Sunday, Monday, every day’s a happy day for television superstar Garry Marshall, in My Happy Days in Hollywood. There’s no mollycoddling here. From his mom warning “Beware of the boring,” to his dad’s note “Sorry you had to get a tooth pulled. It’s over now,” Marshall’s memoir charms and entertains.
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All too often we find ourselves harried by chaos. If you’d like to take a much needed break, sit back, relax, and watch Geoffrey Baer’s Biking the Boulevards. Spend a pleasant 90 minutes exploring Chicago’s beautiful and historic boulevards on DVD, then grab your bike and take your own tour!
As the finite supply of fresh water decreases, what can be done to ensure the existence of this crucial and irreplaceable resource? Scientists, scholars, and activists explore this dilemma in the book Last Call at the Oasis. A must-read for all who want to be part of the solution.
Have you ever longed to spend an afternoon window-shopping along Parisian boulevards, or sipping coffee outdoors while indulging in decadent pastries, or gazing out latticed windows at the rainy, cobbled streets of Paris? If so, you’ll enjoy Eloisa James’ memoir, Paris in Love. For many of us, the decision to move abroad will forever be a daydream. But for James, a best-selling romance writer and professor, her dream was realized. Chronicling her adventure, James embellished Facebook posts and Twitter tweets from that year, resulting in a patchwork of observations of an American’s interaction with a culture both familiar and distinct. If you’re looking for a chance to savor a rich slice of life, Parisian-style, this is a book for you.
What do you get when you cross a Chicago priest, a streetwise nun, and a procession of criminals with late 1980’s television? Father Dowling Mysteries, of course! Cue up the DVD and prepare to root for Tom Bosley as he and Sister Steve tackle an array of Windy City whodunits.
Where can you find REM, will.i.am, The Flaming Lips and Tom Waits all in one place? That would be The Future Soundtrack for America, in the library’s Pop/Rock collection. This album was created solely for nonprofit charities, and it rocks the gamut from David Byrne to Death Cab for Cutie.
Buzzing past your ear with graceful zest, how much do you really know about the importance of bees to our planet? Without bees there may not be enough food to sustain us, yet the threat to these small creatures is real and captivatingly depicted in the new documentary Colony.
It’s been 45 years since Bob Dylan released Blonde on Blonde, but the music remains timeless. This summer, pop this album into your CD player, roll down the windows and drive off on a road trip. The stirring blend of folk, blues and rock will make the journey unforgettable.
Are you committed to living a greener life, reducing your carbon footprint and making a healthy impact on the planet? If so, check out David Wann’s book, The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. Implementing his ideas requires rejecting the current status quo and embracing challenging alternatives.
If you’re looking for a light tale that embraces the rich culinary traditions of India and France, look no further than Richard C. Morais’ The Hundred Foot Journey. Follow Hassan Haji as he and his family mingle cultures and palates in their search for a fresh start.