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Audiobook: Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
French classic, very well depicted characters, as in all Zola’s books. About love, duty, greed, death. A must read. You may want to watch the movie “In Secret”, made in 2013, starring Jessica Lang.
Movie: The Princess Bride
Full of humor and heart, infectiously charming and probably the most quotable movie of all time. A little boy in bed with a cold is visited by his grandfather, who reads him a bedtime story that has everything– swordfights, giants, poison, rodents of unusual size,and above all, true love.
CD: Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
Although usually a favorite on people’s Halloween playlists, this is truly a great album for all year round. Not only does it include some of frontman Danny Elfman and co.’s more notable hits (“Weird Science” and the titular “Dead Man’s Party”) but also some lesser-known but equally fun and danceable tunes– my personal favorite is “No One Lives Forever.”
Movie: Legally Blonde
“When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.”
CD: Tidal by Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple’s debut album is a must-listen for fans of Tori Amos and Regina Spektor. This album includes her hit song “Criminal.”
Movie: You Can’t Take it With You
A multi-millionaire corporate bigwig finds his plans to crush a rival by buying up blocks of NYC residential housing foiled by a family of eccentrics. This 1938 Academy Award-winning film is still a joy, a screwball comedy to which director Frank Capra adds a social conscience. Lionel Barrymore perfectly fits the role of harmonica-playing wise man, Edward Arnold is his typical blustering self, James Stewart speaks truth to power in the person of his father, and top-billed Jean Arthur continues her sterling career as an ingratiating, independent working woman. She and Stewart would be paired the following year in Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Audiobook: How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery
The author of The Soul of an Octopus reads her latest book describing the insights she’s discovered via pets (a Scottie, more than one Border Collies, a pig) and animals she’s studied in the wild (Australian emus, a Goliath tarantula, octopuses, tree kangaroos)
Movie: The Help
“Mississippi during the 1960s: Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.”
CD: Dreamcatcher by Secret Garden
A collection of the Eurovision-winning band’s greatest hits.
Movie: The Hate U Give
“Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?”
CD: After the Disco by Broken Bells
An alternative rock album from a few years ago, Broken Bells recorded After the Disco with a four-piece choir and a seventeen-piece orchestra. Dreamy vocals and catchy melodies.
All quoted summaries by catalog.ccls.org .