Reviews and Blog Posts: love

Love medicine

by Louise Erdrich

DPL Rating:
4

This was my first read of Louise Erdrich, and I found the novel really enjoyable to read. There are multiple stories going on that are grounded in the human condition, but magical in the way human relationships can be. I found the added depth of the American Indian perspective and...

After happily ever after

DPL Rating:
3

This documentary fascinated me. Although I didn’t think it was particularly well researched, or narrated, I really did enjoy the interviews with a diverse group of married people on the subject of marriage. Her interview with Stephanie Coontz I found to be very informative; she has a compelling view of...

Penguin in love

by Salina Yoon

DPL Rating:
5

Penguin in love is one of the most heart warming books I have read in a while. It is a true romance from cover to cover, but simplifies it into the most basic of equations. This book haphazardly follows the lost item theme that people may be familiar with, think...

Falling hard : 100 love poems by teenagers

DPL Rating:
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and from different...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
5

Eleanor and Park is an unusual and incredible story of teenage love.

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
4

Trigger warnings for: domestic abuse, implied domestic violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Eleanor has an abusive stepfather, an emotionally distant father, and any number of bullies at her new school. She thinks Park is beautiful.

Park has the only parents on the block who are still together. When he's not being ignored...

Otter and odder

by James Howe

DPL Rating:
4

Will love conquer all? An otter looks at a fish one day, and realizes he is in love. But he knows that he shouldn't be in love with his food source! The other animals will talk...It is unnatural! A wise beaver reminds otter that he can also follow the way...

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

A quiet tale of love that will envelop you as softly as the first snow of winter.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, is a mysterious tale that takes place in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920's. Seeking isolation and peace, Jack and Mabel, an older couple, endure the Alaskan wilderness all the while mourning the fact that they are childless.

Being Elmo

Elmo and Kevin

Once upon a time, Tickle Me Elmo had adults standing in line. The new documentary about Kevin Clash and Elmo will explain why and how they became the face and voice of Love.

Kevin Clash developed a "Muppet mindset" watching hours of Sesame Street and making puppets as a child. He first shared his story in his book, My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud. Now film fans are eagerly anticipating the new documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is in limited release.

Io sono l'amore!

I've always wanted to visit Italy, but never more than after watching Luca Guadagnino's "I Am Love." Everything from the beautiful scenery to the food to the clothing was striking. I felt like I was peeking into an aspect of the country I would probably never experience: the posh lifestyle of a family steeped in old money and culture.

At the core of this film is the story of the Recchi family, a wealthy bunch whose successful textile business is about to be handed down from the patriarch to both his son and grandson. As he puts it, "It will take two men to replace me." Oh Grandpa, your self-importance will do you no good after you pass! Because against his dying wishes the company is sold to someone outside of the family and the tight knit group begins to fray. It is hard not to see this unraveling as punishment for a life of entitlement, but I don't think it is Guadagnino's intent to comment on this at all.

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