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Book Rec from Eric

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American Nations by Colin Woodard

Eric says: “This book is an intriguing exploration of the regional cultural makeup of North America. Settlers brought their distinct cultural characteristics with them only to encounter other settlers whose customs were at odds with theirs. Over time this resulted in eleven distinct cultural regions. From Greenland to northern Mexico, the author delves into the origins of these differences, traces them from the parent cultures and countries and demonstrates how things are much more complicated than “blue” states and “red” states. A fascinating journey.”

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Book Rec from Eric

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Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

Eric says: “Fantasy author Terry Pratchett’s gift for satirical social commentary is turned up to “11” in this tale of youth, rebellion, Death, family, and Music with Rocks In. Death takes a well-deserved holiday, leaving his granddaughter Susan in charge during his absence, a decision with fateful consequences. Meanwhile, a young bard named Imp Y Celyn (translation: “bud of holly”; call him Buddy) has a near-Death experience resulting in Buddy channelling living music never before heard in the Discworld. Buddy’s music takes the Discworld by storm inspiring the creation of a host of other bands and a corrupt industry bent on exploiting the dreams of these hopeful musicians. Sound familiar?

This is one of the “gateway books” I give to people to introduce them to the Discworld series and the magical works of Terry Pratchett.”

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Dark Comedy Films or What the Heck Did I Just Watch? from Eric

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Housebound: A young woman is placed under house arrest in her childhood home. A series of uncanny experiences lead her to believe the house is haunted by a great evil. The truth is perhaps more disturbing.

John Dies at the End: After experimenting with a strange new drug known as Soy Sauce, college drop-outs Dave and John find themselves in the unlikely roles of heroes trying to save the world from an otherworldly invasion. This film is filled with bewildering twists and distressing developments right up until the end.

What We Do in the Shadows: Mockumentary style tale about a group of vampires who have lived together for hundreds of years trying to fit into the modern world. Daylight and crucifixes are one thing, but rent and the chore wheel might be as bad. Or worse. (Also available on Kanopy)

Brazil: If you love the antics and offbeat humor of Monty Python but wish there was more dystopian tragi-comedy, appalling characters, and unsettling visuals then you will appreciate this 1985 film from Python alum Terry Gilliam. Terrorism, a bureaucratic police state, mistaken identity, and a love story of sorts will keep you guessing and unnerved throughout.

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