Suggested Escapism

After last week, a lot of us could probably use a break from reality: a few minutes or a few hours of not thinking about the horrors of last week. I asked my colleagues what makes them laugh, cheers them up when they're down, or just makes them forget their worries. Here are a few suggestions. confederacyEast Branch Director Marilyn suggests A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  I have to second that: Confederacy is one of the craziest, best-written pieces of inspired lunacy that I have ever read. To get a sense of the book and what it means to so many readers, check out the foreword  by the writer who shepherded the manuscript of the novel to publication, Walker Percy. Marilyn also recommends Cold Comfort Farm, a 1932 comic novel by English writer Stella Gibbons. She's also partial to the 1995 film adaptation, starring Kate Beckinsale and Stephen Fry. Cynthia, one of our teen librarians, told me her "go-to movies for comfort" are princessbridBeauty and the Beast, Knight and Day, The Princess Bride, and Whisper of the Heart. Cynthia added, "I tend to re-read books over and over again, but some that always make me feel happy are Ella Enchanted, Chasing Redbird, and the Belgariad series." For my part, the funniest movies I've ever seen are Bowfinger and The Big Lebowski. As for books, it's impossible for me to be in a bad mood when reading  Carl Hiaasen's comic Florida thrillers or Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. And there's more comfort reading and viewing to come, so stay tuned...    

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