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  • Custer died for your sins; an Indian manifesto. by Deloria, Vine.
    ★★★★★

    To quote Vine Deloria: "The betrayal of treaty promises has in this generation created a greater feeling of unity among Indian people than any other subject." This book is eloquent in it's discussion of legal back turning and the Christian churches complicity in turning a cold shoulder to injustices and then magically doing a 360 in the 1960s vis-a-vis our governements' treatment of Native peoples. Well researched and orgainized, Vine Deloria is a hero for authoring so many truths which are to this date not incorporated into the public education system and combats the damage done by our Rand McNally textbook biased version of affairs. I recommend this book to educators, individuals, and future lawyers since 'Native peoples have had no way to get the federal government to admit they have rights in the first place' and the rectification of such a situation poses unique challenges for equal rights legislation, not to mention diplomacy in the new millenium. 

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Mar 31, 2020

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  • Des vies en mieux : Billie, Mathilde, et Yann by Gavalda, Anna,
    ★★★★★

    This book is a French Romance, full of rhyme, poetry, sensuality, and the author is very tongue in cheek starting off with a rated R romantic flashback. In the style of bouquins you will not be disappointed. Lexique: Moderne. This is not Madame Bovary les enfants!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Mar 14, 2020

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  • Legacy and the queen by Matthew, Annie.
    ★★★★★

    In lieu of his recent passing, as a tribute to him Kobe Bryant's childrens' books are soaring, selling out, and put him on the NewYorkTimes best seller list. Here is a book for 10-14year olds on the pressure and dedication and young adult challenges revolving around tennis. It speaks to the depth of his character as a father and a person that he was able to create such a custom beautiful Fantasy chapterbook inspite of the demands of being a pro-athlete. I assume that elements of the story were directly communicated orally via recording and that only his rigorous schedule prevented him from 'officially authoring' the story but the voice is clearly his. Every nuance and every detail of this book is magically and masterfully constructed and is a lasting tribute to his standards of excellence. This book won't just make you feel special this book will tell you you are special.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Mar 11, 2020

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  • The boys of '36
    ★★★★★

    This is one of best and only full length rowing movies of all time. Featuring real footage and interviews on the history behind the Washington crew's win in Germany it's a powerful tribute to the sport, Roosevelt, and all that goes into the mechanics of the difficult sport. Both political and biographical it makes a great introduction to the sport for those that know little about competitive rowing and also motivational inspiration for athletes who are dedicated and need reminding in tough times why they are pursuing such a difficult sport involving 4am training, precision timing, and teammate trust on a micro and macro scale which distinguishes it from the other Olympic sports.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Mar 11, 2020

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  • Beauty and the beast
    ★★★★☆

    This is a Disney remake of their original Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson. Personally I thought it was way too long. By attempting to keep the original soundtrack intact and also adding in additional new songs it puts the movie over the 2 hour mark, which: even in the modern day of screens and machines (long airplane flights not withstanding) feels like way too long to expect any child to sit still. Since it is not a musical I was not clear on why they took such a hardline on maintaining their own original script but I suspect it has to do with privacy ownership rights and regulations.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Mar 11, 2020

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  • Swiss army man
    ★★★★☆

    Swiss Army Man is a zany comedy starring Daniel Radcliff and Paul Dano who share a surprising amount of equal cinematic weight as they are stuck together stranded. Depending on your sense of humor the comedic aspects will make the flimsy plot worth watching. I felt like the ending which made sense realistically destroyed my positive image of every human grace I had just witnessed in both character and was genuinely shattered. I am left with two impressions: First, he acting is powerful enough to carry the plot through two hours of phantasmagorical life or death scenarios. Second, Daniel Radcliffe really wanted to produce a film which would be fun to create and genre busting. The end result proves to be a disturbing exploration of male bonding and the psyche of love when madness is involved.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Feb 27, 2020

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