Thursday, May 30, 2013

check this out: FPL staff picks

Sutapa Chatterjee, Library page/circulation

Oleander Girl: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

…a sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life. ---from the book jacket

Donald LeBlanc, Reference Librarian

The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner by Edgar Turner

The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner by Edgar Turner portrays the next step in commercial air travel. Oversized full page photographs establish not only the enormity of the plane but also the task to produce it. The pictures are of a high professional quality created by Boeing’s company photographer.  The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner is a work of contemporary aviation art but has even more to offer, providing detail into the new world of manufacturing high cost products. ---Donald LeBlanc

Christina Hicks, Young Adult Librarian

The gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

"The launch of a brilliant new mystery series, set in 1845 New York City: Irish Potato Famine, the birth of the police force, brothels and bedlam."--- Gillian Flynn

Matthew Riley, Assistant Director/Adult Services

The Big Screen: the story of the movies by David Thomson

More than just a history of the movies, film critic David Thomson traces the influence of screens in our lives from the first silent films to the multiple small screens of Facebook, video games, YouTube, smart phones and tablets.  Thomson finds correspondence between the big screen of an earlier cinema and the narrative force of liberal education:  Whereas he finds the small screens of digitization propelling a more fragmented and dislocated society.  His tone is one of concern, but he strives to appear neutral finding potential among the rubble of cinema and in the outcropping of new technologies and artists. He questions these effects on viewers, then and now, through the analysis of film genres, cultures, histories, artists, and innovators.  David Thomson is also the author of, Have You Seen? A personal introduction to a 1,000 films, and A Biographical Dictionary of Film. ---M. Riley


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