The Artist has become the first silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture since 1929 when the film Wings won the award at the very first Oscars ceremony. For more great films of the silent era try some of these titles from the Library's collection:
Broken blossoms [videodisc] by United Artists — A young Chinaman in London's squalid Limehouse district hopes to spread the peaceful philosophy of his Eastern religion. There he befriends a pitiful street waif who is mistreated by her brutal father.
City lights [videodisc] by a comedy romance in pantomime written and directed by Charles Chaplin — A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight
The Kid [videodisc] by [First National Pictures]written, produced, and directed by Charles Chaplin — The Tramp rescues an abandoned baby and raises him to become his inseparable sidekick
The gold rush [videodisc] by United Artists — A prospector goes to Alaska in search of gold and during a storm, he becomes trapped in a cabin with another prospector and an outlaw
The lodger [videodisc]: a story of the London Fog by Gainsborogough Pictures — A rash of murders causes a family to be suspicious of their tenant, a man who seems fascinated with their daughter
The man who laughs [videodisc] by Carl Laemmle presents a Universal Super-Jewel — A man whose features were distorted into a permanent grin becomes a clown with a circus troupe - where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful blind girl
Orphans of the storm [videodisc] — Two girls, raised as sisters, arrive in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution only the be cruelly and tragically separated
Pandora's box [videodisc] by ein Nero-Film — A beautiful young dancer is forced to flee her native Germany after a scuffle with her wealthy fiancee leaves him dead
Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak — is a wonderful, heartwarming novel based on a true story about a bear, Voytek, and a group of Polish soldiers who adopt him as a cub during World War II. Voytek grows into one smart bear who learns to act as a spy and carry bombs and, thereby, earns the honor of being made an official soldier of the company. While the horrors of war are not minimized, this delightful story keeps the reader laughing as it relates the crazy antics and mischief Voytek gets into. He is helped by a monkey and some dogs who are also part of the troop. During very difficult times he boosts the morale of all those he comes in contact with. Reading this real-life adventure, you realize just how special and emotionally fulfilling human-animal relationships can be. Drawings, actual photographs, a map, and an informative afterward enhance an already stellar piece of fascinating history.
Soldier Bear definitely earned ALA's 2012 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the year's most outstanding translated children's book printed in the United States. It was originally published in the Netherlands in 2008. We are very fortunate this awesome story was made available to us in English!
George did it by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain ; illustrated by Larry Day — Do you ever get nervous about a big job you have been asked to do? George Washington did. Americans wanted George to be the first President of the United States, and George didn't want to do it. He was nervous about this huge job and all that it entailed. But George was a humble and reliable man, and he put aside his own feelings to help his new country when they needed him. A true hero, George Washington's birthday is on February 22.
If you love finely drawn characters and deep dramatic works, but don't want the ending to be too very bleak, try these titles:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ; edited by Angus Easson ; with an introduction by Sally Shuttleworth
Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber
The blood of flowers: a novel by Anita Amirrezvani
The saffron kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
What I loved: a novel by Siri Hustvedt
The thirteenth tale: a novel by Diane Setterfield
Middlemarch by George Eliot ; edited by Rosemary Ashton
The Inn at Lake Devine: a novel by Elinor Lipman
How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life by Mameve Medwed
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Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, the popular PBS series Downton Abbey centers on the Crawley family, their servants and their life at their grand country home. However, the death of the Crawley heir aboard the Titanic, sets in motion a succession of changes for both the family and the servants. The second season — which began on PBS on January 8 — has moved forward to the years 1916-17 and portrays the effect that World War I has on all of their lives. This Emmy Award winning series is written by Julian Fellowes and stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Elizabeth McGovern. If you enjoy this period of history try some of the following titles.
The American heiress: a novel by Daisy Goodwin — Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.
Below Stairs — The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Powell, Margaret — The remarkable true story of a woman who served in one of the great houses of England as a kitchen maid.
The buccaneers [Large print] by Edith Wharton — The story of five rich New York girls who travel to England in the 1870s in search of titled husbands.
A countess below stairs by Eva Ibbotson — After the Russian Revolution turns her world upside down, Anna, a young Russian countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as a servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family.
The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West — Set in England in 1905, siblings Sebastian and Viola are tied by family duty to upper-crust society — all the while despising it.
The Englishman's daughter: a true story of love and betrayal in World War I by Ben Macintyre — In the first days of World War I four British soldiers found themselves trapped on the wrong side of the Western Front in a tiny village just a few miles from the Somme. Here, the villagers conspired to feed, clothe and protect them under the very noses of the Germans. A true story.
Fall of giants by Ken Follett — The story of five interrelated families — American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh — as they move through the World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Falling angels by Tracy Chevalier — At the dawn of the 20th century, Maude — the plain daughter of an upper-crust family, and Livia, the beautiful daughter of a working-class family — begin to forge a friendship. But as the years pass, the friends begin to grow apart as English society is pushed into a new, more liberal age.
The fox's walk by Annabel Davis-Goff — During World War I, ten-year-old Alice Moore is left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely country house in County Waterford, Ireland, where she is forced to piece together her world from overheard conversations, servants' gossip, and her own keen observations.
George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm: three royal cousins and the road to World War I by Miranda Carter — The pre-World War I era is brought to life with this history of the three royal first cousins — King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia — and their growing animosities and rivalries which brought an end to dynastic rule in Europe with the beginning of World War I
Howards end by E. M. Forster — Set in Edwardian England, this is the story of three vastly dissimilar classes of people: the Schlegels (educated and independently wealthy); the Wilcoxes (nouveau riche); and Leonard Bast, an ambitious but struggling bank clerk.
Northrop Hall by Margaret Bacon — In the first decade of the 20th century, life at Northrop Hall for the Arndale family carries on much as it has done for centuries. But the storm-clouds are gathering over Europe, and with the outbreak of World War I , the world of the Arndales and their servants is turned upside down.
The perfect summer: dancing into shadow: England in 1911 by Juliet Nicolson — The story of a glorious English summer in 1911 when the world was on the verge of irrevocable change.
The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro — At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, an English butler embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career.
Brideshead revisited. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Granada Television — The story of three decades — from the early twenties to World War II — of the wild and eccentric Sebastian Flyte and the aristocratic Marchmain family.
The Edwardians. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation — The lives and careers of nine prominent Edwardian figures.
Gosford Park [videodisc] — Set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend are interconnected when one of the group is murdered.
The House of Eliott. Series 1, Disc 1 [videodisc] — Beatrice and Evangeline Eliott, penniless orphans, find employment and romance in the world of London fashion design during the roaring twenties.
Manor house [videodisc] — A fascinating look at the British class system of the early 1900s.
The remains of the day [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures — The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord.
The shooting party [videodisc] — A group of aristocratic men and women gather for a shooting party at an estate in the English countryside and go through the elaborate rituals of an Edwardian country house party.
Upstairs, downstairs. The complete first season, Volumes 1 & 2 [videodisc] by London Weekend Television — This 1971 Masterpiece Theatre series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place.
can I access a reference book on the computer rather than come into the library. I am interested in the books listing all the businesses by type.