Two days have been set aside to honor the memory of those who have served America in the armed forces:
The books and videos below are a good way to learn about our nation's armed conflicts and honor the memory of those who served to protect our nation.
America's first woman warrior: the courage of Deborah Sampson by Lucy Freeman and Alma Halbert Bond — The biography of the only woman soldier to fight in the Revolutionary War.
Several major films being released this fall and winter are based on novels you can find in the Library's collection. Get them while you can!
Les misérables by Victor Hugo — Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe. Release date: December 25
On the road by Jack Kerouac — Starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley. Release date: December 21
Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated new film Lincoln opens on November 9. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, it is inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. The film focuses on Lincoln's final few months in office, specifically his tireless efforts to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (abolishing slavery) passed.
- Alison Gross
- Bad moon rising
- The battle of evermore
- Black magic woman
- Boris the spider
- The creature from the black lagoon
- Dead man's party
- Dream on
- Graveyard train
- The green manalishi (with the two-pronged crown)
- Hell hound on my trail
- Human fly
- I put a spell on you
- Love potion number nine
- Moon over Bourbon Street
- Pet sematary
- Season of the witch
- Vampire blues
- Voodoo child
- Werewolves of London
- Wicked Annabella
- Witch's promise
- Witchy woman
- Zombie boy
- Zombie zoo
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments of the Cold War. For 13 days in October 1962, the United States and the former Soviet Union engaged in a political and military standoff over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles off the U.S. coast. President John F. Kennedy notified the country about the presence of the missiles in an historic television address on October 22, 1962. It was during this speech that he explained his decision to enact a naval blockade around Cuba. Because of this many, people believed the world was on the brink of nuclear war.
Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War.
If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record.
Look for these films based on popular books in your local theater in the coming months:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — Starring Kaya Scodelario, James Howson. Release date: October 2012
Les misérables by Victor Hugo — Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe. Release date: December 2012
Lay the favorite: a memoir of gambling by Beth Raymer — Starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Release date: October 2012
Gore Vidal, the noted author, playwright and essayist has died at the age of 86 due to complications from pneumonia. Vidal was also known as an outspoken political commentator. During his long literary career he wrote some 25 novels, several screenplays, and more than 200 essays. He also appeared in several films, including the politcal satire Bob Roberts.
1876: a novel by Gore Vidal
Burr: a novel by Gore Vidal
Movie and television actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95. His long career included many memorable roles in films such as Bad Day at Black Rock, From Here to Eternity, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, and The Poseidon Adventure. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1955 for his title role in the film Marty as a lovelorn butcher, and also appeared on numerous roles on television, including the lead on the comedy McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966, and in the 1980s on the action drama Airwolf.
A fascinating look at personal correspondence throughout history:
Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]
The 50 greatest love letters of all time by [selected] by David H. Lowenherz
Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 by edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler
AFI's 100 years...100 movies [videodisc]: [America's greatest movies] by American Film Institute
Edison. 1889-1903. Disc 1 [videodisc]: the invention of the movies by the Museum of Modern Art in cooperation with the Library of Congress
The European pioneers. Volume 2 [videodisc]: a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1913 by Kino International ; produced by Film Preservation Associates and The British Film Institute
Around the world in 80 days [videodisc] by a Harmony Gold & ReteEuropa production ; in association with Valente/ Baerwald
The big clock [videodisc] by a Paramount picture
The clock [videodisc] by a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
Clockwatchers [videodisc] by Goldcrest Films International
Author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron has passed away from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 71. Ephron directed eight feature films and was credited as screenwriter on more than a dozen. She earned three Oscar nominations for writing Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and Silkwood. Perhaps her best known novel was Heartburn which was based on her marriage to reporter Carl Bernstein. She began her career in the 1960s as a reporter for the New York Post , and in the 1970s wrote columns for the magazines Esquire and New York.