A List of Lists: March 2012
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Family & Home
- Be a Better Chef (at Home!) - Collection of popular cookbooks for new as well as "seasoned" cooks.
- Pregnancy For Newbies - Some of the most popular books and DVDs for information and entertainment.
- Favorite Very First Starting to Read Books - go-to recommendations for kids just beginning to read.
- As Seen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - books and projects by recent guests of the show.
- As Seen on The Colbert Report - books and projects by recent guests of the show.
- Gone but Not Forgotten - Musicians and actors who died too young.
- Guide to Anarchism - Anarchist schools of thought can differ fundamentally, supporting anything from extreme individualism to complete collectivism, though there is typically a universal emphasis on statelessness and voluntary association. This loose alliance of thinkers and activists, as diverse as they were, played a significant role in the major ideological battles that shaped the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The titles here are selected to reflect some of that diversity.
- Notable Artist Biographies Part 1 and 2
- Notable Artist Autobiographies
- A Guide to Krautrock - The music was all over the map, charting the tastes of the era, and the major contributions of the genre might be variously described as "primitive," "ambient," "psychedelic," "percussive," "clinical," and "experimental."
- Culture of Music: Biography, Memoir, and History Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
- Immigrant Experience Films
- Ryan's 5 Favorite Independent Films That Are Worth Checking Out - with companion blog post.
- April 2012 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now! - Highlights include Academy Award Best Picture winner, The Artist, Best Picture nominee, War Horse, and The Iron Lady, starring Best Actress in a Leading Role, Meryl Streep. April also has big Hollywood thrillers, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Contraband, and The Darkest Hour. Also, there's We Bought a Zoo, if that's your thing.
- No but I read the book: Hot 2012 Forthcoming Movies Based on Novels - 2012 is on fire with a new crop of literary adaptations, sci-fi & fantasy, zombies, favorite subway reads, vampires, and biopic of Lincoln (not to mention a vampiric biopic of Lincoln)! Something for everyone. Sure you love the book but are incensed at the movie version which refuses to capture its essence, but nevertheless, movie tie-in editions are being newly released for the occasion, getting them into the hands of readers. So catch up on these books before the movie comes out!
- Horror Movies - Are you afraid of the dark?
- Introduction to the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) - The label "New Wave" appeared in a published investigation regarding social phenomena among the postwar generation. The term became associated with a loose collective of intellectual film critics tied to the journal Cahiers du Cinema, who advocated for a breaking away from the "tyranny of narrative" in favor of a new form of film language rooted in mise-en-scène, as well as the long take and deep composition.
- The 10 Most Divisive Characters in Literary History? - What do you think? In a March 2012 post on theatlantic.com, these 10 characters were suggested as the most divisive characters in literature, the characters we can't quite make up our minds about. Do you love them or hate them?
- Fiction Based on Shakespeare: A Reading List
- For ESL readers: Newbery books & audiobooks, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced.
- Dystopian Futures - Adult and young adult novels about dystopian futures.
- Dead vs. The Undead - Great YA books featuring vampires, werewolves, zombies and more otherworldly creatures.
Women's History Month
- Picture Book Biographies of Notable Women - with companion blog post.
- Truth is Stranger than Fiction - Women's History Month - A list of non-fiction books and biographies portraying women doing the impossible.