Monday, March 14, 2011
New York Times Literary Treat of the Week....
Just as biographies dominate recent Non-Fiction Best Seller lists in the New York Times Book Review they are also in abundance at Merrick Library. Here are three new arrivals of note:
Dench, Judi. And Furthermore. St. Martin’s Press.
Whether one knows her as Jean in the popular Britcom “As Time Goes By,” the spymaster “M” in recent James Bond movies, or in film work that includes the current version of “Jane Eyre” Judi Dench has a tremendous fan following. With admirable British reserve, the actress recounts both sweet and sour moments in a lifetime spent on stage and these days largely in cinema. A tender part of these proceedings is telling about her thirty years of marriage to actor Michael Williams who died of cancer in 2001.
Merrick Library has the following films on DVD featuring Judi Dench:
Casino Royale,Doogal, The Importance of Being Earnest,Ladies in Lavender
Macbeth (with Ian McKellen), Mrs. Henderson Presents, Nine
Notes on a Scandal, Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley, Quantum of Solace, The Shipping News
Dubus, Andre, III. Townie: A Memoir. W.W. Norton and Company.
Divorce and abandonment by his famous writer/father left the author, his mother and siblings to endure the drug-ridden, violence-prone environment of 1970s mill town Massachusetts. Andre III took up weightlifting and boxing to counteract repeated beatings but could not protect his family from the toll of life. In college he was reunited with his father who treated him as a buddy. Andre III would become caretaker to the elder Dubus after the latter was paralyzed by a car. Both generations would find different kinds of personal deliverance through writing.
Merrick Library has the following book by Andre Dubus:
Dancing after Hours: Stories
And the following books by Andre Dubus III:
Bluesman, The Garden of Last Days and House of Sand and Fog
Hamilton, Gabrielle. Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. Random House.
One’s idea of an exclusive restaurant is bound to be turned upside down by this mostly food-related memoir. Hamilton’s East Greenwich Village eatery Prune handles only thirty diners at a time and specializes in comfort dishes prepared in high gourmet style. This was born out of a caring attitude the author saw disappear in her Pennsylvania youth when her parents’ marriage fell apart. The subtitle to this volume is explained by the fact that Hamilton could easily have pursued a full-time writing career had not food been a constant throughout her often stormy life.