Weekly Reads

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See what your favorite library staff members are reading!

Candace- The Victorian City: Everyday life in Dickens’ London

Christine- Summer House with a Swimming Pool

Jeanne- The Book of Life

JoAnna- Southie Won’t Go: A teacher’s diary of the desegregation of South Boston High School

Meghan- Censoring Queen Victoria: how two gentlemen edited a queen and created an icon

Shianne- First Love

The Silkworm

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silkwormThe Silkworm
By: Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

Private Investigator Cormoran Strike has been roped into yet another grisly murder, except this time instead of a beautiful model, the victim is a universally disliked author. Strike has to race against the clock to solve the mystery before the wrong person goes to jail and the real killer escapes forever.

This is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series and, I liked this book much more than the first one, The Cuckoo’s Calling. It was entertaining and suspenseful throughout; it was much less predictable than The Cuckoo’s Calling. I love good detective stories, and I definitely think that the Cormoran Strike books qualify as good detective stories. I look forward to reading the next one.

Her

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herRating: R

Theodore is a lonely writer who just went through a divorce. When a new, free-thinking, operating system is created he buys one in order to get a little company.

I was really excited to see this movie, and I had heard great things about it. When I finally got the chance to see it, it didn’t disappoint. If you can get over the fact that the main character falls in love with an operating system, you can really enjoy how touching this movie is. Though it is not typical, it is a love story, and I really sympathized with Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix). All of the actors did an amazing job, and I thought the movie was fantastic. I give it a 9 out of 10.

In Secret

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in secretRating: R

As a young girl living in France in the 1800s, Therese moved in with her Aunt and sickly cousin, Camille. Years later the small family moves to Paris, and Therese and Camille get married. Therese thinks she is doomed to live in a loveless marriage forever, until she meets Camille’s friend Laurent, and embarks on a dangerous and passionate love affair.

This movie seemed like an interesting period piece with some good actors. Unfortunately, I was bored 10 minutes into the movie. The plot of this movie was entertaining, and there were some really good scenes, however the majority of the movie was slow.  It was interesting to see how the characters progressed throughout the movie, but I was bored during most of it, so I can only give it a 5 out of 10.

August: Osage County

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augustRating: R

When a family tragedy brings the estranged Weston family together they try to get along, but their resentment for each other can’t be controlled, and they end up at each others throats.
This movie was very dramatic. Basically everything bad that can happen in a movie happened to this family in just a few days. Towards the end of the movie, the drama started getting a bit unbelievable though, and I kept thinking “what else can possibly go wrong?” All the acting was fantastic, and Meryl Streep was amazing, as usual.  I give it an 8 out of 10.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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walterRating: PG

Walter Mitty lives a boring, ordinary life and spends the majority of his time day-dreaming. When he loses his job he makes an impulsive decision and starts living his life the way he always dreamed.

This movie was a lot of fun to watch and was very inspiring. It’s the type of movie that makes you want to get out into the world and travel. Ben Stiller did an impressive job in a serious role, as did Kristen Wiig, and I hope they both start doing more serious roles. It was filmed in some beautiful places, it wasn’t too long, and overall it was a nice film. I really liked this movie, and I give it an 8 out of 10

Philomena

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philomenaRating: PG-13

Martin Sixsmith has just been through a little career drama when he stumbles upon the story of a woman who is searching for the son she was forced to give up when she was a teenager.

This story was really heartbreaking. Philomena (played by the extraordinary Dame Judi Dench) got pregnant at a young age and was sent to a convent where the nuns set up the children for adoption whether the mothers wanted it or not. I don’t want to ruin the story, but it’s sad, so if you’re going to watch it prepare for that. There were a few times where I was a little bored but I did enjoy this movie so I give it a 7 out of 10.