Winter Staff Picks

Cold Night BooksAhh, winter.
Those temperatures – those nights – that wind! It’s enough to keep people and cats indoors. You could binge watch Downton Abbey (again!), or you could take the advice from some library staff about what to read, listen to, and watch – something maybe a little new and different. Take our advice – stay warm, stay in, and enjoy. Tea, anyone?

BOOKS

I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Donohue StoreyI promise not to suffer
With comfortable urban lives in Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail and her husband decided it was time to test themselves on a new path – a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail. Gail’s light-hearted, heart-felt memoir is about their adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being irrevocably changed by life on the trail.  – Library Catalog

Happens Every Day : An All-Too-True Story by Isabel GilliesHappens Every Day book cover
A dizzyingly candid, compulsively readable, ultimately redemptive story about love, family, heartbreak, and the unexpected turns of a life. Reading this book is like watching a train wreck; and it is also about trying to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness,  loving your life even if it has slipped away.  – Library Catalog

Music
Pushin against a stonePushin’ Against a Stone
Valerie June’s Concord debut is the fruit of over a decade of dues paying by the native Tennessean after, three self-released “bootleg” recordings.” – Library Catalog

The Order of TimeThe Order of Time
Valerie June offers an ethereal dream sequence of Americana and roots music,  working unhurriedly through tones of Appalachian folk, gospel, blues, and even dream pop without an overwrought delivery or drawing much attention to her own stylistic diversity. – Library Catalog

Film
Beasts of the Southern WildBeasts of the Southern Wild Living in “the Bathtub,” a marginal Delta community in southern Louisiana, six-year-old Hushpuppy sets out in search of her lost mother on a makeshift raft after her father falls ill and nature seems to unleash its fury in the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina. – Library Catalog

Triplets of BellvilleTriplets of Bellville French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs this animated feature about the adventures of a young boy and his grandmother as they pursue his dream of winning the Tour de France. This delightfully quirky film features an original jazz musical score by Benoît Charest.
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The WayThe Way A grieving father makes a pilgrimage to the Pyrenees to honor his late adult son, and experiences a major epiphany during his journey down the Way of Saint James. Martin Sheen as the father alters his perspective of the world and is reminded of what it means to lead a meaningful life. – Library Catalog