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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken
5
Rated by
Amanda W.
Friday, Nov 10, 2017

In the current political climate, one might think the transition from comedy writer to politician would be rather seamless. In Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Franken describes his struggles trying to get elected by the people of Minnesota in 2008, the balance he has been able to find when working with ideologically opposed members of congress, the work ethic that enabled him to more easily secure re-election in 2014, and the current political climate in Washington.

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

When Steve Jenkins agrees to adopt an abandoned micro pig from an old friend, he has no idea that his life is about to drastically change forever. Rather than maxing out at 70 pounds, the wee “micro pig” turns out to be a commercial sow who grows to a whopping 600 pounds. As Esther grows in size, Steve and his partner transform from bacon-eating and city-dwelling folks to buying and operating a farm to use as a sanctuary for animals in need of a safe home.

Monday, Oct 9, 2017

Patton Oswalt sometimes serves as my spirit guide. That might be a function of my desire to put all of my useless pop culture knowledge to good use and get paid for it. Which is not to say that I think Patton's job is simply goofing on George Lucas or drawing parallels between his chronic depression and the Mad Max film series. Like all effective comedians, he presents his often insightful and unique views on the world with remarkable timing and a memorable delivery.

6 wedding guests at a table

Table 19 (DVD)

Jeffrey Blitz
3
Rated by
Traci M.
Thursday, Sep 7, 2017

Why must movie trailers be so misleading? There have been many a movie where the finished product seems completely different from what the trailer hyped it to be. Like a comedy that is not that funny because the trailer gave away the only two humorous parts of the entire film.

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017

As an avid watcher of The Daily Show, I knew Trevor Noah was born and raised in South Africa. What I didn't know was how amazing his life circumstances were growing up and just how much he had to overcome to be the person he is today. In Born A Crime, Noah chronicles his life as he remembers it, detailing not only his experiences but also the culture of South Africa just before, then after, the end of apartheid.

Cover of BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE

Britt-Marie Was Here

Fredrik Backman
5
Rated by
Emily D.
Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

Britt-Marie is reasonable, punctual, and practical, thank you very much. The best life lived is one of order, no shenanigans necessary. But recently sixty-three year old Britt-Marie has had to make some changes in her life. She's walked out of her loveless marriage and found herself a temp job in Borg, a decrepit town ruined by the financial crisis.

Sing Street cover. A boy and girl walking with hands in pockets.

Sing Street

Anchor Bay Entertainment
4
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

It's difficult for me to remember a more joyful, smart, and pleasant coming-of-age movie made in recent years. Sing Street, shot on the streets of Dublin, is filled with vibrant costumes and colorful people and I couldn't help but feel delight as I watched the young characters come to life. During my first viewing, it was easy to make comparisons to the beloved American filmmaker John Hughes of 1980's Chicago fame because of the mutual time period.

Cover of The Martian, shows a astronaut floating in orange-red Martian dust

The Martian

Andy Weir
5
Rated by
Emily D.
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

This is a hands-down fabulous book! It’s an adventure. In space. On Mars. What more do you need? But on top of that it’s witty and science-y with a hint of impending doom.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1470517036_the_joy_of_leaving_your_sht_all_over_the_place

The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place

Jennifer McCartney
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017

In case the title doesn’t give it away, McCarney is a potty mouth. If foul language upsets you in the least, please put this book down immediately. Should profanity be less a concern, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place is actually kind of a joy itself.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1494922036_the_secret_life_of_pets?active_tab=bib_info

The Secret Life of Pets (DVD)

Chris Meledandri
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

When it comes to animated films, talking animals is certainly not a new concept, but the idea of domesticated pets going on wild adventures when the owners are away becomes a fun driving force in the new movie The Secret Life of Pets.

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