Rory O'Shea Was Here

August 11th, 2011

Rory O'Shea Was HereAn inspiring story of independence that follows two unlikely friends determined to face the world on their own terms. Young Michael (Steven Robertson) is a patient resigned to his quiet life within an institution's safe, predictable boundaries. Then, the rebellious Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) bursts onto the scene. Now, with the help of the beautiful young Siobhan (Romola Garai), who signs on as the boys' live-in aid, Rory will show Michael what it takes to truly be free.

Rory O'Shea moves from group home to group home rebelling against authority and rebelling against his handicap. All he has ever wanted is to be treated like everyone else. And when he comes to his latest group home, he meets another resident named Michael, who knows he will never been treated like everyone else. But then a strange thing happens when Rory shows Michael that they need not blindly accept their fates and their wheelchairs and teaches him how to live.

If, you hadn't heard of Rory O'Shea Was Here, you now have. And if it has been sitting in your queue, wait no longer. This movie has the right amount of creativity, intelligent writing, wit and heartbreak (almost a little bit modern-day One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Like I did, hopefully you will care about Rory and Michael; you will be happy when they laugh and you will even be mad at Rory if you feel he's pushing Michael too far. I like a movie that can keep me engaged and gets me invested in the lives of its characters. I liked Rory O'Shea Was Here a lot.


August 10th, 2011
Sucker PunchWiseman: If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Maker

August 9th, 2011

I guess I have to admit that I was skeptical of these contraptions at first. Even though I do not drink much soda pop, this is a neat appliance. The kit comes with everything you need to get started...except any syrup to actually make anything. To start, I recommend the SodaStream Sodamix Variety 12-pack so you can get a sense for what you will want to buy in bigger quantities.

The "carbonator" screws easily into the back of the Maker. The plastic bottle screws easily into the front of the Maker. When you have filled your bottle to the fill line and connected it to your Maker, press the button on top until you hear the loud buzzing noise that your bottle is fizzed and ready to go. Unscrew the bottle and pour in one of your variety pack samples (or a cap full from the bigger bottles of syrup). Gently rock the bottle back and forth to mix and enjoy.

This is a great way to have a frosty beverage on demand without having to keep a fridge full of cans or bottles. The taste labs have done a great job of coming close to the major brands, so you can get just about any fix you're after.


Monsieur Penguin

August 5th, 2011

Snooty butler

2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist

July 27th, 2011

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers. In 2004, not only did Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty reach the bestseller lists, but previous winners The Life of Pi (2002) and Vernon God Little (2003) were also amongst the bestselling books of the year.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

Far to Go Alison Pick

The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

Derby Day by D.J. Taylor

June 24th, 2011
Donations this year: 2
Donations lifetime: 8

Cold Vengeance

June 21st, 2011

Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildDevastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana-he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined-and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood . . . may be a horrific lie.


Nothing is what it seems.

This book will be available on August 2, 2011.

Pre-order your copy.

June 20th, 2011
Robin Hobb - Royal Assassin - 253"No, my dear. But I promise you I shall take care of it this morning, in my room." To call her "my dear" made me feel as a man as no words ever had before. I kissed her, promising myself that I would go immediately afterward, but I found myself lingering to her touch on my neck. I sighed, "I do have to go."

June 13th, 2011

June 10th, 2011

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium