Kasia

Kasia

Calling Twin Peaks fans!

 

If you are, like me, a fan of the television show Twin Peaks, you are probably anxiously awaiting the new episodes coming to Showtime in 2017. If you are looking for something to keep you busy in the meantime and get you in the proper Twin Peaks mood, I have some suggestions!

The Girls of Summer

Books about young women are one of the big trends this summer, and we even had a display recently of novels with titles that included the word “girl” or “girls.” There were so many to choose from! Recently I read two new books in this category, both of which feature teenage girls seeking connection and friendship with other young women, only to find something more complicated, and maybe even sinister.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of America's National Parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday this summer, on August 25th, and there have been several books published recently to mark the occasion. I wish I could take part in the celebration by visiting one of our 59 National Parks this year, but it doesn't look like that will happen. I can, however, get a taste of the beauty and power of the diverse American landscapes our National Parks encompass with a little armchair travel! 

New graphic memoirs

 

I recently read two excellent new graphic memoirs that combine text and striking artwork to depict the authors' lives as young girls. 

New book arrivals!

 

It's always exciting to see the new book arrivals each week, and sometimes it's hard to prioritize which of them to read next! Here are a few coming through from this week that look especially intriguing:

New DVDs from the Criterion Collection

If you are a movie lover, you are probably already familiar with the Criterion Collection. The Criterion Collection has been publishing special editions of notable classic and contemporary films since 1984. Their selections include films from around the world, and encompass everything from experimental films to cult classics, documentaries, and even musical performances. Their editions always have cool supplemental materials (interviews, short films, commentary, etc.) and are often also accompanied by a booklet with additional information about the film.

International TV that will keep you up at night: Top of the Lake and The Returned

One of the great things about TV these days is that so many international programs are available here in the United States, on DVD or through online streaming. Recently I watched two television productions, one from New Zealand (via BBC and the Sundance Channel) and one from France, both of which were incredibly compelling and much different than programs you are apt to catch on American primetime.