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When twelve inmates organize a prison break that opens the doors for all the prisoners, the small town of Weldonville, Colorado, will never be the same. Two years after many in the town lost their lives, the mayor and city attorney of the town secretly authorize police officer Leah Hawkins to hunt down the twelve inmates and kill them.
A Small Town (2020) is the story of Leah's journey around the country to find some sense of justice in order for the town to begin to heal. Thomas Perry takes the reader on an action-filled ride that's hard to put down.
The little village in Quebec is the scene of an inexplicable murder of a beloved resident. This murder leads police to suspect murder in an earlier death originally thought to be of natural causes. The investigation fosters suspicion, recriminations, and attempted murders to hide the truth.
Chrissy Metz writes in a relatable way. This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today (2018) is an inspiring and heartwarming read. Through her story, you learn that you can change and achieve what you desire in life, simply by being your best self.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the woman behind the character Kate on This Is Us. It was heartbreaking to read of her abuse and uplifting how she treated those who bullied her.
Chrissy Metz writes in a way that makes you feel like you're sitting and talking with a good friend. She does a wonderful job of inspiring others to be themselves.
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a Newbery book about Liesel Meminger living in Germany during World War II. The book is narrated by death, which gives the book a deep meaning and theme. Liesel learns how to love and trust others, and she sees love manifest itself in different ways around her. Liesel struggles with the idea of what is right and what is wrong. Her morals are tested and changed, and she learns things are not always like they seem to be. This book is a must read for teens and everyone should read it at least once in their life.
Where do you start with Parasite? The experience of watching it is so many things at once: funny, tragic, bold, engaging, unsettling, upsetting, shocking. Somehow, director, Bong Joon Ho, has made the film's stomach-dropping shifts in tone and twists in plot feel seamless, and the result is one of the most memorable movie experiences I've had this year.
Parasite (2019, rated R), the first-ever South Korean film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, tells the story of a struggling Korean family. The Kim family lives in a roach-infested, semi-underground apartment, surviving on odd jobs and borrowed wi-fi. But when an old classmate of Ki-Woo, one of the Kim children, visits their luck changes. The classmate works as a tutor for the wealthy Park family and wants Ki-Woo to replace him while he studies abroad.
Ki-Woo seizes the opportunity, not only for himself but for his struggling family. As he is leaving his first tutoring lesson, Mrs. Park laments that her younger son has never been able to find a good art teacher. It so happens that Ki-Woo knows an art student that may be interested. She went to America to study, he explains, but is probably back in Korea by now. The next day Ki-Woo's sister, Ki-Jung, accompanies him, introducing herself as "Jessica," the art therapist. She diagnoses Mrs. Park's son with early signs of severe mental illness and prescribes several therapy sessions a week. Ki-Woo's parents soon follow. One by one, posing as distant acquaintances or professional contacts, each member of the Kim family claws their way into the household. In their efforts to secure full-time employment, they can be cruel—even ruthless—but it's difficult not to root for them anyway. The Kims do not play nice, but they are smart, resourceful, and determined. With the few resources they have, they succeed in beating their competition and pulling the household's strings—until one fateful night, things go very, very wrong.
Many movies explore the ugly realities of class divide and inequality, but few are as vivid and clever as Parasite. Watch it for free with a Hulu subscription (or one-month free trial), by placing a hold on one of the library's Rokus preloaded with Hulu, or placing a hold on a dvd or blu-ray.