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Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction (2006) PG-13
Will Ferrell is an IRS auditor who basically has no life until he suddenly hears a voice narrating his life. The voice is that of a writer who has made Harold the main character in her novel. As Harold hears his life unfold, he realizes that the author’s intent is to kill off her main character – him! This compels him to change his limited, structured life and even find romance. This is a really funny, charming movie. Will Ferrell plays a character that seems completely alien to most of his other roles. But he is wonderful! As the movie goes on, you really do start to wonder, “What will happen to Harold?”

See what Roger Ebert says about this film.

Also starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice (2005) PG

This 2005 version has a luminous—and Oscar nominated—Keira Knightley as Elizabeth, and the suitably dashing Matthew MacFadyen as her romantic foil, Mr. Darcy. The beautiful cinematography puts you realistically into the mud, mist and windswept landscapes of the times. This is a true romance.

BBC has interviews with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen, a review of the movie, and, if you look on the right side of the above pages, clips featuring director Joe Wright and writer Deborah Moggach.

If you can't get enough of Jane Austen's classic, you can also find the 1995 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth, or find the book, CD audiobook, or Playaway at the library.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987) PG
The Princess Bride has action, comedy and romance all wrapped up in the ultimate adventure fairy tale. Adults and children will enjoy this classic film that features sword fighting, revenge, an evil prince, a giant, mythical beasts, and, of course, true love. Actors include Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.

Crossing Delancey

Crossing Delancey (1988) PG
This delightful romantic comedy tells the story of Isabelle, an independent, successful, uptown New Yorker who works at a bookstore/literary hotspot. Her loving, meddling grandmother engages a matchmaker to find Izzy a husband. Pickle shop owner Sam comes to dinner. Amy Irving and Peter Riegert star, with slice-of-New York-life characters as costars.

The African Queen

The African Queen (1951)

This classic movie stands the test of time. It has humor, adventure, romance and two American icons of acting. Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart are good alone, but as a team they brilliantly enhance each other. Even if you have seen it before, it’s a reliable night of fun watching and GOOD FOR ALL AGES.

Based on the 1935 novel by C. S. Forester.

Beautiful Dreamer by Elizabeth Lowell

Beautiful Dreamer by Elizabeth Lowell (2001)
Set in the drought-stricken Nevada ranchlands, this contemporary romance has intelligent, sensitive characters about whom a reader can care. Lowell has written an evocative story about a self-reliant heroine and a strong, silent hero, with some fascinating geological description, and just a touch of the mystical.

Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg (2007)
This novel tells the story of how a loving Chicago Irish family copes with WWII back home in the big city. The book centers around the three daughters who wait for their beaus and fiancées to return home safely from the war. A warm and well-researched depiction of life at home during the war.

Dream When You're Feeling Blue is the 2008 Big Read selection for Indian Prairie and nine other libraries. Check out all of the programs at area libraries in March and April -- you can listen to radio broadcasts, watch movies, learn to swing dance, and see WWII-era personalities come to life. The Big Read culminates with "An Evening with Elizabeth Berg" at Ashton Place on May 8.  

For more information on The Big Read, contact the library at 630-887-8760, visit our website, or read the February 20 Doings article.

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (2005)
Heath Champion is determined to find a wife. The successful sports agent (and popular bachelor) wants to expedite the entire courtship process, so he hires professional matchmaker Portia Powers.

Annabelle Granger just inherited her grandmother’s matchmaking business – along with its septuagenarian clientele. After failing in her previous careers, Annabelle is determined to make this one work. She finagles an interview with Heath, who reluctantly agrees to a limited trial.

With both Portia and Annabelle introducing him to potential brides, Heath should be closer to finding a wife. And while his perfect match continues to elude him, Annabelle becomes more and more entangled in his life.

In this honorary Chicago Stars book, Phillips entertains with her usual combination of quirky comedy and deep emotion.