From Erika Brignati
Title: Vision in White
Author: Nora Roberts
Book one of four in Nora Roberts’ series about four best friend from childhood who created a wedding planning business. this books discussed Mackenzie the photographers relationships.
From: Ellen Druda
Author: Seán Ó Cualáin
Title: Men at lunch [videorecording DVD] : the untold story of a city’s legend
You’ve seen the photograph: men sitting atop a steel construction beam, casually enjoying a lunch and cigarette break, boots dangling in the air with New York City hundreds of feet below. I can’t even look at it without lurching into vertigo. This documentary tells the story of the photograph – how it might have been taken, who the mystery photographer was, and attempts to identify the men in the picture too. The photo archives of the holder of the original negative reveals clues about the identity of the men involved, and from there filmmaker Seán Ó Cualáin pursues the friends and relatives of the names in order to finally establish the facts. It’s fun to follow along, and while back-tracking the story of this particular picture, Ó Cualáin also tells the story of immigration, particularly the Irish, and its importance in shaping New York City. Men at Lunch is for fans of the Big Apple and the role the Irish played in its history.
From Margaret Mezzacapo
The Weight of Water
OK – gets good at the end.
Alicia, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Griffin, Adele
Picture the Dead
I read the book Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin. This book was about a girl named Jenny who was engaged to a rich man named William Pritchett. When Will gets killed somehow in the war, Jenny becomes very upset, and so do Will’s parents, whom she is living with at the time. Mr. Pritchett then says he wants to go see a medium. After they went to the medium, Jenny began to see signs, as if Will was trying to reach her. Jenny then ended up falling in love with Will’s brother, but when she uncovers the truth about him, things come to a very bad ending. I would recommend this book to anyone in 7th, 8th or 9th grade. It can get a little creepy, so it should be meant for people who won’t be bothered by that. This book was a little too predictable, but it was good all the same.
From Alicja Feitzinger
author: Buttenwieser, Ann L.
Governors Island : the jewel of New York Harbor
This is a beautifully illustrated and well annotated history of Governors Island. It’s almost hard to believe that this small, 92 acre island has such rich history. For more than 200 years the island was used as a military facility by British and American forces, utilizing its strategic location, but now it can be visited and enjoyed by the public. The book is worth glancing through before the visit to the Governors Island.
From Ellen Druda
author: Smith, Patti
Patti Smith’s evocative memoir recounts her early days in New York City and her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. This National Book Award winning work is an accessible, easy read, yet full of imagery that stirs the imagination. From her childhood in New Jersey, we follow her across the river to a bohemian city life in the psychedelic 60’s, mingling with soon- to- be famous painters, writers, and musicians. This book will especially appeal to baby-boomers and music fans.
From Rosemarie Jerome
This is one creepy, scary movie. I watched the original Thai movie which was made in 2004 and one of the U.S. remakes from 2008. The Thai version is much darker but they are both edge of your seat psychological thrillers similar to “The Grudge.”
A young couple is driving down a dark, disserted road and they hit a young woman. In shock and confusion, they drive away instead of stopping and so begins the guilt and fear. Shortly after the accident, the young man, who is a professional photographer, begins to notice strange visions through his camera lens and white streaks across his photos. The couple also begins to feel a presence in his apartment and bizarre things begin to happen. As they start investigating the weirdness intensifies and shocking secrets immerge. Don’t want to give away too much but it is a film that will keep you up at night, it is hard to forget and like “Psycho” it will have you peeking into dark places.