Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:43pm
It's women's history month, and yes, it matters.
It matters because little girls -- and little boys -- need heorines as much as they need heroes. It matters because little girls deserve to grow into leaders just like little boys do. It matters because women matter and stories always matter, regardless of gender.
At The Bookshelf, we're celebrating women's history this month because our staff is made almost entirely (with the exception of some really supportive husbands) of women. We're celebrating because our personal histories are made of powerful, passionate women, and we exist because of them.
Plus, let's face it, some of our favorite books are written for, by, and about women.
Celebrate with us, won't you? We've ordered several books we thought would be appropriate this month as we honor stories and the girls who make them worth reading; there's something for everyone, we promise. (Though this little book list, it should be noted, only covers nonfiction. Heaven help us if we were to make a list of our favorite fictional ladies and their stories... it would never end, I'm sure!)
I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer. We're big fans of Brad Meltzer's new I Am books; they're not only historically accurate; they tell the story behind the history. Instead of feeding children facts about real-life heroes and heroines, Meltzer's books show kids what these famous figures were like when they were kids, making the stories uniquely accessible. Before Amelia Earhart was Amelia Earhart, she was just Amelia, and that's a story worth reading too.
Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Well-written, nonfiction picture books are hard to come by, so this newly-released book -- written by journalist Cokie Roberts to accompany her adult version of the same name -- is a treasure. Children and their parents will enjoy this glimpse into the women who made America great; Roberts tells the stories of so many unsung heroines worth learning about, perhaps for the very first time. (Also worth noting? Founding Mothers the grown-up paperback version, which we've had customers come in raving about since picking it up earlier this month.)
Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon. One of our staff members, Rebekah G., brought this book in from the library with the proclamation, "We have to order this!" The book chronicles the lives and adventures of women who have taken big risks and influenced world events, with each chapter devoted to another leading lady. Staff-approved (obviously).
Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs. I've been fascinated with Abigail Adams since watching a PBS documentary on the Adams presidency about a year ago. This new book delves into the intriguing life of Abigail, but also covers her close relationship with her equally-fascinating sisters. This one's on my to-read list for the month.
Miss Anne in Harlem by Carla Kaplan. Every month or so, we get a box of NPR-recommended books -- books that are radio host favorites or have been mentioned on one of the popular NPR programs. Miss Anne in Harlem was recommended a couple of months back, and the book -- filled with beautiful photographs and illustrations -- catches my eye each time I pass its place on our shelves. Readers intrigued by the 1920s era will appreciate this in-depth look at the Harlem Renaissance and the women who played a crucial role in making it happen.
Submitted by bookshelf on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:41pm
I've been toying around with the idea of a Bookshelf film society for a few months now, but when you first start running a business, there's not much time to brainstorm new ideas, much less implement them. The film society was placed on the backburner, but after playing successful host to the Covey Film Festival last fall, then having so much fun watching You've Got Mail with friends and neighbors in February, I decided it was time.
The Bookshelf Film Society was born.
Or, at least I hope it's been born.
This month, we're encouraging our friends, customers, and fellow readers to revisit an old classic or -- gasp! -- pick up Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird for the very first time. This is a book high schoolers and up should enjoy, so our film society is aimed at that age range. We'll be reading Harper Lee's classic all March long, posting reminders on our Facebook page to get your reading assingments done.
Then, on Friday, April 4, we'll gather together to watch the film version starring Gregory Peck.
That's how the film society will work, by the way. Book first, followed by movie. The truth is, our entire staff abides by the book>movie concept. But I recently read an article arguing how unfair that concept is.
Books and films are two completely different art forms; it's like comparing apples to oranges.
I'd never thought about it like that.
It's time, then, to challenge my preconceived notions. As an avid reader, I argue that the book is always better. But what if that's not true? What if the book and film are just different tellings of the same story? Different perspectives?
That's what The Bookshelf Film Society will be all about. Comparing, contrasting, asking questions. We'll read the book, watch the movie, then discuss.
Are you in? I hope so. I think this could be really fun.