From Ellen Druda
Author: Nancy Buirski
Title: The loving story [videorecording DVD]
On the surface, The Loving Story is simply about Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple in the 1960’s, and their struggles in the Jim Crow South. Filmmaker Nancy Buirski has put together an amazing compilation of interviews and unearthed archival footage that brings us beyond the news coverage at the time of the Loving’s legal fight to be together wherever they chose to live, and into the personal revelations of the parties involved. We hear from their lawyers, both at the time of the Supreme Court ruling and now, looking back. The Loving’s children, neighbors, friends, and extended family are also seen both then and now. What emerges is the story of a couple, ordinary people just asking to live like ordinary people do. The civil rights struggle is the heart of the film, and although it focuses on the case of the Lovings in the 1960’s, the fight is still relevant today.
From Donna Southard:
The Gatehouse, by Nelson DeMille
This is the sequel to DeMille’s novel, The Gold Coast. I had look forward to reading this book, but I was very disappointed in it after I read it. I found the narrative of the main character to be very repetitive and it became annoying to read. The action consisted of the last 50 or so pages of the novel and I found it to not to be worth the time it took to read it.
Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold
This novel begins with the main character reflecting on how her life was before and after she killed her mother. I found some of the analogies to be well written. However, I found the book to be very conflicting and overall depressing. There are a lot of emotional roller coaster moments.
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey
This is a funny guide for women to understand how men “think” in a romantic relationship. Harvey writes like a script from one of his stand-up performances. I found myself laughing quite often. This was a fun read and very different from the average self-help book.
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
I found this book to be very interesting. It was geared to teens, but I was quickly hooked into reading it. I found it fascinating how the author created the interactions of alien life forms with humans. In my opinion, I feel that Meyers created a suspenseful plot, that was a little creepy, and I feel that she did an excellent job in developing her characters. This book made me really think about “life” as we know it.
The Wednesday Letters, by Jason F. Wright
The novel begins with the introduction of a happily married couple of almost forty years who owns a bed and breakfast in the Shenandoah area of VA. One night the couple dies within hours of each other. When their three children arrive to make funeral arrangements, they discover boxes full of letters that their father wrote to their mother every Wednesday of their marriage. The letters reveal information that the adult children have to reflect on and understand. This is a quick read with several twists. It makes one wonder about writing their own “Wednesday Letters” to their significant other.