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The Readers’ Services staff can help you find specific materials and can offer reading suggestions. Please phone (847) 448-8620 for assistance. Use Novelist, to find reviews, reading guides, and reading lists for fiction lovers.


Micmacs. 2010. (DVD 791.4372 Micmacs)

Writer and director Jeunet (Amélie, City of Lost Children) helms this comedic and fast-clipped film about a ragtag group of homeless men and women who conspire to topple two nefarious French arms dealers.  Led by intrepid Bazil (Dany Boon), whose father was killed in a land-mine explosion and whose brain houses a stray bullet fired in a drive-by, this band is its own kind of clownish A-Team: Each brings to bear unique talents from a contortionist to the creator of unlikely robots.  In lovable Jeunet fashion, the characters’ quirks are not hollow inventions, but the effects of traumatic back-stories, a few of which we learn throughout.

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An Object of Beauty

Martin, Steve. An Object of Beauty. 2011. (Fiction Marti.S)

An ambitious young girl starts her career in the art world in New York, with a menial job at Sotheby, and quickly advances to major art deals. We see the effect it has on her relationships and her perception of art. A fascinating look at art collection and dealers, with the added pleasure of of illustrations of the pictures discussed.

(Joan, Reader's Services)


Bad Dog (A Love Story)

Kihn, Martin. Bad Dog (A Love Story). 2011. (Adult Nonfiction 636.7 KIH )

Those of you who know me probably know that I am the proud mother of a 70 pound Bernese Mountain Dog puppy named Nora.  When Bad Dog (A Love Story) by Martin Kihn was handed to me by a coworker, I immediately thought I would be reading a delightful “tail” of feel-good fluffiness and Bernese bonding.  I couldn’t wait to get my paws on this this book.  Now, I have to admit that I haven’t read Marley and Me, nor have I read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.  In fact, I do not normally read “pet” books.  On the other hand, to add to my collection of romances, spy novels, and other wide-ranging genres, I am also a fan of over-the-top humorous memoirs such as Laurie Notaro’s The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club.  Unlike the warm-fuzzy nature of other pet books, Bad Dog is the kind of book that gets written when a cynical recovering alcoholic decides to train his dog to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. 

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Doc Martin

Doc Martin. 2004. (DVD 791.4572 Doc)

If you're looking for a doctor with an appalling bedside manner, absolutely no people skills, but is a brilliant diagnostician, Doc Martin is your man. A socially inept curmudgeon, he is nonetheless appealing and sympathetic (and you'll empathize even more when you meet his parents). A top surgeon who discovers he has a phobia about blood, Doc Martin leaves his prestigious position in London to become a general practitioner in the picturesque town of Portwenn in Cornwall (where his sensible aunt Joan lives) - and becomes involved with its quirky residents (including the charming schoolteacher who falls for him, the naive and clueless policeman, and the doctor's incompetent receptionist). All these characters provide humor and drama and make Doc Martin one of the most enjoyable and addictive series around. Four of the series have been released on DVD - I can't wait for series five and the latest misadventures. (Laura, Reader's Services)


Why Is this Night Different from All Other Nights?

Kurshan, Ilana. Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?: The Four Questions around the World. 2008. (296.45371 Kursh.I)

This year the first Seder for Passover will fall on Monday night, April 18th. If your family is like my family, your Seder customs are part etched in stone and part evolutionary. Heaven help me if I try some other main course besides brisket, or if one of the favorite readings from the Haggadah (the Passover storybook) is skipped. But, we are very receptive to additions to our ritual, especially if they liven things up and get everyone to participate. A few years ago I discovered a wonderful book tucked away in the stacks here at EPL, and I'd like to recommend it as a boon to your holiday celebration.

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