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Picture books without words...and amazing stories told to your eyes.
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By Van Ommen, Sylvia
Where is Sheep going on her scooter? Why, she's going to the store to get bright red dye for her wool. She'll shear it off, take it to the French poodle spinster for spinning into yarn, and finally knit a sweater as special suprise for friend Giraffe.
Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift discussed the next big political question with Executive Director Crosby Kemper III: After the Election, What Comes Next? on November 10 at the Plaza Branch. Read some of Clift’s books or explore nonfiction about U.S. presidential campaigns and elections.
Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death & Politics
By Eleanor Clift
Newsweek contributing editor Clift tackles one of the most important--and divisive--issues facing the nation: how Americans deal, or fail to deal, with dying. Clift provides a very personal narrative as she alternates between the much-publicized death of Terri Schiavo and that of her own husband.
Some DVDs that just might scare you into mending your ways:
The Blair Witch Project
Three student filmmakers set out into the forest to film a documentary on a legend known as The Blair Witch. As they become lost in the woods, an unseen evil begins to stalk and harass them. They soon realize that what they are filming is not a legend, but their own descent into a horrifying encounter with the supernatural.
Carnival of Souls
A church organist inexplicably survives a car wreck, and finds herself haunted by visions of ghouls who seem to be following her. Cheesy fun—filmed in Lawrence and Salt Lake City.
Dead of Night
An architect is caught up in an endless series of recurring dreams, during which he is told of other people's supernatural experiences. The highlight of this British anthology movie is the segment in which Michael Redgrave plays a ventriloquist beset by his dummy.
Noted Russia scholar Marshall Goldman discussed his book – Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia – on November 9, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Learn more about Russia and Vladimir Putin in these books at the Library.
Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia
By Marshall I. Goldman
Based on extensive research, including several interviews with Vladimir Putin, this revealing book chronicles Russia's dramatic reemergence on the world stage, illuminating the key reason for its rebirth: the use of its ever-expanding energy wealth to reassert its traditional great power ambitions. In his deft, informative narrative, Marshall Goldman traces how this has come to be, and how Russia is using its oil-based power as a lever in world politics.
Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Pick up one of these witchy novels for a good read this week.
Selected by Time magazine as one of the five best books of the year, The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike follows three divorced witches who live in New England. A new man moves to their small town and seduces them all.
For some chick lit, try Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky where librarian Jane finds some magic books and starts experimenting with spells. Soon, she’s irresistible to men and working more magic in this humorous novel.
Owens women have been witches for centuries in the book, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Now, two sisters raised by their aunts experience love and tragedy against a backdrop of magic.
The Kansas City Public Library and Metro Sports are partnering for the theatrical premiere of the feature-length documentary, Border War on November 3 at the Plaza Branch. This documentary, produced by Metro Sports, examines the history of the athletic rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. Read about other sports rivalries or KU and MU athletics in these books at the Library.
Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred-Year Rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse
By Mike Vaccaro
With incredible energy and access, leading sports columnist Mike Vaccaro chronicles the history of the greatest rivalry in sports – between the Yankees and the Red Sox – and the two stunning American League Championship Series that define a century of baseball.
October is National Bake and Decorate Month. Take part in the celebration by checking out a book with delicious recipes and how-to details on cake decorating, or read a novel inspired by baking.
Start with the James Beard Foundation Book Award winner, Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. This book has over 300 recipes perfect for home baking, including breakfast sweets, cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, and spoon desserts.
For more delicious recipes, check out The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People by Abigail Johnson Dodge. From breads and cookies to pies and cakes, this resource is aimed at those short on time. The cookbook moves from the simplest recipes to those that will take more time, making it easy to find just the right recipe.
With elections in the air, and the airwaves, and on peoples’ minds, sample these DVDs having to do with the art of made-up politics.
Being There (1979)
Chance the Gardener likes growing things, roses, tulips, and even bushes. The fact that he’s also a TV-addict assures that he winds up a contender in the highest political circles. Peter Sellers has maybe his best role in this adaptation of the Jerzy Kosinski novel.
Senator Bulworth (Warren Beatty) feels he has nothing to lose when he climbs aboard a form of the Straight Talk Express as it careens off on the campaign trail.
The Election (1999)
Since we learn everything before we graduate from high school anyway, a high school election can serve as a perfect paradigm of any and all elections, as it does here. Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick star.
Take a trip on the railways. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has a new exhibition, Art in the Age of Steam: Europe, America and the Railway, 1830-1960, running through January 2009 and The Kansas City Public Library has a series of three programs planned in conjunction with this exhibition: Ian Kennedy: The Impressionists and the Railroad, David Lean and the Romance of Steam Locomotion, and Dreams of Empire: Kansas City and the Railroads. In addition, the Central Library will screen a series of train-oriented films every Saturday in November. Railroads have inspired more than art, check out some of these books and films.