“50/50” (2011, R, Comedy/Drama) Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27 year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. Starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“Real Steel” (2011, PG13, Sci-Fi/Action) Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11 year-old son who wants to know his father. Stars Hugh Jackman. (Nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Visual Effects).
We’ll also occasionally be adding a “Staff Pick: One you may have Overlooked” to our new releases. This week’s entry in that category is “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2007, PG13, Sports Documentary) Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games. This fascinating film won four different critics groups’ Best Documentary award in the year of its release.
And speaking of awards, it’s Oscar time. Pick up your entry form at the library to enter the Predict the Oscars Contest. Win a prize package worth $30 plus win the first check out privileges for all best picture nominated films that arrive after the Oscars on Feb. 26.
Babygarten coming in February
Babygarten will be resuming on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. There is no registration. Children from newborn through 24 months and their caregivers may come to any or all sessions. The program includes approximately 25 minutes of rhymes and songs followed by 30 minutes of play time. This program is specifically designed for one-on-one involvement between parent and child but an extra sibling is welcome occasionally.
The Sunday paper
All seven days of the Cedar Rapids Gazette are now available to library patrons. People wishing to read the Sunday edition will find it available on Mondays in the adult reading section of the library.
Tax forms status
The Solon Library has not received federal tax forms for 2011. Some of the area’s larger libraries have a limited selection available. Forms may be printed from the IRS website. Solon Library public access computers are available for both printing forms and filing your taxes. Simple returns may be filed directly from some websites for no charge.
New adult fiction
Several of the books on the new fiction shelf were just released for sale in stores within the last 10 days. Holds may be placed on books that you want to read and are currently checked out.
“All Necessary Force” by Brad Taylor is one of the new releases. Retired Delta Force officer Taylor continues his Pike Logan series on a terrifying and relentless journey through Asia and into Egypt following the trail of two terrorist organizations.
“Gideon’s Corpse” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, tracks a mysterious terrorist cell from New York to the mountains of New Mexico when a top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage.
“American’s greatest crime writer” (according to Newsweek), Elmore Leonard brings back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in his latest release titled simply, “Raylan.” When dope-dealing brothers decide to up their ante and go into the body business, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens has to try and stop them. A page-turner filled with sparkling dialogue and suspense, the bad guys turn out to be mostly gals.
Nevada Barr’s newest Anna Pigeon novel, “The Rope” is another new release. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she has simply moved on but Anna wakes up naked in the bottom of a dry well. It soon becomes clear to Anna that someone has trapped her there and no one knows she is missing.
Also, recently released is “Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George, the sixteenth Inspector Thomas Lynley novel. Inspector Lynley is sent undercover to investigate a death ruled an accidental drowning. It is soon discovered that the victim’s family is awash in secrets, lies and motives and the death was no accident.
New York Times bestselling author Brett Lott released a long awaited sequel to “The Hunt Club,” titled “Dead Low Tide,” a page-turner about murder and family secrets and though it continues the story of Huger Dillard, the story stands on its own.
“The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great” by Eva Stachniak is a fiction impeccably researched and written about the early life of one of history’s boldest women, as seen through the watchful eyes of a servant close to the throne.
Additional titles, not listed, are on the shelves so be sure and check with the circulation desk if you’re looking for a particular title.
New non-fiction books
For the history readers and those of us who lived it, three new books are available. “The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War” by Ben Shephard tells the epic story of how the huge refugee problem following World War II was resolved. Ben Shephard reviewed massive amounts of material including newly discovered diaries and journals to relate the human side of this story. “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World” is a narrative history of America providing an account of what is possible when the nation is aroused. Historian Edith Sheffer traces two decades from the end of World War II to author, “Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain.” Based on vast research “Burned Bridge” reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain and was, in some part, an outgrowth of a postwar society.