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  • Girls trip
    ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Comedy. Rauchy. Foul Language. Good Ending. Nice Cast. Long-time Friendships

    The girlfriend's get away trip theme was good.  I could not enjoy the movie because it had too much foul language in almost every scene. Some scenes were funny.   It did, however, have a very good cast.

     

     

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Apr 8, 2021

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  • Once upon an eid Stories of Hope and Joy by 15… by Ali, Nujood.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Have you ever gotten distracted while your brownies were in the oven - and burned the whole batch? Or maybe your friend’s bike got into an accident so you begrudgingly lent him yours? Perhaps you've dealt with guilt over things in life that were beyond your control. Or had sickness in the family, and took on the difficult task of helping someone close to you participate and find joy in a special day, even when they are not feeling 100%. Once Upon an Eid is a delightful, uplifting anthology of short stories about topics like these, and more, which kids and adults can enjoy, learn from, and see themselves in. This thoroughly enjoyable book allows the reader to experience Eid through the eyes of a number of different people, of various ages and genders, from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Some stories are lighthearted and funny, others more bittersweet. But even though the stories are all unique, each shows the important role that family and community play in our lives, no matter who we are. If you're looking for something to elevate your spirits and touch your heart, especially during Ramadan, give this book a try! I listened to the audiobook which features Siiri Scott and Neil Shah and this really brought the characters to life for me, but I'm certain the print version is engaging as well. Even though the stories are fiction, this put me in mind of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books that were popular when I was younger, due to the inspirational and spiritual nature of the stories. I'd recommend this book for 4th grade and up.

    Reviewed by Megan M on Apr 8, 2021

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  • Tyler Perry's Madea goes to jail
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Drama. Comedy. Romance. Memorable Characters. Touching. Strong Acting. Sensitive Subject Matters. Heart-warming.

    Although this film deals with many sensitive subjects it will still have you laughing when Madea shows up. The actors and actresses were very convincing in thier roles.  Also adding to the comedy is Tamala and David Mann . It's not a lot of scenes with Madea in jail, but, it enough of them to keep you wondering  WWMD... "what would Madea do".

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Apr 6, 2021

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  • The Real Coke, The Real Story by Oliver, Thomas
    ☆☆☆☆☆
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    Reviewed by Robert S on Mar 31, 2021

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  • Paris : The novel by Rutherfurd, Edward.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    This is an historical novel about Paris, the City of Light.  It's 752 pages, a big bug crusher, of a book.  But, stay with it.

    It covers the years 1261 to 1968. Six families are followed through centuries of religious persecutions, plagues, continous wars and one very bloody revolution. Notre Dame Cathedral is constructed as is the Eifell Tower in engaging detail.

    The characters are all interconnected through time. They love each other, kill each other, marry each other, impregnate each other, betray each other.  They are always, none the wiser, about their historical connections through the veils of history.

    We, the all-knowing readers, keep track of these liasons through tumultous times.  If you are a history buff or reader of romance novels, this book is for you.

    Reviewed by valerie h on Mar 29, 2021

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  • Tyler Perry's Good deeds
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Romance. Comedy. Touching. Heart-warming. Inspiring. Emotional. Good Ending. Great Acting.

    This film honors goodness in a fairytale type of way. As do most of Tyler Perry's film this one deals with emotional and inspiring real life situations. Homelessness is a very sad but real reality to many people in this country of plenty. A constant reminder that pride comes before the fall and that you can be up today and down tomorrow. Tyler Perry is a true prince charming to the rescue in this movie. A movie that the whole family can enjoy together.  I enjoyed watching this film.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Mar 29, 2021

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