Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Alien in the Mirror by Maureen Foster

Despite attracting audiences in New York and Los Angeles, this 2014 horror/sci-fi film from director Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) had a strictly limited release in the rest of the country.  Like Stanley Kubrick's 2001:  A Space Odyssey, this film starring Scarlett Johansson as a dangerous alien from..somewhere...provides more questions than answers.  Critic Richard Roeper aptly said that it was what they mean when they talk about the cinema as art.  Author Foster digs into the movie's genesis and long gestation to produce a model of single film analysis. ~Kim, CCL

Grant by Ron Chernow

At 959 pages, this book qualifies as a tome, but you won't notice the pages go by reading Ron Chernow's brisk writing. Learn how Ulysses Grant went from hawking firewood on the streets of St. Louis to becoming America's hero and US president. A true American tale of rags to riches, and rags to riches again, and through it all Grant remained the practical, unpretentious person has was before fame and fortune. One my of favorite quotes from the book that speaks volumes about his character came from a friend years after the Civil War: "You might have known him for a year and never learned that he he had fought a battle in his life."  This book is another masterpiece biography from Chernow. ~Meredith, CCL

Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Giles Milton

A top secret London organization who undermined Hitler's war machine through acts of sabotage.  Pairs nicely with the movie The Heavy Water War" about the group. ~Laurie, CCL