Shared Experiences from 2013
Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert ; with an introduction by TK — If I knew nothing of either Annie Sullivan or Helen Keller, this might not have been the best first choice to find out, but the graphic format is very creative. I was especially impressed with how the illustrator alternated between Annie Sullivan (with full color and detail) and Helen Keller (beginning with more basic colors and very little detail, but as she learned more words, the pictures also became more rich). My biggest complaint is the skipping around - at times it was hard to tell where in Annie and Helen's timeline the story was taking place. There were multiple flashbacks into Annie's young life, which gave some nice insight, but created a very non-linear story.
Below stairs: the classic kitchen maid's memoir that inspired "Upstairs, downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell — A very conversational memoir of a kitchen maid turned cook in the early half of the twentieth century. Margaret Powell is frank and entertaining while she relates growing up in poverty, beginning to earn a wage, and finding a husband. It's easy to see how this inspired the creators of Upstairs Downstairs, Gosford Park, and Downton Abbey.
Upstairs, downstairs. The complete first season, Volumes 1 & 2 [videodisc] by London Weekend Television
Upstairs, downstairs [videodisc] by BBC Cymru Wales
Gosford Park [videodisc] by USA Films presents in association with Capitol Films and the Film Council a Sandcastle 5 production in association with Chicagofilms and Medusa Film