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This perhaps has to do with the frenetic speed with which “Lady Bird” moves—by the way, that’s the name Christine pretentiously has taken on in order to set herself apart from all her peers.
Gerwig is working in the same self-deprecating but entirely empathetic style as Woody Allen, Albert Brooks, and Whit Stillman (whose “Damsels in Distress” features Gerwig in an adorkable role).
With “Lady Bird,” Gerwig has proven that she’s equally adept behind the camera, allowing her personal experiences to inform this upbeat, charming coming-of-age comedy about a high-school senior whose ambition exceeds her family’s modest circumstances.
The specific time period (the early 2000s, when Gerwig would have graduated from high school) and Saoirse Ronan’s mannerisms as being downright “Gerwigian” pretty much confirm that the story has autobiographical components.
Ronan plays Christine, a girl with the kind of wit, zeal, and hormones that make her quickly outgrow her small suburban home “on the wrong side of the tracks” and Catholic school upbringing in boring ol’ Sacramento.
The film’s got a slew of teenage-girl drama beats—dumping her bestie for the popular kid, dating the cool guy who ends up not being so cool, screaming at her mom who’s trying to do right by her but who’s also annoyingly cloying—but somehow Gerwig manages to make the many emotional arcs and moving narrative parts all work flawlessly.
Sacramento author Simon Read scoured Churchill’s newspaper stories, books, letters and private papers for a look at the statesman as adventurer in “Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent” (Da Capo, , 328 pages). Labor historian Harvey Schwartz will discuss his account of one of engineering’s greatest feats, as told in “Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History” (University of Washington Press, , 195 pages).
Military History magazine calls it “more an adventure tale than a straight biography.” Read will talk about his book at 7 p.m. It’s said to be the only GGB-centric book “to primarily feature the voices of the bridge workers themselves.” He will appear at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. “The Gun” is the award-winning Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura’s first novel to be published in English (Soho Crime, , 208 pages).
Her turn as writing collaborator on “Mistress America” and “Frances Ha” alongside director Noah Baumbach confirmed something her fans already knew, that the actress had many more talents awaiting the right opportunities.
To better serve people in their 20s and 30s, the alt library programming initiative was formed.
Consisting of on-going programming, a blog ( a meetup group ( and a book club that reads cult fiction and meets in bars and coffee shops, alt library attempts to reach the 20s and 30s audience with programming and marketing designed specifically for them.
This grassroots basis allows the library to provide low-cost programming led by staff with a genuine passion for the events they create.
From alt fitness programs featuring the Lipstick Librarian, a skater for the local roller derby team and library branch supervisor, to a gardening program with a mixology bent led by a librarian and avid gardener, alt library events have at their core an enthusiastic staff.