Cinema of Woody Allen
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Can't make it to all those Halloween parties? You can be there in spirit with these creative, and mostly literary, costume ideas from Shmoop.
Top Costumes for When You Can't Make the Party:
- An Imaginary Number - When your friends text to ask where you are, just write back, “I'm an imaginary number!”
- Punctuation in an E.E. Cummings Poem - It just wouldn't be right to show up to a party as something that doesn't exist.
- The Higgs Boson - To be fair, you'd have to show up eventually, but you could get there several decades late…and we're guessing the party would be over by then.
- Godot - Spoiler alert: Godot never makes it to the party in Waiting for Godot. Brilliant postmodernism and genius costume.
- The End of a Tolstoy Novel -The end of a Tolstoy novel never comes anyway…hey-o!
If you're like me,the trick is to stay home and treat yourself to a book instead. These new books released today contain perennial Halloween costume role models: demons, a ghost, or a vampire.
Crisp cool winds, falling leaves, feels like Halloween is approaching; time for a creepy scary book to read! ...Read more
"The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adrianna Trigianni
A novel about Italian immigrants and their lives in northern Italy as well as in America in the early 1900s. Enza and Ciro meet on a moonlit night in the cemetery of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Schilpario, Italy when they are just teenagers. They go their separate ways to new lives in America but they never quite leave behind their beautiful homeland. The descriptions are magically vivid and although it is a love story of sorts, it's also a powerful testimony on the strength of the human spirit and the importance of family.
"The Last Chinese Chef" by Nicole Mones
Charming book about a food writer who travels to China seeking the truth of a paternity claim against her deceased husband. In addition she receives an assignment to interview the owner of a new restaurant opening in Beijing. She soon discovers the restaurant owner is one of ten finalists for the Chinese Cultural Olympics too. These two story lines, the paternity claim and the preparation for the culinary contest, are woven throughout the book. This will be appealing to lovers of Chinese food, romance, and anyone who enjoys historically accurate cooking.
"Gold" by Chris Cleave
The themes of Gold are love, sacrifice and choices - on an Olympic scale. The author takes on track cycling, one of the toughest of the cycling venues. He wrote this a year before the London Olympics, so it has a very current vibe. The two main characters are Zoe and Kate, competitive cyclists preparing for the Olympics. The underlying story, involves Sophie who has leukemia, the daughter of Kate. Gold is a terrific read for sports enthusiasts who enjoy competitive events.