Movie Review: Nightmare Alley (2021)

Stan (Bradley Cooper) is a drifter with his own share of secrets when he hooks up with a Depression-era carnival. But he quickly learns the tricks of the cold reading trade and becomes the barker to the show’s “clairvoyant” act. Despite being warned about how dangerous it is to toy with people in this way, Stan has much grander ambitions for his talents. That is, until he finds himself in over his head. . . .

Kelli recommended this noir horror movie to me (an adaptation of a 1940s noir classic), and I’m glad she did–I really enjoyed it!

It’s like The Mentalist meets Freaks meets James M. Cain, which is a combination that really works for me.

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Cookbook Corner: Mexican

In honor of our Books, Spice, and Everything Nice theme (and spice club!), we’ll be doing a monthly round-up of our cookbooks. We have a really nice and extensive collection, but it’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of them. Hopefully these posts help! In honor of our May spice ancho chile powder, we’ll be focusing on Mexican cookbooks this month.

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Books, Spice, and Everything Nice: Ancho Chile Powder

For 2022, the Berryville Library is hosting its own Books, Spice, and Everything Nice spice club. Stop by the library to get the spice of the month and then stop by the blog on the first Tuesday of the month for recipes and more information on the featured spice. We’ll also be adding monthly posts about cookbooks in our collection. For May, our spice is ancho chile powder!

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Book Buzz: Magical Realism, the Titanic, Tacos, Chefs with a Side of Murder, Black Foodways, and Tractors

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For April, we’re looking at magical realism about an Ecuadorean family, historical fiction about one of the most famous shipwrecks, a romantic comedy about a food truck, murder mysteries with a culinary twist, a fascinating cookbook/anthology about Black food culture around the world, and a nonfiction examination of the now little-remembered Tractor Wars of the early 20th century.

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Movie Review: Dune, Part One (2021)

In the year 10191, the planet Arrakis is a harsh desert land, but it is rich in “spice” (maybe we can interest them in our spice club), so it has been a lucrative resource for the brutal Harkonnen, who exploit the locals and the land. When the emperor revokes Harkonnen rights to Arrakis and gives them instead to the duke of House Atreides (Oscar Isaac), an inevitable collision course is set, and complications ensue, including the fact that the duke’s gifted son Paul (Timothée Chalamet) may be the long-awaited messiah the people of Arrakis have been promised.

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Cookbook Corner: Eating for Health

In honor of our Books, Spice, and Everything Nice theme (and spice club!), we’ll be doing a monthly round-up of our cookbooks. We have a really nice and extensive collection, but it’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of them. Hopefully these posts help! In honor of our April spice coriander, we’ll be focusing on healthy cooking/eating cookbooks this month.

Some of the more frequent questions we field about our cookbook section occur when one of our patrons has recently received a diagnosis that requires them to modify their eating habits. Sometimes they just are interested in losing weight in general, and other times, they have new dietary restrictions they need to be mindful of (like avoiding allergy triggers or needing diabetic-friendly meals). Regardless, we have you covered! Here’s just a small sample of the books we have devoted to this topic.

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Books, Spice, and Everything Nice: Coriander

For 2022, the Berryville Library is hosting its own Books, Spice, and Everything Nice spice club. Stop by the library to get the spice of the month and then stop by the blog on the first Tuesday of the month for recipes and more information on the featured spice. We’ll also be adding monthly posts about cookbooks in our collection. For April, our spice is coriander!

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Library Giving Week 2022–Help Us Raise $20,000 For A New Library!

About this time last year, we kicked off our fundraising campaign for a desperately needed new library building. In just one year, we’ve already raised over $1,000,000, an astonishing fundraising feat that we are incredibly thankful for.

But the work is not over! We still need to raise another $1,500,000 to build the 10,000-square-foot building that would allow us the space we need for our collection and programming needs.

Last year, we were able to raise $20,000 for the campaign in honor of Library Giving Day, and we’re hoping to do the same thing–or even better–for Library Giving Day (April 6) this year. In fact, we’re stretching it out to be a Library Giving Week, April 3 to 10. 🙂

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Keilan Morrissey’s Beach House

Kyle and Nicole are two young New York professionals, happy, in love, and excited for their much-needed vacation to Florida. They’ve rented a picturesque beach house with a stunning view . . . that includes a strange group of people. They wear dark cloaks and never seem to leave the beach. Kyle and Nicole are, by turns, puzzled, amused, and creeped out by their eerie neighbors. Why are they there? Why don’t they leave? And why do they want to talk to the young couple?

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Book Buzz: Fake Dating, Road Trips, Sibling Rivalries, Hannibal (Not Lecter–The Other One), and A Contemporary Stab At The Great American Novel

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For March, we’re looking at a lighthearted romantic comedy set in the Regency period, a modern romantic comedy about a road trip to a wedding, a historical fantasy based on a classic murder ballad, a fresh look at one of the most infamous figures in ancient Roman history, and a sprawling family saga.

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