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Staff Review Mar 27, 2017

I love Anne Lamott. Operating Instructions was my gateway book. Then I read Blue Shoe. And, as a wannabe writer, I’ve read Bird by Bird more than once.

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An airplane on water is featured with passengers standing on the wings. Tom Hanks as Sully is superimposed above the plane in the sky.

Sully (DVD)

By Warner Brothers
4
Rated by Stefanie E.
Mar 26, 2017

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, in New York City, a passenger plane crashed on the Hudson River and all 155 people aboard seemingly miraculously survived. Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger and his crew were hailed as heroes across the globe. Sully chronicles the lesser-known side of this true story: a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation on whether the Captain made the right decision not to return to the airport when engines failed.

Latest Read Local

Close up view inside a Dutch theological book
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Did you know that the United States does not have a writers museum? We celebrate authors and have museums for visual arts (among many other things), but we don't really have a museum for writers and their books.

An article from Smithsonian.com recently caught our eye, not only for its content but because it also resembles something happening locally.

Latest Listen Local

Soul Revival
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Soul Revival grew out of a deep appreciation for 90s-style R&B and soul music for vocalist and songwriter Derick Pierre and producer/musician Desmond "D. Professor" Mason. KCUR called their first single, "Fall in Love," "a strong contender for best locally released song of 2016" and hot on its heels is the follow-up, "If You Ask Me Again (I Do)." Pierre and Mason should be no strangers to fans of modern Kansas City jazz, as they're both featured members of the ensemble Shades of Jade. Soul Revival takes their skills in new directions. We are proud to share an interview with Desmond "D. Professor" Mason about this new project.

Still looking for a great read? Follow our Librarians in the catalog! We recommend JCLGreggW for all the hottest new fiction trends and JCLDebbieF for Teen books, feel-good fiction, and audiobooks!

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