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What’s New at Skidompha              February 2018

 

 

 

New Non-Fiction

Gay, Roxanne     Hunger:  A memoir of (my) body

The NYT bestselling author living in a body she calls wildly undisciplined casts a critical eye over her childhood, teens and twenties, including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point in her young life, then brings readers into the present along with the pains and joys of her daily life.  With the bracing candor reflective of her generation, she explores what it means to be overweight in a culture where the bigger you are, the less you are seen.

 

French, Erin     The Lost Kitchen:  Recipes and a good life found in Freedom, Maine

This evocative, gorgeous four-season look at cooking in Maine includes 100 recipes by native Mainer Erin French, who grew up in Freedom, Maine (population 719), helping her father at the griddle in his diner. An entirely self-taught cook who used cookbooks to form her culinary education, she now helms her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in a historic mill in the same town, creating meals that draw locals and visitors from around the world to a dining room that feels like an extension of her home kitchen. The food has been called “brilliant in its simplicity and honesty” by Food & Wine, and people often reserve a place at her table a year in advance.

 

Young, Kevin     Bunk:  The rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news

An award-winning poet and critic, the author tours us through a rogue’s gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers ”from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump.” Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, he finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion. Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time.  He asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.

 

Berwald, Juli     Spineless: The science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone

In our oceans for well over half a billion years, longer than any other animal on the planet, jellyfish are used in creating vital pharmaceuticals, yet make a venom toxic enough to kill a human in three minutes. Their sting—microscopic spears that pierce with five million times the acceleration of gravity—is the fastest known motion in the animal kingdom. Made of roughly 95 percent water, some jellies are barely perceptible virtuosos of disguise, while others glow with a luminescence that has revolutionized biotechnology. Yet until recently, jellyfish were largely ignored by science, and they remain among the most poorly understood of ocean dwellers. In the past, massive blooms of billions of jellyfish have clogged power plants, decimated fisheries, and caused millions of dollars of damage. Driven by questions about how overfishing, coastal development, and climate change were contributing to a jellyfish population explosion, the author traveled the globe to meet the biologists who devote their careers to jellies, hitched rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild, raised jellyfish in her dining room, and throughout it all marveled at the complexity of these alluring and ominous biological wonders.

 

Gruyer, Perrine and Charles     Miraculous Abundance:  One quarter acre, two French farmers, and enough food to feed the world

When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an ancient Normandy village, they had no idea just how much their lives would change. Neither had ever farmed before: he had been circumnavigating the globe by sail, operating a floating school that taught students about ecology and indigenous cultures, and she had been an international lawyer in Japan.
Their farm has since become a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, and heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement. They evolved from creating a farm to sustain their family, to delving into an experiment in growing the most food possible, in the most ecological way possible, and create a farm model that can carry us into a post-carbon future―when oil is no longer moving goods and services, energy is scarcer, and localization is a must. Their farm is now the site of research focusing on how small organic farms like theirs might confront Europe’s (and the world’s) projected food crisis. Their book is also a love letter to a future in which people increasingly live in rural communities that rely on traditional skills, locally created and purveyed goods and services, renewable energy, and greater local governance, while still remaining connected to the larger world.

 

Whitehouse, Sheldon     Captured: The corporate infiltration of American democracy

A U.S. senator leading the fight against money in politics chronicles the long shadow corporate power has cast over our democracy. He offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate floor. The Senator combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to put forth the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what’s gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the Founders, and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability.

 

 

Webb, Brandon     The Killing School:  Inside the world’s deadliest sniper program

As a SEAL sniper and combat veteran, the author was tapped to revamp the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper School, incorporating the latest advances in technology and ballistics software to create an entirely new curriculum that challenges the skills of the best warriors. Trainees learn to utilize every edge possible to make their shot–from studying crosswinds, barometric pressure, latitude, and even the rotation of the earth to becoming ballistic experts. But marksmanship is only one aspect of the training. Each SEAL’s endurance, stealth and mental and physical stamina are tested and pushed to the breaking point. Webb also shows how this training plays out in combat, using real-life exploits of the world’s top snipers, each of whom is trained to function as an entire military operation rolled into a single individual–an army of one.

 

 

New Fiction

Hallinan, Timothy     Fool’s River

A travel writer and off-the-grid sleuth searches for a missing middle-aged man in Bangkok who has been abducted by predators who keep their victims, usually wealthy foreigners, alive only long enough to drain their bank accounts. Layered against the grisly main plot are the backstories of Bangkok’s bartenders and call girls and of the sleuth’s own wife’s secret past.

 

Burke, Alafair     The Wife

A woman meets a NYU economics professor while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, and soon marries him, leaving behind her troubled past. Six years later, the professor, now a media sensation, is accused of sexual misconduct. His alleged assaults put her in the spotlight she has worked hard to avoid. When she is asked to appear in court, she will have to choose between defending her husband and saving herself.

 

Barrett, Casey     Under Water

Once a competitive swimmer destined for Olympic gold, a young athlete drank away his gilded youth and followed his fraudster father’s footsteps into prison. Now scraping by as an unlicensed private investigator, he chases down cheating spouses for the same Manhattan elite who once held him in high esteem. His lost glory days resurface when he’s tasked with finding the teenaged sister of a former teammate turned Olympic champion. The sister has vanished, leaving behind a too-perfect West Village apartment and a promising athletic career of her own. As he searches, he’s plunged back into the dark underbelly of Olympic swimming, a world rife with wild lies and terrible violence.

 

Johnson, Craig     The Western Star

A sheriff is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, he accompanied his mentor to a Sheriff’s Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star. The young lawman was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters who accompanied them. The photograph—along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men he has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement—hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

 

Roberts, Nora     Year One

A sickness comes on suddenly and spreads quickly across the planet, decimating half the world’s people, just as electrical grids go down and law and government collapse.  While chaos reigns, the cult of magic rises up to replace science and reason. A good witch practicing in a NYC loft apartment will make her way out of the wrecked city, joining other travelers heading west into a new frontier.

 

Shephard, Sam     Spy of the First Person

The final work from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, actor, and musician is drawn from his transformative last days with ALS
The unnamed narrator traces his memories of work, adventure, and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on caretakers. Among his reflections are stories of immigration and community, inclusion and exclusion, suspicion and trust, as the book moves from the sculpted gardens of a renowned clinic in Arizona to the blue waters surrounding Alcatraz, from a New Mexico border town to a condemned building on New York City’s Avenue C. Themes unifying the novel are the vulnerabilities that make us human, and an unbound celebration of family and life.

 

Preston, Caroline     The War Bride’s Scrapbook

Unlucky in love, a young British woman keeps busy by studying architecture and, more recently, supporting the war bond effort on the home front. But in the fall of 1943, a chance spark with a boarder in her apartment sets her on a course that shakes up all of her ideas about romance.  He is a charismatic army engineer about to ship out to the European front. After just a few weeks together, caught up in the dramatic spirit of the times, the two decide to elope to America, where she must re-create herself while navigating the heartache and longing of a marriage separated by ocean and war.

 

Bracht, Mary Lynn     White Chrysanthemum

In Korea, 1943, a woman who has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation is a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, entitling her to an independence few other Koreans can still claim. But everything changes on the day she saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel. Almost 70 years later, her little sister is still unable to forget the sacrifice her sibling made; she will have to confront the past if she is ever to discover peace.

 

Woods, Stuart     Unbound

In the wake of a personal tragedy, a former CIA operative now a successful Hollywood film producer takes a leave of absence to travel and grieve, landing in Santa Fe in the company of friends. There, fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to exact quiet revenge for his recent loss, from a man who helped to cover up the crime. Unfortunately, the enemy wises up to the machinations, and a discreet game of sabotage escalates to a potentially lethal battle. From the arid splendor of the New Mexico desert to the glamour of Hollywood’s rolling hills, it will take all of the lawyer’s diplomacy and skill to maneuver for the advantage while keeping innocents out of the crossfire.

 

Chiaverini, Jennifer     Enchantress of Numbers

The only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron and his resentful wife, a mathematician, Ada Byron King was thoroughly educated in the sciences and became the world’s first computer programmer.  Introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last had discovered the intellectual and social circles she craved all her life. Her delightful friendship with inventor Charles Babbage shaped her destiny, as she became intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine, the Difference Engine, and enthralled by the plans for his even more advanced Analytical Engine. Driven by the unquenchable fire of her imagination, she resolved to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision, unique in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world.

 

Griffin, W.E.B.     Death at Nuremberg

A decorated special agent James takes on two huge assignments: to protect the U.S. chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials from a rumored Soviet NKGB kidnapping, and to hunt down and dismantle the infamous Odessa, an organization dedicated to helping Nazi war criminals escape to South America. After a couple of attempts on his life, he pushes harder, and more secrets tumble out: a scheme to swap Nazi gold for currency, a religious cult organized around Himmler himself, an NKGB agent who is actually working for the Mossad, a German cousin who turns out to be more malevolent than he appears–and a distractingly attractive newspaperwoman who seems to be asking an awful lot of questions.

 

Joyce, Rache     The Music Shop

In the 1980s, on a dead-end street in a run-down suburb in England, a brightly-lit music shop, jam packed with records of every kind, stands like a beacon, attracting the lonely, the sleepless, and persons adrift.  The shop’s owner has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman who asks him to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, he feels compelled to run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But she is not what she seems, and his old wounds threaten to reopen, as well as call up a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can the healing power of music help them overthrow their emotional baggage?

 

Aliu, Xhenet     Brass

A waitress at a diner in a CT mill town while hoping her nickel-and-dime tips will eventually add up to a new life meets a man who is at once both worldly and naïve, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams—and wound up working as a line cook.  The waitress, herself the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, falls in love quickly. When she learns that she’s pregnant, she can’t help wondering where her lover’s heart really lies, and what he’ll do about the wife he left behind.  Seventeen years later, their headstrong and independent daughter, rejected by NYU, feeling stuck in CT with her mother, wonders if the key to her future is unlocking the secrets of the past. She sets out to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding about the father she never knew. As she soon discovers, the truth is closer than she ever imagined.

 

Higgins, Kristan     Now that You Mention It

Lucky to have won a medical-studies scholarship to Tufts, a young woman feels her luck change when she is hit by a car and then overhears her boyfriend hitting on another doctor while she lies broken in a hospital bed. Injured in more ways than one, she feels her carefully-built life cracking at the edges. She considers going home, but the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years earlier doesn’t necessarily want her, viewing her as a prodigal daughter responsible for small-town drama. With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenaged niece as eager to ditch the island as she once was, she has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to tackle old pain in order to mend the family.

 

 

New Mysteries

Burke, James Lee     Robicheaux
Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle with alcoholism, and the sudden loss of his beloved wife, a Louisiana lawman’s thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next, images of ghosts dancing on the edge of his vision. During a murder investigation, he has discovered he may have committed the homicide he’s investigating, one which involved the death of the man who killed wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, he encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves. His violent world is conflicted by a sense of past grandeur and a legacy of shame, and is easily seduced by demagogues and wealth, and a craving for revenge.

 

Fellowes, Jessica     The Mitford Murders

In post WWI England, the cold, hungry niece of a horrible man trying to force her into prostitution luckily secures a job in service to a lord and his family. But on the way to the manor, she witnesses a possible murderer making a getaway. She and the flighty, husband-hunting eldest daughter in the wealthy family will team up to solve the crime, helped by two young men – one who was left behind when the war began, and the other who can’t forget what he endured at the Front.  In memory of Parker Carey.

 

D’Andrea, Luca     Beneath the Mountain

A young American newly relocated onto a small Italian mountain in the Dolomite Alps soon learns that, in this region of remote little villages, the inhabitants are suspicious of outsiders and forever consumed with transgressions, however long ago they occurred. In this setting of dramatic geological formations and wild and dangerous weather, the newcomer becomes obsessed with the savage unsolved murder of three young people who were hacked to death in the 1980s. His quest for the truth will lead him into blizzards, ice caves and cravasses both real and emotional.

 

 

McDermid, Val     Insidious Intent

In the north of England, single women are disappearing from weddings; it appears that someone is crashing the festivities at random, and luring the women away, leaving their bodies in their own burned-out cars.  A psychological profiler and a former police detective team up to confront the killer, who from the start is forensically savvy and elusive.

 

Casarett, David   The Missing Guests

In Thailand, an experienced detective teams up with an enlightened, incessantly curious nurse-ethnicist whose job is to see that terminally-ill patients die well, to investigate the disappearance of numerous foreign travelers.

 

Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia     Shadow Play

In England, the body of a smartly-dressed businessman turns up in an auto-repair yard, with no ID in his pockets and a face no one recognizes. A girlfriend turns up with a name, claiming the victim was someone’s right-hand man/enforcer. But old fractures and scars discovered at the autopsy suggest a more colorful past. For whom was he the muscle?  And, most crucially, what did he know that made someone decide to terminally muscle the muscle?

 

Schaffhausen, Joanne     The Vanishing Season

Insisting there’s a pattern in the disappearances of two residents of a small MA town, a police officer, who was herself a violent-crime survivor, who still receives an unsigned birthday card on the anniversary of her own abduction whenever a townsperson goes missing, asks the FBI agent who rescued her 14 years earlier to help her unlock the mystery. When he arrives, however, he finds she is not dealing with her dark past as effectively as she thinks she is. Nor, for that matter, is he.

 

Massey, Sujata     The Widows of Malabar Hill

In 1920s Bombay, a female attorney is investigating the suspicious will of a deceased wealthy Muslim mill owner on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah (complete seclusion, never leaving their living quarters, never speaking to men). She is perplexed when she reads that all three have signed their full inheritance over to a charity. One has signed with an X. Would she even have read the document?

 

Luna, Louisa     Two Girls Down

An enigmatic bounty hunter is dismissed by a small-town PA police chief who thinks of her as a girl with a gun who has watched too much TV. He soon finds out that this woman is driven by a need to make it right as she teams up with a disgraced former cop turned p.i. to search for two young sisters who disappeared from a local strip mall. With little to go on, the pair employ highly unorthodox methods to sort through a web of lies and false leads as they race the clock to find the girls.

 

Abbott, Jeff     Blame

A young woman still suffers from amnesia and social isolation two years after she crashed her car, killing her friend. After she receives an anonymous message suggesting the crash wasn’t an accident, the town turns against her, and she sets out to solve the mystery of that fateful night in order to discover who she once was.

 

Keller, Julia     Fast Falls the Night

In economically-ravaged Appalachia, a couple in a burgeoning interracial relationship, a damaged veteran who painfully yearns to parent his young daughter, and a kind pastor who is not quite what he seems experience a day unlike any other, when a batch of heroin laced with a toxic substance devastates the community, and the county sheriff and EMTs frantically rush to save lives and identify the local dealer.

 

 

New SciFi/Fantasy

Newman, Kim     The Man from the Diogenes Club

A debonair psychic investigator named the Most Valued Member of the Diogenes Club, the least-known and most essential branch of British Intelligence, will have to foil the plot of many a maniacal mastermind, be chased by sentient snowmen and Nazi zombies, investigate an unearthly murderer stalking the sex shops of 1970s Soho, and battle a poltergeist to prevent nuclear Armageddon. But as a new century dawns, can he save the ailing Diogenes Club itself from a force more diabolical still?
Tsao, Tiffany     The More Known World

Two years after a man joined the Quest to understand and catalogue the wonders of the More Known World, he starts having doubts about his exploratory skill. And while that’s enough to give his mentor pause, it’s not what’s bringing the Quest to a grinding halt. Blame that on a series of murders that sends the duo a strange new Territory to investigate, a place awash in shades of red, whose settlers have catastrophic histories in a society where no questions are asked, where the official language is silence.

 

 

New in Large Print

Balson, Ronald     The Trust

When his uncle dies, a p.i. reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral, a home he left years previously after a bitter confrontation with his family. When he arrives, he learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but he’d anticipated his own murder: in an astonishing last will and testament, the uncle has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until his killer is found. Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland’s bloody sectarian war?  As his investigation draws the p.i. farther and farther into the past he has abandoned, he is forced to reopen doors long ago shut and locked. Now, accepting the appointment as sole trustee of the uncle’s estate, he realizes he has stepped into a firestorm.

 

Morrow, Bradford     The Prague Sonata

In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript, the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens, come into the hands of a young musicologist whose concert piano career has been cut short by an injury. To her trained eye, it appears to be an authentic eighteenth-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. The gift comes with the request that she find the manuscript’s true owner, a Prague friend the old woman had not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvořák and Kafka, she sets out to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncovers a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one after the music’s secrets.

 

Ward, Jesmyn     Sing, Unburied, Sing

A mixed-race thirteen-year-old is trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his black grandfather. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent white father who is being released from prison; his absent white grandfather who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his uncle who died as a teenager. His mother is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives, an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. Seemingly unable to put her children’s needs above her own, especially her drug use, she is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances. When the children’s father is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach the boy about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

 

 

New Audiobooks

Erdrich, Louise     Future Home of the Living God

The world as we know it is ending, since evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants who appear to be primitive species of early humans. The twenty-six-year-old adopted Native-American daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals is deeply disturbed by this change, as she is four months pregnant. Although she wants to tell the adoptive parents who reared her from infancy, she first feels compelled to find her birth mother, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, hoping for insight into her own and her baby’s origins. As she goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of families wrenched apart, of Congress confining pregnant women. How will she ever be able to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe?

 

Machado, Carmen Maria     Her Body and Other Parties:  Stories

These startling narratives map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. Another recalls her sexual encounters, as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. The author reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

 

Pochada, Ivy     Wonder Valley

During a typically crowded morning commute in L.A., a naked runner dodging among stalled cars makes the local news and captures the imaginations of a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls. There’s a boy just out of juvie, now searching for his mother, teenage twins who live in a commune in the control of their father who is a self-proclaimed healer, a bored and unhappy lawyer, and a drifter hiding in the desert, doing his best to fight off his most violent instincts.  Their lives will intertwine and come crashing together in a shocking way, one that could only happen in this surreal and dangerous city.

 

Kathryn Croft     Silent Lies

A woman’s perfect life with her professor husband and their two-year-old daughter changes in a single night when he commits suicide and one of his students vanishes. Five years later, just when she is beginning to heal, a stranger walks into her life, claiming that her husband did not kill himself. The stranger leads her on a path into her spouse’s past, causing her to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, and the stranger becomes harder to read, a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and she has to ask whether she is losing her mind, or should be afraid for her life.

 

Brown, Brené     Braving the Wilderness:  The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone

Social scientist Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. Here she redefines what it means truly to belong in an age of increased polarization. Arguing that we are experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, she introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we might believe about ourselves and each other, writing that true belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with an erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay silent, the author says, hiding in our ideological bunkers, or fitting in rather than showing up as our true selves and braving the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism.

 

Silver, Joan     Improvement

A young single mother living in New York’s East Village knows her relationship with her boyfriend isn’t perfect, yet as she visits him throughout his three-month stint at Rikers Island, their bond grows tighter. Her eccentric aunt admires her niece’s spirit but worries that she always picks the wrong man. Little does the young mother know that she has been pulled into a cigarette smuggling scheme, across state lines, where the boyfriend could risk violating probation. When she ultimately decides to remove herself for the sake of her four-year-old child, her small act of resistance sets events into motion that will affect the lives of loved ones and strangers.

 

 

New Films

The Viceroy’s House        In India in 1947, Lord Mountbatten is dispatched, along with his wife, to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy’s House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking. His efforts quickly set off a seismic struggle that could tear India apart.  In memory of Parker Carey.

 

Take Me Home          Little does a NYC cab driver suspect that when an attractive lady hops into his (illegal) cab and asks to be driven to California, their journey winding across America will become the adventure, and misadventure, of their lifetimes. Both are running away: one from a cheating husband and the other from a career failure. Their physical and emotional journey will take them back to the things in life that matter most.

 

Doc Martin, Season 8            After all their ups and downs as a couple, a blunt and anti-social doctor and his schoolteacher wife are finally living together with their toddler son, but continue to have problems and experience rifts. Meanwhile, their small town in Cornwall is abuzz as the residents prepare for a wedding, and the doctor’s aunt considers selling the family farm. Some relationships bloom and others falter, while the doctor struggles to cope with all the changes.

 

American Pastoral          A legendary athlete growing up in the booming postwar years has succeeded in marrying a former Miss New Jersey, inheriting his father’s glove factory, and moving into a stone house in an idyllic hamlet. As the years pass, his adored daughter, very much in keeping with the social awareness of the 60s and 70s, develops an acute social conscience. As she enters adolescence, she becomes angry over the Vietnam War, over racism, over bourgeois middle class values. She becomes not just a protester or activist; she becomes an extremist, and perhaps a domestic terrorist. As her father struggles to cope with his daughter’s actions, she disappears from his life, and in spite of the damage she’s left in her wake, he refuses to give up on his child. He will hang on to his own principles and perspectives, despite being attacked from all sides – by his daughter, by his wife, and by law enforcement.

 

The Crown, Season 1          The British Empire is in decline and the political world in disarray when a young woman takes the throne. The newly wed Queen Elizabeth, just 25 years old, faces the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy and managing a global empire, while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

 

The Heart Guy          A gifted but arrogant heart surgeon leads a charmed life in Sydney, believing that his talent lets him live outside the rules—until an incident involving drugs and alcohol brings his world crashing down. Placed on probation and banned from performing surgery, he is forced to retreat to his rarely-visited hometown in rural Australia, where he works as a GP at an underfunded hospital under a no-nonsense new boss. His complicated family situation makes his fall from grace even worse: a politically-ambitious mother, an emotionally distant father, and an ex-girlfriend now married to his younger brother. Can the doctor start afresh with a clean slate, or will his bad-boy tendencies end his medical career for good?

 

The French Way          In the early 1970s, Michael Croucher, an esteemed documentary filmmaker for the BBC, journeyed through the French countryside, filming the everyday ways of its people and village life in such places as Perigord and Najac, Villefranche de Rouergue and Carennac. At the time, rural France was unknown to most Brits and almost all Americans. Each of the 7 episodes reveals an aspect of a strange, beautiful land. This enchanting documentary paved the way for more TV travel programming.

 

Book and film descriptions are excerpted from dust jackets, publisher info, and book and film reviews.

 

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