Friday, May 18, 2007

DVDs and papery things


Rocky Balboa starring Sylvester Stallone and Burt Young. Rocky takes on the challenge of an exhibition bout against the reigning heavyweight champ.

Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Mr. Demi Moore. Famed rescue swimmer Ben regrets a tragic mission and is assigned to teach new recruits. Cocky upstart Jake is "driven by a painful secret" and more interested in breaking records than doing the job. I assume the two Guardsman clash, the young one screws up, someone cries, and then they rescue someone under terrible conditions.

Dreamgirls starring Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx. I'd list Beyonce Knowles in the cast list but I'm still not sure who she is or what she is famous for. 1960s girl pop trio hits the bigtime.

Good Shepherd starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert DeNiro, John Turturro. The founding of the CIA seen through the eyes of Edward Wilson. AFter watching this you can check out Turturro in The Big Lewbowski.


Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander. Kaddish Poznan spends his nights erasing names from the tombstones in Buenos Aires' Jewish cemetary. It is the height of Argentina's Dirty War and some family members do not want to be connected to suspected revolutionaries, even dead ones. Kaddish and his wife search for his estranged son who has gone missing in the government's anti-revolutionary fervor.

Last Tycoons: the secret history of Lazard Freres & Co. by William D. Cohan. "A tale of unrestrained ambition, billion-dollar fortunes, byzantine power struggles, and hidden scandal."


Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child. A decade after leaving the Army and staying so far under the radar he may as well be dirt Jack Reacher is contacted by a member of his old unit. When informed that unti members are being killed Reacher joins with the survivors and find ties to terrorism past and present.


How to Invest $50 - $50,000, 9th Edition by Nancy Dunnan. "The small investor's step-bystep paln for low-risk, high-value investing."

Fun and Fabulous Curtains to Sew by Valerie van Arsdale Shrader.

Swiss Ball Core Workout by Declan Condron. A Swiss Ball is one of those big inflatable exercise balls.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Items of Interest


Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. Homeless single dad works his way into employment and stability.

Borat starring Borat. Kazakhstani journalist travels the United States.

American Barn Stories: and other tales from the Heartlands. Another DVD on old barns, the sequel to Old Barns of Wisconsin.


Too Hot to Handle and Sweet Wind, Wild Wind by Elizabeth Lowell. Two ranching romances by Lowell in one volume.

AudioBooks on CD

Obsession by Jonathan Keller,an. Everyone's favorite eye-shadow wearing, male, mystery author has another Dr. Alex Delaware thriller.

Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods. New York City lawyer Stone Barrington ends up mixing with the mob after a chance encounter.


Knitting Cuff to Cuff: a dozen designs for sideways-knit garments by Susan Guagliumi.

Inside Ferrari by Jon Nicholson and Maurice Hamilton. Photographer Jon Nicholson had three seasons worth of all-access to Ferrari's F1 racing teams. Nicholson covers the factory, testing, practice and races for an unprecedented inside look at the Ferrari racing program.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. Ephron's reflections on aging.

Monday, May 14, 2007

All the Latest


Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss. "A Lucifer Box Novel" Lucifer Box is known as one of London's better portraitists. He is not known for his work as as a spy for the British government. Flamboyant, and annoyingly self assured, Lucifer's latest mission has him sent to investigate a Fascist organization whose meeting in upstate New York has connections with a convent in Norfolk, England. A humorous mystery novel setin the '20s.

Invisible Prey by John Sandford. Lucas Davenport finds more Minneapolis murders to muddle with.


Dazzling Beaded Jewelry: 50 great projects by DIY Network.

Ultimate Small Business Marketing Guide, 2nd Edition by James Stephenson.

How to raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin. Shelved downstairs in the Parenting collection.

CRASH!: from the '40s, '50s & '60s by John Gunnell. "Unique collection of accident-scene photos from the '40s, '50s, and '60s...twisted bumpers, smashed headlights and wrecked 'collector' cars."