Saturday, June 30, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 6.30.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Fascination with miniatures (after watching the horror film, Hereditary) has led me to watch CSI Las Vegas, Season 7, which includes a story arc of the Miniature Killer.

2. Catching up on sleep - hard to do with our summer daylight hours schedule

3. Lovely evening walk in San Francisco downtown on a warm night - The Salesforce building top floors with its animated light art show was in action. FYI: Salesforce is now the tallest building in the city.


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Bought:

Circe
by Madeline Miller
-Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the Rooster Summer Reading Challenge (here)

Lion Cross Point
by Masatsugu Ono
translated by Angus Turvill
-Literary, Short Stories, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

ON a Japanese reading binge this year.

The Good Son
by You-jeong Jeong
-Mystery, Thriller, South Korea
Amazon | Goodreads

IN preparation for a Korea reading binge.


Books Inc. at Opera Plaza hosted a reading and Q&A with David Sedaris for the release of Calypso (Amazon | Goodreads). I had to go to the latest David book release as he is my favorite humorist. It is my fourth time to go to a David event. He does not take to photos. So, this book photo is from the dinner after the event at Max's Opera Cafe.


Subscription:

Persuasions #39
The Jane Austen Journal

by JASNA (website)

COMES with the membership to JASNA, Jane Austen Society of North America. This is a collection of essays related to Jane Austen and her works.


Other book-ish stuff:

Paris in July 2018
hosted by Thyme for Tea
(details & my post)

THE francophile in me could not resist joining this book blog event.


AND watched: live theatre

Soft Power
Play and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang
Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Leigh Silverman
at the Curran Theatre

A mostly asian cast with democracy and hope as strong themes provide the perfect messages for the times.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Dark Water by Koji Suzuki

Dark Water
by Koji Suzuki
translated by Glynne Walley

Find out more about this book and author:
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Published: 2004
Publisher: Vertical
Genre: Horror, Short Stories, Japan
Hardback: 279
Rating: 5

Stories included:
Floating Water
Solitary Isle
The Hold
Dream Cruise
Adrift
Watercolors
Forest Under The Sea

A haunting collection of short stories from Koji Suzuki, author of the smash thriller, Ring, which spawned the hit film and sequels. The first story in this collection has been adapted to film (Dark Water, Walter Salles), and another, "Adrift" is currently in production with Dimension Films.

My two-bits:

A good dose of horror with a water theme. Most of these had subtle and not-so-subtle ghosts creeping about and creating havoc.

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* part of World Reads challenge - Japan pt 2 (here)


Thursday, June 28, 2018

I Am A Hero, Omnibus 4 and 5 by Kengo Hanazawa

I Am A Hero
Omnibus, Volume 4
by Kengo Hanazawa

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Genre: Graphic Novel, Zombies, Japan
Paperback: 480
Rating: 5

series:
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 1
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 2
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 3
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 4
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 5
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 6
I Am A Hero, Omnibus, Volume 7

My two-bits:

Our heroes end up meeting their first set of survivors who have been living on the rooftop of a mall. Hideo is tested by the group and his shotgun starts to get more action.


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I Am A Hero
Omnibus, Volume 5
by Kengo Hanazawa

Amazon
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Published: January 2018
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Genre: Graphic Novel, Zombies, Japan
Paperback: 432
Rating: 4

My two-bits:

The heroes decide to break away from the mall rates and go on a road trip.

This omnibus includes stories from other survivors one of which is in Taiwan. While it gives a sense of what is going on elsewhere, I prefer sticking with the Hideo and his group with brief inserts of other world happenings.

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* part of World Reads challenge - Japan pt 2 (here)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Paris in July

Paris in July
hosted by Thyme for Tea
(details & signup)
July in Paris part 2 (here)

Paris in July is a French themed blogging experience running from the 1st – 31st July this year.
The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through actual visits, or through reading, watching, listening, observing, cooking and eating all things French!


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READ:

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
by Ann Jacobus
-Travel, YA, France, Paris
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: DNF

Murder on the Left Bank
by Cara Black
-Mystery, France, Paris
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba

PARIS SIGHTING:

Another Sun
by Timothy Williams
-Mystery, Caribbean
Amazon | Goodreads | my review | my rating: 4

I am currently reading this and came across this...

Then later she made enquiries and wrote to the Ministry of Justice in Paris.
-chapter 4, page 13



WRITE:

Letter writing with French themed stationery.


WATCH:

The King Is Dancing (2000)
Le roi danse (original title)
Director/Writer: Gérard Corbiau
Writers: Ève de Castro, Andrée Corbiau, Didier Decoin
Based on book by: Philippe Beaussant
Stars: Benoît Magimel, Boris Terral, Tchéky Karyo
-Drama, History, Music, France, Versailles | imdb | my review | my rating: 5


VISIT:

Legion of Honor Museum
Exhibit: Paris 1913: "La Prose du Transsibérien" and
the Flowering of the Avant Garde

THE piece highlighted incorporates poetry and abstract painting.


EAT:


HA! found this insta baguette bakery vending machine at the Stonestown Mall ;-)
(photo by: Aberswyth)


TO DO:


Mini-puzzle: Claude Monet's The Beach at Trouville.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones

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Just released: February 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Genre: Literary, African American
Hardback: 320
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
There are two kinds of people in the world, those who leave home and those who don't.

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

My two-bits:

Epistolary parts is effective in portraying the characters and in creating a nice variety in writing style in this story.

Nice blend of what a marriage goes through with conflicts that include a spouse in prison, artist life and a love triangle.

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* part of Rooster Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (here)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Blog All About It: Growl


CRAFT:

Added this growling piece to my embroidery works this year.


READ:

The Friend
by Sigrid Nunez
Amazon | Goodreads | my review | my rating: 4

There's sure to be a growl or two in this one.


GROWL SIGHTING:

Dark Water
by Koji Suzuki
-Horror, Short Stories, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

I am currently reading this these Japanese horror short stories and came across this...

Throwing his head back with a growl of defiance, he fought the murderous urge.
-Adrift, page 194



WATCH:

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Director/Writer: John Fawcett
Writer: Karen Walton
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche
-Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Werewolves | imdb | my rating: 5

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

A friend has recommended this one which includes growls galore.

My two-bits:

Underlying girl power and strong coming of age messages in this one.


LISTEN:



One of my favorite Kpop bands, EXO, growls ;-)

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* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 6.23.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Author events - attended more than one this week

2. Dinner made by the kid - although a simple fare, it was nice to be served

3. Organizing the book shelves - currently most books are kinda sorta grouped together by genre (but not in alpha order) and by recently acquired (basically uncategorized)

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Bought:

Florida
by Lauren Groff
-Short Stories, Literary
Amazon | Goodreads

BOOK Passage Corte Madera hosted a literary lunch with Lauren Groff to present Florida. Lauren spoke about the love/hate relationship of Florida living.

Another Sun
by Timothy Williams
-Mystery, Caribbean
Amazon | Goodreads

JULY pick for the Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here).


Author events:

A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
-Literary, Family, India, Muslim
Amazon | Goodreads

BOOK Passage SF at the Ferry Building hosted a Q&A with Fatima Farheen Mirza to discuss A Place for Us. Neat to see and hear from her family and friends in the audience.

The 57 Bus
A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
by Dashka Slater
-LGBTQ, True Crime, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

THE SF Main library hosted a Q&A with author, Dashka Slater, to introduce her recently released book, The 57 Bus. One of the interesting topics discussed was about gender neutral pronouns.


AND watched: on DVD

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Director/Writer: John Fawcett
Writer: Karen Walton
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche
-Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Werewolves | imdb | my rating: 5

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

UNDERLYING girl power and strong coming-of-age messages in this one.

Last Call Pitches (2017)
Pitch Perfect 3
Director: Trish Sie
Screenplay: Kay Cannon, Mike White
Based on book by: Mickey Rapkin
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp
-Comedy, Music | imdb | my rating: 4

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

FUN addition to this series that has a great action sequence with the Bellas singing to the tune of Toxic by Britney Spears.


AND watched: in theatre

Attraction (2017)
Prityazhenie (original title)
Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
Screenplay: Oleg Malovichko, Andrey Zolotarev
Stars: Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov, Oleg Menshikov
-Romance, Sci-Fi, Aliens, Russia | imdb | my rating: 4

After an alien ship crash lands onto a Russian city, many who saw it and the occupants start to question their own existence while there are those who demand the aliens leave Earth.

ACTION packed sci-fi/alien, YA romance in Russia with environmental and political issues hovering in the background. Some cool special effects sprinkled throughout.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll

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Just released: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Women's Fiction
Hardback: 384
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
A man whose name I do not know slides his hand under the hem of my new blouse, connecting the cable to the lavalier mic clipped to my collar.


When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett's the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates.

Kelly, Brett's older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today's America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.


Quote to note:
Healthy people are people who feel connected to their communities, who are loved and supported by these around them, and who have a sense of purpose in their lives.
page 14, chapter 1


PeekAbook:



My two-bits:

Felt like a Mean Girls as grown ups - still mean.

This story gives a good dose of the lifestyle of reality tv stars which include a bunch of unlikable characters.

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* part of BookSparks Reading Challenge, Summer (here)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tomb Song by Julián Herbert

Tomb Song
by Julián Herbert
translated by Christian MacSweeney

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Just released: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Genre: Literary, Autofiction
Paperback: 208
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
As a child, I wanted to be a scientist or a doctor. A man in a white coat.

Sitting at the bedside of his mother as she is dying from leukemia in a hospital in northern Mexico, the narrator of Tomb Song is immersed in memories of his unstable boyhood and youth. His mother, Guadalupe, was a prostitute, and Julián spent his childhood with his half brothers and sisters, each from a different father, moving from city to city and from one tough neighborhood to the next.

Swinging from the present to the past and back again, Tomb Song is not only an affecting coming-of-age story but also a searching and sometimes frenetic portrait of the artist. As he wanders the hospital, from its buzzing upper floors to the haunted depths of the morgue, Julián tells fevered stories of his life as a writer, from a trip with his pregnant wife to a poetry festival in Berlin to a drug-fueled and possibly completely imagined trip to another festival in Cuba. Throughout, he portrays the margins of Mexican society as well as the attitudes, prejudices, contradictions, and occasionally absurd history of a country ravaged by corruption, violence, and dysfunction.

Inhabiting the fertile ground between fiction, memoir, and essay, Tomb Song is an electric prose performance, a kaleidoscopic, tender, and often darkly funny exploration of sex, love, and death. Julián Herbert’s English-language debut establishes him as one of the most audacious voices in contemporary letters.


My two-bits:

Found some beautiful passages of observations of this author's past. I was more taken with the childhood memories.

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* part of Rooster Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (here)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hotel Brasil: The Mystery of the Severed Heads by Frei Betto

Hotel Brasil:
The Mystery of the Severed Heads
by Frei Betto
translated by Jethro Soutar

Find out more about this book and author:
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Published: 2014 reprint
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Genre: Mystery, Brazil
Paperback: 288
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
He'd seen it out of the corner of his eye, without meaning to see it.

The setting for this witty and insightful debut crime novel is a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, family hotel. Rio is the perfect backdrop with its history of military dictatorship, drug wars, child gangs, and violent policing tactics.

The decapitated body of a hotel resident is found. The eyes have been removed from the head, casually left on the floor of the room. The victim's eerie, frozen Mona Lisa smile seems to indicate that the murderer had been received as a friend.

According to the police, the victim was stabbed in the heart and died before the decapitation. As the investigation continues, with few leads or clues worth pursuing, other hotel clients are found dead; all decapitated, usually with the head found delicately balanced on their knees.

This classical crime novel provides an opportunity for Frei Betto (a Dominican friar, once a political prisoner, a union activist, and then an adviser to President Lula da Silva) to describe Brazilian society, especially those left at its edge, like Rio's favela children, abused, hunted-down, but also addicted to drugs and violent crime.

The book tells the fascinating back stories of the hotel residents, suspects, and eventual victims, such as the maid who dreams of making it in television soaps, and the female pimp who has survived incestuous rape, while being faithful to a suspenseful intrigue that could have been thought up by Ruth Rendell.


My two-bits:

This mystery of severed heads is told with multi perspectives. The focus on the residents of the hotel gave a sense of the different strata of people (culture and class system) in this world. In fact, the stories of each individual became more interesting than solving the mystery.

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* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 6.16.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Brought the kid home from college for summer break.

2. Attending the kid's friend's graduation festivities from UC Santa Cruz.

3. Treated to an appearance and Q&A with director/actor Tommy Wiseau before a screening of The Room

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Bought:

Grantchester
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
by James Runcie
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

WANTED to read this before getting into the tv version.


Library:

The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

PART of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (here).


For Review:

Dead If You Don't
by Peter James
-Mystery, Thriller
courtesy of Wunderkind -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

THIS is #14 in the Roy Grace series. Curious to see how it goes.


Unboxing:


A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
-Literary, Family, India, Muslim
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this to celebrate the first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth. I like the pre-order offer of swag with this edition.


AND watched: in theatre - part of the SF Film Documentary Festival (here)

Unfractured (2018)
Director: Chanda Chevannes
-Documentary, Environmental | imdb | my rating: 5

A triumphant documentary about resistance, UNFRACTURED follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist.

LEARNED about the activist activity on the topic of the historic fight against fracking in New York state. A Q&A with the director and local activists who are part of the California fight.

Mole Man (2017)
Director: Guy Fiorita
Writer: Cassidy Hartmann (story consultant)
-Documentary, Autism | imdb | my rating: 5

MOLE MAN follows RON, a 66-year-old autistic man who has spent the last five decades building a 50-room structure in his parents' backyard. Using no nails or mortar, Ron instead creates perfectly balanced structures from scavenged materials he finds in the woods outside his Western Pennsylvania home. When Ron's father passes away, leaving him living alone with his 90-year-old mother, Ron's siblings are left to figure out what's best for Ron - who has never been officially diagnosed with autism - when his mother can no longer care for him. In an effort to find the money to keep Ron in his home, his friends team up in search of a mythical mansion Ron insists lays abandoned in the forest. But will they be able to find it? And, more importantly, does it even exist? This is the story of an extraordinary life, a family, and the beauty of thinking differently.

Q&A with the director gave a little more insight and update on Ron and his situation. The film presents some history of autism in relation to its affect on family.


AND watched: in theatre

Hereditary (2018)
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
-Drama, Horror, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 4

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

A couple shockers in an otherwise slow moving horror tales that delivers in the end. Oh boy!


AND watched: on DVD

An Autumn Afternoon (1964)
Sanma no aji (original title)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Screenplay: Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada
-Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

SAD but beautiful story of parent/daughter relation in Japan in the 1960's.

Loving Vincent (2017)
Director/Writers: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Writer: Jacek Dehnel
Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk
-Animation, Biography, Crime | imdb | my rating: 4
Oscar 2018 nominee

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

THE story told by way of paintings was beautifully done. Loved how they incorporated Van Gogh's actual works and subjects.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story
by Marie Kondo
illustrated by Yuko Uramoto

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Graphic Novel, Japan
Paperback: 192
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
You really want to tidy up, but you don't believe you can. If this describes you, don't worry. You, too, can be just like Chiaki in this story.

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home--and life--in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy.

My two-bits:

This is just as helpful as the book this manga was based on, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The added illustrations make the process easy to follow. FYI there are videos online as well for visual instructions.

And a cute romance is added to this art of organizing to make this a fun read.

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* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 6.9.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. My Happy Birthday week :-)

2. Won free movie tickets for the SF Documentary Film Festival

3. Alexander Nevsky at Herbst Theatre - I had a blast singing with the chorus at this performance.


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Bought:


THE Bindery hosted a conversation between Mariko Tamaki and Gene Luen Yang to celebrate the release of Mariko's Supergirl: Being Super. Cool talk on graphic novels, superheroes, DC vs. Marvel as well as Mariko's origin story.

Supergirl: Being Super
by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Joëlle Jones
-Graphic Novel, Superhero
Amazon | Goodreads

She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams--shattered glimpses of another world--behind her.

Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale...and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.

Now Kara's incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she's ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?


THIS will be my introduction to the superhero Supergirl as I do not know anything about her. Looking forward to the mega-zit part as that was spoken of affectionately at the talk.


Library: for the Rooster Summer Reading Challenge (here)

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
-Literary, African American
Amazon | Goodreads

Census
by Jesse Ball
-Literary, Dystopia
Amazon | Goodreads

The Friend
by Sigrid Nunez
Amazon | Goodreads

Tomb Song
by Julián Herbert
-Literary, Historical
Amazon | Goodreads


AND watched: in theatre

The Pain of Others (2018)
Director: Penny Lane
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 4

The Pain of Others is a found footage documentary about Morgellons, a mysterious illness whose sufferers say they have parasites under the skin, long colored fibers emerging from lesions, and a host of other bizarre symptoms which could be borrowed from a horror film. The Pain of Others is composed entirely of videos shared by a group of "Morgies" who have turned to YouTube for community and to prove they're not crazy. Unsettling, funny and intimate, The Pain of Others is at once a body-horror documentary and a radical act of empathy.

INTERESTING compilation of videos to inform and start dialogue about this unusual illness.

American Animals (2018)
Director/Writer: Bart Layton
Stars: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd
-Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

LOVED the mish mosh kind of way this was filmed with heist movie pop culture references and documentary vibe.


EARLY birds got a free coloring book that is illustrated by one of the four, Spencer Reinhard.

RBG (2018)
Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg
-Documentary, Biography | imdb | my rating: 5

A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

AN amazing woman to take note of indeed!

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