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James Castle - Portrait of an Artist (DVD)

Born deaf in 1899, James Castle produced an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions which eventually gained worldwide recognition. Jeffrey Wolf's acclaimed film reveals Castle's life and creative process as told by family members, art historians, curators, artists, collectors and members of the deaf community.

Call Number: DVD 709.2 JAM

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Jane Austen Do overs

Poor Jane Austen. Not content with being probably one of the most popular writers of all time, she has to put up with people rewriting her books. Here's the disclaimer: If you think Austen is the greatest writer of all time, stop reading right now!

Quirk Classics has put out two rewrites of Austen's works. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters.

I loved them both. Humorous and true to the original stories, they make for an easy read. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released first. Not as well integrated as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, the book is quite funny and somewhat surreal. The characters who are turned into "unmentionables" makes for a real twist on the original version.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is just as fun as the first book. The story is faithful to Austen's original but the love interests involve humans who are somehow not quite human.

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Hot New Teen Book

Shiver

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Shiver By Stiefvater, Maggie

For Grace, one yellow-eyed wolf is a chilling presence in the woods behind her house. During winter, Sam lives in the frozen woods and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, he lives a few precious months as a human. Soon, Grace and Sam find themselves risking everything to remain together.

Recommended for those who like Twilight and romantic fantasy.

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The Best of Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

2009-10
Little Brown and Company
9780316075848
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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
By Gladwell, Malcolm
This anthology of Gladwell's "New Yorker" essays is like a greatest-hits compilation from one of the most gifted and influential journalists in America and author of the bestsellers "The Tipping Point, Blink," and "Outliers."

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Peter Mayle is Back

The Vintage Caper

The Vintage Caper
By Mayle, Peter
2009-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307269010 Check Our Catalog Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Mayle's newest tale begins in Hollywood, at the expensive home--and impressive wine cellar--of lawyer Danny Roth. who has found himself the victim of a world-class wine heist. Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur, and expert on cultivated crime, is called in by Roth's insurance company to unravel the ingenious crime. The solution involves travel to Bordeaux and Provence, a lovely French colleague and loads of fabulous food, wine and scenery. It's a tough job--even the most sophisticated of oenophiles will learn a thing or two in this vintage work from a beloved author.

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