Breakfast at Tiffany’s made famous by the lovely Audrey Hepburn in 1961 has been described as an iconic film. If you’re like me, you have a general recollection of what it’s about...a glittery romance, right?
What I didn’t realize was the basis for the screenplay stems from Truman Capote’s short novel by the same name. Picking up the book, I was captivated by Capote’s detailed writing style and the depth of his character development. Somehow in the midst of all the movie glamour I’d failed to take in that the main character, Holly Golightly, was actually a thief and an expensive call girl looking for a millionaire to marry. Audrey Hepburn mesmerises you into forgetting what a simplistic storyline you’re watching.
Capote does a much better job of detailing Holly’s background and her current life filled with the glamour of Tiffany’s, but ultimately centered in loneliness, confusion and let’s face it: instability. He also provides a deeper understanding of the friendship between Holly and the writer whom she affectionately calls 'Fred'. Obviously, Holly’s character is far more complicated than any movie can convey. So if you’re looking for a romance with beautiful clothes and jewels from the ‘60’s with a happy ending, the movie is the way to go. If you’re looking for much more, however, I highly recommend reading the book.
- Anne, Information Services
What We're Reading
No Place I'd Rather Be
By: Cathy Lamb
A poignant tale that interweaves family history with a cookbook passed on through three generations of women, No Place I’d Rather Be proved to be an interesting read which kept me intrigued until the end. After a good friend dies suddenly, Olivia Martindale is left with temporary guardianship of two little girls. Hoping to limit the girls' interaction with their abusive mother, Olivia travels back to her hometown of Montana to live at her grandparents’ house and start over. One stormy night, the roof of the house is damaged. Hoping to repair it, Olivia goes up to the attic. There she finds an old cookbook hiding a secret family history.
It has been a tradition in the Martindale family that when hard times come, the Martindale women bake cakes. The next time she is spending time with her family, Olivia asks her grandmother about the cookbook, which begins a journey to uncover the family history and secrets left long buried. To further complicate matters, Olivia’s estranged husband is still living in Montana and she is finding it very hard to resist his charms; especially when a chef position becomes available at his ranch.
Told in alternating perspectives and through flashbacks to another time No Place I’d Rather Be explores love, loss, and family traditions. As the Martindale women cook through traditional family recipes, Olivia’s grandmother is able to share stories from her past and is finally able to confront her family’s tragic history that she has kept secret for so long. Cathy Lamb creates a story with memorable characters that will absorb you completely. A blend of romance, history and family tradition No Place I’d Rather Be will have you laughing and crying as you follow the Martindale women through generations of love, loss, and new beginnings.
- Caitlin, Circulation Services
In the Community
Santa Claus Parade
Here comes Santa Claus! On Saturday November 18th, the Lions Club of Kitchener will be holding their annual Santa Claus Parade.
The parade will begin at 10:30 AM, starting at Frederick Street and Weber. From there, the floats, bands and other entries will be heading north on Weber Street toward the end of the parade route at Erb Street East.The parade is expected to last approximately an hour and a half.
Dress for the weather, and welcome Santa to town as Kitchener gathers for this fun and festive parade! If you can't make it out to Weber St., don't worry! Rogers TV will broadcast the parade that morning.
And to make a great day even better, the parade route begins very close to the Central location of the Kitchener Public Library! After Santa has made his entrance into Kitchener, warm up at the library and pick up some Christmas books, movies or music; use our green screen to take a funny photo for your Christmas cards; 3D print a gift; or watch Santa fly around a city using our virtual reality station and keep the Christmas cheer going!
- Cassidy, Information Services
What We're Listening To
The Alchemist's Council
by: Cynthea Masson
Occasionally I listen to an audiobook chosen at random from Hoopla by browsing my favorite category “Sci-Fi & Fantasy”. Yes, even people who work in libraries get into a reading rut and need to shake things up. I am always looking for an intriguing “listen” while I take care of my chores. This time I wandered across Canadian author Cynthea Masson, a teaching professor in Medieval Literature and Alchemy, who wrapped me around her finger with her attention to detail in The Alchemists Council.
Masson takes our modern day world and forges another layer on top of it filled with alchemical details and wisps of fantasy. A group of alchemists live in another dimension where they maintain the elemental balance of the dimensions. Of course, all is not well…on Earth, bees are disappearing and in the alchemist’s Dimension, images of bees are disappearing from the pages of magical manuscripts. This is just the hint of a greater mystery brewing in which Jaden, a new Initiative to the alchemists, will find herself entangled. She must decide where her allegiances lie when a council member disappears from both memory and the pages of the manuscripts.
This audiobook is wonderful for anyone who loves into delve to the intricate detail associated with beautiful world building and the ceremony and craft of alchemy. To listen to this audiobook right now, click here, or read it as the alchemists do on paper here.
Indulge your science fiction and fantasy cravings with these great audiobooks available on Hoopla 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
- Amanda, Information Services
What We're Watching
The Edge of Seventeen
directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig
I walked by this DVD numerous times, assuming it was just another young adult flick I could pass up. To be honest, I’ve watched quite a few YA duds and have a pretty low threshold for hyperbole-rich dialogue, so let's just say I tread lightly with this genre. But I finally succumbed to The Edge of Seveteen after reading a glowing review that compared it to a John Hughes film. Really?!
Yes, really. This movie has humour, smart dialogue, lovable characters, and depth. (And you'll even find quite a few homages to John Hughes' movies if you watch closely.) The movie centers on Nadine, a witty and smart high-school student who doesn't always excel socially. She's already suffered a large loss in life, yet has a stable family, an equally solid best friend, and a keen intelligence that keeps her resilient. But, then her best friend starts dating her brother (!) and Nadine finds her stability rocked. And that's when Nadine needs to find her footing again.
Through it all, she's funny and vulnerable and makes a whole lot of mistakes, but she's so relatable and lovable that you keep rooting for her. The film really excels at allowing Nadine to grapple with the discomfort of being teenager and difficult feelings with equal parts ugliness and grace. It’s that balance that allows the film to show the ups and downs of all her relationships, even her relationship with herself, with a real depth that makes for an affecting story.