The Long Haul: Learn about Longevity

In Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, she portrays her parents dying, yes, but also their aging process. Her story depicts the move out of their home of several decades and into care facilities, as they relinquish control and responsibilities, and as their attention and memory begin to fail them. Certainly an […]

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We’re Off to a Great Start!

Thanks to our presenters, facilitator, and participants One Book, One Mesa County 2015 had a strong start Thursday night with “Understanding the Family You Have.” Introductions and conversation addressed our culture in which we often find discussing aging and death difficult. Though single children have the burden of facing it alone, sometimes carrying out decisions […]

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One Book Movie Series

The One Book Movie Series kicks off on Sunday at the Central Library at 1:30. The series explores the theme of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? through film. The Straight Story, a 1999 David Lynch film, portrays a true story of an elderly man making a long overdue journey to visit a brother […]

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Minimalism at its bare minimum

Some recent new books are fascinating for the brevity of their one-letter titles.   F, a novel by Daniel Kehlmann, published August 2014, was reviewed by James Wood in the New Yorker. He writes that F can seem a conventional tale of family woes, shaped around the life stories of the three failed Friedland brothers, […]

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Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

In Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, she illustrates and narrates her parents’ latter years. In doing so, Roz describes her lifelong challenging relationship with her disciplinarian mother, with whom she rarely felt affection, and her father, who had grown accustomed to her mother’s demanding ways. So many of us, while dealing […]

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Healthy Resolutions? Check this out!

It’s January, a time when many of us take a look at how we might make some healthy changes in our lives.  Consumer Health Complete is available 24/7 from home with your library card!  Check out popular magazines like Shape and Men’s Fitness, search videos and animation, learn more about medications and natural alternatives and […]

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Suspenseful gothic thrills

When a vulnerable young woman wakes up in the locked room of an insane asylum, with no memory of how she got there, the only thing she knows for sure is that she is Georgina Ferrars who lives in London with her uncle.  And that is the one thing, it seems, that is quite impossible. […]

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Teen eBooks

Looking for Young Adult and Teen eBooks? Overdrive has just made them easier to find and browse! Teens now have their own virtual reading room. Take a second to check out all the great new releases that are just a click away. Using Overdrive is easy an…

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Parting Gifts

The time has come, my three loyal readers.  This will be Cinephile Femme’s final blog post here at Mesa County Libraries.  In honor of this bittersweet occasion, I have compiled 10 of my very favorite closing lines in cinema history.  They aren’t necessarily the most famous (see: “Louie, I think this is the beginning of […]

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One Book 2015 Selection

We’re pleased to announce that our One Book, One Mesa County 2015 selection is    Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by famed author, illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. In this illustrated memoir, Chast tackles both a personal and universal experience—caring for aging and dying parents—with yes, wit and humor, but also with […]

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