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Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Posted by: Staff

Perhaps with all the snow and wintry weather, you're in the mood for something similar to check out from the library.  The staff have provided the following suggestions:

Alana T.: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg  Combining aspects of a thriller, suspense novel, and a bit (just a bit) of sci-fi at the end, this is an interesting read.  The book is far better than the movie.
The Lion in Winter (DVD, 1968).  It's Christmas in England, 1183, and Henry II (Peter O'Toole) has released his imprisoned wife, Elanor of Aquitaine (Kathrine Hepburn) for a 'family reunion'.  More than the weather is chilly in this drama about a treacherous family, each person maneuvering for power.  Fantastic chemistry and dialog between O'Toole and Hepburn. 

Cary H.: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny.  Sixth in the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, this award winning mystery series is set in Canada.  Can't get any colder or snowier than Canada in the winter!  Bury Your Dead takes place in Old Quebec City, a winter wonderland brought to life, with frozen rivers and ice palaces.  More than your average murder mystery, this novel spins a tale around hundred-year-old-books and transforms place into character for a very satisfying read. 

Theresa S.: Doctor Zhivago (DVD) 

Dani G.:  "I prefer the newer version (Little Women (DVD, 1994)), although Kathryn Hepburn is a great Jo (Little Women, DVD, 1933)."

Evan E.: Happy Feet (DVD, 2006)  I was so sick of penguins before this movie came out, but then I watched the movie and I loved penguins again  Also, Into the Wild by John Krakauer; I really like the audio-book; the movie was good too."

Lisa E.: Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockemeier.  The premise for the books is based on an African belief that the recently departed exist in a realm of living-dead, as long as there is someone alive on Earth that remembers them.  The connection of this story to winter is that the last person alive on Earth is stranded in Antarctica fighting for her life, and all the people she remembers are dwelling in The City in their afterlife.  I liked Brockemeier's vivid descriptions of Laura battling the harsh winter elements, and I thought his passages describing a person 'crossing-over' into The City were eloquently written.  I kept thinking about this book long after I read it.

Jacob D.:  Snow Angels (DVD, 2006) In spite of the title, very depressing, but good.  Also anything about Mount Everest:  Into Thin Air by John Krakauer,  Touching the Void (DVD,2003).  I haven't read, but I want to read, Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad.

Amanda E.: Cool Runnings (DVD, 1993), Fargo (DVD,1996), Clifford's First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell.

Anne W.: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Snow Dude by Daniel Kirk

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