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Five on Friday: Musician Authors


1. Nick Cave - The Death of Bunny Munro

2. Colin Meloy - Wildwood

3. John Darnielle - Wolf in White Van

4. Wesley Stace - Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer

5. Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive


Who are your favorites? 

Read these, and more, during our Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program!




Pacific Vortex


Cussler, Clive. Pacific Vortex!, 1982 (Fiction Cussl.C)

 This month I issued  a, "Never in a Million Years" challenge to EPL staff: read and review a genre or author you would never normally read. I decided on Clive Cussler, and the first of his "Dirk Pitt" adventures. What a delight!

Dirk Pitt, (such an evocative name), Special Projects Director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, discovers a mysterious package off the coast of Hawaii containing the logbook of The Starbuck, a nuclear submarine that mysteriously disappeared in the North Pacific several months earlier. The disappearance fits a chilling pattern; ships report an unearthly fog, issue sporadic, incoherent radio distress calls, then...nothing. Why have 38 ships vanished in this "Pacific Vortex"? It's up to our hero Dirk, (who, of course, disrespects authority, plays by his own rules, and always has a gorgeous, buxom woman in his corner) to solve the mystery and save the day.

 Cussler writes an engaging, clever mystery, that kept me enthralled. Although most of the characters veer into stereotype, Dirk is a likable fellow you'll enjoy spending time with. On to The Mediterranean Caper! (Lesley, Adult Services)





Fifty Shades of Grey


Fifty Shades of Grey. 2015. (DVD Drama Fifty)

I think I got a zero once in Chemistry in high school.  But, then again, I wasn’t getting paid a quarter of a million dollars to pretend I knew what I was doing.  But the lack of passion between the two actors is the least of the problems with this movie.  There is not a single good thing I can say about this film.  So, my list of complaints are as follows.  It is not faithful to the book in any way, shape, or form.  Scenes are put in an odd chronology which does not follow the actual written narrative.  Key sequences are missing or not fully fleshed out.  They take the “contract” discussion to the boardroom and completely eliminate other key intimate moments (boat house anyone?).  Also, the saving grace of the books are the little e-mail and text interactions where you see the playful side of Christian Grey.  By no means witty repartee, it’s at least something.  Movie?  Lame attempts at quirky humor.  And don’t get me started on the actual BDSM scenes.  There’s basically zero physical interaction between the actors with the director relying on almost pantomimed whip action and close-ups of Ana’s face.  If you love the book, skip this movie.  If you hate the book, skip this movie.  If you want a hot, sexy romance, skip this movie.  If you have some lurid fascination, it will not be fulfilled thus, skip this movie.  In general, for all the aforementioned reasons, and to save you from 2+ hours of Jamie Dornan in ill-fitting pants, skip this movie.  (Kim - Reader's Services)      


A God in Ruins

Atkinson, Kate. A God in Ruins. 2015. (Atkin.K)


In Atkinson's brilliant novel of last year, Life After Life, we meet the Todd family, specifically Ursula, whose rather rocky road through the first half of the 20th century was an original and thoroughly absorbing historical fiction (with one very large sci-fi conceit thrown in) focusing primarily on home-front England during World War II and the Blitz. Here, in what Atkinson calls a parallel story, we follow the experiences of Ursula's adored younger brother Teddy. The sweetest and gentlest of all the Todd children, Teddy loved animals, nature, and was a serenely go-along kind of little brother. His war was in the air.

Read more: A God in Ruins


Five on Friday: Musician Memoirs

title1. Patti Smith's Just Kids

2. Keith Richard's Life

3. RZA's The Tao of Wu

4. Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Vol.1

5. Jay-Z's Decoded 


What are your favorites?
Read these, and more, during our Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program!


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