Friday, March 31, 2017

Kira recommends "Lights Out"

Lights out

My best friend and I are horror movie addicts, and we've watched everything from The Blair Witch Project to The Collector to REPO: The Genetic Opera to The Greenskeeper. Anyone who watches a lot of horror movie​s knows that they can range from cheesy to okay to amazing, and anywhere in between. This movie was at the latter end of the spectrum. There's not a whole lot of ideas that haven't been seen before in horror movies- evil creature comes through a ouija board, mentally ill child kills everybody, a demonic cult lies beneath an innocent-looking town- or, of course, a monster can only exist in the shadows, so you're safe until the lights go out. What makes this movie good is that instead of going down the same path that other horror films have already gone, Lights Out takes a new spin, and is genuinely scary. I won't ruin anything for you, but if you like scary movies, or even if you just want your blood to rush without blood and gore flying everywhere, this is a good, terrifying horror movie for you.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gretchen recommends "Law of Attraction"

Law of Attraction is a combination legal thriller and romance with compelling characters.  Author and former federal prosecutor Allison Leotta, originally from Michigan, uses her legal background to craft the first of her Anna Curtis novels.  Anna’s first case brings back disturbing memories of her childhood, also bringing to light the complex cycle of domestic violence.  What follows is a fast-faced whodunit with surprising twists and turns, leaving room for new legal battles and relationships for Anna in the series.  This title was well-received by the North Branch mystery book discussion group.  Recommended for adults.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Margaret recommends "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

Master historian, David McCullough, tells the story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris between 1830 and 1900. What they learned in Paris helped to shape America from art to inventions to written works to medicine. Learn about people such as Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. What you learn may surprise you. McCullough brings each of the many men and women artists, inventors, writers, and doctors to life and demonstrates truly how amazing they were. Our very own Detroit Institute of Arts own some of the works of Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Alexander Healy and more mentioned in the book. It is well worth the visit to explore. Enjoyed by our South Branch book club, an informative read.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jeannie recommends "Deepwater Horizon"

Deepwater horizon

Book: Fire on the Horizon by John Konrad

Both the book and the movie share subject matter of the disaster aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. I highly recommend reading the book first, and then check out the movie (both of which are available at CMPL). I forgot how the book moved me until I saw the movie, and bonus if you like Mark Wahlburg!