Page To Screen: A Night To Remember

The late Walter Lord is kind of a legend among Titanic buffs and historians. When he wrote A Night To Remember, which was published in 1955, he basically inspired the public fascination with the ship that continues today. Pretty much every book written about the Titanic uses Walter Lord's work as a source because he's that OG. How did Lord … Continue reading Page To Screen: A Night To Remember

Reading Rarities: John Lennon In His Own Write

If he were alive today, John Lennon would be turning eighty this year. It's also the fortieth anniversary of his death. Kind of amazing, isn't it? Gee whiz, time flies. Once the Beatles had a number one song in America, lives that were already on fast-forward went into hyperspace. In 1964 alone, the group toured … Continue reading Reading Rarities: John Lennon In His Own Write

Reading Rarities: The Diary of A Victorian Lady

OK, I'm kind of excited about this Rarity. Well, I get excited about most of the stuff I review, but this book is a little different. The Victorian era and Victorian women in particular are such enigmas. Sure, we have novels and other works from Victorian women, and we have a pretty good idea of … Continue reading Reading Rarities: The Diary of A Victorian Lady

Be Careful What You Wish For

John Steinbeck was full of surprises, but a common theme in his stories is the struggle between good and evil. His 1947 novella, The Pearl is one such story, with the battle taking place within the protagonist, brought on by what he thinks is a treasure. It's a cliché, but our hero gets more than he … Continue reading Be Careful What You Wish For

Reading Rarities: The Zombie Survival Guide

Well, here we are, starting off a new year and a new decade by talking about that most menacing of threats, the Zombie Apocalypse. Dun dun dun... I'll be honest, while I'm not much of a horror fan, I'm even less enamored with zombies. They're undead like vampires, although they're not nearly as elegant, and … Continue reading Reading Rarities: The Zombie Survival Guide

My Favorite American Short Stories

Which short stories do you like? It's nice to be able to easily dive in and out of a story and still feel like something's getting done. Naturally, English majors have to read a lot of these kinds of stories, which is fun most of the time, but can also be a pain in the neck … Continue reading My Favorite American Short Stories

Reading Rarities: 1909 Sears Catalogue

Remember Sears' Wish Book? Us kids used to look forward to that thing all year long and when the Christmas season came around we would pore over it meticulously, looking with big eyes at the pages and pages of toys. There might have been some linens, or clothes, or electronics. or other grownup stuff in … Continue reading Reading Rarities: 1909 Sears Catalogue

Reading Rarities: Eating For Victory

OK, if you're thinking we've been here before, you'd sort of be right. It's World War Two-themed and it centers around food and family. Heck, I even did a review of a Marguerite Patten cookbook three years ago that had this exact title, sans the "Reading Rarity" part. Still, there are a few differences here, … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Eating For Victory

More Cuisine, Stars Hollow Style

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably remember a post I did a couple of years ago in which I reviewed Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls. Well, dear readers, author Kristi Carlson and her entourage of chefs are back with more eats for the … Continue reading More Cuisine, Stars Hollow Style

Reading Rarities: Retro Breakfast

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. According to Linda Everett and Richard Perry's cookbook, Retro Breakfast: Memorable Meals Morning, Noon or Night, breakfast isn't what it used to be. Instead of being a wake-up feast of comfort food and love on a plate (or in a bowl), it's now cold, impersonal, and manufactured by … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Retro Breakfast

Reading Rarities: Lunch Box

Carrying one's lunch to school or work is, of course, as old as the proverbial hills, and what we know today as lunch boxes became ubiquitous in the last century. Some of its history has been chronicled by Scott Bruce, author of the 1988 book, Lunch Box: The Fifties and Sixties. I can't remember how I … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Lunch Box

Reading Rarities: Atomic Kitchen

August seems to be "Atomic" Month here on Taking Up Room, only this year we're not talking about the atomic bomb. Oh no. In the nineteen-fifties, the term "atomic" could be applied to anything, from cereal to drinks to cars to TVs. Today, however, we're only interested in that haven of culinary concoction and homely … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Atomic Kitchen

Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

It's been ten years since Nora Ephron's swan song, Julie and Julia. It was an ambitious film for her and it also wasn't, because it features expected and loved Ephron trademarks of witty dialogue and deft character development. What's unusual for the Ephron canon is that Julie and Julia juxtaposes the lives of two unique … Continue reading Page To Screen: Julie & Julia