“Melancholia” (2011, R, Drama/SciFi) Kirstin Dunst stars as one of two sisters who find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with the Earth.
“Three Musketeers” (2011, PG13, Action/Romance) The hot-headed young D’Artagnan, along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers, must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
“Young Adult” (2011, R, Comedy/Drama) Soon after her divorce, a young-adult fiction writer (Charlize Theron) returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.
“Treasure Buddies” (2012, G, Family Comedy) Disney’s irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them halfway across the world to the ruins of ancient Egypt.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks– Chipwrecked” (2012, G, Family Animated Comedy) The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become “chipwrecked” on a remote island. As they try various schemes to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
New non-fiction books
“When I Was a Child I Read Books” is a collection of essays by Marilynne Robinson, who teaches at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo carries readers into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds in “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.” She writes about Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadows of luxury hotels near the Mumbai, India airport, exposing the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving for a better life as they live off the recyclable garbage of the rich.
There are two new food books on the shelf. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier” by Ree Drummond is a collection of simple-but-scrumptious recipes that regularly rotate through Ms. Drummond’s kitchen. There are some more elegant offerings for those special occasion meals and detailed step-by-step photographs. “The Drop Ten Diet: Add To Your Plate to Lose the Weight” by Lucy Danziger. The editor in chief of “Self” magazine creates a plan for eating thirty superfoods to shed weight and lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more.
Mimi Alford has unburdened herself with a secret she has held since the summer of 1962 in her account of her affair with the late President Kennedy in “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath.” This is a powerful, moving account of a woman coming to terms with her past after a tabloid exposed Mimi and the secret she had kept for 41 years.
Peter Diamandis documents how four forces are conspiring to solve humanity’s biggest problems in “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think.” Abundance for all is within grasp, according to the view of Diamandis.
Celebrate our volunteers
National Volunteer Week is April 15 through 21. The Solon library is fortunate to have an active and dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteers fill positions on the library board, the friends of the library board and the library foundation board. These groups provide guidance in policy-making and strong support in year-round fund raising activities. Additional volunteers help with the daily activities within the building, including checking overdue notices, preparing crafts, helping with summer programs and cleaning the DVD collection. Outside, volunteers can be found assisting with the landscaping, planting and tending flower beds and flower pots.