Reality TV: Hidden Treasures

by Michelle C. Reality television often gets a bad rap. It’s too dramatic. The situations are fake. People are painted as villains or heroes. But how can I mind that when those are the things I like about fiction! I like to slip into someone else’s world for an hour or two–even if it’s not […]

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Awards Round-up: February 2017

by Michelle C. Welcome to the February Awards Round-up! At the end of each month we compile the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. February has the double whammy of the Grammys and the Oscars. Get ready to place some holds! Academy Awards Presented annually on television, the Oscars can cause a flurry of […]

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Nostalgia

by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Librarians in the Movies

by Michelle C. February is Library Lovers’ Month and what better way to celebrate than to watch a movie where a librarian saves the day? Well, I suppose you could read a book where a librarian saves the day. Or you could show some Library Love by sharing a story of what you love most […]

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Awards Round-up: January 2017

by KP Welcome to the January Awards Round-up! Each month we gather together the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. A new year marks a new award season, and January offered a robust number of ceremonies honoring titles in the entertainment and publishing world. Some of the month’s biggest winners included:            […]

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Strange but True Movies

by Michelle C. You know that Almond Joy/Mounds jingle “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t”? It runs through my head whenever I come across a really odd documentary. I’m not talking about odd like your-sister-likes-to-dip-her-French-fries-in-ice-cream odd. I’m talking about bizarre. Peculiar. Eccentric. The very best kind of odd. These are stories about people that […]

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Highbrow, Lowbrow

by Michelle C. I have to admit that although I love award-winning films, I also love Lifetime Movies and the occasional slap-stick comedy. And there is nothing better than a combination of the two: a highbrow actor in a lowbrow movie. I get a kick out of seeing highly respected actors spouting terrible dialogue and trying to […]

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Man vs. Nature Films

by Michelle C. You may enjoy spending time outside, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where there are so many beautiful hiking trails and lakes; but I am here to warn you that if movies have taught me anything, it’s that nature is out to get you. You’re out on the water, wearing your fur coat and staring at […]

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Veterans Day

by Marina I recently finished listening to Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator–her vocal inflections came across as too “cutesy” for me. Even though Roach writes humor with a deft hand in her scientific topics I felt it needed a narrator with slightly […]

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Prepping for Stranger Things

by Grant Stranger Things debuted on Netflix earlier this year to near universal acclaim mostly because it was completely amazing. An homage to the some of the best 80s films, music and typeface. While we all wait for for it to be released on DVD, here is a slew of films that inspired or are similar to […]

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