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Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Viewing

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, but if you're not traveling or baking up a storm, then you may want to sit back and watch a Thanksgiving movie or two before then.

There are Christmas movies galore, but not many Thanksgiving ones, a fact that is the subject of a New York Times article by Glenn Kenny, "It’s Time to Talk Turkey About Thanksgiving Films." Kenny reverts back to his childhood, and his annual viewing of the classic, King Kong [DVD KIN].

Here are some titles from our collection to watch by yourself, or with your family.

Capturing the Friedmans. [DVD CAP]

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. [J DVD CHA]

Garfield: Holiday Celebrations. [J DVD GAR]

Home for the Holidays. [DVD HOM]

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. [DVD PLA]

A Danish film, Babette's Feast [DVD BAB] although not about our American holiday, is one of the best films ever about people gathering together for a feast. [Note: if you don't do subtitles, this movie is not for you.]

And here's the clip of the dinner toast from Funny People, which Glenn Kenny mentioned in his article:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Poetry Friday--"Thanksgiving Magic"

Here's to the cooks who will be preparing family feasts next Thursday. Rather than cooks, let's call them "magicians."

To celebrate these culinary magicians, Rowena Bastin Bennett has written a little ditty. It is found in both Merrily Comes our Harvest In: Poems for Thanksgiving (selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins) [J 811 MER] and The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (selected by Jack Prelutsky) [J 811.008 RAN].

Thanksgiving Magic

Thanksgiving Day I like to see
Our cook perform her witchery.
She turns a pumpkin into pie
As easily as you or I
Can wave a hand or wink an eye.
She takes leftover bread and muffin
And changes them to turkey stuffin’.
She changes cranberries to sauce
And meats to stews and stews to broths;
And when she mixes gingerbread
It turns into a man instead
With frosting collar ’round his throat
And raisin buttons down his coat.
Oh, some like magic made by wands,
            And some read magic out of books,
And some like fairy spells and charms
            But I like magic made by cooks!

The Poetry Friday Round-Up for this week is hosted by our Canadian neighbor, Raincity Librarian.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, Diana Krall

Canadian jazz vocalist, Diana Krall, was born on this day in 1964. With her mellow voice, she has become a Great American Songbook star keeping old jazz and big band standards alive. Her latest CD, Turn Up the Quiet [CD JAZZ KRA] is a prime example with her renditions of Cole Porter's "Night and Day," and Rodgers and Hart's "Isn't It Romantic," among others.

She tackles popular songs from a more recent period in Wallflower [CD JAZZ KRA], where she sings a fabulous medley of "California Dreamin'," "Desperado," "Superstar," and "Alone Again (Naturally)," with Michael Bublé.

We have quite a number of Krall's CDs in our collection, as well as individual songs by Krall on many "duet" albums such as Tony Bennett's Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues [CD MALE VOCALIST BEN].

It is nearing the season for Christmas music, so get ready to sing along with Krall's Christmas Songs [CD HOLIDAY CHR].

Here's wishing Diana Krall a great birthday and many more years of songs!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Season of Eating

We're fortunate to come from an area where food is abundant and readily available. This fact is, sometimes we tend to forget that others may not be able to avail themselves of the abundance. The New Hampshire Food Bank, based in Manchester, has compiled some statistics that may surprise you. Here's one:
Approximately 10% of all men, women and children in the Granite State are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from.
That's one in ten NH citizens. And yes, there are food insecure people living in Windham!

If you want to do something, contact the Shepherd's Pantry on 1 Church Road in Windham to volunteer your time, or, better yet, make a monetary donation.

Rather than prepare more food than you can possibly eat over Thanksgiving weekend, make a bit less and donate the money you would have paid for another two side dishes, or two extra plates of cookies, or whatever your family and friends don't really need.

Make this coming season of eating food, a season of giving food. A donation to a food bank would be a fine gift for someone who doesn't need another coffee mug or a tie or a "favorite teacher" ornament. The NH Food Bank has special holiday cards for your giftees.

To learn more about food insecurity, look for Food: The New Gold by Kathlyn Gay [YA 338.19 GAY] or watch the DVD A Place at the Table [DVD 338.19 PLA].

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving's Coming!

This romanticized version of "The First Thanksgiving, 1621" was painted by Jean-Leon Gerome Ferris around 1915.

If you haven't planned your Thanksgiving meal, you're running out of time!

For inspiration, borrow one of our many cooking and entertaining books:

Drummond, Ree. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations. [641.568 DRU]

Garten, Ina. Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. [641.555 GAR]

Let's Talk Turkey...And All the Trimmings 100 Delicious Holiday Recipes, Tips, and Ideas from America's Top Magazines. [eBook]

Rodgers, Rick. Thanksgiving 101. [eBook]

Sanna, Ellyn. Thanksgiving. [641.568 SAN]

Stewart, Martha. Holidays: Recipes, Gifts, and Decorations, Thanksgiving & Christmas. [641.568 STE]

If you want to get your kids involved, look for The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult [J 641.568 BER] or My Very Own Thanksgiving: A Book of Cooking and Crafts by Robin West [J 641.568 WES].

Monday, November 13, 2017

Read It before the Movie Comes Out

You have a long time before The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell [F RIN, LP RIN] comes out in theaters, but if you borrow it now you'll be ahead of the curve.

The screenplay is currently being rewritten for the film that will star Keira Knightley. Knightley signed onto the project back in 2013!

From the book's synopsis, though, it sounds like it'll make a great movie:
Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool.

As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie’s spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

Let's hope it's worth the wait!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Poetry Friday--Veterans Day

The Library is closed today and tomorrow for the Veterans Day holiday. Not all veterans engaged in a war, however, for those who did the memories linger for a lifetime. I wish all our veterans peace in their lives and memories.

For today I'm sharing a poem by Randall Jarrell from 1944, ironically titled, "A Lullaby":
A Lullaby

For wars his life and half a world away
The soldier sells his family and days.
He learns to fight for freedom and the State;
He sleeps with seven men within six feet.

He picks up matches and he cleans out plates;
Is lied to like a child, cursed like a beast.
They crop his head, his dog tags ring like sheep
As his stiff limbs shift wearily to sleep.

Recalled in dreams or letters, else forgot,
His life is smothered like a grave, with dirt;
And his dull torment mottles like a fly’s
The lying amber of the histories.

Poetry Friday is being hosted this week at Jama's Alphabet Soup.