Cinema of Woody Allen
Our fall series of Woody Allen movies continue as Steve Hunt presents “Crimes and misdemeanors” In Woody... more
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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
50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
Snow is still on the ground but gardening is blooming in my heart. The month of March finds seed catalogs, gardening books, and over wintered herbs strewn all over my kitchen and dining room. The need is for spring!
My favorite gardening books for Ohio are authored by Tracy Disabato-Aust. Every spring I start a plant list for my garden from Tracy’s book, 50 High-Impact Low Care Garden Plants. The book has a little bit of everything from grasses to shrubs, but all are Ohio hardy and easy care. My favorite stand out plants are Bear’s Breeches, Variegated Aralia, Blue False Indigo, Bleeding Heart, and Hellebore. The Dragon's Eye Pine made the list this year but where to plant, the garden is getting full!
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper
No one is more surprised than Judd Foxman when his father passes away. Not so much by the death, but by the nonreligious patriarch’s last wish to have the family sit Shiva, a Jewish tradition that requires his mother and siblings to spend an entire week together under one roof. This wouldn’t be so bad if Judd’s family wasn’t so dysfunctional. As this group of unique characters are forced to spend time together old wounds are brought to surface and they are made to deal with issues they would have rather continued to ignore. The only family member not present is Judd’s wife who has been openly having an affair. As Judd unwillingly reconnects with his family and struggles to deal with the reality of his deteriorating marriage what results is a novel full of biting, albeit slightly dark humor with realizations about family life and love.
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
If you're looking for something to brighten your dreary winter day, pick up Pancol's first English-translated novel. The plot revolves around two sisters - Iris, a glamorous, rich attorney's wife and her plain Jane, bookish sister Jo. The story begins when Jo's husband empties their joint savings account and leaves her for his manicurist, who he runs off to farm crocodiles with in Kenya. Jo is left to pick up the pieces of her life and raise her two daughters, Zoe and Hortense, on the meager salary she makes as a 12th century scholar. Iris and Jo hatch the perfect scheme - Jo will write a medieval historical novel that Iris will take the credit for, thus giving Jo the money she needs and Iris the fame she craves. As in life, things don't go quite as planned and hilarity ensues. It's chick lit done up en Francais; humorous, quite charming and perfect to curl up on the couch with and escape to bright, sunny Paris, if only for a few hundred pages.