Slumdog Millionaire won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. For some more award-winning flicks, check out this list.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen deliver a gripping and ambitious film in this sizzling and supercharged action-thriller. When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even west Texas law can contain it. Based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, and featuring an acclaimed cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, this gritty game of cat and mouse will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond - right up to its heart-stopping final act.
Marcus Garvey was one of the most influential leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement. On March 5, 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents “Marcus Garvey Reconsidered” at the Library. Learn more about Garvey and his lasting legacy in these books.
A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
By Steven Hahn
Presenting both an inspiring and a troubling perspective on American democracy, this 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner is the epic story of how African Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves to a political people--an embryonic black nation.
Polish architect Czeslaw Bielecki discusses his work and the Polish transition from Communism to democracy at the Library in March. This related reading list includes books about memory and architecture, as well as books about Polish history.
Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory
By Judith Dupré
From the award-winning, bestselling author of Skyscrapers, Churches, and Bridges comes a visual history that serves as a tribute to classic American landmarks. Monuments features more than 200 duotone photographs, as well as fascinating stories, rare illustrations, candid interviews with artists and architects, and a unique chronology of milestones in the history of time and memory.
The state of Missouri provides a multitude of opportunities for enjoying its many beautiful natural areas. This reading list includes books about the Show-Me State’s parks and trails, as well as books on camping, cycling, caving, backpacking, and fishing in Missouri.
What's more fun than wondering?
I wonder what stars are made of.
I wonder what makes rivers flow.
I wonder what elephants dream.
Will these books tell you? They might, or maybe they’ll lead you to new wonderings of your own.
Yours with snorts,
How do you discuss a book when it is not at all what the readers expected? This was the conundrum that faced the Downtowners book group at yesterday's meeting. We gathered to talk about Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou and the book did not fail to meet expectations, but it didn't meet reader assumptions.
Check out these military histories about the battles near the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War or a few regimental histories from other wars.
The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
By Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
This work offers a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the survivors of the deadly Korean War battle known as Fox Hill.
Award-winning comics artist, editor, and writer Art Spiegelman celebrates his birthday this week. Born on February 15, 1948, Spiegelman’s two-volume graphic novel Maus won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and helped establish graphic novels as a form of literature.
Maus tells his parents’ story of surviving the Holocaust, depicting Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History moves between modern day New York where Spiegelman discusses the past with his father and the story his father recounts of Nazi-occupied Poland. In Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, Spiegelman continues his parents’ tale while also depicting his difficult relationship with his father.
Explore the relationships between two sets of influential brothers in these books about John and Robert Kennedy and Fidel and Raúl Castro.
John & Robert Kennedy
Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder
By Gus Russo and Stephen Molton
Using breakthrough reporting, Russo and Molton craft a dramatic retelling of the time before, during, and after the John F. Kennedy assassination--a groundbreaking review of the historical drama linking the Kennedys and the Castros that sheds new light on this pivotal event.
Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
By David Talbot
Acclaimed journalist Talbot tells in a riveting, well-researched narrative just how explosively alienated the Kennedy administration was from its own national security apparatus and that Robert Kennedy planned to open an investigation into his brother's assassination.