Movies & Television
A call to remember notable events, especially surprise attacks and disasters, is a well-known trope in the cultural memory. As George Santayana quipped, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So, in case you have forgotten, here are some resources for remembrance of things past:
Remember the Alamo
The Alamo: a cultural history by Frank Thompson
The Alamo [videodisc] by The History Channel
Remember the Maine
How the battleship Maine was destoyed by H.g. Rickover
Adam — A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor.
Avatar — Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis.
The blind side — Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama.
Saturday, January 15 would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 82nd birthday. We celebrate his life, his message, and the spirit of the Civil Rights movement on the third Monday of every January. For some, this means a day off of work or school; for many others it's a day of community service (Find volunteer opportunities on the All for Good site). Whether you choose to serve, attend special community events, or simply reflect, Canton Public Library has useful resources for you:
Martin Luther King — Books
Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly
What would Martin say? by Clarence B. Jones and Joel Engel
If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:
The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.
Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.
These five movies are, in my opinion, some of the most overlooked and underrated Christmas movies of all time. Give them a shot this holiday season, and escape the films you've already seen hundreds and hundreds of times.
The Muppet Christmas carol — There have been plenty of Muppet movies, and even more versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but Michael Caine's Scrooge makes this my favorite movie in both categories.
Die hard — An often overlooked fact about Die Hard: it takes place during a Christmas Eve holiday party in Los Angeles. Maybe the lack of snow is what makes people forget this?
It seems like the holidays are also peak sickness time. After spending my Thanksgiving under the weather, I came up with my favorite holiday movies that I'm never too sick to enjoy.
Manhunt : the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson
Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
Triangle : the fire that changed America by David Von Drehle
A "religious thriller" is a suspense novel whose plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions or questions. Here are 30 of my favorites I've enjoyed throughout the years:
Cross bones by Kathy Reichs
Salvation in death by J.D. Robb
Angels & demons by Dan Brown
Looking for a quick way to see what's in our catalog on other websites, such as When it drops? Try our bookmarklet, available on our Tools page. Not familiar with bookmarklets? Read how to use them.
Alphaville: une étrange adventure de Lemmy Caution by Chaumaine Production-Film-Studio
The band's visit by July August Productions; Bleiberg Entertainment; Sophie Dulac Productions
The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:
The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe
The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel
Exodus by Leon Uris
- Grizzly Tales: These are compilations of many short stories cartoons with a slightly creepy bent
- Ruby Gloom: This new series stars a cheerful girl and her rather gloomy friends
- Cartoon Network Halloween specials: With so many cartoons to choose from, there's definitely going to be something that appeals to everyone
- Halloweentown: The premise of this Disney Channel series of movies is that Halloween creatures exist in a alternative universe. The fourth installment stars Lucas Grabeel, in his pre-High School Musical Days.
Check it out today. And if you have the choice of steak or fish, spring for the lasagna.
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