TV Series: Wind At My Back
If you liked the Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, you will love this Canadian TV series about the life in the small mining town during the time of depression in 1930s.
Great Courses Audio: Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life
This 3-part series of lectures by the University of Oklahoma professor Rufus Fears presents the personal choices of some of the most essential writings in history, ranging in time from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the 20th century, and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to Europe and America.
Movie: You’ve Got Mail
My all-time favorite romantic comedy (maybe my all-time favorite movie). In true Nora Ephron form, the characters are quirky and the dialogue is perfect. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are a duo for the ages.
CD: Damien Rice – O
Contains the popular song “The Blower’s Daughter,” and while that song is pretty good, I end up playing “Delicate” over and over again. Singer/songwriter coffeehouse vibes.
TV Series: Father Brown
“Celebrated author GK Chesterton’s beloved character, Father Brown, is brilliantly brought to life in this charming ten-part BBC series starring Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Doctor Who). With the warmth of The Vicar of Dibley, the intellect of Miss Marple, the humour of Father Ted and the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown is a fresh new take on a classic genre. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the English countryside, Father Brown is a kindly cleric with a particular talent for solving crimes. Many years spent hearing confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the workings of the criminal mind, and in each episode the enigmatic priest discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul, the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.”
Videogame: Little Big Planet 3
“Sackboy, the knitted knight has been equipped with an all-new climbing ability and brand-new power-ups including the amazing Pumpinator. In LittleBigPlanet 3, explore a world filled with creativity as you explore all corners of the Imagisphere, meet the inhabitants of the mysterious planet Bunkum and face the nefarious Newton. Discover a variety of surprises that the LittleBigPlanet Community have created and shared for you to enjoy, with new levels and games to play every day. Then if you’re feeling inspired, flex your creative muscles with the powerful and intuitive customization tools, to bring your own imagination to life in LittleBigPlanet 3.”
Audiobook: The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond by Stephen O’Shea
O’Shea drives the famous European mountain range in a Renault Megane Sport that elicits oohs and aahs until the admirers find out it’s a rental. Regardless, O’Shea powers on, meeting up with a friend and “The Last Hippie,” all the while regaling us with the history of the Alps, its multi-lingual inhabitants, and its current state of play often compromised by environmental and technological degradation. O’Shea’s saga is an often poetic paean to this unique parcel of the world.
CD: Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough
The dancing violinist who was dismissed by two America’s Got Talent judges but went on to win a Billboard Music Award and came in second on Dancing with the Stars provides 14 of her own eclectic compositions. They encompass various genres, including pop, rock, New Age, Celtic, and perhaps Mideastern. Arabian Nights, anyone? On 8 of the 14 tracks singers such as Christina Perri and ZZ Ward back Stirling up. “Something Wild,” in which she collaborated with vocalist Andrew McMahon, was composed for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016).
Movie: The Big Sick
I’m not typically a fan of rom coms but the plot of The Big Sick intrigued me enough to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed. It was driven more by comedy than by romance. Kumail Nanjiani’s writing is full of wit and sincerity. It’s a good movie to curl up and watch during a snow day.
Audiobook: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
We Are Okay is entirely character driven, but that does not mean it is lacking in plot. LaCour easily plays on the notion of isolation and loneliness while cleverly retelling Marin’s, the main character, nightmarish last year. One of the best LGBT books published in 2017.
Quoted summaries from catalog.ccls.org.