5 Broadway Backstage Books

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Anyone who spends longer than a few minutes with me knows that I like theatre, particularly musical theatre. When the lights dim, the house hushes, and the first notes of the overture start— there aren’t many moments more magical than that.

Fortunately, even when I’m not able to attend a show, there are plenty of books around that make me feel as if I’m practically there. Even better are the books that pull back the curtain and show the inner-workings of a production. After all, what shows up on the stage is only the final part of the process.

How do performers prepare for a role? What’s the writing process like? What happens if a show is a flop? Who are the crew members who make the whole show work night after night?

All of those questions and more are answered in the books below.

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5 Cozies for a Snowy Day

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The forecast called for snow this weekend. Schools, libraries, and businesses closed early Friday in anticipation of the impending Snowpocalypse. Up to ten inches was cited in most reports. Like many, I stocked up on groceries, made sure my bookshelf was full, wrapped myself up in a blanket, and braced for impact.

I waited.

A few flurries fell to the grass.

Then nothing.

I could have tossed a bowl of Corn Flakes onto my front lawn and covered more ground.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have been prepared. It’s better to play it safe when it comes to weather. And for me, one essential for any snow day is a great book— bonus points if it’s a cozy mystery. A puzzling whodunit.
An amateur detective. A fun hook. An eccentric cast of characters. What could make for a better read while curled up on the couch?

Here are five cozy mysteries for a snowy (or not so snowy) day.

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5 Literary Cookbooks

After reading through Winnie-the-Pooh as a kid, nothing would have pleased me more than plopping down and sharing a pot of honey with the unflappable bear. Food is a common thread in most books, whether they be a children’s ode to stuffed animals or a Dickensian novella. Simply put: most characters have got to eat and these scenes can make readers downright hungry.

I mean, I defy anyone to read through the J.K. Rowling’s descriptions of the Halloween Feast in Harry Potter and not get a small hankering for pumpkin pasties.

Fortunately, there are great authors out there working to make these bookish foods a reality.

Below are five cookbooks that tap into the literary world for delicious inspiration.

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5 Books About Political Campaigns

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The 2018 Midterms are upon us. Political advertisements are dominating the airwaves. Mailboxes are stuffed to the brim with candidate mailers. Canvassers are still exploring communities, trying to get every voter to turn up. While politics can be polarizing, all candidates are connected by these actions: the art of the campaign.

Here are five books for this campaign season.

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5 Picture Books for Halloween

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The leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter, and Halloween is creeping up. This is the time of year I get into ‘spooky book mode’. I put away all the bright summer reading and go straight for my stack of Halloween reads– atmospheric stories that put me in the holiday spirit.

Some of the best works for the season are ones written for children. These quick reads with (usually) simpler storylines range from fun and gross to downright creepy.

Here are five picture books you’ll enjoy, but can share with young readers, this Halloween. So lock the door, grab some candy, and start reading. Continue reading “5 Picture Books for Halloween”