contents: One of the boys — I kissed a girl — Waking up in Vegas — Thinking of you — Mannequin — Ur so gay — Hot n cold — If you can afford me — Lost — Self inflicted — I’m still breathing — Fingerprints.

Rush of Blood to the Head

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay

Contents: Politik — In my place — God put a smile upon your face — The scientist — Clocks — Daylight — Green eyes — Warning sign — A whisper — A rush ofblood to the head — Amsterdam.

Title

Title

Meghan Trainor

Contents: All about that bass — Title — Dear future husband — Close your eyes.

 

We are Born

We are Born

Sia

Contents: The fight — Clap your hands — Stop trying — You’ve changed — Be good to me — Bring night — Hurting me now — Never gonna leave me — Cloud — I’m in here — The co-dependent — Big girl, little girl — Oh father.

X

X

Ed Sheeran

Contents: One — I’m a mess — Sing — Don’t — Nina — Photograph — Bloodstream — Tenerife Sea — Runaway — The man — Thinking out loud — Afire love.

 

Yours Truly

Yours Truly

Ariana Grande

Contents: Honeymoon Avenue — Baby I — Right there (feat. Big Sean) — Tattooed heart — Lovin’ it — Piano — Daydreamin’ — The way (feat. Mac Miller) — You’ll never know — Almost is never enough (with Nathan Sykes from The Wanted) — Popular song (with Mika) — Better left unsaid.