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Memorial Day Weekend

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The Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, the time when our thoughts turn to those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. It is also the unofficial start of summer for a lot of us. With these things in mind, here are some reading, watching and listening suggestions for the holiday that can be found at the library.

Going to a parade?  Get into the mood and listen to these in your car: 

military band salutei love a paradeSalute to the Services by The Military Band

I Love a Parade by the Boston Pops

 

 

Having a barbecue?  We’ve got some cookbooks for you: 

guy on fireGuy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri

The Food Network star shares his favorite techniques and recipes for outdoor cooking through the year along with recipes for delectable desserts, flavorful sauces and condiments and delicious drinks.

 

Planet barbecue!Planet Barbecue! An Electrifying Journey Around the World’s Barbecue Trail by Steve Raichlen 

The TV grillmaster offers his latest globe-trotting barbecue tome, touring 60 countries in six continents to bring more than 300 exotic recipes to your backyard, in a book the offers choices for beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, vegetables, kebabs, wings, ribs and even dessert.

Looking forward to relaxing with a good book? 

9781594204999B.JPGRedeployment by Phil Klay

A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival.

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Star for Mrs. BlakeMeeting for the first time for a shared pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons, an Irish maid, a chicken farmer’s wife, a Boston socialite, a former tennis star, and a librarian meet a brutally scarred journalist before confronting a shocking secret.

 

Or a movie?

Longest DayThe Longest Day (Film)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.

 

Band of BrothersBand of Brothers (TV Mini-series)

The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.

Is a long drive part of your plans?  Listen to an audiobook:

A Blaze of GloryA Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara

A fictional account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, told from the perspectives of participants on both sides, recreates the April 1862 surprise attack by Confederate forces on the Union Army at Shiloh.

Under FireUnder Fire by W.E.B. Griffin 

When Captain Ken McCoy is asked to leave the Corps after his report on probable North Korean hostilities displeases his superiors, McCoy is hired by the CIA and must join with other veterans to retaliate against Korea’s invasion of the 38th parallel.

Everyone please have a good and reflective Memorial Day weekend.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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american-sniperAmerican Sniper

Drama R

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.  Also available in Blu-ray DVD.

hot tub time machine 2Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Comedy R

Set ten years in the future, Lou, who has become the ‘father of the Internet,’ is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob and Nick fire up the time machine again to save their friend.

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Leviathan

Foreign R

Kolya lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son Roma. The town’s corrupt mayor is determined to take away his business, his house, and his land.​

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MortdecaiMortdecai

Comedy R

Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold. Meanwhile he is being chased by several angry groups of people.

 

still aliceStill Alice

Drama PG-13

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.​

 

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selmaSelma

Drama PG-13

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Mr. Turner

Drama R

mr turnerExplores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.black or white

Black or White

Drama PG-13

The story of a grandfather who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter, but when her paternal grandmother seeks custody with the help of her brother, the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding.

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GamblerThe Gambler

Drama R

Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Jim Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with an interest in Bennett’s future.

Inherent  ViceInherent  Vice

Drama R
Private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

Korean NR
The Admiral Roaring CurrentsThe story of Korean history’s most astonishing military victory by its greatly revered strategist, Admiral Yi Sunshin, who lures over 300 Japanese ships into a deadly trap where they meet their fate against only thirteen battle ships.
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taken 3Taken 3

Action R

Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered, must use his ‘particular set of skills’ to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now: his daughter. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

Unbroken

Drama PG-13

unbrokenAfter a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

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immigrantThe Immigrant

Drama R

Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.

most violent yearA Most Violent Year

Drama R

The tale of an immigrant and his family trying to live the American Dream and expand their business amidst rampant violence, urban decay, and corrupt city officials during one of the most dangerous years in the city’s history.

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