Sing along with the Snow Queen Elsa and her sister Anna on their journey to break the icy spill and save the kingdom. Magical and fun movie.
CD: The Original Decca Recordings, 1944-1950 by Billie Holiday
Enjoy this wonderful two-disc collection of Holiday’s Decca recordings.
Audiobook: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
A tender and loving study of one of nature’s most mysterious creatures, the octopus. Montgomery considers every facet of the animal (appearance, life cycle, intelligence, even the potential for consciousness) with a beautiful voice and with the utmost care and empathy. A wonderful read!
CD: FROOT by Marina and the Diamonds
A great pop album from a lesser-known band! Lead singer Marina has some amazing vocals, especially in the title track and in “Blue.” An album as fun and colorful as its title and cover suggest.
“The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow’s idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal. Captain Barbossa kidnaps the governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth’s childhood friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn’t know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead.”
Audiobook: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
“Chief Inspector Gamache is called to a tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.”
Audiobook: The White Darkness by David Grann
David Grann treks from the Amazonian jungle of his Lost City of Z to the savage desert that is Antarctica with this gripping saga of another explorer challenging the elements and himself. In concert with two other modern day relations of early 20th century polar explorers, Henry Worsley, a decorated British soldier and relative of Frank Worsley, one of the intrepid Ernest Shackleton’s team, set off to duplicate or exceed their relatives’ early 20th century explorations and in so doing honor their achievements. That team succeeded, but when Worsley set out alone at age 55 to traverse Antarctica from coast to coast—which no one had ever accomplished—victory was not in the cards. Actor Will Patton does a marvelous job reading Grann’s account of an alternately heart-breaking and inspiring adventure into the white darkness.
Movie: The Secret of My Success
Its antecedent is naturally How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying minus songs but is nevertheless an amusing, sometimes hilarious send-up of, in this instance, a Midwestern kid rising to the top of the New York elite via accident and moxie. You can’t go wrong with a mistaken identity scenario, and you must smile or laugh out loud whenever remembering the elevator sequence.
“A New York scandal, a riot on a ship, and an evening of insanity in a concert hall are some of the problems resulting from Groucho’s outrageous business schemes. The goal, to bring Milan’s finest opera stars to Manhattan.”
Audiobook: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
“An enchanting fairy tale by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, full of unexpected adventures, true love, whimsy, wonder, and plenty of magic. Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester–even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie…and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man’s life.”
TV Series: CB Strike
“Cormoran Strike is a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving complex cases that elude the police.”
Audiobook: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
“A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home – Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?”
All quoted summaries by catalog.ccls.org .