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The Hills are Alive....

The Sound of Music Story by Tom SantopiertroCan't believe it's been 50 years since this movie musical first appeared on the big screen.  "The Sound of Music Story" by Tom Santopietro gives us the account of how the movie came to be.  Read about the behind-the-scenes stories on how the movie was almost cancelled due to "Cleopatra" nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox, the individuals who were considered for the lead roles and find out what the movie Von Trapp children are doing now.  An interesting tidbit is how the big city/name movie critics hated the movie, but the small time critics and people loved it.  The Sound of Music was the "feel good" movie that everyone wanted to see over and over.  This book is a definite read for any Sound of Music or Julie Andrews fan.


Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan MeissnerA scarf passed down through generations connect Clara Wood and Taryn Michaels in "A Fall of Marigolds" by Susan Meissner.  Both women experienced life changing events during tragic events, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the World Trade Towers collapse.  In September 1911, Clars is working on Ellis Island because she can't face living in Manhattan after the Fire.  She lost the man she loved when he fell to his death. While working she meets an emigrant Welshman wrapped in his deceased wife's marigold scarf and Clara finds herself helping the quarantined man beyond her nursing duties. She stuggles with what she learns about the man's wife and makes her look at her own life and her capacity to love again.  At the same time we learn about Taryn Michaels who's husband died in the 9/11 disaster.  On that day she was to meet her husband at the top of the Tower, but was delayed when she went to pick up a scarf from a customer.  This scarf appears in a photo on the tenth anniversary of the disaster and stirs up emotions in Taryn.  The reader learns about the connection between the two women whose broken hearts have left them in an in-between place.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Come bring the kids or come yourself to the celebration which includes games, crafts, activities, & cake.  The festivities will be Saturday, February 28 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room.  Also we can celebrate the publishing of a new Dr. Seuss book this summer, "What Pet Should I Get?"  Here's some books to enjoy on Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss : American icon by Philip Nel  (B S496n)
Readers will "come away enlightened about the talented man who wanted to wake people up to events in the world and leave a moral legacy for children."  Nel eschews all but the most necessary details of Dr. Seuss' personal life, but, using numerous, specific examples of his writing and art, digs deeply into the work, including a particularly intriDr. Seuss: American Icon by Philip Nelguing discussion of Dr. Seuss' pre- and post-World War II politics."  Booklist

Dr. Seuss & Co. go to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of America's leading comic artists by Andre Schiffrin  (940.530207 S333d)
"Schiffrin describes this book as "a companion and a sequel" to Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel, compiled by Richard Minear (1999). Indeed it is, with 124 cartoons by Dr. Seuss and 179 by artists including Al Hirschfeld, Carl Rose, and Saul Steinberg, who were not associated with newspaper editorial cartooning."  Choice Review

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : a biography by Judith Morgan  (B S496mo)
"This witty and charming biography of the highly original genius, Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), maintains suspense as the authors unfold the facts of his life and art. It is full of wry Seussian limericks and interesting anecdotes, among which are his failed invention of an Infantograph and the mad pranks played by Seuss on rival artists."  Library JournalDr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard Minear

Dr. Seuss goes to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard Minear  (940.530207 M664d)
This book features handsome, large-format reproductions of more than two hundred of Geisel’s cartoons with commentary by the historian Richard H. Minear.

Dr. Seuss, the cat behind the hat  (759.13 S496.g)
"Everyone who grew up entertained, provoked, and enlightened by Dr. Seuss books will love this big, color-saturated volume covering 70 years of published and private art by the master of smart, loopy fun. Here are examples of Theodor Geisel's clever, now ironic advertising work, including a rambunctious campaign for Flit, an insecticide containing DDT. Geisel's political cartoons and magazine illustrations are animated by his phenomenal gift for line and color, mischievous humor, and humanitarian values." Booklist

You're only old once! by Dr. Seuss  (817 S496y)
Classic picture-book ode to aging.  "This comical look at what it's like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years." Amazon

Movie Matinee

Ok, you weren't invited to George's wedding, but you can see him at our Monday Movie Matinee, Oct. 20 at 1:00 pm.  He will be appearing in the "Monuments Men," the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, an unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.  If you wanted to learn more about the art thefts during World War II, check out our Spotlight page this month for some recommended titles.

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