Staff Picks: September 2013

Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD]

Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD] Book Cover

Tales of the Night by Michel Ocelot presents six animated classic tales from all over the world by juxtaposing dark silhouettes with a vivacious colorful background. The rich colors are so stunning and memorizing that visual immersion is irresistible. This film offers a truly unique experience in storytelling.

A tale for the time being

A tale for the time being Book Cover

A woman walking along the beach on an island in the remote Pacific Northwest, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox containing a diary written by a young Japanese girl and other assorted items. She believes that it is part of the debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The diary is in English, the letters in Japanese. She wonders if the girl was killed in the disaster or committed suicide as implied in the diary. A very moving tale of the young girl and her life in Tokyo, her great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun and her great-uncle, a Kamikaze pilot in WWII.

Afterwards

Afterwards Book Cover

A woman runs into a burning school to rescue her teenage daughter. Both are grievously injured and are in comas. They find each other as spirits and follow their family and friends as they try to discover who set the fire and why. It may sound weird but works amazingly well and you come to care deeply for all of the characters. It is a compelling study of mothers and daughters and what we all would do for those we love. This book will stay with you long after you finish the last page.