Author Archives: Jessica Omer

“Mary Queen of Scots” DVD PN1995.9.B55 M37 2019

Everyone knows who Elizabeth I is but how much do you really know about her rival for the English throne, Mary, Queen of Scotland? There have been many adaptions of her life; she has been played by the likes of Bette Davis, Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren. Most films show her as a power-hungry woman who went too far. However, director Josie Rourke takes a more accurate look at the life of the Scottish Queen. Rourke shows the Queen’s fall to be caused not by her want of power, but by the number of treacherous men around her who schemed and lied to get what they wanted. The film focuses on Mary’s rise to the throne including three marriages, two murders, and a rape while following her attempts to secure herself as the successor to the English throne.

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“The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War” UB271.S652 M33 2018

Ben Macintyre’s book, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, focuses on two people, Oleg Gordievsky the spy and Aldrich Ames the traitor. One spied on the USSR for Britain and one spied on the United States for the USSR. Both were traitors to their own homelands. Oleg Gordievsky was one of the most important spies of the Cold War. For 11 years, Gordievsky spied for MI6 against the Soviet Union. In his book, Macintyre talks about the moment every spy has where they face a crisis of faith, where the ideological scales fall from a believer’s eyes and they see the true nature of their home. For Gordievsky that moment was the “Prague Spring.” This event was a turning point in his life and started him down a path that would change his and his family’s lives forever.

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Travel and Leisure Journal Review

Whether you are an armchair adventurer or the next Dr. Livingstone, “Travel and Leisure” can help you plan your next great adventure.  Travelers are always looking for the best hotel, the best money saving tips, and the best places to go for relaxation and fun. Whether you want to go camping or stay at that five star hotel, “Travel and Leisure” can help you find the perfect place for your next vacation.

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Crafting in the Library

Recently, a group of adults met in the library and started cutting up books—really taking them apart. They tore, ripped and dismembered the books. Actions that would make any librarian or booklover cry; however, something magical happened. These destroyed books were born again… they had become art!

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Did You Know? Fall 2019

 

The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England Book Review

 

This book was chosen on the basis of the title alone. It is packed full of “fun facts” and “did you knows.” Have you ever wondered where language starts, why we say the things we do, where it all comes from, and how the meaning of the words have changed over the years? For example, in today’s world when you call someone a louse you are in essence calling them an obnoxious person; but, during the Elizabethan Era, you are literally saying that they are covered in lice.

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