Staff Picks: February 2020

Xena, Warrior Princess. DVD

Xena, Warrior Princess. DVD Book Cover

Xena is an empowering fantasy series filled with strong female characters. It’s full of adventure, humor, and action. You will meet Xena, a fierce warrior princess, as she seeks to redeem herself from her dark past by helping those who cry out for a hero. By her side is her companion Gabrielle and together they fight for the greater good by battling Greek Gods, warlords, and evil forces in the ancient world. Xena is a great example that the courage to love, forgive, and stand up for others will change the world.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover

This late-1800’s classic novel, considered shocking when it was published, was used as evidence in a trial against the author to condemn him for indecency. It tells the tale of a young man whose handsomely-painted portrait displays the ravages of time and corruption, while he stays young and fine in physical form.

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of An American Dynasty

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of An American Dynasty Book Cover

The First Ladies of the United States' Presidents fascinate me. What do these women do day to day? What is their life in the White House like? How does it feel to be the wife of arguably the most powerful person on the planet? These and so many other questions are addressed in this retelling of Mrs. Bush's life. Barbara Bush devoted her life to supporting her husband's ambitions. As George H.W. Bush gained political clout, she was frequently criticized by women with more modern viewpoints about the role of a wife. Mrs. Bush was hurt by these criticisms. Her contributions to literacy in the US are substantial including the development of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Her legacy lives on in her literacy projects as well as the continuing political ambitions of members of the Bush family.