Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 3.16.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Sunny, clear and warm spring day

2. Replacing the winter scarves with the spring scarves

3. Monday night chorus rehearsals for a Spring performance of Carmina Burana at the Herbst Theatre



Last Lover
by Can Xue
translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen
-Literary, China | Goodreads

HIGHLY recommended by Helen Oyeyemi who described it with excited passion.

Author event:

Green Apple Books on the Park, hosted a reading and Q&A with Helen Oyeyemi including a gingerbread treat to celebrate the release of Gingerbread. It was fun to learn that part of the inspiration for the story was from passing a gingerbread shop on a street while walking up to Prague castle (details).

by Helen Oyeyemi
-Literary, Magical Realism | Goodreads

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can--beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval--a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.

AND watched: in theatre

Captain Marvel (2019)
Director/Screenplay/Story by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenplay/Story by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Story by: Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve
Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
-Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero | imdb | my rating: 4

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

OH, cool - an origin story of both Captain Marvel and Avengers.

AND watched: on DVD - nominated for the Oscar's 2019

Christopher Robin (2018)
Director: Marc Forster
Screenplay: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder
Story by: Greg Brooker, Mark Steven Johnson
Based on characters by: A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
-Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 4

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

DELIGHTFUL portrayal of Pooh and his buddies.


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  1. Great post! Most recent bookish ARC of THE BINDING. Sounds SO GOOD! Latest watch would be FIVE FEET APART. Omg,bring tissues!

  2. I’m really hoping that the sun comes out and melts the snow soon. I’m ready for spring. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Enjoy your books. I'm interested in the Christopher Robin movie.
    Happy Reading!

  4. Oh I love Carmina Burana! Ever since I heard it in a movie years ago and had to find out what it was, I've loved the piece. Good luck with your performance!

    I really enjoyed Capt. Marvel! :)

  5. Your list of Happy Things makes me happy. Would love to listen to Helen Oyeyemi give a talk. I have Gingerbread only with a different cover.

  6. The author event sounds fun! It's always nice to know the background story of a book. I hope you have a great week.

  7. I see Christopher Robin made it to Netflix so I must make time to watch it. I'm seeing Captain Marvel EVERYWHERE!

  8. The author event sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


  9. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your books.

  10. my daughter loves the Christopher Robin movie

  11. Until last week, I was switching the winter and spring cowls, every couple days! Yay for spring now!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


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