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January 2004

Librarians’ Choice 2003 · Films & Recordings


the cover of Dave Barry Talks Back

Dave Barry Talks Back
Dave Barry
C 27714
A hilarious, best-of collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and writer. Barry shares selections from his favorite columns, winning responses to his contests, solutions to the budget deficit, and his choices for a national insect. Bring your sense of humor!

Fatal Tide
Iris Johansen
C 27913
CDW 1685
The quiet life of Melis Nemid, a marine researcher and oceanographer who makes her home in the Caribbean, is shattered when one of her colleagues dies under mysterious circumstances and she becomes entangled in a mystery surrounding a mythical, Atlantis-like city.

Lord John and the Private Matter
Diana Gabaldon
C 27976
CDW 1762
Lord John Grey (one of the supporting characters from Gabaldon’s Outlander series) has his hands full sorting out a delicate family matter and investigating the mysterious death of a comrade-in-arms.

the cover of Pictures of Hollis Woods

Pictures of Hollis Woods
Patricia Reilly Giff
C 27601
Hollis, a twelve-year-old orphan, staying with a retired art teacher, learns to use her sketchbook to explore her troubled past and face some difficult truths about why she was unable to accept the love and generosity of her previous foster family.

Paul Fleischman
C 27502
High school senior Rob Radkovitz begins writing his autobiography for a school assignment, and in the process of doing so, creates a “sound portrait” of his life using the airwaves of his radio and aural memories of his family. The school project develops into a search for his father, a radio DJ, who abandoned his mother shortly before his birth.

Pearl Harbor Murders
Max Allan Collins
CDW 1204
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tranquil sojourn in Hawaii is interrupted when he discovers the body of a beautiful Japanese-American nightclub singer on the beach. Burroughs decides to do a little unofficial sleuthing into the murder but the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor erases valuable evidence. Could there be a connection between the two events?


the cover of Casino Royale

Casino Royale: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Burt Bacharach
CDM 1419
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass perform the quintessential sixties sound along with Dusty Springfield’s “Look of Love”.

Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings
Nina Simone
CDJ 3395
This four CD box set contains all seven of Simone’s LPs for the Philips label and includes one bonus track.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
CDP 7317
From the ever-inventive Neil Young comes this concept rock album about a fictional California family whose lives are torn apart by murder. Also includes a bonus DVD filmed in Ireland.

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Masked and Anonymous
Bob Dylan
CDM 1506
The soundtrack to the 2003 film of the same name includes original works of Bob Dylan, performed by the artist, the Grateful Dead, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and Shirley Caesar, among others.

Neon Golden
CDP 7103
Ambient pop music with a “minimal kitchen sink vibe, accompanied by cellos, banjos and the organ.”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
CDP 7341
The latest release from the post-punk, alternative pop supergroup known for their narrative prose lyrics, and literary allusions.

Putumayo Presents Calypso
CDF 2883
Vintage songs from the Caribbean, circa 1951–1960.

Videos & DVDs

the cover of Battle of the X-Planes

Battle of the X-Planes
With billions in contracts at stake, two huge corporations compete to produce prototypes of the Joint Strike Fighter. Given top-secret access to the project, NOVA follows the development of the planes as they are assembled and go through their test flights.

Beau Travail
A sergeant in the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti, finds his ordered life turned upside down by the arrival of a new recruit, who finds favor with the unit’s commander. Dialogue in French with English sub-titles.

The Center of the World
The eighth episode of Ric Burns comprehensive series, “New York: a Documentary Film”, focuses on the importance of the World Trade Center to the city of New York and documents the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001.

the cover of The Hours

The Hours
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham, The Hours weaves together the stories of three women: Virginia Woolf, who is beginning to work on her novel, Mrs. Dalloway; Laura Brown, a 1940s housewife struggling to reconcile herself to an empty marriage; and Clarissa Vaughn, who is planning a party for a beloved friend who is dying of AIDS. The narratives unfold and converge in remarkable ways.

Infinite Secrets
Archimedes, the Greek mathematician who discovered the value for Pi is considered by many to be the Einstein of the ancient world. A recently discovered manuscript reveals that Archimedes’ ideas and theories were far more advanced and revolutionary than originally believed.

Man on the Train
An unlikely friendship develops between a criminal and a retired poetry teacher who make their home in a sleepy French village. As the friendship grows, each man finds himself consumed with longing to trade his life with that of the other.

the cover of The Man Who Knew

The Man Who Knew: Special Agent John O’Neill
Special Agent John O’Neill was hot on the trail of Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, but his brash manner cost him his job at the FBI. Ironically, in August of 2001, O’Neill took a new job – head of security at the World Trade Center.

Russia: Land of the Tsars
An examination of Russia’s imperial past: its origins, leaders, wars, and politics. Using exclusive interviews and historical reenactments, this film spans one thousand years of Russian history.

Lee Holloway, a mousy, insecure young woman recently hired as a secretary, finds emotional freedom through a rather unorthodox sexual relationship with her boss.

Six Feet Under
The first season of HBO’s offbeat mini-series about a dysfunctional family who operate a funeral home in Pasadena.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger
Is Henry Kissinger guilty of crimes against humanity? This controversial film asserts that many actions of the former Secretary of State would be considered war crimes today.