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Bet Bound: a library list inspired by Ripcord

Dale Hodges as Abby Binder and Pamela Myers as Marilyn Dunne in Ripcord

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate at the Bristol Senior Living Facility. So, when cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with happy-go-lucky Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman…by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet quickly escalates into a high-flying, dangerous game in this delicious comedy of daring oneupmanship. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s hilarious new comedy Ripcord tugs at our heartstrings as the women discover what is truly worth fighting for. Playing January 19-February 16.

For more stories about raucous roommates, surprising senior moments, and pranks that defy the laws of gravity (and other laws, too…), check out these selections from The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County!

BOOKS

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust… Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students (who also received invites) are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback. Let the prank war begin. Oceans 11 meets The Breakfast Club in this entertaining, fast-paced debut filled with pranks and cons that will keep readers on their toes, never sure who’s pulling the strings or what’s coming next.

The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory… Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Martha Andersson may be seventy-nine years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends–Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)–won’t stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere. Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker’s length ahead if it’s going to succeed. Told with insight and humor, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a delightful and heartwarming novel that goes to prove the adage that it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

The Toast by Matt Marinovich

Bred to viciously compete from an early age by their deranged father, the Krider brothers have always obeyed the three sacred rules of the game: No mortal injury. Wait your turn. No end to the game. On a sweltering day in early July, Rob and Rebecca Krider drive toward the wedding of his younger brother, Craig. It’s a perfect day for a wedding, but before the morning is over, an unexpected tragedy strikes one of the Krider brothers, and a frightening toast is delivered by one of the guests. As a result, one of the Krider brothers believes he will finally get to live a normal life without the game, but as the months pass, he suddenly realizes that strange coincidences in his everyday life might have a more sinister cause. Could it be that the game he thought was over is threatening to destroy his life again? But who’s pulling the strings now that his only archrival is dead? It’s clear that one last turn is being taken, and all the old rules are being broken, except for one: there is no end to the game. The Toast is a novel about sibling rivalry that knows no bounds.

I Feel Bad about my Neck by Nora Ephron

The woman who brought us When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and Bewitched, and the author of best sellers Heartburn, Scribble Scribble, and Crazy Salad, discusses everything from how much she hates her purse to how much time she spends attempting to stop the clock: the hair dye, the treadmill, the lotions and creams that promise to slow the aging process but never do. Oh, and she can’t stand the way her neck looks. But her dermatologist tells her there’s no quick fix for that. Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. She recounts her anything-but-glamorous days as a White House intern during the JFK years, and shares how she fell in and out of love with Bill Clinton⏤from a distance, of course. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, wickedly funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a book of wisdom, advice, and laugh-out-loud moments.

MOVIES

Grumpy Old Men

Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ann-Margret, this cheerful and playfully raunchy holiday movie follows next-door neighbors John Gustafson and Max Goldman⏤neighborhood curmudgeons whose long-running feud becomes an all-out rivalry when an attractive widow moves into the house across the street.

Grumpy Old Men | Trailer

Neighbors

New parents Mac and Kelly are living the American Dream, complete with a baby girl and a new home in the suburbs. Still, they want to believe that they are still cool, so when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are dozens of fraternity brothers (led by charismatic Teddy) they try to play along. But when the parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides begin to fend for their turf. The sabotage escalates into extreme one-upmanship, beginning an epic Greek war for the ages.

Neighbors | Trailer

Up

Carl Fredericksen is a 78- year-old curmudgeon. He used to enjoy his modest life as a balloon seller when his adventure-loving wife Ellie was still alive. When she died, Carl was left with his memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. When well-meaning officials consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats away. He discovers that Russell, a Wilderness Explorer Scout has stowed away. In the tropical jungle, Carl and Russell find more than they bargained for. Charles Muntz is a crazed explorer whose newsreels once inspired Carl and Ellie; Kevin is an exotic bird with a weakness for chocolate; and Dug who is an endearingly golden retriever fitted with a voice box. More importantly, Carl and Russell discover they need each other.

Up | Trailer

The Bucket List

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common, except they both have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to make a “bucket list” of all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die. In the process of completing the list, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life.

The Bucket List | Trailer

Going in Style

Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe, and Al decide to buck retirement and step off the straight and narrow for the first time intheir lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. To pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Going in Style | Trailer

Take a leap with high-flying comedy, Ripcord, playing at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati January 19-February 16.

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