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Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of its first publication, The World is Round (HarperCollins, $19.99) brings back into print the classic story created by the pairing of two great talents: Gertrude Stein and Clement Hurd. This gorgeous facsimile edition of Stein’s only children’s book re-creates the exquisite 1939 package to a T—the original proportions, typography, design, signature blue ink on pink paper specified by Stein and Hurd’s treasured illustrations. We love it, and know the book is sure to delight children of all ages, lovers of literature and language, and those with an interest in graphic and book design. It’s a special book that belongs in every book collection–a perfect gift for the holidays.
DVD QUICK PICKS
This one's a grabber. On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming inebriate Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle) is tasked with showing strait-laced police officer Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) her new beat. Not that there's much to police, as most of the community's troubles are caused by O'Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: The crew of a fishing boat disappears, dead whales wash up on the shore, and a local lobsterman catches a mysterious tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O'Shea and Nolan that some unnatural creatures are out there, and that they're hungry. But it turns out the alien monsters terrorizing the town are allergic to human blood with high alcohol content. So it's time to rally the villagers, arm the troops and head to the pub!One critic dubbed Grabbers (IFC) "perfect midnight movie fare." We call in fun.
French superstar Audrey Tautou stars in Therese, famed director Claude Miller's final film, a gorgeous adaptation of Nobel Prize winner François Mauriac's novel Thérèse Desqueyroux, about one woman's fight for love against the social norms of provincial life. So good it is that the flick was chosen as the closing-night film of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival–just one month after his death..
In the pine-forested Landes region in southwest France, young Thérèse (Tautou) has married wealthy but arrogant Bernard Desqueyroux (Gilles Lellouche) and is now part of the oppressively traditionalist Desqueyroux family. Although able to live in the lap of luxury, Thérèse soon realizes that her role is to be forever subservient to Bernard and act as little more than his accessory.
When her best friend (and Bernard's younger sister) Anna (Anaïs Demoustier) falls madly in love with a handsome young Jewish man, Thérèse is tasked by the family to persuade Anna to forgo her planned nuptials. But as she witnesses first-hand Anna's passionate determination to keep her lover by her side, Thérèse finds her own desire growing and soon sets out to free herself from the provincial conventions that threaten to keep her forever repressed.
Heartfelt, touching, and featuring an emotionally charged performance from Tautou, Therese is a glorious testament to one woman's unwavering quest for true love.
During an excavation in the remote Jordanian desert archaeologist Victoria Carter discovers an ancient parchment, buried in the ruins of an ancient temple. It indicates the location of the long lost 'Seal of Solomon', which according to legend, by God himself to King Solomon was given. But this treasure is also sought by including her estranged father, the famous archaeologist Teddy Carter.
Welcome to Treasure Guards.
From within the walls of the Vatican, Angelo, an elite member of the church's covert Treasure Guards, receives orders to investigate Victoria's dig, and soon discovers the magnitude of her find. Now, Victoria and Angelo must team up to track down the treasure, unexpectedly assisted by Angelo's half brother Luca, a charming, fast-talking hustler with an agenda of his own. The race to secure the Seal of Solomon has begun. And nothing can prepare Angelo, Victoria and Luca for a quest that will span the globe and uncover a mystery long buried thousands of years in the past.
Directed by Iain B. MacDonald this film makes contrasts between a man of faith and a female atheist, religion and history, supernatural beliefs vs. ancient myths, modern day gadgets vs. traditional puzzle-solving and good guys vs. baddies, but all with the same goal–to find the treasure.