Movies for a rainy day

I'm at work today, but maybe you decided to stay at home and watch some movies on a rainy day. Monsoon season is here, and it could be raining somewhere right now. Here are some suggestions, both old and new... The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 version) I never saw the original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, […]

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Thieves Like Us

Chris Dashiell has worked for the Library since 1997, and reviews films for Cinescene, KXCI Community Radio, and on Arizona Public Media’s Arizona Spotlight. The story of Thieves Like Us is an adaptation of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night ('49), but Robert Altman's style and purpose couldn't be more different from that darkly romantic […]

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Staff Picks June-July 2015

Here's a quick look at what some of our Ravenous Readers are enjoying this summer - check them out! West of Sunset - Helene from Dusenberry-River The Jaguar's Children - Vicki from Kirk-Bear Canyon The Never-Open Desert Diner - Vicki from Kirk-Bear Canyon Written in Red - Sherrie from Communications and Systems Office A Tale for the Time Being - Sherrie […]

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Mumbo Gumbo

People can have strong opinions about okra; they often love it or hate it.  I happen to love the plant. It's tropical grace and beautiful mallow flowers swaying in the breeze, but have yet to be sold on the fruit.  This year I am determined to find a recipe that highlights the culinary beauty of okra, and […]

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Soul Stirrers for the 2010s

The music of Soul and R&B's golden age is big business these days. Echoes of Motown, Stax-Volt, Atlantic and other labels can be heard everywhere through the influence of their artists--people like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Al Green to name a few. With the arrival and tragic early […]

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