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  • Splash
    ★★★★★

    Splash is one of the first Tom Hanks films, he was originally slated to play the role of the brother. Wonderful method acting was used to develop the scenes making it a must-be-seen for anyone in acting/theater/comedy. This is a film which is rich, hilarious, and the slap stick isn't too corney. They set you up for what you know is coming and then they tweak events ever so slightly to the right or left in a mind blowingly satisfiyingly unpredictable way. The flimsy plot is eclipsed by the real human characterizations and John Candy makes a wonderful 'older wiser' brother. Viewers who watched the Shape of Water will realize blatant copying of both theme in the abstract and certain scene shots which are a clear hat tip to this gem of a comedy.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Nov 7, 2018

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  • Accessory to war : the unspoken alliance… by Tyson, Neil deGrasse,
    ★★★★★

    This timely walk through recent historical military and political moves as relates to engineering and astronomical science is immensely well crafted, researched and searing with the gravity of the consequences of war and a military mongering mindset. Here comes the truth about China's space program superiority, 9/11, CNN's un-positive news spins at every given opportunity, and many more going's on. This book is forged from the heaviest most lugubrious subject matter and moulded expertly by Avis Lang into a piece which is edible eloquent and will hopefully be a call to arms for anyone in any industry to care about the death of freedom and planet earth. We can still shape the end-times into something more managable instead of mis-directing all of our talents to starting Wars to keep people distracted and misplaced. You will want to take notes while you read this. 

     

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Oct 31, 2018

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  • Fearless : how an underdog becomes a champion by Pederson, Doug,
    ★★★★★

    Uncover the hidden magic of the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Doug Pederson with this over-view cursory Autobiography of his time spent in the NFL as a Quarterback and everything leading up till summer 2017 season history. No stranger to disappointment Pederson presents his un-raveling as a player for Miami who got cut more than 5times, to a private football coach and then back to the NFL. There is a certain intrigue hearing who knows who/who has played with whom over the years which kills some of the mystique of The NFL. This is an excellent read for all fans, sports geeks and non-geeks alike. His career as a sort of wing man to Brett Farve during his time with Greenbay is explored as well as other anecdotal personal relationships discussed. He waives a religious banner alot in a "my God is for me" way which is disappointing but an accurate glimpse of his world view and sports view. Here's to Coach Pederson in the upcoming season!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Oct 31, 2018

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  • Apple of my eye
    ★★★★★

    Bailey has always been a horse person but after an accident her vision quickly worsens until she is legally blind. 

    When the local breeder is unable to pair her with a guide dog he orders in a miniature pony which is half trained. With the help of her new friends helping her adjust Apple quickly wins over her parents and becomes part of the family. Bailey is able to re-create her previous hobbies and zest for life to much success and the accolade of her parents. THis is a great film, (ironically) for anyone who is NOT blind and can watch the film and also anyone interested in supporting a loved one who is partically blind by encouraging them with adjusting as it clearly is not a 2 hour Hollywoodized process. I greatly enjoyed the horses acting and think you will too!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Oct 18, 2018

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  • The Last Hours by Walters, Minette
    ★★★★★

    The Last Hours is an excellent example of historical fiction about the Black Death and the consequences of the population decimation it caused.  The author has obviously done her research, but don't for a minute think this is a dry history book.  Primarily an author of suspens

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Oct 17, 2018

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  • Bellewether by Kearsley, Susanna
    ★★★★☆

    This well-done historical fiction set on Long Island chronicles the story of two prisoners of the French and Indian War who have been sent to live with a local family.  Tensions are high as the French have caused grievous harm to the family.  However, the patriarch of the family welcomes the men and comes to admire one of them.  A romance develops between one of the prisoners and the daughter of the household.  

    Alternating with the historical story is the story set in modern times of a young woman from a prominent family who has come back to the town to run the local historical site where the original family lived.  There are rumors about ghosts and about a tragic love story.  She must use her research abilities to determine the truth as well as heal divisions in her own family resulting from her father fleeing to Canada as a draft resistor during the Vietnam War.  

    Both time periods have concurrent somewhat idealized love stories but the history and setting are the primary focus.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Oct 17, 2018

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