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Mayhem, Murder, and Minnesota: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Mayhem, Murder, and Minnesota: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen might be the two finest filmmakers working in America today. There are few directors who have captured more entertaining, accurate, or varied instances of the American experience.

Nearly all of their films center around some sort of crime or illicit behavior. Sometimes the protagonist is the perpetrator. Other times he is a victim or an unwitting bystander sucked into the chaos. Almost always though, the protagonist is a fool.

Delete the Danger: Stop Smoking Now

Delete the Danger: Stop Smoking Now

From our friends at SeniorNavigator, here are six proven tips and resources that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good:

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson sees insanity all around him. Partially that is because as a journalist he is drawn to write stories in which people engage in erratic behavior. It is also because he has learned The Psychopath Test, and he cannot stop administering the 20-point checklist to everyone around him.

Item 1: Glibness/superficial charm

Item 2: Grandiose sense of self-worth

Item 3: Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom

Item 4: Pathological lying

And, so on. From a rude concierge at a hotel to the CEO of a giant corporation, no matter where Ronson looks, everything's coming up psycho.

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train follows a feisty female trying to be on her best behavior. Ms. Kutter runs the town general store, but she was always most at her element when committing train robberies and other such deeds.

She may be trying to be a good girl at the beginning of the story, but we all know that old habits die hard. When she's asked to come out of retirement to rob one last locomotive, the offer sounds too good to be true.

Meet 3 New York Times Bestselling Authors on January 18

Deanna Raybourn, Joanna Bourne, and Susanna Kearsley

On Saturday, January 18, from 2-4pm, meet three dynamic New York Times bestselling authors, Deanna Raybourn, Joanna Bourne, and Susanna Kearsley, at a Salem Church branch reception. Deanna is the author of the popular Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane mystery series; Joanna writes the Spymaster historical romantic thrillers series; and Susanna's works have been compared to those by Diana Gabaldon, Daphne du Maurier, and Audrey Niffenegger. Deanna, Joanna, and Susanna will discuss their books and answer questions. The reception will include a book signing and refreshments.

Your New Year's Resolutions, Courtesy of Tech Answers

Your New Year's Resolutions, Courtesy of Tech Answers
My goodness, I do hate resolutions. Far too resolute for my tastes. So I'm going to inflict some on you, instead. We're almost half-way through the second decade of the 21st century, a time defined by information technology. The future is here, and it requires a lot of passwords and software upgrades. This is the year you need to start getting your digital life in order.  

That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

In That is Not a Good Idea! Mo Willems takes the art of silent films and applies it to picture books. A dapper fox has spied a beautiful goose walking the city streets. Each image is devoid of text, we only see what they are saying on black pages in between the action.

"Excuse me. Would you care to go for a stroll?" inquires the fox as he tips his hat. Suddenly, the film is interrupted. "That is NOT a good idea!" exclaims a baby goose.

CRRL Picks: At the Movies

CRRL Picks: At the Movies

My family and I saw The Hobbit just before Christmas. It was entertaining, but ... the book was better! We've pulled together a list of books that have been made into movies: CRRL Picks: At the Movies

See what you think.  Is the book better than the movie?  Let us know!

Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

Ragtime, by E. L. Doctorow, swirls through 1906 America with a breakneck stream-of-consciousness pace more frenetic than most historical fiction. A densely-constructed ensemble piece that alternates between fictional and real life figures of the age, the thoroughly modern novel amazed critics and readers alike upon its publication in 1975.