Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Refresh Refresh

"In a small town in rural Oregon, many husbands and fathers who enrolled as Marine Reserves have been shipped off to fight in the Iraq war.  Left behind, three sons, boys on the verge of becoming men themselves, struggle to grow up fast enough to fill their father's shoes." (from book jacket)

Refresh, Refresh: a graphic novel by Danica Novgorodoff, is based on an award-winning short story by Benjamin Percy.  Some called the original story a shortened version of a Tim O'Brien novel; and Novgorodoff's drawings give this retold version an immediacy that juxtaposes the beauty of the Oregon countryside with the brutality of fighting and war.

Expand your reading list with this excellent graphic novel!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

TREME: the complete first season

HBO's Treme is an outstanding new series set in New Orleans beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina.  The show interweaves music, food, and several storylines of people struggling to rebuild their lives after the storm. "Treme" refers to one of the earliest neighborhoods, which early in the city's history was the main neighborhood for free people of color.  Treme remains famous for its music and culture. 

An excellent tie-in that is coming soon to the library collection is Spike Lee's documentary, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise.  Lee revisits New Orleans five years after his magesterial When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.  Check out all these DVDs at your Flathead County Library!