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Staff Picks: Finding Jack

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Finding Jack

Author Gareth Crocker, New York: St. Martin’s Press (2011)

This story is set in 1970s around the Vietnam War. After losing his wife and daughter in a tragic accident, Fletcher Carson joins the war in hopes that he will die in the war. However upon arrival at the camp, he meets a yellow Labrador retriever who was severely injured and nurses it back to health. He never knew that this little companion helped him regain his will to live.

The story then takes another turn where the war has ended, and now it’s time for the troops to return home. However, due to cost of withdrawal, all dogs serving the war was considered “surplus military equipment,” and will not be transported back home. Fletcher cannot leave his new found friend behind, and so their journey begins…

Be sure to have a box of tissues near by! *sniff sniff*

DIY your holidays

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Every year I tell myself, “I am going to make this and that for the holidays.” But before you know it, the day is here and I’m stuck with last minute shopping at the malls along with the many others scrambling through the near empty shelves. In the end, I have a cart full of boxed chocolates, random gift baskets that people will never put to use and party trays that cost more than buying them fresh.

All this unnecessary stress could have been avoided if only I took the time to plan my holidays. Instead of buying my gifts, I planned on doing a little DIY this year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with DIY, it stands for Do it Yourself. I find that handmade things just add that extra sparkle to your gifts/event.

Edible DIYDIY: CocktailsDIY: Mason JarsDIY Chalkboard

There are many resources at your local library that can help you plan a smooth holiday. Whether it’s from making your own gifts, to cooking, to fashion, a little DIY can make it that much better.


Forest Lawn's Favourites for 2011

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Over the last twelve months, we've read and watched a diverse selection of books and films at the Forest Lawn Library. In celebration of 2011 and the new year ahead, here's a look at some of our favourite books, DVDs and CDs that we loved this year. Who knows, maybe our favourites will be yours in 2012!

Galore by Michael CrummeySuzen's Favourite

Galore by Michael Crummey, published 2009 by Doubleday Canada.

Michael Crummey is a wonderful storyteller and I just loved this fantastical tale about a man born from the belly of a whale. This family saga has everything--superstition, magic, historical myths and striking descriptions of rural Newfoundland landscape.

Find it in the catalogue!

Bev's Favourite

Started Early Took My Dog by Kate AtkinsonStarted Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson, published 2010 by Bondstreet Books.

Atkinson’s has multi-faceted characters – philosophical traveler Jackson Brodie a P.I. of sorts, battle worn Tracy Waterhouse searching for something more in life and elderly actress Tilly searching for memories of a life gone by. Lots of surprises.

Find it in the catalogue!

Cindy's Favourite

Hachi (DVD), Released in 2008

The story of Hachi is based on a Japanese film "Hachiko Monogatari" and it really captured the true loyalty in dogs. I am a dog owner myself, and the movie made me love my dog that much more! It is a heart warming and at the same time, heart breaking movie. I am not going to spoil the movie for you but I can tell you this... You might need a tissue box on the side.

Find it in the catalogue!

Dude WhereDanuta's Favourite

Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore, published 2003, Warner Books

This book is very interesting, shocking, eye-opening and to some level educational! It is about how AMERICA is dealing with terrorism. It's controversial but definitely a great read!

Find it in the catalogue!

Elizabeth's Favourite

It's a Wonderful Life, Released 1946

The 1946 American Christmas Drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on the short story "The Greatest gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern. It's a wonderful life. When it was remade in colour it actually ruined the experience for me, so I gave away my colour copy and experience only the black and white.

It's Wonderful life is an oldie, but what a goodie! This is the perfect time of year to reflect on the important message that "He who has friends is truly rich."

I feel truly rich myself when surrounded by my family for our traditional viewing of this movie on Christmas Eve, accompanied by Chinese food. This tradition was started on the very first Christmas I knew my husband and the story is a funny one. I will shorten it and say only that I was unable to cook dinner and was unable to change the channel on my t.v. due to "appartment issues" and we were stuck just turning on the t.v. Well on that very first Christmas Eve together, what should be on the only channel I could get but "It's a Wonderful Life" and it has been a wonderful life ever since.

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Pat's Favourite

Il Volo, CD, released 2011 by Geffen

Think Il Divo - only a younger generation. These 3 young men (15 and 16 yrs old) from Italy as well have beautiful voices - such a treat to listen to.

Find it in the catalogue!

Bonnie by Iris JohansenCarole's Favourite

Bonnie by Iris Johansen, published 2011, St. Martin's Press

Avid readers will find out if forensic sculptor Eve Duncan finally finds resolution to her decade-long search for her murdered daughter Bonnie in this latest installment of Iris Johansen’s popular series.

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Carol's Favourites

Mercy Now, Mary Gauthier, relased 2005 by Lost Highway

Southern Bluesy - superb - I love this lady. Moving lyrics with wonderful sound. My fav of favs - 'Mercy Now', 'I Drink' ...

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Memphis Blues, Cyndi Lauper, released 2010 by Mercer Street Records

Cyndi's forte' - who would have thought. Bluesy and wonderful. The whole cd is a work of art - My fav of favs - 'Romance In the Dark', 'Just Your Fool', 'Mother Earth'.

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