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  • All the President's men
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jul 10, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    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.

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  • The lake house
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jul 8, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    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.

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

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 7, 2020

    Tagged: African American Science History

    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. 

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

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 7, 2020

    Tagged: African American Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Digital Collections Science

    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.

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  • The hidden kingdom by Sutherland, Tui,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Megan M on Jul 7, 2020

    Tagged: Audiobooks Children Fiction Summer Reading

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  • Hope for animals and their world : how endangered species are being rescued from the brink by Goodall, Jane,
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 3, 2020

    Tagged: Science Summer Reading Animals and Nature

    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
     

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  • God is red : a native view of religion by Deloria, Vine.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 2, 2020

    Tagged: New Americans Religion Social Science

    Vine Deloria is to Native Americana what Julia Childs is to cooking, or better; what Neil DeGrasse Tyson is to Astronomy. Vine Deloria was the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. He's probably the only Native person to have been a Marine. Go to theology school then also get a J.D. and author 20books. Patiently but directly explaining and correcting your biased understanding of a white mans' God concept which you have been hounded with either subtly or by . Native Americans don't view Earth as an object. Shrines and Temples and the fact that God acted historically, none of that is central to the native concept of God. The Spirit of the Universe was felt and tapped into, and the role that medicine men played is explained. If you are in a dry spot spiritually due to the chaos in the universe and our fabricated money centric economy why not give Vine Deloria a try. Spirituality is something that you create for yourself; not something that someone can sell you. Remember the grass is green wherever you water it.

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  • Black Klansman : race, hate, and the undercover investigation of a lifetime by Stallworth, Ron.
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Ellen ? on Jul 2, 2020

    Tagged: African American Movies & Television History

    The Movie has been circulating, but of course the book came first and is based on a true story. I defer to the New York Times plot summary to pique your interest: "In 1978, Ron Stallworth was a 25-year-old officer on the Colorado Springs police force — the first black detective in the city’s history — when he rang David Duke, then the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. That call, part of a successful, if highly improbable, seven-month undercover operation Stallworth conducted into the Klan’s local chapter, has been memorialized on film by John David Washington, who plays Stallworth in this summer’s much lauded adaptation by Spike Lee of Stallworth’s memoir, “Black Klansman” (retitled for the movie as “BlacKkKlansman”)." Give it a try. It's a heavy, painful, real, and surreal. HIlarious moments and epic hairdoo help lighten how things really were in America just a few decades ago. Please post your comments below. Curious to hear what you think. There are some slights against Jews in the film (another stereotype, but a stereotype worth talking about). If you are mixed ethnicity caught in the middle of this hugely polarized portrayal of race which has played out for too long in America, but you simultaneously realize you stand on the shoulders of human rights leaders and other everyday heros please contribute on why this was poignant and what was most un-comfortable.

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  • Dark places by Flynn, Gillian,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jul 2, 2020

    Tagged: Fiction

    A girl investigates the murder of her mom and 2 sisters in which her brother is in jail for committing. There were lots of twists and turns but she does uncover the truth about the murders and who committed them. Was a good book, kept my interest.

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  • Whiplash
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 30, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    was an intense movie. A student in an elite music school is an ambitious drummer. An instructor known for his terrifying and often not nice ways of teaching hears him practicing and invites him to join a jazz ensemble. Thi instructor pushes him to the brink of his ability and sanity.

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  • The Help
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 24, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    I enjoyed this movie. It was set in mississippi when the help of the white people were black. The black mostly raised the children of their employers. A woman decided to write a book of the help and the stories they told and how they were treated by their emploer. The residents of the town didnt like what was written about them. goog movie

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  • The lost heir by Sutherland, Tui,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Megan M on Jun 23, 2020

    Tagged: Audiobooks Children Family Fiction Summer Reading

    Tsunami believes she is a long, lost sea dragon princess, the last royal female sea dragonet, and now that she and her friends have escaped their Skywing prison, she is finally going to see her kingdom and reunite with her tribe! But once there, with all her dreams seemingly come true, a disillusioned Tsunami realizes that the Kingdom of the Sea isn't quite what she expected, and she may not belong there after all. First, Tsunami has a major deficit in her education that she's just finding out about, and because of it, she may not be able to communicate properly with her fellow sea dragons. Second, she discovers, with surprise, that she is NOT the last royal female sea dragonet! She has a one-year old sister who is being bred for the throne and is literally attached to their mother, Queen Coral, day and night. And then there's that secret about her father Tsunami desperately wishes wasn't true, and that her mother may have her put to death for! While the first Wings of Fire book introduced me to the world Pyrrhia, and revolved around Clay's story and his perspective, The Lost Heir took me to a new area, the Kingdom of the Seawings, and continued the story, focusing on Tsunami. I was genuinely sad for Tsunami when her story didn't work out quite like the fairy tale she thought was based on her, but ever-ready and ever-confident Tsunami was quickly able to switch gears and set her priorities straight, like the true leader she is, and always was, regardless of title. I highly recommend this audiobook to new Wings of Fire fans, although I feel like this series is definitely one to read in order so make sure to read or listen to The Dragonet Prophecy first. The audiobook version read by Shannon McManus is fantastic, clear sound and McManus gives each dragon a unique voice which makes the listening experience even better. Listen while cleaning your room, doing the dishes, or get the whole family to journey to Pyrrhia during a long car ride! And, this audiobook is available on hoopla so you don't have to wait!

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  • Dead Poets Society
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 23, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    Was about a group of boys who went to a prestigious boys school and the friendships they made. This one particular teacher helps them to be themselves. One boys father takes him away from his dreams. The boy commiuts suicide. They blame the teacher not the parent. The teacher is forced to leave but as he's leaving the students show how much he really meant to them. very good movie

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  • The dragonet prophecy by Sutherland, Tui,

    Reviewed by Megan M on Jun 22, 2020

    Tagged: Audiobooks Children Fiction Summer Reading

    He doesn't want to believe it, but he knows it must be true. The guardians were there that day, and one in particular likes to remind him of what he had tried to do, of what a deadly creature he can be.  He's a murderous monster who tried to kill his fellow dragonets moments after hatching from his own egg, and that monster inside him is just waiting for the right moment to show its claws again. Clay's been told that story a thousand times, and battle trained for years, but the five-year old dragonet just doesn't want to hurt or kill other dragons. All he wants is a good meal and to spend time with his closest friends: Tsunami, Glory, Sunny and Starflight.  But when Clay discovers that their guardians plan to kill Glory, he and the other dragonets hatch a plan of their own to ensure her survival, and escape from the cave they've lived in their whole life.  This is necessary because these five young dragons are the Dragonets of Destiny, ordained through a prophecy to end the great war and save the world.  But how can five dragonets who've been hidden away in a cave their whole life accomplish that?  Clay has no idea, but once their plan is set into motion, there is no going back.

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I love the fantasy genre, but for some reason I've always abhorred stories that don't feature humanoids as the main characters. I mean, can I really get invested in a story told from the perspective of an imaginary animal?  Well, apparently when Tui T. Sutherland creates a world and characters like the ones in the Wings of Fire series, and Shannon McManus reads those stories aloud, I totally can!  If you’re looking for a new fantasy series that combines adventure and mystery with relatable characters, this might be the series for you.  I checked out book two, The Lost Heir, as soon as I finished listening to The Dragonet Prophecy, because I couldn’t wait to hear about the dragonets next trip to the sea kingdom!  

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  • Schindler's list
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 22, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    a very good movie. I never realized how may Jews were killed by Hitker. The movie shows that there are good people out there trying to help . Everyone is not the same and should be judh=ged by the person they are,

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  • Someone knows by Scottoline, Lisa,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 22, 2020

    Tagged: Fiction

    about a group of 4 high school friends who play a trick on a new person that just moved in. They play russian Roulette. They think he committed suicide. 20 yrs later one of the 4 wants to let the story be known what really happened. 2 of the four commit suicide. Or did they? was a good book kept me reading so I could find out what happened.

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  • Only the brave
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 18, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    A true story of a group of 20 firefighters who become one of the best firefighting team in the nation. They also become good friends. One fire was too much for them and the whole team minus one died, based on a true story, a very good movie.

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  • Crash course : the American automobile industry's road from glory to disaster by Ingrassia, Paul.
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert S on Jun 16, 2020

    Tagged: Biography and Autobiography Business and Economics Business and Entrepreneurs Automotive

    Crash Course is a history of the American and foreign autos sold in the U.S. It includes the creation, development and end of the cars, companies, leaders and also includes a lot of information on the unions. The author, Paul Ingrassia, provides much information on top management of the car companies and unions, their successes and many mistakea. He provides many examples of mistakes made by the companies such as too many brands, factories, workers and dealers and an unwillingness by anyone to change. He also blames the unions for their huge hourly rates, lifetime benefits and an unwillingness to negotiate. An excellent book.

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  • The Accused
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Donna P on Jun 16, 2020

    Tagged: Movies & Television

    A woman was gandg raped at a bar and the DA who got the case tok a plea. The woman was upset she never told her story and they got away with the rape. The Da then researched and charged the ones in the bar that were cheering the rapists on. A very good movie

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  • Miracles on Maple Hill by Sorensen, Virginia,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Megan M on Jun 15, 2020

    Tagged: Children ebooks Summer Reading

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