Based on the Book

A new adaptation of the classic American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is slated for release in May. It looks to be a visually stunning films, and we can only hope it will do this great novel justice! Copies of the novel are available here in the library and on Overdrive, if you’d like to refresh your memory of the story before you see the film. If you’ve never read this gem, I highly recommend it!

Overview:

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.

New Nonfiction for Adults

 

Bookworm3Liespotting by Pamela Meyer: Describes techniques designed to help business leaders and other know when someone is lying to them, providing a broad overview of lying, and introducing the BASIC method, which combines facial recognition with advanced interrogation methods.

Buried Memories: The Katie Beer’s Story by Katie Beers: Beers was a profoundly neglected and abused child even before she was kidnapped on Long Island in 1992. Abducted by a family friend, she was held captive in an underground cell for 17 days and sexually abused. With smarts and strength, she slipped the bonds of captivity and began a new life.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam: A collection of 99 gluten-free, quick-and-healthy whole foods recipes using almond flour.

Frommer’s Walt Disney World & Orlando: A traveler’s guide to Walt Disney World and Orlando, Florida, providing maps, practical information, reviews and recommendations, suggested itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas.

Tattoo Magic by Aymara Arreza: Presents a wide array of artistic tattoos created by individuals throughout the world.

Etsy-preneurship by Jason Malinak: A guide to selling goods and services on the Etsy website.

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony: The author provides an account of his experiences after he agreed to take a herd of “rogue” wild animals into his game reserve in South Africa that were otherwise going to be exterminated.

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams: Contains text and cartoons featuring comic strip characters Dilbert and Dogbert that look satirically at management and office politics in the business world.

The Encyclopedia of Angels by Richard Webster: Contains more than five hundred alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about the traits, abilities, and specialties of angels from beliefs and traditions from around the world.

Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

The Child’s Child, now before you zip ahead to read the review please pause a moment and ponder this book’s title and what it could possibly mean to you. Look back through generations of your family and friends asking what ramifications a child’s child may have had for them.

The Child’s Child by Ruthe Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, is a creatively constructed and cleverly suspenseful novel-within-a-novel.

The story is about sisters and brothers, social taboos, violence, intergenerational issues and courage. I found hope for humanity resonate by the story’s completion. I also found a calling for society to step-up to a deep compassion in areas where we are still rigid and unforgiving.

I do not want to release too much info about the story line as I just don’t want to give anything away and alter the suspense! Do yourself a favor and check this little treasure out. You won’t be disappointed!

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New Books on CD

Bookworm3The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan: In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie’s ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.

Suspect by Robert Crais: Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Max Kent is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Max in an effort to track down his late partner’s killer.

Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs: When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from “Jack”. Only thirty or so people are sure this man exists, some believe he’s dead, and none know anything at all about his true identity.

The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter: Former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, becomes interested in the conspiracy theory behind the infamous third bullet that killed President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The Trouble With Charlie by Merry Jones: When Elle’s husband is found stabbed to death on their sofa with their kitchen knife, she is forced to face the loss of man that she loved. As she learns more about Charlie’s secret life, Elle finds her own life in danger.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis: After Hattie marries a man who does nothing but disappoint, she vows to prepare her twelve children for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: Times are tough for lighthouse keepers Tom and Isabel as she suffers multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth in just four years time. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.

Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel: The stories of   young New York lawyer and his wife and a Manhattan publisher and a young Amish woman become irresistibly drawn together.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich: After Geraldine Coutts is attacked on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, her husband Bazil, a tribal judge, tries to find justice for his wife, and their teenage son Joe tries to help his mother heal.

Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Tell the Wolves I’m Home is Carol Rifka Brunt’s debut novel about love, loss, courage, healing and making a difference in the world. This magnificent book is told through the voice of a young teen growing into adulthood, 1987. Her Uncle, a famous painter, dies and is the only person who understood her. Her grief weaves a difficult yet rich relationship with a most unlikely character. I am not a ‘love story’ book hound but this is so very different as it is several love stories of assorted definitions. Perfect for your evening curl up time on the couch!

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