You must check out the Danish costume drama A Royal Affair. It is based on the true story of a fiery and forbidden romance between an insane Danish king, his royal physician, and the independent-minded Queen. This affair leads to a revolt that changes a nation.
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If you enjoy a fast-paced, witty romance with tons of attitude, then you will love Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ It Had to Be You! A socialite’s father dies, leaving her a Chicago football team. Sadly, she hates football! Enter the gorgeous head coach and sparks fly!
Librarian Josh Hanagarne can bend horse-shoes. He’s also a bright, witty, semi-believing Mormon living with a severe form of Tourette Syndrome. The World’s Strongest Librarian is a memoir of love, books, and family, spiced with tales of eccentric library patrons and Josh’s wry account of his journey with Tourette’s.
Julie of Research Service recommends Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison:
Part cookbook, part gardening guide, part botany lesson, Vegetable Literacy packs a wealth of information for the curious kitchen gardener. Deborah Madison is a veteran writer of at least a dozen vegetarian cookbooks and this latest brings all her knowledge and expertise into one beautifully-illustrated volume. Organized into 12 chapters, Madison groups vegetables according to botanical family and explains the relationships between the plants in each grouping. Each vegetable has its own section with recipes, growing tips, and recommended varieties. Madison provides a foundation for improvisation in the kitchen by sharing her botanic and culinary knowledge of vegetables so that readers will have the tools to successfully create their own unique flavor combinations.
It’s New York City in 1938. Katy Kontent moves from the secretarial pool at a law firm to the upper echelon of society. In Rules of Civility, Amor Towles creates a wonderful depiction of life in New York City filled with witty dialogue, intense friendships, and a fabulous heroine.
The Girl who Played Go is a touching, intimate novel set in the 1930s. A Japanese soldier and a teenage girl both struggle with their roles in Manchurian-Chinese society. The Chinese strategy game of Go, which draws the characters together, is a metaphor for their lives in search of self.
Martin Scorsese directed George Harrison: Living in the Material World — a fascinating look at George Harrison’s life, focused on the period after he found success with the Fab Four. Displaying personal strife, finding his spiritual self, and the way he expertly created music, this is a must-see for any fan.
Summertime begs a soundtrack that can back both active afternoons and sultry evenings. For a fun, bluesy, energizing mix, try Marcia Ball’s Peace, Love & BBQ. The influence of her Texas/Louisiana upbringing gleams in the pep of her piano and in her soulful singing. Just try to sit still!
Looking for a hero? Find one here as Ioan Gruffudd portrays William Wilberforce – a man’s whose passion and perseverance over 26 years culminated in the abolishment of the slave trade in the British Empire. Benedict Cumberbatch plays his friend and ally, William Pitt, making Amazing Grace a sure bet!
Donna S. of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family by Ezekiel J. Emanuel:
You may know the name, Rahm Emanuel. He worked on the campaign to elect President Bill Clinton, was Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, and is currently the mayor of Chicago – but he is not the only talented Emanuel. Ari is the Hollywood super-agent who inspired the character Ari Gold on Entourage and Ezekiel is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists. Brothers Emanuel tells the stories of three rambunctious, overachieving brothers growing up Jewish in Chicago during the ‘60s and ‘70s with a civil rights activist mother and an immigrant physician father. It is also an examination of how three such extraordinary go-getters could develop out of a family of modest beginnings.