Monday, February 22, 2010

Alice I have been

by Melanie Benjamin

For someone who has always loved the Alice in Wonderland stories, this was a must read for me. I think I did know that Alice was based on a really person, Alice Liddell, before I picked up this book, but I had no idea of the rumour and speculation that surrounded her and Rev. Charles Dodgeson who wrote under the literary pen name of Lewis Caroll. This fictionalization of Alice Liddell's life delves deep into all those rumours around her, assuming the worst and best of characters.

All through her life, Wonderland follows Alice, beginning with her as a carefree, rambunctious yet serious child of seven, unable to keep her clothes clean and with a child's love for the family friend, Dodgeson; her romance with Prince Leopold; her easy marriage to Reginald Hargreaves and her heartache and loss as her sons go off to war. But it isn't until she is old that Alice finally reads the book and finds her own Wonderland.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thursday March BCB - Schindler's List

Based on the book "Schindler's Ark" by Thomas-Keneally, Schindler's List tells the story of one man's defiance in the face of evil and his sacrifices to save Jewish people during Hitler's reign. It was made into a movie in 1993. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring well known actors Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley the film won 7 Oscars and more than 60 other awards.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


It’s not too late!

Hurry in and get some great Valentine's Day ideas from our books.
52 fantastic dates for you and your mate by David & Claudia Arp 306.87 ArpD 2004 10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters by David & Claudia Arp
306.8 ArpD 2004
Be sure to check out the 306’s for lots of other relationship books you might like.

Or check out a Romantic Movie!
Love, Actually
When Harry Met Sally
The Notebook
Must Love Dogs


Or visit a website for some fantastic ideas
Visit The Nests Valentines section

Cook for your beloved!
Best of the Best from Alabama Cookbook 641.59 Best 2006
Food and Love by Gary Smalley 641.3 SmalG 2001
Love Bites: A Cookbook for Romantic Encounters 641.812 PrudJ
Fondue 641.81 CarmR
The Ultimate Candy Book 641.85 WeinB 2000

And lastly, don’t forget local attractions. You don’t have to go far to have a good time.
Alabama Off the Beaten Path 917.61 MartG
Alabama Curiosities 917.61 DuncA 2005
AAA Tourbook for Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi 917.6 Tour 2004
Birmingham Dining Guide 917.61 Birmi 2005
Seeing Historic Alabama 917.61 HamiV
Alabama Trails 796.51 SharP 1993