Curtains Up Reader
This is what happy looks like by Jennifer E. Smith
Ellie's life in Maine is turned upside down one summer when a movie starts filming in her small town.
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
The invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick — The first time I tried to read this, I had a hard time flipping between the illustrated sections and the text. But so many people had recommended this one that I felt I had to try again. And it was worth it. Hugo is an orphan living in a train station who keeps the clocks running. He is also trying to solve the mystery of this automaton - a mechanical man who looks like he has a message to write out, if only he was functioning. Hugo tries to fix the automaton, and gets swept up in another mystery. This was a thrilling tale of clockwork, the early days of movies, and a young boy.