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
Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller
Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up with hoarders as parents? Kimberly Rae Miller dishes it all in this powerful coming-of-age tale about just that. We’ve all got that spot in our house that’s the place we put things that we’re saving for later because we know we’re actually going to use them. Right? Yes? Then months later we stumble across those same prized objects and pitch or donate them because, well, who has the time to do all the things?
Imagine, if you will, that messy place being your entire house and add in never throwing away anything on top of that and you’ll sort of get the idea what it’s like to walk a day in Kim’s shoes. She wasn’t able to ever have friends over and often had to conceal her parents messes and behaviors for fear of children’s services coming and separating her from them. Even worse, one house she and her parents occupied was so messy that it caught fire and they lost absolutely everything they owned. You’d think this would mean a fresh, clean start in a new, uncluttered home but that’s not case as things quickly start to pile up again. But don’t just take my word for it, read this engrossing title for yourself to learn all about what it’s like to be the child of hoarders. For tackling such serious stuff, it’s quite an enjoyable read but be warned as there are a few graphic moments (think bugs, messes, and even a suicide attempt) that aren’t for the faint of heart.
If you like this title, you should also check out the nonfiction book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and the YA novel Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.
Doctor Sleep : a novel by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep is not a re-telling of Jack Torrence and the creepy Overlook Motel. The book works as a stand-alone novel, a bit of a sequel, but truly a new story with recurring characters from The Shining.
Starting with a summary of Danny and his mother's life over the past thirty five years, Doctor Sleep moves into the present where we find Danny coming to terms with his past; recovering from an abusive alcoholic father and fighting his own battle with sobriety. Doctor Sleep is a humane story with a twist, characters can read minds, see the future, and communicate telepathically. However humane, King's ability to scare the heck out of you is still powerfully strong!
The Knitted Slipper book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family by Katie Startzman
I am always looking for a last minute knitted project I can use as a gift. The beauty of this book is half the patterns are felted making the knitting part fast and the felting part a cover up for any mistakes, perfect!
Fun, functional, and an offering of slipper & shoe options with patterns ranging from whimsical to practical. Get out that leftover skein of wool, grab your needles, and whip up a quick gift.