Multcolib Picks: 2014 Oscars & 9 companion reads

Gravity DVD DVD Drama GRAVITY Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 176 copies

Annotation:On a seemingly routine spacewalk, a medical engineer and a veteran astronaut find their shuttle destroyed, leaving the two spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue.

The Martian
The Martian A Novel By Weir, Andy Book - 2014 SF WEIR 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 206 on 34 copies

Annotation:After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone on Mars with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth By Hadfield, Chris Book - 2013 629.45 H129a 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hadfield takes readers into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. He developed an unconventional philosophy at NASA: Prepare for the worst-- and enjoy every moment of it.

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby DVD - 2013 DVD Drama GREAT Available in some locations

Annotation:A would-be writer Nick Carraway leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.

One Summer
One Summer America, 1927 By Bryson, Bill Book - 2013 973.915 B9166o 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 32 copies

Annotation:Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine DVD DVD Drama BLUE Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 106 copies

Annotation:After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger's humble apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
Cat on A Hot Tin Roof A Play in Three Acts By Williams, Tennessee Book - 1986 812.5 W727ca 1986 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of a family destroyed by lies and unsatisfied desire.

The great beauty
The great beauty DVD - 2014 Italian DVD Foreign GREAT Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 28 copies

Annotation:For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.

Mr. Palomar
Mr. Palomar By Calvino, Italo Book - 1985 FICTION CALVINO All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Mr. Palomar tries to make sense of the world, knowing that his individual perception will cloud his ability to understand it.

Twenty Feet From Stardom
Twenty Feet From Stardom DVD DVD 782.42166 TWENTY Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 53 copies

Annotation:They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more.

My Name Is Love
My Name Is Love The Darlene Love Story By Love, Darlene Book - 1998 782.42164 L897m 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Finally, the woman whose voice the New York Times said "is as embedded in the history of rock 'n' roll as Eric Clapton's guitar and Bob Dylan's lyrics" tells her story.

Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club DVD - 2014 DVD Drama DALLAS Available in some locations Holds: 10 on 127 copies

Annotation:Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful 'buyers' club.'

And the Band Played on
And the Band Played on Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic By Shilts, Randy Book - 2007 362.196979 S556a 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:An examination of the AIDS crisis critiques the federal government for its inaction, health authorities for their greed, and scientists for their desire for prestige in the face of the AIDS pandemic, in a twentieth anniversary edition of the acclaimed exposé.

Frozen Soundtrack By Beck, Christophe Music CD - 2013 CD-j Disney BECK Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:While you wait for the movie, have a listen to the acclaimed soundtrack from the movie.

The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen By Andersen, H. C. Book - 2008 j 398.21 A544sb 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The strength of a little girl's love enables her to overcome many obstacles and free a boy from the Snow Queen's spell.

Twelve Years A Slave
Twelve Years A Slave By Northup, Solomon Book - 2013 306.362 N878t 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 23 copies

Annotation:A harrowing memoir recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave DVD DVD Drama 12 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 160 copies

Annotation:The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841.

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Sometimes you just want to extend the experience of a really great movie by reading a book. Sometimes you just prefer to let your own imagination create the story. Here are some 2014 Academy Award (Oscar) winners and a bit of related reading for each. - Alison K.

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