The Eighth Guardian

From Shaquille Kampta

Title:  The Eighth Guardian 

Author:  Meredith McCardle

It’s Testing Day at Peel Academy and Amanda Oberman is just a junior.  This test decides whether you join the CIA or not.  It has been a while since a junior past the test and graduated. Amanda is expecting to not past the test and to her surprise, she passes.  However, she is pulled out of Peel Academy and asked to join the Annum Guard- a mysterious government society. By joining this society, Amanda could lose everything she loves. She joins the society and she realizes that it is not what it seems. It turns out that her father worked for the same organization, but he was killed by one of his fellow agents. The man in charge of the Annum Guard kept this secret from Amanda. This led Amanda to believe that Alpha-the man in charge- was a government agent who wanted to keep the organization out of order. However, he was also a corrupt man.  With this information, Amanda is able to take down Alpha and his evil allies.

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The Farm

From Eileen Effrat

Author:  Tom Rob Smith

Title:  The Farm

The Farm is a psychological thriller that centers around a 29 year old torn between his two parents.  Which one do you believe?  His father claims his mother has had a mental breakdown,  while his mother insists she has unearthed a conspiracy of murder involving his father. The reader witnesses this drama unfold through Daniel’s eyes as family secrets and deceptions are laid to bare.  Ultimately, the plot boils down to how well do we really know are parents. This is a quick read  with a very unexpected twist.

The craft of film acting [videorecording DVD]

From Ellen Druda

Author:  J. Patrick McNamara

Title:  The craft of film acting [videorecording DVD] 

You don’t know how they do it, but you know it when you see it. Great film acting takes talent but it also needs practical skills. Professional actor McNamara walks us through 13 “scenes” in lecture format, covering everything from the audition and callback to matching shots, finding your mark, shooting the master and coverage, recording sound and translating director-speak. His emphasis is on the craft, not the art, and he uses entertaining anecdotes and examples (some of them from his movies) to make his points. Students will be armed with the real-life, useful knowledge needed to handle the demanding days and last-minute calls in this competitive field. You’ll never watch movies the same way again.

MOZART [SOUND RECORDING CD] : PIANO CONCERTOS K 503 & K 466 / MARTHA ARGERICH, CLAUDIO ABBADO

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Title:   MOZART [SOUND RECORDING CD] : PIANO CONCERTOS K 503 & K 466 / MARTHA ARGERICH, CLAUDIO ABBADO.

As with preserving photos from the past by scanning and saving to computer or disc, the music world is fortunate to have recordings of the great conductors and performers to enjoy long after their passing. The library is acquiring this recording of the brilliant pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Claudio Abbado, who passed away January 2014. The performance was recorded live in 2013 at the Lucerne Festival.  Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times calls the performances “phenomenal”.  Abbado’s conducting specialites included opera as well as the standard classical and contemporary works. This beautiful recording should be enjoyed by all as among one of the last by the great conductor.