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Jolie as Maleficent 2Actress Angelina Jolie turns 39 this week!  After a fairly quiet year in which she dealt with a major health issue, the popular star is back with two high-profile projects in 2014.  She gets a chance to show off her dark side through her starring role in the just-released Disney Studios film Maleficent, which focuses on the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" of Sleeping Beauty fame -- and tells the fascinating tale of exactly why she became so rotten. Elle Fanning co-stars as the innocent Princess Aurora.

 

Jolie also served as producer and director of the highly-anticipated film version of Laura Hillenbrand's monumental bestseller Unbroken, which relates the inspirational, true story of Louie Zamperini, Olympic runner turned Army Air Corps bombardier, who survived tortuous conditions in a POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during WWII.  The project boasts a screenplay by the Coen brothers and is scheduled for release in December. 

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We welcome three debut novelists this summer as well as two New York Times bestselling authors to the library.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Your-Perfect-Life-web-picsm.jpgWe start out the summer fun by throwing a book launch party with special guest author Jen Lancaster for Your Perfect Life, a debut novel by authors Liz Fenton and Libertyville resident Lisa Steinke at 7 p.m. June 10 at Aspen Drive Library. Fenton and Steinke, who have been best friends for 25 years, imagine what happens when two best friends wake up after their 20th high school reunion and discover they have switched bodies. Lancaster praises Your Perfect Life for its “delicious, page-turning premise, and sweet and surprising insights”. Lancaster's latest book is The Tao of Martha: My Year of Living, or Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog. The party will include delicious refreshments. Click here to register or call 847-362-2330.

b2ap3_thumbnail_elinhilderbrandsm.jpgLater in June we have lunch with New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, who will talk about her touching new novel, The Matchmaker, at noon June 26 at Aspen Drive Library. The story centers on Nantucket resident Dabney Kimball Beech as she sets out to find love for those closest to her before it’s too late. Nantucket is the backdrop for Hilderbrand's 12 books and where she has called home home for 20 years. An optional lunch from the Picnic Basket can be ordered for $6 and must be paid for by Sunday, June 22, at Cook Park or Aspen Drive Library. Choose from chicken salad; veggie with provolone; turkey with cheddar; or ham with Swiss. Lunches include bottled water, chips, fruit cup, and cookie. We also will raffle two beach bags filled with summer goodies. Click here to register or call 847-362-2330.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_gregiles.jpgNatchez Burning by Greg Iles

Penn Cage, former prosecutor and now mayor of Natchez, Mississippi is drawn into 40-year-old secrets when his beloved physician father is accused of murder.  As Penn fights to clear him, his father refuses to answer questions or defend himself, leaving Penn to wonder how well he really knows his father.

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles is daunting in story, scope and size.  Although it’s the first in a trilogy, I didn’t feel like I was left dangling at the end of the book.  I can’t help thinking that it must really be hard for an author to face up to the violent and racist past of his hometown.   Like so many southern cities, the charm, tradition and antebellum culture have been preserved while the fight for civil rights has continued for decades.

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Connie with our vast book club collection.

Whether you read one book a week, a month or even a year, time is precious and we don’t want to spend it reading a book that we don’t enjoy or that doesn’t qualify as “good” in your … book.

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Can it be true that spring has finally arrived?  It's hard to believe that the month of May is almost over when temperatures for the month have often more closely resembled those of December!


BogartBacallSpeaking of May and December:  May-December romances have been an integral part of the plots of many fine films over the years.  For example, who doesn't love the magnetic pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall?  The chemistry between the pair is obvious in each of the four films they made together.  The couple met and fell in love on the set of the 1944 movie To Have and Have Not, which marked Bacall's film debut.  They married a year later, when Bacall was just 20 and Bogart was 45.  They remained married until Bogart's death from cancer in 1957. 

 

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