April 4-13, 2014
Booklist compiled by Gere Library Staff
All summaries are publishers’ summaries
Dancing and Different People
Shall we dance: The life of Ginger Rogers
By: Sheridan Morley
An exciting photo-biography of the legendary Ginger Rogers pays tribute to the great actress and dancer, best known for her work with Fred Astaire, looking at all aspects of her varied career and at her sometimes difficult private life.
Shall we dance?
By: Mark Sandrich, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
DVD Shall We Dance
A male ballet dancer and a female singer enter into a phony romance to generate publicity for their careers.
Dancing Lessons: How I found passion and potential on the dance floor and in life
By: Chery Burke
Autobiography of Cheryl Burke, professional dancer, choreographer, and two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars.
Dancers among us: A celebration of joy in the everyday
By: Jordan Matter
The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the reader feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic.
I was a dancer: A memoir
By: Jacques D’Amboise
Biography D’Amboise, Jacques
In this spirited memoir, Jacques d'Amboise, one of America's most celebrated classical dancers, and former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than three decades, tells the story of his life in dance, and of America's most renowned and admired dance companies. He writes of his mother dragging her son and daughter to ballet class. We see him, a neighborhood tough, on the streets, fighting with neighborhood gangs, and taking ten classes a week at the School of American Ballet; being taught by Balanchine and other great teachers.
Shall we dance?
By: Richard Gere & Jennifer Lopez
DVD Shall we dance
A lawyer's life and marriage take an unexpected turn when he follows a woman to a dance studio and begins to take lessons and finds he has a passion for dance. His wife thinks he is having an affair and hires a detective to follow him.
Dancing in the streets: A history of collective joy
By: Barbara Ehrenreich
Drawing on a wealth of history and anthropology, Barbara Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. From the earliest orgiastic Mesopotamian rites to the medieval practice of Christianity as a "danced religion" and the transgressive freedoms of carnival, she demonstrates that mass festivities have long been central to the Western tradition. In recent centuries, this festive tradition has been repressed, cruelly and often bloodily. But as Ehrenreich argues in this original, exhilarating, and ultimately optimistic book, the celebratory impulse is too deeply ingrained in human nature ever to be completely extinguished.
The Breakfast Club
DVD Breakfast club
When Saturday detention started, they were simply the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Criminal and the Basket Case, but by that afternoon they had become closer than any of them could have imagined. Featuring an all-star ’80s cast including Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, this warm-hearted coming-of-age comedy from writer/director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science) helped define an entire generation!
By: Alexander McCall Smith
In the Corduroy Mansions series of novels, set in London’s hip Pimlico neighborhood, we meet a cast of charming eccentrics, including perhaps the world’s most clever terrier, who make their home in a handsome, though slightly dilapidated, apartment block.
As good as it gets
By: Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt
DVD As good as it gets
Melvin Udall is an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan's meanest mouth. But when his gay neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon's dog. And that unexpected act of kindness-- along with waitress Carol Connelly-- helps put Melvin back in the human race.
Katie up and down the hall: The true story of how one dog turned five neighbors into a family
By: Glenn Plaskin
A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, Katie is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the unique Battery Park City neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.
Trains & Lovers
By: Alexander McCall Smith
The rocking motion of the train as it speeds along, the sound of its wheels on the rails . . . There’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation, which is just what happens to the four strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers.