Off the shelf


“3 Women,” dir. Robert Altman

Comparisons to Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” (1966) are apt in the case of Altman’s 1977 surrealist mind-bender about loneliness and the search for identity. Pinky (Sissy Spacek), is an awkward teen who gets a job working at a spa in the California desert. There, she meets Millie (Shelley Duvall), a fellow spa attendant. But what begins as a naive fascination with Millie grows into a dark obsession as Pinky begins to take control of Millie’s psyche.

Odegaard Media Library / DVD CRIT 319

“My Life as a Dog,” dir. Lasse Hallström

One of the most bittersweet films about childhood ever made, “My Life as a Dog” follows the life of Ingemar, a young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric uncle in the Swedish countryside. Hallström captures the darkness and confusion of coming of age with an unsentimental but compassionate eye. But even then, the film is as warm and humorous as any other film about children and feels as welcoming as a childhood memory.

Odegaard Media Library / DVD CRIT 084


“Nevermind,” Nirvana

In tribute to the 20th anniversary of its release, this album is a prelude to the alternative scene that emerged from Seattle. The now-iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” embodies the angst of youthful marginalization and rebellion still prevalent today. “Nevermind” is the album that left behind a legacy forever remembered by the alternative genre.

Odegaard Media Library / Cd GEF 013

“Ys,” Joana Newsom

For something a little different, check out Joanna Newsom’s incredible range of vocals mixed with subtle elements of folk. As a classically trained harpist, pianist, and songwriter, Newsom’s range of abilities present in the album truly allow her to redefine a genre.

Odegaard Media Library / Cd DRAGCR 001


“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the life of Oscar, a sweet yet incredibly fat Dominican nerd on a quest for some lovin’. Díaz weaves together Dominican history and culture into a relatable and hilarious novel that will keep you riveted. It’s no surprise that this book has received such high praise.

Odegaard Library / PS3554.I259 B75 2007

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon

Christopher, a math whiz/social outcast/autistic 15-year-old boy, finds his neighbor’s poodle impaled by a garden fork. In a “whodunnit” fashion, Christopher sets off to figure out who killed the dog, and in doing so stumbles upon some of his mother’s secrets that he struggles to understand. Haddon’s first novel manages to be bitter yet funny and is a profound look into a very real story.

Bothell Library/CCC / PR6058.A333 C87 2003

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