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  • All the President's men
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Washington Post reporter Bob woodward covers the story of what he thought was a break in to the Democratic National Headquarters. The more he investigated the more suspicious he got about the accused. He gets assigned the story and told to run with it. What he unvails goes all the way up to the whitehouse. Good movie.

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jul 10, 2020

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  • The lake house
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    A romantic story of two people who stayed at the lake house in various years. One in 2004 the other 2006. They communicated by letters they put in the mailbox of the house. They set a date where they would meet, he didn't show up. She realized why he didn't show up(something nad happened to him) she write him a letter to tell him what happened and to stop him from showing up. She wasn't sure if it would reach him in time. Was a good movie.

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jul 8, 2020

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  • Welcome to the universe : an astrophysical tour by Tyson, Neil De Grasse
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Tyson, Strauss, and Gott met when they were working on their respective thesis' and remained in contact and eventually taught together and now after years of research and career success have united to publish this book with a jazzy cover design Welcome to the Universe. This is what you need to read if you need a refresher course on what Atoms are, where planet Centauri is. This is the book you need to read if you have forgotten which galaxy is beyond (ours) the Milky Way; Andromeda. Likewise if you haven't kept up with discoveries in our lifetimes on Cosmic microwave background radiation which is what is left of the 'big bang' that we can observe this should clarify that so that you can discuss it at dinner. Finally, and somewhat amusingly, since 1997 we have applied simpler terms like Expansion and even 'low grade inflation' to explain the idea of multiverse. So the universe is complicated, and we are still in an expansionary period but you can read up on it here and be cutting edge for free now thanks to these three phenomenal authors, educators, but most of all enthusiastic astrophysicists. 

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 7, 2020

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  • Letters from an astrophysicist by Tyson, Neil deGrasse,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I wasn't going to say this book is Neil Degrasse Tyson's best or most important work when he has written and explained such higher level descriptions of what is going on in the Universe; however; 'humans are Gods of small things' with questions that need answering and I had no idea just what an interesting process the answering of daily messages would be for someone with his wit and intellect and pure knowledge of physics. It makes sense though, you grow up in the Bronx, you set your sights high literally and figuratively and become an African American Astrophysicist and people have questions for you. Generously, Mr. Tyson has included and categorized thematically, standout letters which present an aggregate of not only the overall content that he has responded to for decades, during the years when his email was public; but the sincerity, dedication, steadfast consistency and delicacy with which he has treated his audience of devotees, yielding some of the most profound responses one could ever hope for, from anyone of any race or creed or profession, across all time and space. A True hero.

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 7, 2020

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  • The hidden kingdom by Sutherland, Tui,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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    Reviewed by Megan M on Jul 7, 2020

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  • Hope for animals and their world : how… by Goodall, Jane,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Imagine what luxurious experiences your life would contain if you travelled the globe learning about different animal species! That is exactly what Jane Goodall did. When she wasn't doing her own work in Kenya and England she was networking and building relationships with conservationists all over the world and accepted hundreds(?) possibly 100s of invitations to visit their zoo, species habitat, or project and to get personal stories from people on the frontlines doing work to re-introduce species to the wild, or prevent their extinction. The book therefore is hopeful in that it covers a hodgepodge of species which have made a come back. This is a wonderful Tour de Force Nature and could be used as a bedtime summer reading book as well because many of the animals are covered for 4 or 7 pages and you have suddenly traveled from Brasil to Florida Everglades, to Australia in under an hour. There is also a useful 'What you can do' resource and bibliography at the back of the book so if you are not interested in the California condor or Red Wolf you can skip to the animals you want to be proficient in. The stories are printed in a sort of stream of consiousness there is no rhyme or reason to the order so jump in anywhere and enjoy! #Marine Biology #Conservation
     

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 3, 2020

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