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Usual Suspects, Fall 2015


Walk in the Woods
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bill Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of a neophyte woodsman learning hard lessons about self-reliance.
Knights of the Sea On a September day in 1813, as the Age of Fighting Sail was coming to an end, two maritime warriors faced each other in the waters off Pemaquid Point, Maine... Samuel Blyth was the youthful commander of His Britannic Majesty's brig Boxer, and William Burrows, younger still, commanded the USS Enterprise. Both men valued honor over life and death, and on this day their commitment would be put to the ultimate test. An historical novel by David Hanna.
Hidden in the Mix African Americans have not been known for country music, but research has increasingly shown their long-standing involvement with it. Though stardom of current artists such as Darius Rucker and Cowboy Troy contrasts noticeably with the stardom of Charley Pride, who was once the lone African American country superstar, that situation by no means tells the whole story. Diane Pecknold (Univ. of Louisville) presents essays by knowledgeable academic authors, who discuss previously unexplored or underexplored aspects of black musicians' significant contributions to country music over many decades. Sadly, these efforts often went unacknowledged.
Sherlock Holmes:The Montana Chronicles Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles by John Steven Fitzpatrick. For the first time, here are the long-lost records of four intriguing mysteries solved by the famous English detective Sherlock Holmes when he traveled to Montana in the late 1800s. As usual, these cases were recorded by Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes' affable companion and chronicler, but Watson's accounts were lost for more than a century. They were recently discovered in an old safe in Anaconda's Hearst Free Library by researcher John. S. Fitzpatrick, who edited the manuscripts for publication. Not only are the actual crimes unique and challenging, but the stories are filled with fascinating details of life in early-day Montana--details that amply illustrate Holmes' superb powers of observation.
Solace of Open Spaces Many urbanites sojourn in the West to commune with nature in the wide-open spaces, but few have related their experiences, or so fully captured the essence of Wyoming, as well as Gretel Ehrlich. She was sent from New York to the Big Horn region in 1976 to make a film about sheepherders. To recover from the death of a loved one, she wandered near and far for two years before returning to northern Wyoming, where she finally found solace.
Pillars of the Earth A successful switch in genre by popular author Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth is a spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England. It tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known--and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard Author of Conan the Destroyer, Robert E. Howard brings us great horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions. Some of Howard’s best-known characters–Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them–roam the forbidding locales of the author’s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend-haunted woods outside Paris to remote jungles in Africa.

Ludwig Van Beethoven [sound recording]
Note: Select Ludwig van Beethoven [sound recording] from the list. Click on blue colored "Librarian's View" and see that this is one of the 5ths! Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 -- Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 -- Incorporating Gustav Mahler's Retuschen. Performer: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
Very Best of Frankie Valli by The Four Seasons Jersey's Best [sound recording] 2008 UK two CD compilation covering the career of Frankie Valli/The Four Seasons and including some of Valli's solo hits. Formed by falsetto lead singer, Valli in 1955, by 1961 The Four Seasons name and best known line-up was set, comprising Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito.
Jersey Boys Music From the Motion Picture [sound recording] Jersey Boys: Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical. Featuring vocals by Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, John Lloyd Young, Daniel Reichard, Christian Hoff, J. Robert Spencer, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza ; also featuring members of the Original Broadway Ensemble and Original Motion Picture Ensemble ; with additional singers.
Schubert: The Ten Symphonies [sound recordings] Includes another one of the 5ths! Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner.
From Fife and Drum by the Marine Band Celebrating the 190th anniversary of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.
Seen and Heard by the Canadian Brass [sound recording] Special edition by the Canadian Brass (Charles Daellenbach, tuba ; Fred Mills, trumpet ; David Ohanian, French horn ; Ronald Romm, trumpet ; Eugene Watts, trombone ; with instrumental accompaniment.

Book Thief DVD
The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family*s home, escape from the events unfolding around them. Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, Roger Allam, Ben Schnetzer.
Jersey Boys DVD Directed by Clint Eastwood, this movie is the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
Chicken Run DVD Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Ms. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky and Ginger lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers and their farm of doom. A wonderful animated comedy for the entire family starring Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha with director Nick Park.

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The crime?? The weapons??

The Usual Suspects are guilty of playing music for the pure pleasure of it. Their colorful alter egos disguise their real identities and weapons of choice: Tom Bibbey (trumpet), Beth Hronek (trumpet), Mike Masterson (trombone), Rick Parmer (tuba), Pat Parmer (French Horn), Rob Rumbolz (trumpet). Together, they’re a classic brass quintet with one character to spare.

What do these serious brass players do when they’re not tooting their horns? This group’s book choices range from Pillars of the Earth and Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard to Walk in the Woods. Also topping the list are Hidden in the Mix: The African Presence in Country Music and Sherlock Holmes: Montana Chronicles.

Favorite movies include Chicken Run, Jersey Boys and The Book Thief. Who says you can’t judge a movie by its music score? Oh yeah, music. Relax with one of the Fifths (Beethoven, Schubert anyone?); Frankie Valli, Market Street Brass jazz, and the Canadian Brass.

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