Top 10 Fight Scenes in Film

~posted by Di Z.

Martial arts have been in film for almost as long as major motion pictures have existed. First appearing in Shanghai in the 1920s, martial arts flicks have become a major genre in film with worldwide stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Claude Van Damm, Jet Li, and many more. This list is not at all exhaustive, it is merely a start on your journey to discovering great martial arts movies. Each of the fight scenes mentioned has a link to view the fight, and the full film is available for a free rental through the Seattle Public Library. Continue reading “Top 10 Fight Scenes in Film”

Top 10 Winter Reads

~posted by Andrea G.

During the dark days of winter, few things are as classically cozy as curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. If you want to reinforce that winter-y feeling, try reading one of these 10 books that are snowy and cold.

winter reads 2015

Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich – On their way back from the funeral of their ex-husband, four ex-wives are stuck in a car during a blizzard and decide to pass time by telling the stories of their lives. Continue reading “Top 10 Winter Reads”

Top 10 Families More Dysfunctional Than Yours (Probably)

~posted by Andrea G.

The extended holiday season, from Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas to the end of Kwanzaa and into the New Year, is often a time full of family – and the unique frustrations that family can bring. For comfort and commiseration, try reading one of these 10 books featuring families that are (probably) more dysfunctional than yours.

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg – As their mother tries to eat herself to death, her grown children show up to help, and to assign blame. Continue reading “Top 10 Families More Dysfunctional Than Yours (Probably)”

Top 10 Novels of 2015

…according to Seattle Public Library’s Reader Services department

RAS top 10 novels of 2015

As Reader Services Librarians, we spend our days at the Central Library talking to people and suggesting books we think they might enjoy. Of course, we’re readers too. With the end of the year approaching we sat down and collaborated on a list of the novels we loved most this year. We hope you’ll love them, too.

~Happy Reading,
Andrea, David, Karen, Linda, Misha Continue reading “Top 10 Novels of 2015”