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The Wizard of Oz: Wonderful for 75 years

On August 25th  MGM's version of The Wizard of Oz will be 75 years old! On that date in 1939, the movie had its national debut. Of course we've got the movie and the original L. Frank Baum books. He wrote fourteen of his own, inspring other authors to continue his tale  Look below for a sample of modern adaptations and stories -- true or not -- that only exist because of Dorothy and her friends.

 

Dorothy Must Die Dorothy Must Die coverby Danielle Paige
TEEN F PAIGE

Paige's love and knowledge of Oz shine through this modern sequel to the Oz series. Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas, is swept into an Oz where Dorothy has gone mad with power. Amy soon finds herself with a cast of strange allies including a goth munchkin, a winged monkey, and wicked witches galore! They all agree: Dorothy must die! And Amy must be the one to do it.

 

Wizard of Oz Lux Theater Cover

The Wizard of Oz by the Lux Radio Theatre 
Overdrive

Judy Garland performs this radio version of the Wizard of Oz. Lux Radio Theatre was known for big budget shows with popular 1930s Hollywood stars.

 

Oz graphic novel coverOz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young 
CF OZ

When not creating X-Men and Avengers tales, Marvel brings Baum's work into the world of graphic novels. Delightful illustrations and a different style of storytelling make this well-known tale fresh and engaging.

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Golden Finds: Gold Rush Facts and Fiction

August is the anniversary of the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush. Some may only know of the event through Jack London's tales and Robert W. Service's poetry.  Here are books about the food, the people, the gold, and -- above all -- the adventure!    True crime, food, romance, and even science fiction all inspired by the rough, perilous, and mysterious lives of  prospectors and sourdoughs.


California Gold Rush Cooking cover

California Gold Rush Cooking

by Lisa golden Schroeder
CNF 641.5 SC

Taste what life was like for prospectors in the California Gold Rush.  Each recipe is followed by an explanation of why and how the food was eaten.  The rest of the history is as easily consumed as the recipes included in this volume, covering topics such as the everyday lives, vocabulary, and hardships from the time period.  The book is part of a series that explores other foods and historical periods.   

Classic Sourdoughs coverClassic Sourdoughs: a Home Baker's Handbook
by Ed Wood
ANF 641.815 WO

For an adult version of the cookbook, why not check out some sourdough recipes?  Did you know that sourdough starters were so common and so important during the Klondike Gold Rush that people who lasted the winter were called sourdoughs?  Sourdough starters not only can be used to make delicious breads, but also are extremely hardy and travel well.

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Batman's 75th Anniversary

The world’s most popular Super Hero turns 75. Also known as the Dark Knight and Caped Crusader, Batman first appeared in the comic book Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and scripted by Bill Finger.

In addition to the popular comic books, he’s starred in billion-dollar blockbuster movies, TV series, and video games. To mark the anniversary, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment have plans for a year-long celebration, which includes a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and new Batman titles and products. “Batman Day” is Wednesday, July 23.

You can also celebrate Batman's anniversary by checking out these graphic novel titles:

Batman: Arkham City by Paul Dini (AFG)

An all new epic bridging the gap between the hit game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and its exciting, upcoming sequel BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM) is the game's writer and now tells this essential story that both gamers and Batman fans will want to read. Artist CARLOS D'ANDA provided visual concepts for the game and now brings his insider's expertise to this dark thriller.

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The King of Late Night

In February 2014, Jimmy Fallon became the sixth host of The Tonight Show, which first aired on NBC in 1954.  In the show's long and storied history, no one hosted longer or was more beloved than Johnny Carson.

Carson graced America's televisions for thirty years behind the Tonight Show desk, debuting as host in October of 1962 and reigning supreme over the late-night airwaves until his retirement in May of 1992.

Revisit some of television's classic comedy moments and learn more about this legendary performer with these items from the Pioneer catalog.

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

During the apex of his reign, Carson's longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could. A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

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"It was 50 years ago today..."

On Sunday night, February 9, 1964, the Beatles performed for the first time in America on the The Ed Sullivan Show in New York; the music world would never be the same.  Scores of artists, not least among them Billy Joel and Tom Petty, have stated that seeing this seminal performance by the Fab Four inspired them to become musicians themselves. CBS celebrated in 2014 with a television special, which aired on the 50th anniversary of the broadcast.

Commemorate this momentous event in popular culture by checking out some of the many Beatles-related items in the Pioneer catalog.  Here are just a few:

 

Beatles Anthology by The Beatles

This "Beatles autobiography" is a dense, massive, richly-appointed book with well over 1,000 photographs, and the accompanying 8-episode television program is a must-see for any Beatles fan.  Episode 3 deals extensively with the band's 1964 Ed Sullivan performances.

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Popular Books of 2013

 After consulting The New York Times' Best Sellers List, Amazon's Top 100 Editor's Picks, and Goodreads' Most Popular Books of 2013, we've come up with a short list of the most common popular books. Here are the top five books in no particular order.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. 'The Goldfinch' is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.

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Ian Fleming Birth Anniversary

Ian Fleming's birth anniversary is May 28th. This English journalist and novelist created the James Bond series, beginning with Casino Royale in 1953.

He also penned the children's classic Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang.

To celebrate Ian Fleming, stop by your hometown library and check out some of the following titles. Don't forget to look at materials on OverDrive as well! This is a great time to explore the inspiration for the numerous James Bond movies.

Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel by Ian Fleming

In the first James Bond novel, originally published in 1953, 007 takes on Le Chiffre, a French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH, as the suave agent becomes involved in a high-stakes game of baccarat, enjoys a fiery love affair with a sexy female spy, and endures torture at the hands of a master sadist.

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