The new movie Sparkle will hit theaters in August 2012. It’s a remake of the 1976 movie of the same name, which was inspired by the singing group The Supremes. It’s set in Harlem in the 1960′s, and tells the story of 3 sisters who form a successful singing group. This will be American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, first acting role as the lead Sparkle. Whitney Houston makes her comeback debut in this film. This is her first film since the 1996 movie, The Preacher’s Wife. Sadly, she died only 3 months after production. The film is dedicated to her memory. Relive a little bit of Motown history with this film.
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Mary was born and raised in Wales. She moved to Canada on a two-year teaching contract in 1967 after leaving university. There, she met and married her Canadian husband Robert Balogh and settled in the small prairie town of Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. She taught school for a number of years. Her novels are all set in Regency England. She had published more than 60 books and is regularly on the New York times bestseller list.
More Than a Mistress published in 2000 is an “oldie” but a “goodie”. Filled with interesting characters with mysterious pasts best hidden, the novel showcases what we have come to expect in a Mary Balogh novel. On a clear day a young woman races onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the melée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is shot. To his astonishment, Tresham finds himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby is far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes are the sort a man could drown in—were it not for her impudence. She questions his every move, breaches his secrets, touches his soul. When he offers to set her up in his London town house, love is the last thing on his mind. A wonderful addition by a great storyteller.
Coming soon from Mary Balogh:
The Temporary Wife–due out February 28, 2012
The Proposal–due out April 24, 2012
The Secret Mistress–due out July 31, 2012
Starting tomorrow there will a review of a new romance for your reading pleasure each day for a week. On February 14 take a look at the library’s Facebook page. From noon until 9:00pm the WNPL librarians will be here to help you “LOVE A BOOK!” Tell us a title you liked and we will suggest another one that may be of interest. Sound like fun??? We will be using databases and our own reading experiences to help you. So check back each day for a romance….and on the 14th for our Valentine book suggestion just for you.
The Muppets were a part of my childhood. When I was a kid I used to watch the Muppet Show faithfully every week. Then the Muppet movies came out like the Great Muppet Caper & The Muppets Take Manhattan. I could count on Fozzie’s jokes flopping, and Animal’s crazy drum playing, and the tension building to see if Kermit and Miss Piggy would finally get together. There have been “newer” Muppet movies like Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet’s Wizard of Oz, but to me they are not the same. Then I saw the trailer for The Muppets movie coming out in November and it reminded me of the ones I used to watch as a kid. There’s something about seeing a movie on the big screen that is memorable. It makes me feel like a kid again. This is a great movie for the whole family and it’s rated PG.
The days may be shortening, but my book “wish list” is growing. Coming next week are a few of my favorite authors. If you haven’t tried them, now is your chance.
Kathy Reichs presents her 13th novel featuring anthologist, Temperance Brennen in Spider Bones. The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery’s father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she’s determined to find out who’s buried in Lowery’s grave if Lowery died in Quebec. As usual Reichs supplies us with lots of mystery told in her wonderful riveting style.
If you have an interest in a bit of adventure be sure to check out Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood’s Lost Empire, A Fargo Adventure. Husband and wife, treasure-hunting team, Sam and Remi Fargo (last seen in Spartan Gold) are scuba diving in Tanzania when they discover a relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship named the Shenandoah. An anomaly about the relic sets them off chasing a mystery, and a rumored second artifact-but, unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase.
I love, love Sara Paretsky! She always manages to make Chicago seem much more intriguing and interesting. Her next V. I. Warshawski, Body Work, finds Warshawski at the Chicago’s Club Gouge where a woman called the Body Artist, allows people to use her naked body as a canvas. Each person approaches this a bit differently until one reacts violently. V. I. must help clear his name and (of course) finds secrets that must become clear.
This next offering is a prequel of sorts. If you read J. R. R. Tolkien you probably have heard of Terry Brooks and his fabulous Shannara series. Bearers of the Black Staff, is one of two possible novels that will show Shannara’s early years. Five hundred years have passed since Hawk led a tattered band of survivors into a valley protected by a magical barrier. Now the wall has been breached by demons. The last known Knight of the Word, Sider Ament, wields a powerful black staff that he hopes to pass to a new leader. If you are looking for a really good fantasy I would suggest you start with the first in the series, The Sword of Shannara.
Lots of great titles coming out in the next few weeks. The following are just few.
In The Cobra Frederick Forsyth once again shows us that he is the master of political intrigue stories. It begins with the “Obama-like”President concerned about illegal drug trafficking and decides to put the weight and resources of the federal government behind fighting the cartels. This is a gripping and fast told story that will keep the reader wondering, why don’t we do this?
One of my favorite mystery writers, Stephen White is out with his 17th novel, The Last Lie, that features Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory. Alan and his wife host a party to introduce their new neighbors. One of their guests stays over but wakes to realize she doesn’t remember a thing. Sam Purdy, Alan’s friend and local policeman, is there to help and of course Alan, with his unique perspectives, is also trying to figure out what happened.
Jude Deveraux, author of 25 best-selling novels returns with Scarlet Nights. Sara Shaw is happily preparing for her wedding to Greg Anders, when he disappears 3 weeks before the wedding. An undercover agent shows and decides to use Sara to find a notorious criminal that might also be the mother of her future groom. This is a familiar plot of Devereux’s but isn’t it nice to know somethings don’t change and are still fun to read?
Rocker, Pat Benatar takes us on a wild ride with, Between a Heart and Rock Place: A Memoir. Benatar has been an iconic rock musician for 30 years for multiple generations of fans. In her story, she describes her life thus far with all the struggles and battles won. It is an interesting look into the life of a female rock musician.
This Fall the publishing industry is showing many of our favorite authors. Most of these are already in our catalog and available for holds. It is going to be a busy reading season….
Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (1.5 milllion published)
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (5 millions published)
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (600,00)
The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith
Rough Country by John Sandford (500,000)
Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon (200,000)
The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans (500,000)
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (750,000)
True Blue by David Baldacci (1.5 million)
Southern Lights by Danielle Steel
The Humbling by Philip Roth
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (600,000)
Ford Country by John Grisham (1.75 million)
Kindred in Death by J. D. Robb (600,00)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (1.5 million)
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (1.5 million)
Breathless by Dean Koontz
Pirate Latitudes byMichael Crichton (2 million)
U if for Undertow by Sue Grafton (1.25 miilion)
Three very popular authors will be releasing new novels in the next week. These are all on order at the Warren-Newport Public Library and available for holds.
Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
Picoult’s 16th novel deals with how expectant parent will tell you that they don’t want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they’d been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of “luckier” parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs.
Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer
George Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because it’s there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.
Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens
Twenty-five-year-old Emily Beauregard escapes her hateful uncle’s house with her four younger siblings and settles in Colyton, getting a job as the manager of Red Bells Inn, a rundown establishment in need of an overhaul. She is drawn to her new boss, Jonas Tallent, a dashing, wealthy aristocrat and Cynster relation, who returns Emily’s affections, but Emily can’t be distracted from what she came to Colyton for to find her family’s long-lost treasure and regain her status in society.