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  • The Photographic object 1970
    Mail Art

    Mail or correspondence art can take many forms; this is a very short list of some books and ebooks you can borrow for ideas on different artists' approaches to paper-based art.

  • Cartographic Imagination

    Books for the December 2020 online art book club on map making for artists. Many more books on the subject are normally available to anyone but this list only contains those that can be borrowed at this time, in November-December 2020. The titles on this list can all be borrowed by Free Library card holders by placing holds and picking up at locations currently offering curbside or contactless pickup services or by reading online via our ebook providers such as Hoopla. This list does not include reference books that must be used inside our buildings, books stored in our offsite stacks, the Regional Operations Center or ebooks that have catalog records but are not at this time available.


Reviews

  • Ashby
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Ashby starring Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff is about Ed (Wolff) who moves to Virginia from Oregon with his mom and befriends his neighbor, Ashby (Rourke.) First their relationship starts as a school project and a way for Ashby to get toa nd from places as he can't drive because he's dying. However, their bond becomes something more.

     

    Ed joins the football team, looks out for his mother (Sarah Silverman) and likes a girl (Emma Roberts) from his school. His father makes promises that he can't keep. But the more Ed and Ashby get to know each other, including knowing Ashby's secret that he is an assassin, makes an impact on Ed and they learn a lot from each other.

    This movie told a nice story and how a stranger can suddenly change your life. I don't think this movie was different than any other or there was anything unique about it, but it was still a good movie and enjoyable to watch. It felt predictable in a sense, but if you're looking for a feel-good movie, go ahead and watch it.

    Reviewed by Lauren G on Dec 4, 2020

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  • Instant family
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne is based on a true story about a couple Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie (Byrne) who decide they want kids and make the choice to become foster parents. They end up adopting there siblings: an independent teenager, a sassy little girl, and a very sensitive boy. While Pete and Ellie aren't the perfect parents and parenting three kids who have had a hard life isn't easy, they manage to give them a loving home. Instant Family was a great look into fostering children and what life is like in the foster system. It's one of those feel good movies and can make you laugh. It's a movie I'd definitely watch again knowing there are people out there like Pete and Ellie and other families fostering children.

    Reviewed by Lauren G on Dec 4, 2020

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  • Permanent record by Snowden, Edward J.,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Permanent Record is going to yield what every geek has hoped for as far as knowing all about Snowden's background and what led to what; in his personal knowledgebase and career trajectory. However I have to add a disclaimer. I basically picked this book because I found out Snowden is from Elizabeth City North Carolina, a very backwater port city I just happen to have also spent a summer in. So my expectation is that he is a salt of the earth kind Elizabeth-citian deep down. At points and times I'm sure that light shines. But I didn't appreciate being treated to the pride and pomp story of his family heritage, the whiteness, pilgrim pride. I thought he could have stuck to teaching the rest of America about the "Albemarle Sound" and infinity loops, while having some cognitive foresight into the fact his reading audience might be just as proud to NOT have been related to the Mayflower crew. Personally it just stokes my internal fire and makes me want to code more when I see how much this book is writen from a white male viewpoint but not everyone will want to finish it for a variety of reasons. Trigger Warning: racism should not be in a science book.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Dec 4, 2020

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  • Body cam
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Suspenseful. Horror. Violent. Confussing. Super-natural. Out-of-body experiences. Law Enforcement. Very Dark.

    Bad cop vs. good cop movie. This was a fast moving film with lots of chilling scenes. It will definitely keep you in suspense. Mary J. Blige plays a police officer investigating the death of a co-worker while dealing with the death of her own son  .Most of the scenes were too dark for me. If you like movies with lots of creepy graphic effects I would reccomend this movie.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Dec 3, 2020

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  • You can't touch my hair and other things I… by Robinson, Phoebe,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    You Can't Touch My Hair : and other things I still have to explain by Phoebe Robinson is a great read but when the writer is a stand up comedian and the jokes are on a non pause setting of free flow and the audiobook is an opportunity I would select it and did which is why I am reviewing this item not the hardcopy version. 

    Clearly this book was written in a tongue in cheek style to *****Review in Progress

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Dec 3, 2020

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  • To the nines by Evanovich, Janet.
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Another Stephanie plum story. This time while trying to bring in some of her hunted they end up dead and she is part of the murders game. Another good book

    Reviewed by Donna P on Dec 3, 2020

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