I'm a fan of rom coms, well done ones that is, so a couple of years ago out of desperation I started to watch some of the classics. I was hooked, and couldn't believe I hadn't watched them before. If you try a couple of these classics on for size, you won't regret it, and you might just discover some new movies worth watching over and over. Or you could rediscover movies you've seen and loved, but just haven't watched in years.
Not all young adult lit is vampires and dystopian future worlds. Some deal with plain old-fashioned teen angst. Case in point: "Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary" by Keshni Kashyap. Even adult readers will enjoy this trip back to the tumultuous world of teenage drama. Tina is a 15-year-old Indian-American, living in California, dealing with all the usual teenage afflictions--being different, losing friends to the popular crowd, and of course, discovering and losing first love.
The book is written as a series of illustrated journal entries addressed to Jean-Paul Sartre. The diary is a project for Tina's English Honors elective on existential philosophy, in which she attempts to answer the weighty question "who am I really?"
Anyone interested in Queen Elizabeth II should pick up "Elizabeth the Queen : the life of a modern monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith. SLCL has it in multiple formats (book, large print book, book on CD and eAudiobook.) It's hefty at 600+ pages. Don't expect to hear anything shocking about her majesty, unless you find it shocking to know she stores her breakfast cereal in Tupperware. This is a decidedly pro-monarchy view of Queen Elizabeth that seems bent on making us believe she's just like you and me.
Well, she isn't and everybody knows it, so the author tries a bit too hard on that front. She may like to barbeque, but she still takes her own gold plates with her when she dines at the home of friends.
Dianne Wynne Jones, who passed away last year, published "Howl's Moving Castle" in 1986. In 2004, the animated film "Howl's Moving Castle," based on the book and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, was released. It was nominated for 12 awards and won nine, including the Nebula Award for Best Script and the Reader's Choice Award for Best Film. The film industry doesn't always accomplish the book to film conversion well, but in my opinion they did a good job with this one.
The next time you enjoy a bit of honey in your tea or drizzled across a freshly baked biscuit, take a moment to consider where it came from. In case you missed it, honey bees are under attack. A mysterious diseased called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been killing hundreds of thousands of them each year, with no cure or explanation in sight. Why should you care about an insect that has the power to inflict painful stings? Without bees there would be very little food. In fact, author and beekeeper Gloria Havenhand tells us that one out of every three mouthfulls of food is from a pollinated crop.
David Arrick's and Janice Kollar's "The Butch Bakery Cookbook" is full of unique cupcakes to make your desserts a little, well, manlier. Cupcakes made with beer, frosting with a dash of Jack Daniels, and of course two cupcake recipes topped with bacon bits. And don't worry--all the recipes that do use alcohol have virgin alternatives if that's your preference. Clear instructions make the delightfully new ideas easy to make and the sheer variety of frosting flavors makes this book a must try even if you don't grow hair on your chest.
T. C. Boyle fans who braved the rainy weather to see him speak at Headquarters Thursday night were rewarded with an entertaining evening. Boyle has published 13 novels and many short stories. He is known for his creative imagination and slightly off-kilter perspective. Using actual events for the framework of many of his novels, Boyle invents characters and situations to examine controversial issues.
His latest novel "When the Killing's Done" is a good example of this technique. Boyle told the audience about both the real events that inspired the novel and the unrelated details from his personal life that he used to enhance the story. "When the Killing's Done" illustrates a conflict between ecologists and animal rights activists over the question of eradicating invasive species on the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, California. One member of the audience congratulated Boyle on the way his novels present all sides of an issue. This novel is no exception.
Hobbyists have no better resource than SLCL, especially when learning something new or needing renewed inspiration. Among my newest hobbies is needle felting and so I have used the library's collection for new ideas and to learn the fine points of the art.
AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting and Felting by Leigh Radford. This book is best for knitters who want to learn felting. But there are some good basics and the lay-out of this book is very clean and pleasing.