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Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD]

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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

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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.


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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.

The Golem and the Jinni

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The golem and the jinni are two mythical creatures. Chava, a golem, is a creature made of clay and brought to life by an evil rabbi. Ahmad is a jinni, a creature born of fire and trapped for 1000 years in a copper flask. He is accidentally released in late nineteenth century New York City. While this may sound sort of strange, it is a wonderful story of two strange people who look like normal humans, become friends and help each other when no one else will. It is very well written and you care about these characters from the very first page. You come to the end too soon and will wish that there was more to read of Chava and Ahmad.

Women of the Frontier

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"16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, entrepreneurs, and rebel Rousers" so says the by-line in this book. A wonderful and well written book of the women who helped shaped the west with their stories. The book also recounts the major impact pioneers had on those who settled into the new regions of American. These woman possessed a strong spirit in relocating from their comfy surroundings to the wild west of the unknown regions such as the Mexican & Oregon territory. As you read amongst the pages you will come to know Sarah Winnemucca who fought the Government over the treatment of American Indians and many more women whose tales of courage will amaze the reader. You will not find these stories in your History classroom!

Ladies Night

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A great summer read , full of adventure and revenge sprinkled with humor. The author has great character development along with a good story line. I found myself laughing outloud with some of the character’s madcap revenge techniques. The reader will not be disappointed with this latest Andrews book.

Dead Ever After

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If you have been following Charlaine’s character Sookie Stackhouse in the last 12 books, you know she is one gifted Lady who finds herself in all kinds of supernatural situations. This is the final chapter in this series. The author gives Sookie an appropriate closure to certain situations with some of the other characters . Some people may not like how she ended the book, however, Sookie appreciates the people who have stood by her and helped her through some horrific events.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

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The Zookeeper’s Wife is a World War II story about two Polish zookeepers, Jan and Antonina Zabinski. Each person blessed with special gifts that keep the Warsaw Zoo thriving during times of peace, as well as wartime. As the war changes the lives of many, the zoo is also changed. As the majority of animals are lost to death and greed, Jan and Antonina use the zoo’s losses to save the lives of the Jewish people being persecuted. People are hidden in the zoo’s enclosures, and given names that correspond with the enclosures previous inhabitants. A touching read about the hardships and perseverance one family encountered during WWII.

This Magnificent Desolation

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How do you write a book that is both sad and wonderful? O'Malley has done this in a way that is mesmerizing in plot and almost poetic in his writing style. It takes place in an orphanage in northern Minnesota and details the life of a boy named Duncan who was left there by his mother during the worst blizzard of the century. As the story develops we come to know his mother, a lounge singer in San Francisco, and her boyfriend, a Vietnam vet who works as part of a tunneling crew beneath the bay. Another interesting aspect is Duncan's reliance on a transistor radio that broadcasts the voices of Apollo mission astronauts who never came home. This novel deals with memory, imagination, friendship, and love on many levels.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

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This is a book of short stories of the Appalachian region that Rash is known for. Spanning the time of the Civil War until the present day, these are stories of hope, tenderness, fear, and violence, all written with elements of raw truth and emotion.