Monday, November 30, 2009

CD Spotlight - Fantasia - Fantasia


Title: Fantasia
Author: Fantasia
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known as Fantasia, is an American R&B Soul singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. She has been nominated for eightGrammy Awards. After playing the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, she is cast to be in the film adaptation of the musical.

In 2004, she released her debut single, I Believe, which debuted at the top spot of theBillboard Hot 100, making Barrino the first recording artist in history to debut at the number one spot with a debut single. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum and garnered Barrino four Grammy nominations in 2006. In 2006, she released her sophomore album, Fantasia, which featured the number-one R&B hit When I See You. The album was certified Gold and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple. Her third studio album is set to be released in early 2010. (Retrieved Wikipedia 11/16/2009)

I think Fantasia surprised many critics with her talents during the American Idol Show. This is when I first saw her and after I heard her sing, I was hoping she would win. She has a fantasic soulful voice that resonates within your soul. Her music will bring you to tears as you listen to the songs and the depth in which her voice can go. Although most of her music is serious, she has some songs that are fun to listen to. One particular song entitled, When I see You fits perfectly into this category. She is singing about having a crush on a guy and how she feels when she sees him. We have all had crushes and know the fear and trepidation we felt when we were in the prresence of the person we has a crush on. Hope you enjoy this song as I and others have.

When I See You
I put your picture on my mirror,
Start to blush when somebody says your name
In my stomach there's a pain
See you walk in my direction I go the other way
I start to stutter when I speak
Try to stand but my knees go weak
What happening to me in the dark can you tell me what it means
I lay my head on my pillow
Staring out the window
Wish on a star for a sign
It's the reason why

[Chorus:]
Your always on my mind
When you come around I get shy
When I see you, when I see you
Never know when you might walk by
So I gotta be right on time
When I see you when I see you

Have you ever listented to her music? If so, tell us what you think.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Movie Series: Native Voices: We Shall Remain – America Through Native Eyes


Movie Matters, Native American Style!

Join us at the Clark County Library each Monday in November to help us celebrate Native American Heritage Moth. Every Monday, there will be a different movie that will help you learn more about this fascinating culture. From the award-winning PBS Series American Experience comes WE SHALL REMAIN, a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native History as an essential part of American history.

At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. WE SHALL REMAIN represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project. (Retrieved PBS.org, November 5, 2009)

We will feature four of the five movies in this series. All of these movies will be held in the theater of the Clark County Library located at 1401 East Flamingo. Join us for this unique experience. Fouth and last in the month long series is Wounded Knee.

11/30/2009, Monday, 7 p.m.
Film:
Wounded KneeExamine the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1960s and the gripping story of the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee. For 71 days, activists engaged in a standoff with the U.S. government, bringing the nation's attention to the desperate conditions on Indian reservations. Perhaps even more important, the siege united Native people across tribes, creating a pan-Indian identity and a new path into the future. Directed by Stanley Nelson. (2009, 79 min.)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Urban Fiction - Feature Author November - Meesha Mink and De'Nesha Diamond

The Urban fiction Authors for the month of November are Meesha Mink and DeNesha Diamond

Title: Admission of Love and Surrender to Love
Author's: Meesha Mink and De’Nesha Diamond
Genre: Romance

These two authors have only written 3 books in the urban fiction genre as a collaboration, so I have decided to feature books that each has written individually in another genre.

Niobia Bryant is an African-American novelist of both romance and mainstream fiction. She also writes urban fiction as Meesha Mink and Young Adult fiction as Simone Bryant.

Admission of Love - She's at the top of her glamorous profession -- but now supermodel Chloe Bolton is determined to find a more rewarding, peaceful life. As soon as she tries to settle down in her mother's rural South Carolina town, she is at instant odds with handsome, reserved Devon Jamison...

Burned by a self-absorbed ex-girlfriend, Devon was sure Chloe was the same shallow type. He'd bet good money she probably wouldn't stick around Holtsville long enough to see the foundation for her dream house poured. But he soon found Chloe's spirit and strength challenging him and his carefully-shielded emotions. Now amid hidden hurt and unexpected romantic rivals, Devon and Chloe must discover what they both really desire -- to gain the dream they want most and have always waited for...


Adrienne Byrd- National Best-selling author Adrianne Byrd has always preferred to live within the realms of her imagination where all the men are gorgeous and the women are worth whatever trouble they manage to get into. As an army brat, she traveled throughout Europe and learned to appreciate and value different cultures. Now she calls Georgia home.

Surrender to Love - Wanted for the murder of her abusive husband, Julia Kelley flees with her six-year-old daughter only to have her car break down in a small town. Mechanic Carson Webber comes to her rescue, and knows he can help her with whatever else troubles her. Carson suspects a broken down car is the least of her worries, and is determined to win Julia's trust--and her heart.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Library is Open Today!



Yes, the library is open today! Take a break from your Black Friday shopping, and stop in at the library for a rest and some entertaining books and videos!

We'll be open from 10 AM to 6 PM. (And, we're open the rest of the weekend also!)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Day!

The libraries in Las Vegas are all closed today, to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the United States (or, rather the colonies!) in 1621. The colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest meal, which later came to symbolize the spirit of cooperation between the colonists and the Native Americans.

Harvest Festivals have a long history, and have been celebrated all over the world for as long as anyone can remember or record.

Visit your library (tomorrow when we're open!) and try some of these great books about the Plymouth Colony, and harvest festivals!

Strange Saint
by Andrew Beahars





The Thanksgiving Book
by Laurie Collier Hillstrom






A Great & Godly Adventure
by Godfrey Hodgson

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside!

Jessica's Guide to dating on the Darkside
By Beth Fantaskey
Young Adult Fantasy

Jessica is your typical teenager who lives in the rural Midwest and this year is her senior year. Nothing can ruin your senior year, you are on top of the world, right? Unless you find out that you are really a vampire princess who has an arranged marriage with a vampire prince. Yep, that can really put a dent in the senior year bliss.

At first Jessica can't understand who the "foreign exchange student" really is until he appears at her house later that day for dinner. And her previously sane parents start explaining to her that she is really Anastasia, a Romanian vampire princess. Jessica is stunned and in complete disbelief and can't stand her so called betrothed, Lucius. She wants to enjoy her senior year like a regular teenager and date her hunky neighbor, Jake. Apparently fate has something else in store for her.

This book has a slow burning romance and the reader really falls in love with the characters as they fall in love for each other. It is even complete with a prepubescent guide to becoming a vampire. If you are a fan of Twilight, this is the book you have been looking for.

Author Read-alikes: Cynthia Leitich Smith, Stephanie Meyer, Alyson Noel

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


Here are the releases for December 1st;

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home; the lights are out, the school kids are tucked in their beds... yet something incredible is stirring as former night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet in which history truly comes alive. In this second installment of the Night at the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world’s largest museum. Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own.

Terminator Salvation - The year is 2018.
Judgment Day has come and gone, leveling modern civilization. An army of Terminators roams the post-apocalyptic landscape, killing or collecting humans where they hide in the desolate cities and deserts. But small groups of survivors have organized into a Resistance, hiding in underground bunkers and striking when they can against an enemy force that vastly outnumbers them.

Controlling the Terminators is the artificial intelligence network Skynet, which became self-aware 14 years earlier and, in the blink of an eye, turned on its creators, unleashing nuclear annihilation on an unsuspecting world. Only one man saw Judgment Day coming. One man, whose destiny has always been intertwined with the fate of human existence, John Connor (Christian Bale). Now the world is on the brink of the future that Connor has been warned about all his life. But something totally new has shaken his belief that humanity stands a chance of winning this war: the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger from the past whose last memory is of being on death row before awakening in this strange, new world. Connor must decide whether Marcus can be trusted. But as Skynet adapts new strategies to end the Resistance forever, Connor and Marcus must find common ground to take a stand against the onslaught--to infiltrate Skynet and meet the enemy head-on.

This week’s release with the most requests is Angels and Demons with 801 requests.

Monday, November 23, 2009

CD Spotlight - Ginuwine- A Man's Thoughts


Title: A Man’s Thoughts
Author: Ginuwine
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Ginuwine was one of R&B's pre-eminent love men during the '90s heyday of hip-hop soul. Initially teamed with Timbaland, the most innovative producer of the late '90s, Ginuwine's sultry, seductive crooning earned him a substantial female following and made him a regular presence on the R&B charts, even after the futuristic production he favored was eclipsed by the more organic, retro-leaning neo-soul movement.

Ginuwine was born in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 1975, with the unlikely name of Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (after D.C.-born Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor). As a youngster, Lumpkin's interest in music was ignited by Prince and Michael Jackson, especially the latter's legendary moonwalking performance on the Motown 25th-anniversary special. At the mere age of 12, he began performing at parties and bars with the local hip-hop group the Finesse Five. He later worked as a Michael Jackson impressionist and sang with another local outfit, Physical Wonder; in the meantime, he earned a paralegal degree from a local community college, in case music didn't work out. In 1996, he adopted the name Ginuwine and was discovered by Jodeci. In New York, he met up with young producer Timbaland and cut the track Pony, whose slow, halting groove and impassioned vocals helped Ginuwine land a deal with Sony's 550 Music imprint. (Retrieved 11/16/2009 from lyricsyoulove.com)

Ginuwine has shown that he can withstand the test of time with his classic music. He has always been more a romantic crooner, which is why we love his music. His music has matured and you can hear the depth of his passion when he sings. He has been missing in action for a while, but he is back with his latest CD entitled, A Man’s Thoughts. Great title because we know see the more mature man and sound of his music. Glad he is back.

Ginuwine's sixth album entitled A Man’s Thoughts, was released on June 23, 2009. The album was produced by The Underdogs, B Cox, Timbaland, The Runners, Johnta Austin, Oak and Polow Da Don. The album includes guests appearances from Brandy, Missy Elliott, Bun B and Timbaland. Ginuwine formed a group with Tank and Tyrese namedTGT. Their first single was a remix of Tank's "Please Don't Go". They were supposed to tour but plans fell apart due to conflicting schedules.

The song that moves me most from his lastest CD is entitled, Last Chance. We all have been through relationships where we decided this is not the realtionship for us and that their may be someone better for us. The grass is Greener syndrome. In this song, he realizes that the person he is with is the only one for him and basically he has one last chance to show her before she decides to leave. Loved It! To listen to the song and watch the video, click on the song title. Here is the chorus and a little of the lyrics.

Last Chance
If this is my Last Chance to love you
I'm going to play it like a grown man or two
If I only got one shot to win you
Then call me Jordan, 4th quarter in '92
(I'm guna do it) No matter what your girlfriends say
(I'm guna do it) Don't leave me baby talkin about that kind of change
(I'm guna do it) From a boy to a man, Like Barack and his plan
(I'm guna do it) If this is my last chance, yeaa

The things I said, I can't believe it
But I swear to God, I didn't mean it
But it takes alot from me, to admit I'm wrong
But how do I ever save my homerun'
I keep going back, back, and forth
In and out, out the door
Don't want to fuss and fight no more
Don't give a damn about the score, Cause I, I'm a different kind of man
I'm the kind that understands, what I got inside my hands Sooo...

If you like this kind of music or not, share your thoughts.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Movie Series: Native Voices: We Shall Remain – America Through Native Eyes


Movie Matters, Native American Style!

Join us at the Clark County Library each Monday in November to help us celebrate Native American Heritage Moth. Every Monday, there will be a different movie that will help you learn more about this fascinating culture. From the award-winning PBS Series American Experience comes WE SHALL REMAIN, a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native History as an essential part of American history.

At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project. (Retrieved PBS.org, November 5, 2009)

We will feature four of the five movies in this series. All of these movies will be held in the theater of the Clark County Library located at 1401 East Flamingo. Join us for this unique experience. Third in the month long series is Geronimo.

11/23/2009, Monday, 7 p.m.
Film:
GeronimoTaking place at the end of the Indian Wars, near the close of the nineteenth century, desperate times catapulted a controversial character to the leadership of an Apace band. To angry whites, Geronimo was an archenemy, the perpetrator of unspeakable save cruelties. To some Apaches, he was a stubborn troublemaker whose actions needlessly brought the enemy's wrath upon them. To his supporters, he remained the embodiment of proud resistance, leading the last Native American fighting force to surrender to the United States government. Directed by Dustinn Craig and Sarah Colt. (2009, 75 min.)

Don’t forget the fourth and last movie in the series, Wounded Knee, which airs next Monday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Urban Fiction Feature Author - Meesha Mink and De'Nesha Diamond


Title: Title: Hood Life
Author: Meesha Mink and De’Nesha Diamond
Genre: Urban Fiction

Niobia Bryant is an African-American novelist of both romance and mainstream fiction. She also writes Urban Fiction as Meesha Mink and Young Adult Fiction as Simone Bryant.

Adrienne Byrd - National Best-selling author Adrianne Byrd has always preferred to live within the realms of her imagination where all the men are gorgeous and the women are worth whatever trouble they manage to get into. As an army brat, she traveled throughout Europe and learned to appreciate and value different cultures. Now she calls Georgia home.

In the first two books, Desperate Housewives and Shameless Hoodwives, we learn about the women of Bentley Manor; however, in the third book, we finally get down to the men. My first reaction to the title was ok what problems would men in Bentley Manor have besides having too many baby mommas to deal with. Needless to say, I was surprised. The book starts off a little slow, but in the end it proves to be a great Urban Fiction novel.

Tavon/The Pimp (aka Sweet) – Tavon has lived a life of hardship. Raised in Bentley Manor by a single mom, he realized at an early age that sex was a commodity and people were willing to pay for it at any cost. His wife Renee has always been his number one, but when Sweet's life is turned upside down bythe 15 year old daughter that he never knew existed, he does not know what to do. Soon he realizes that he cannot trust Renee or his longtime lover/best friend, Destin/Destiny. The events that take place are more than enough for Sweet to handle. Will the lies and deception lead to his demise or will he remain on top and loose everyone who mattered to him?

Rhakmon/The Player – How do you survive without having a steady income or place to live? You use women in any way you can to get what you want. After he is thrown out by his single mom at an early age, he realizes he has the looks and tools to get any woman to fall under his spell. After an altercation with a known rival ends in murder, Rhakmon has the ultimate plan. Have his girlfriend of the moment confess to the crime he committed and then he is off scott free. This is the ultimate plan until his girlfriend receives a sentence of 10 years in prison. She is devastated and feels abandoned by Rhakmon because he has not visited her during her time of incarceration. As a result, she realizes she was played for a fool and decides to tell the truth about the murder.

Demarcus/Killer – While incarcerated, Demarcus realizes his mistakes and vows to change. He becomes a devoted Muslim and decides that when he is released, he will make a new start. However, he does not realize how hard this task is when you have been recently released from prison with no job and no money. He is offered a job by the neighborhood pimp, but declines because of a haunting memory that will not allow him any peace. After a past friend confesses his affair with Demarcus’s girlfriend Zoey, he becomes a killer once again. Will he ever become like normal people, or will he forever indebted to the name tattooed across his chest, KILLER?

Kaseem/the Dealer – Kaseem has led a double life every since his long time friend Maleek was locked up for drug distribution. He has had to step up where Maleek left off and has gotten use to the luxurious lifestyle that the drug lifestyle affords him. After an old flame gives him custody of the 3 month old son he never knew existed, he begins to question his lifestyle and decides to get out of the business. This occurs right in the middle of a drug war where his crew wants him to step up and take control. Will he be betrayed by his closest friend and his girl, or will he realize who really has his back?

Another gotta read Urban Fiction novel that I think you will enjoy. I enjoyed the many surprises and connection between the characters. Out of all the characters in the book, I guess I felt the most sympathy for Rhakmon because of what he endured in his childhood. Do we become a victim of our circumstances or do we choose to live the right way? In reading this book, you see why the characters became who they were based on their life circumstances.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Movie Review: The Human Family Tree

The Human Family Tree
by National Geographic
DVD

Surpise! We're all related! Hey cousin!

This National Geographic documentary is one of the most fascinating I have ever watched! Researchers with the National Geographic and IBM sponsored Genographic Project, DNA-tested 200 individuals chosen randomly at a street fair in Queens, NY. Queens was chosen because it is the most ethnically diverse community in the United States.

Tracing our paternal ancestry backward, all humans descend from a man geneticists have dubbed "Adam," who lived in East Africa 60,000 years ago. In fact, all humans lived in Africa until then. Strangely, "Eve," or rather "mitochondrial-Eve," did not live at the same time as "Adam." She lived in the same general area in East Africa, but about 150,000-200,000 years ago. She is the most recent ancestor to all humans following the maternal line.

Modern genetics can now demonstrate all humans are all relatives. We are 99.9% the same, genetically speaking. The biological reality is, there are no races. To claim that there are races requires making arbitrary distinctions between groups that simply are not reflected in our genetic code. There is too much genetic overlap between groups for any differences to be meaningful.

The film goes on to show which of the major migrations, 10's of thousands of years ago, that each person at the Queens street fair descended from. Interestingly, most Europeans and Native Americans descend from common ancestors in Central Asia, about 40,000 years ago.

I highly recommend this brand new film from National Geographic!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Graphic Novel Review: The Nobody

The Nobody
by Jeff Lemire
Fiction, Graphic Novel

In 1994, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small fishing town of Large Mouth. Wrapped in bandages from head to toe, eyes hidden behind a pair of dark goggles, John Griffen takes a room in the local motel. In typical small town fashion, he immediately becomes the center of gossip and speculation. Vickie, teenaged daughter of the local café owner, gives in to her curiosity, and ends up secretly befriending Griffen. But the suspicions of the townsfolk soon start to encroach on Griffen’s hoped-for privacy, even as his own past comes back to haunt him.

Between this book, Tales from the Farm, and his as-yet-uncollected monthly comic, Sweet Tooth, I am becoming a huge fan of Jeff Lemire. It’s not so much the stories he tells, as the way he tells them. The notion, presented in The Nobody, that small-town residents can be narrow-minded, judgmental, and not very welcoming to outsiders, is hardly groundbreaking. The twist—taking its inspiration from H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man--makes it a little more intriguing. But it’s Lemire’s deft sense of place and character that really make his work special.

One of the often-stated cardinal rules of fiction is to show, not tell. The Nobody gives its readers all the information they need to understand the story and its characters, but doesn’t overexplain anything. The art and dialogue give us all the pieces we need, but doesn’t spoon-feed it to us. It’s more about the emotions and reactions of the characters than the details.

The town of Large Mouth feels well-constructed and real. We get to know its residents through brief glimpses and small moments. Secrets and information come out in a gradual, natural pace, not in shocking “grand reveals.” The art creates a real sense of place, and distinctive, individual characters, without being stiff or photorealistic.

I highly recommend The Nobody, and definitely plan on reading Jeff Lemire’s other works in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


It’s Tuesday again, which means more new DVD releases. Remember, you can request these items at your local library, so do so soon, because the list can get very looong! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. Don’t forget to see the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for November 24th;

Angels and Demons – What terrifying discovery would make the Vatican turn to Robert Langdon, the man who cracked history’s most controversial code? When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati – the most powerful underground organization in history – he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization's most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. Upon learning that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, Langdon travels to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow the 400-year-old Path of Illumination that marks the Vatican's only hope for survival.

Four Christmases - No one enjoys the holidays more than Brad and Kate. Every December 25th, this happily unmarried, upscale San Francisco couple embark on a holiday tradition they have shared every year since they met—ditching their crazy families for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation in some sunny exotic locale.

There, sipping margaritas by the pool, they toast the season, knowing they have once again avoided the chaos and emotional fallout of their four respective households: divorced parents, squabbling siblings, out-of-control kids and all the simmering resentments and awkward moments that are the hallmarks of every family Christmas.

But not this year. Shorts and sunglasses packed, Brad (VINCE VAUGHN) and Kate (REESE WITHERSPOON) are trapped at the San Francisco airport by a fogbank that cancels every outbound flight. Worse yet, they are caught on camera by a local news crew, revealing their whereabouts to the whole city…and to their families. With no escape and no excuses, they are now expected home by Brad’s father. And Kate’s mother. And Brad’s mother. And Kate’s father. Four Christmases in one day.

As they brace themselves for a marathon of homecomings, Brad and Kate expect the worst—and that’s exactly what they get. But as Brad counts down the minutes to their freedom, Kate surprisingly finds herself tuned to the ticking of a different clock. At the end of the day, each will gain a new perspective on where they came from…and where they’re going. Getting to know themselves and each other as they really are could finally give them a chance at the kind of love they’ve only been playing at.

Funny People - George Simmons is a famous stand-up comedian who learns that he has a terminal illness and less than a year to live. When, he meets Ira, a struggling comedian at a comedy club where both the comedians are performing, George hires Ira to be his personal assistant and opening act at his performances. The two forge a close friendship as George helps Ira with his career and Ira helps George find closure in his legacy. However, when George learns that his disease has gone into remission and an ex-girlfriend re-enters his life, he's inspired to reevaluate what is important to him and what truly gives meaning to his life.

Shorts - Shorts is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black's BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black's BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends...until a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything. The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black's BLACK BOX one better: it grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighborhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers...and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner. But it's not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts. Now Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.

This week’s release with the most requests is Star Trek with 911 requests.

Monday, November 16, 2009

CD Spotlight - Joe Thomas - Signature

Title: Signature
Author: Joe
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Joe Lewis Thomas (born July 5, 1972), usually credited simply as Joe, is a seven-time Grammy Award-nominated American R&B singer and record producer. Joe's extensive background in gospel music has allowed him to produce his albums as well as sing on them. A native of Georgia, Joe later moved to Opelika, AL; since he was the son of two preachers, he spent much time in church singing, playing guitar, and even directing the choir. Influenced early on by gospel stars like The Winans, Commissioned, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Joe grew to love soul legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye plus contemporary stars Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat.

While working at a gospel record store and continuing his music education through a local church, he met producer Vincent Herbert and recorded a three-song demo tape. He signed to Polygram/Mercury and in 1993 released his album debut, Everything. This album produced a minor hit for him and he was subsequently released from his contract. Joe also had a song called All the things that appeared on the soundtrack to the Wayans. (retrieved 10/28/09, Lyrics You Love.com)

Joe has several CD’s and his latest was just released on 7/07/09. He is multitalented and has many memorable songs, but the one that stands out most for me is All the things (your man won't do), off his Greatest Hits CD. When this song was played, many women including myself felt that he was speaking directly to us. Anyway, his has had several songs that will remain classic for years to come.

ALL THE THINGS (YOUR MAN WON'T DO)
Tell me what kind of man
Would treat his woman so cold
Treat you like your nothing
When your worth more than gold
Girl to me your like a diamond
I love the way you shine
A hundred million dollar treasure
I'll give the world to make you mine

I'll put a string of pearls right in your hand
Make love on a beach of jet black sand
Outside in the rain, we can do it all night
Out to tour the places he would not
And some you never knew would get you hot
Nothing is forbidden, when we touch

Baby, I wanna do
All of the things your man won't do
I'll do them for you

I know you all love this song, but make sure you get his latest CD, Signature, so that you will continue to hear that classic Joe sound.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Movie Series: Native Voices: We Shall Remain – America Through Native Eyes


Movie Matters, Native American Style!

Join us at the Clark County Library each Monday in November to help us celebrate Native American Heritage Moth. Every Monday, there will be a different movie that will help you learn more about this fascinating culture. From the award-winning PBS Series American Experience comes WE SHALL REMAIN, a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native History as an essential part of American history.

At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project. (Retrieved PBS.org, November 5, 2009)

We will feature four of the five movies in this series. All of these movies will be held in the theater of the Clark County Library located at 1401 East Flamingo. Join us for this unique experience. Second in the month long series is Trail of Tears.

Monday, 11/9/2009, 7 p.m.
Film: Trail of TearsExplore the resolve and resilience of the Cherokee people, who resisted removal from their homelands in the Southeast in every way they knew: assimilating a European-style government and legal system, accepting Christianity and even taking their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Directed by Chris Eyre. (2009, 75 min.)

Don’t forget the third movie in the series, Geronimo, which airs next Monday.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Urban Fiction Feature Author - Meesha Mink and De'Nesha Diamond


The Urban fiction Authors for the month of November are Meesha Mink and DeNesha Diamond

Title: Title: Shameless Hoodwives
Author: Meesha Mink and De’Nesha Diamond
Genre: Urban Fiction

Niobia Bryant is an African-American novelist of both romancee and mainstream fiction. She also writes Urban Fiction as Meesha Mink and Young Adult Fiction as Simone Bryant.

Adrienne Byrd - National Best-selling author Adrianne Byrd has always preferred to live within the realms of her imagination where all the men are gorgeous and the women are worth whatever trouble they manage to get into. As an army brat, she traveled throughout Europe and learned to appreciate and value different cultures. Now she calls Georgia home.
This novel is the African-American version of the television series, Desperate Housewives. The difference is these characters lives are based out of the Bentley Manor Apartment Complex (Projects) in Atlanta, GA.

This is the second book in this series. It was even better than the first, with lots of unexpected twists and tragedies. Things at Bentley Manor are not always as they appear.

Takiah – She finally escapes from her pimp/husband when he goes to jail. She is on the run for her life, but must return to the only place that is safe. The one place she vowed never to return to, Bentley Manor. When she shows up at her grandmother, Mz. Cleo door unannounced, she is welcomed and can stay, under one condition. She must attend church and get counseling from the pastor. She is resistant until, the pastor offers her a deal she can’t refuse. The pastor has more on his mind than counseling and redemption for this lost soul. He teases her with drugs and they become involved sexually and now Takiah begins to question whether or not there may be a real God that can actually save her from her life of sin. Amidst the rumors and her pregnancy, Takiah continues to stay involved with the pastor until her husband returns. She is literally running for her life when her husband catches her in a compromising position with the pastor. Will she be redeemed in the sight of God or will she suffer an eternal damnation in hell?

Mz. Cleo – The savior of the neighborhood who is not afraid to resort to violence to try and save the innocent souls in Bentley Manor. Unfortunately she cannot save the soul of her granddaughter Takiah. She harbors guilt that she may have led to the demise of her granddaughter when she insists that she seek counseling from the pastor of the church. Her world is turned upside down after she is mistakenly shot by the police and she finds out the tragedy that has occurred with her granddaughter. Will this be the end of Mz. Cleo, or will we see her and Mz. Osceola in the next book?

Woo-Woo – She has finally found a man who can take her away from the hell of Bentley Manor. She has changed her look to fit into her suburban lifestyle. No more long nails, no more braids, no more flashy clothes. Unfortunately, you can take the girl out of the projects, but you can’t take the project out of the girl. Woo-Woo continues to sneak to Bentley Manor to be with the one person who makes her heart flutter and provides hot steamy sex at the drop of a hat, Hassan. Hassan becomes enraged that Woo-Woo will not leave her husband and decides to break it off with her. This enrages Woo-Woo and she shows up at places that Hassan hangs out to win him back. She decides that she wants to be with Hassan and decides she will tell her husband once the holidays are over. She never gets the chance to tell her husband she is in love with Hassan, because after a tragic meeting at the local shopping mall, all kinds of secrets are revealed. You know I can’t tell you, because that would spoil the book, but you are in for a surprise.

Keisha – Keisha and Smokey were high school sweethearts, drug addicts and parents together. Now, Keisha has kicked the habit and is looking to change her life. She is also tired of the emotional and physical abuse that she has endured for years from Smokey. Her brother in-law Shakespeare comes to the rescue when he offers to pay for her to go to cosmetology school. She is thrilled and begins to see a way for her to move her and her kids out of Bentley Manor. Smokey also sees this change and much more than Keisha and Shakespeare realize. He is upset and on Christmas Day, he shows up with a gun to reveal the secret and to get revenge. What happens after that is left up to you to find out.

Princess – At only seventeen, she has been through more than some women who are twice her age. She has been abused physically, emotionally and verbally by her mother as well as by her mother’s many boyfriends. What helps her keep her sanity is her friend Lucky. Lucky has always been there for her. However, what happens when Lucky is accidentally killed when she wants to watch a street fight? Princesses’ life takes her whole new turn. She is so lost and when a fight ensues between she and her mother, she is sent to jail for 3 months for assault and battery. She is at rock bottom and does not know what to do. Her saving grace is her voice. Will she be able to use her talent to get her out of Bentley Manor, or will she meet her demise as all others have in Bentley Manor. I really felt for this character and I was glad to hear her story. When hope is gone, that is when you find your true blessing.

I read this book in two days because I wanted to see what happened to each character. I was routing for some to make it out of Brentley manor and others, I thought they got what they deserved. Very quick read that kept me somewhat guessing almost until the end. This book is for those who love this genre, but want to see characters that are actually human and are representative of their circumstances and how they have learned to deal with life in the inner city.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Native American Dance program for the entire Family

Learning about Native American can be fun and exciting. You can experience a sampling of Native American Culture by watching one of the five performances by the Hopi/Choctaw Native American, Derrick Suwaima and Hopi Native American, Ryon Polequaptewa.

Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/16/2009, 7p.m., West Charleston
Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/17/2009, 1p.m.
West Las Vegas
Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/17/2009, 4p.m.
Rainbow
Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa 11/18/2009, 10a.m.
Clark County

Dance and Music with Derrick Suwaima Davis and Ryon Polequaptewa, 11/18/2009, 1p.m.
Sunrise

Derrick Suwaima Davis is a Native Arizonan, from the Hopi and Choctaw Nations. Suwaima, who began participating in Pow Wows at the age of 3, is a Four Time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Champion Fancy Dancer. In addition to dancing competitively, Suwaima also has many other interests. He serves as the choreographer for, and performs in, the annual Native Song & Dance production at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Suwaima also functions as Artistic Director for the Native Trails Tour and Scottsdale Festivals.

For 7 years, he was a member of the pop/rock group “Clan/destine”. Furthermore, Suwaima has worked with The Phoenix Symphony and Canyon Records. In 2002, he was Head Man Dancer at the Inaugural Pow Wow at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, DC. (Retrieved November 5, 2009, the Charleston Agency)

Ryon Polequaptewa not only is one of the finest Kachina Doll carvers, but writes, sings, and drums for Blu Thunder, a group of Hopi city dwellers that left their beloved homeland. The Blu Thunder singers have been singing together over a span of 10 years, and the singers never stop thanking The Creator for giving them the gift of singing and guidance in all of their endeavors. Listen to Ryon's Grassdance from the Blu Thunder CD. (Retrieved November 5, 2009, Native American Links)

These two come together to create a fun program that can be seen by the entire family. World famous Hoop Dancer, Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), and singer, Ryon Polequaptewa (Hopi), will present a 30-minute family program of Native American dance, music and storytelling. Watch as Davis uses his hoops to create the shapes of different animals that play a vital role in the circle of life. The duo will discuss the importance of the drum and the playing of shakers, rattles and flutes in Native American culture. At the end of the program, the audience will be invited to perform a Friendship Dance, a cross-cultural dance celebrating life.

Don't miss it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Native American Heritage Month



As we embark on the close of another year, we would like to pay homage to the Native American population in our society during Native American Heritage Month.

First Americans Day was first celebrated around the turn of the century when Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, Director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside one day for this special group of people. As a result, for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.
The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday. (Retrieved November 4, 2009, Library of Congress)

So how did this one day develop into a month long celebration?In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including Native American Heritage Month and National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) have been issued each year since 1994. (Retrieved November 4, 2009, Library of Congress)

Want to learn about this culture and have fun in the process? Great! To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Las Vegas–Clark County Library District has planned several programs for your enjoyment. Click here to find out about all these events.

Don’t forget to check out these great library resources to find out more information about this topic.

American Indian Experience



Book Review: 19 Girls and Me

19 Girls and Me
by Darcy Pattison
Illustrated by Steven Salerno
Children’s picture book

Can girls and boys be friends? Author Darcy Pattison has a fun time considering that question in 19 Girls and Me, the story of a very unusual kindergarten class. If you’re looking for a funny story for a school age child, this story is a terrific choice.

Mrs. Ray’s class has nineteen girls and one lone boy, John. When they go out for recess each day, John is determined not to play any sissy games. As the days go by, the games John and his classmates invent together grow more and more imaginative and begin to attract the attention of others. How will John react to being seen playing with nineteen girls?

Read it the first time to enjoy the story and playful illustrations. Then read it again to practice counting to twenty or to notice details in the illustrations, like the way Mrs. Ray’s chalkboard foreshadows events in the story or how black and white images are contrasted with color ones. This book also provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on and discuss stereotypes about girls and boys. If you like this story, try The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman, also by Darcy Pattison.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Library Closed November 11th


What?
Las-Vegas clark County Library District libraries, urban and surrounding areas wil be closed.

Why are libraries closed on this day?

To celebrate Veterans Day

What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is usually observed onNovember 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that endedWorld War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (Retrieved November, 2009)

When will the library reopen?
On Thursday, November 12th from 9a.m. to 9p.m.

What happens if my books are due on this date?

No worries, items will not be due on this, but the following day. You can also use the outside bookdrops if you need to return items on this date. Please remember no dvds or cds can be placed in the outside bookdrop because they can get damaged.

What happens if I have homework?No worries, our electronic resources are available 24 hours a day. Just make sure your card is valid and you have a personal identification number, then you are all set.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Native American Actor Evan Adams

Evan Adams
Clark County Library
Thursday, November 12
7 PM

This article was originally about Chris Eyre, the amazing filmmaker responsible for Smoke Signals, two of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries for PBS, based on the Tony Hillerman novels, and large chunks of the even more incredible PBS documentary We Shall Remain, playing at the Clark County Library every Monday evening this month. You can see the original article we'd written at the bottom of this post.

Chris Eyre had a last minute scheduling conflict. The reasons are really great for him, but not so great for those of us who were really looking forward to seeing him this week.

We are not left in the cold however. Evan Adams is visiting instead. Adams is totally amazing in his own right, and we're fortunate to have him.

I had difficulty placing Adams when I heard about the changes. (No, he's not Adam Evans the wrestler...) Adams played Thomas Builds-the-Fire in Smoke Signals. OK, I needed to be reminded which character that was... Thomas Builds-the-Fire is the short, geeky character who was always telling stories. Who turns out to hold the entire situation together. Who's so darned cute behind the glasses, and has the most amazing smile. That's the character of Thomas Builds-the-Fire.

Evan Adams the actor is also darned cute, and still has the most amazing smile. He's a member of the Sliammon Band of the Coast Salish tribes, near the Powell River in British Columbia. In addition to being a accomplished actor, he's also a screenwriter, a playwright, and a competitive dancer. (I just flashed on Dancing with the Stars - the Native American segment...)

This would all keep him busy. Adams adds weaving (Raven's Tail) to that mix of activities. And to top it all off, he's a physician. He got his medical degree from the University of Calgary.

Stop by and see Dr. Evan Adams, to see how he manages to juggle all these amazing activities, and still has to talk with us. He'll be here Thursday evening!
-susan

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Here's the original Chris Eyre article: (Again, Eyre had a last minute conflict and will NOT be at the library for either event.)
Cheyenne / Arapaho film director, Chris Eyre, will be speaking at Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, on Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. as part of Native American Heritage Month.

Eyre will be leading screening of "A Thousand Roads" (40 min.), a film he directed for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, followed by discussion of how Native Americans are seen and heard today.

Eyre has probably done as much as anyone to provide for the public a more realistic and complex vision of what life as a Native American is like today.

His films include:and two films for the PBS Mystery! series, based on Tony Hillerman novels:Just released this year, Eyre, directed three episodes of the PBS series:Eyre will be speaking again on Friday, November 13, 10 a.m., also at the Clark County Library.
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Again, due to a scheduling conflict, Chris Eyre will NOT be at the library for either event. But be sure to watch his amazing films!

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

It’s Tuesday again, which means more new DVD releases. Remember, you can request these items at your local library, so do so soon, because the list can get very looong! Check the Library Catalog and add these popular titles to your book bag. Don’t forget to see the bottom of the post for the answer to last week's contest!

Here are the releases for November 17th;

Bruno - Golden Globe-winner Sacha Baron Cohen (creator/star of Borat and Da Ali G Show) is at it again as he brings his most over-the-top character to life in the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before! As Brüno travels the world in search of fame, no one – whether they are celebrities, politicians or even terrorists – will be spared from his signature sense of style and his wickedly off-kilter manner! And, yes, they are all real situations!





My Sister's Keeper - Sara and Brian Fitzgerald's life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents' only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate's life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive. And what it takes is Anna.


Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) and Anna (Abigail Breslin) share a bond closer than most sisters: though Kate is older, she relies on her little sister--in fact, her life depends on Anna. Throughout their young lives, the sisters endure various medical procedures and hospital stays--just another part of their close-knit family's otherwise normal life.

Sara (Cameron Diaz), a loving wife and mother who left her career as an attorney to care for her daughter, is sometimes lost inside the single-minded caregiver she has become in her efforts to save Kate. Her strong, supportive husband, Brian (Jason Patric), is often rendered powerless and passive by his wife's strength and determination. And their only son, Jesse (Evan Ellingson), drifts, at times all but forgotten as Kate and Anna take center stage. Until Anna, now 11, says "no." Seeking medical emancipation, she hires her own lawyer (Alec Baldwin), initiating a court case that divides the family and that could leave Kate's rapidly failing body in the hands of fate.

Star Trek - The incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: The USS Enterprise. In the midst of an incredible journey full of optimism, intrigue, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.


The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard - Don Ready (Piven) is a jack-of-all-trades who cares about one thing and one thing only…selling cars. The ultimate hustler faces the greatest challenge of his legendary, and notorious, career when he attempts to save a local struggling car dealership from bankruptcy. In just one week Ready and his crew need to move over 200 cars and prove that when it comes to conning, conniving and all kinds of bad behavior, they’ve got the goods.

This week’s release with the most requests is Up with 962 requests.

Monday, November 9, 2009

CD Spotlight - Anthony Hamilton - The Point of it All


Title: The Point of it All
Author: Anthony Hamilton
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Anthony Hamilton is a soulful singer that gets deep within your soul and heart when he sings. He has been around a few years and was usually known for the more sad songs, but I think all of his songs had a deeper message that many people did not understand. His sound is classic and reminds more of artist like Sam Cook and Marvin Gaye.

Anthony Hamilton (born January 28, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina is a Grammy Award WinningAmerican R&B, soul, and Neo Soul singer-songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album Comin From where I'm From (2003), which featured the singles Comin' From where I'm from and Charlene

Hamilton first discovered his talent while singing in his church's choir at age ten. In 1993, he left Charlotte and headed toNew York City, where he signed with Andre Harell'sUptown Records. In 2000, he joined soul singer d’Angelo's international tour in promotion the Voodoo album, where he sang backup. He was first introduced to mainstream audiences with his singing of the chorus on Nappy Root’s 2002 Po' Folks, which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best/Rap Sung Collaboration in 2003.

I want fans to hear my growth, says the Charlotte, North Carolina native. But I also want to open up the ears of those who don't know about Anthony Hamilton. I don't always want to be known as the sad cat. I like to have a good time, too. I've taken fans to church and baptized them; there are those who say I've healed them with my music. Now we're going to boogie in the name of the Lord. ( http://www.anthonyhamilton.com/)

I think you will enjoy the newest album by Anthony Hamilton, entitled, The Point of it All. Again, you hear his soulful sound that resonates deep within. The song that I also would like for you to listen to is entitled the same as the entire CD. The Point of it All tells how when you love a person, you want the best for them. You check on them to make sure all is well, not because of lack of trust. The point of all of this is that you are loved.

The Point of it All

I can't stay away from you too long
Even if I do I'll always call
Checkin' on you make sure you're ok
Be the one to brighten up your day
And The Point Of It All Is I love you
You know I love you baby
My days seem long whenever we're apart
It's like someone had thrown away my heart
You're a major part of my life
And no matter what the storm may bring I'm fine with you,
And the point of it all Is I love you
And the reason for it all Is I love you

I think Anthony has another great CD that I think you will enjoy as much as I have. Great sounds! Go take a listen and leave your comments.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Movie Series: Native Voices: We Shall Remain – America Through Native Eyes


Movie Matters, Native American Style!

Join us at the Clark County Library each Monday in November to help us celebrate Native American Heritage Moth. Every Monday, there will be a different movie that will help you learn more about this fascinating culture. From the award-winning PBS Series American Experience comes WE SHALL REMAIN, a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native History as an essential part of American history.

The PBS documentary is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project. (Retrieved PBS.org, November 5, 2009)

We will feature four of the five movies in the series. All of these movies will be held in the theater of the Clark County Library, located at 1401 East Flamingo. Join us for this unique experience. First in the month long Series is Tecumeh's Vision.

Monday, 11/9/2009, 7 p.m.
Film: Tecumeh's Vision

In the years following the American Revolution, Tenskwatawa, also known as the Prophet, led a spiritual revival movement that drew thousands of followers from tribes across the Midwest. His brother, the Shawnee leader Tecumseh, forged a pan-Indian political and military alliance from his brother's movement, coming closer than anyone since to creating an independent Indian state. Directed by Ric Burns. (2009, 85 min.)

Don't forget the second movie in the series, Trail of Tears, which airs next Monday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Urban Fiction Feature Author - Meesha Mink and De'Nesha Diamond

The Urban fiction Authors for the month of November are Meesha Mink and DeNesha Diamond

Desperate Hoodwives
Meesha Mink and De’Nesha Diamond

Niobia Bryant is an African-American novelist of both romance and mainstream fiction. She also writes Urban fiction as Meesha Mink and Young Adult fiction as Simone Bryant.


Adrienne Byrd - National Best-selling author Adrianne Byrd (De'Nesha Diamond) has always preferred to live within the realms of her imagination where all the men are gorgeous and the women are worth whatever trouble they manage to get into. As an army brat, she traveled throughout Europe and learned to appreciate and value different cultures. Now she calls Georgia home.

This novel is the African-American version of the television series, Desperate Housewives. The difference is these characters lives are based out of the Bentley Manor Apartment Complex (Projects) in Atlanta, GA.

Miz. Osceola and Miz Cleo – Two of Bentley Manors oldest residents have seen all that goes on in Bentley Manor. They along with all the other hopefuls had dreams of leaving this place at one point in their lives, but have realized that sometimes dreams do not always come true. They are the true matriarchs of this complex and come to the rescue as the need arises. When no one else sees the truths, these two surely do, but as most people in the urban areas tend to do, they “mind their own business.” If they had expressed their knowledge of all the happenings, would they have been able to save or change some lives, or would they have just been looked upon as the two nosy ladies everyone thought them to be? I do not know, but I do not think some things are best left unsaid.

Devani – Devani is determined to get out of the projects, one way or another. When she meets Tyrik, professional football player and lover to many, she thinks she has hit the jackpot. Unfortunately, Tyrik has other things and other women on his mind, so Devani must do something extreme to keep him, so she will get out of this life in the ghetto. The plan she devises is to become pregnant, but this proves harder than she thinks. Once she becomes pregnant, she believes Tyrik will do right by his child and move her from the projects, but her scheme is short lived when he has other plans that will cost him his career and Devani her life.

Aisha – Pretty girl who believes she is better than everyone at Bentley Manor. She has the looks, the expensive ride, the expensive clothes and a husband that everyone wants, but who only adores her and will give her anything she desires. Her lifestyle is about change for the worse, when her husband is looking a ten years for drug distribution. What will she do, how will she get money to get her husband out of jail, maintain her luxurious lifestyle and most of all, get out of Bentley Manor? Stewart may be the answer to her prayers, but nothing remains secret at Bentley Manor for long. Her secret of prostitution is out and Aisha is shamed and therefore, she and her mom decide to move out of Bentley Manor with the money she has made. Nothing in the projects ever has a happy ending and Aisha sees this firsthand, when Stewart shows up at the projects to try and win her over. A fight erupts and Aisha is left fighting for her life. Will she survive? What happens to Stewart? What happens to her marriage? Does he get the 10 years, will he forgive her for prostituting? Gotta Read the book to find out.

Lexi- Five kids by four different fathers and she is still looking for the man of her dreams to get her out of the projects. She finally meets and marries Luther. He may not be the man of her dreams, but he adores her and her children, has a good job and is willing to work hard so they can get a house and move out of the projects. So why is she not content? The sex is not as she would wish and the temptation to commit adultery is always on her mind. Will she cheat and lose the man she has hoped for years or will his secret drive her to insanity?

Molly – Poor rich white girl falls in love with Junior, resident of Bentley Manor and lover to every woman in this project. He marries her and moves her into an all black project. To say she does not fit into this environment is an understatement. She has been disowned by everyone in her family, but her mom for marrying a black man and the rumors of her adulterous husband seem to go on deaf ears. When she is confronted by a group of black women in the laundry room, she starts to wonder if her husband is truly faithful or if the rumors are indeed true. DUH is all I will say here. She remembers all the strange smells and taste during the times she made love to her husband. Will she see the light or is she still disillusioned thinking that getting pregnant by this already dead beat dad will improve her marriage? She decides to get a complete physical to see why she cannot have children and when her results are revealed, she goes on a tirade to seek revenge on everyone who has ever slept with her husband. In the end, she will commit the most unforgiving act of love there is.

Junior – Deadbeat father of Lexi’s two oldest children, wanna (want to) be rapper and sex God to all the women in Bentley Manor, despite his marriage to Molly. Why would any woman in her right mind want him? He is very well endowed and has been known to provide the most pleasure to all women he encounters. He has many secrets that will almost drive one woman insane, drive one woman to commit murder and will make all others regret ever having had a sexual encounter with him. This is a lesson that everyone must learn. I will let you red to find out yourself.

This was the first collaboration between these two romance authors, but I think they will do well if either decides to continue writing in this genre. I enjoyed this book, because it was a quick read and it was an escape from the more serious stuff I have been reading. The language was not as harsh as in most urban fiction novels, which is why I was able to actually finish the entire book. Make sure you read the next in the series, Shameless Hoodwives.



Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mike’s Hardboiled Mystery Picks

MIKE'S MYSTERIES
Mike, out at the Enterprise Library, always has a great hardboiled mystery on tap. He's the man to see if you need to feed your gritty mystery addiction. Each month, Mike suggests three wonderful authors in the down and dirty mystery genre. Here are his picks for the month:

David Housewright
In the first novel of this series, A Hard Ticket Home, St. Paul, Minnesota Police Officer Rushmore McKenzie has tracked and captured a wanted embezzler in the middle of a blizzard. Instead of arresting the embezzler he resigns from the police department and collects the multimillion dollar reward. McKenzie gets bored with retirement and agrees to do a favor for a friend. This leads to him working as an unofficial P. I. when the boredom becomes too much or the case is compelling enough. There are currently six books in this series.

William Kent Krueger
Set in Aurora, Minnesota this series features former sheriff Cork O’Connor. The author skillfully uses O’Connor’s family history throughout the series. His father was sheriff before him and was killed in the line of duty. He is also part Objiwa Indian. William Kent Krueger is one of the best unknown mystery writers today. This series would be of interest to fans of C. J. Box and Tony Hillerman. The first book in the series is Iron Lake. There are currently nine books in this series.

DuBois, Brendan
This series, set in Tyler Beach, New Hampshire, has an interesting main character. Lewis Cole is a former government worker for an unnamed agency who survived a friendly fire massacre in the Nevada desert. The federal government has relocated him to New Hampshire and pays him to work as a journalist for a travel magazine. He finds himself unable to stand by while bad things happen in his new community. He ends up with a friend on the police department and in the local mafia and together they encounter a series of interesting situations and people. The first book in the series is Dead Sand. There are currently six books in this series.