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Bad Singer

November 21, 2016 | Jane | Comments (0)

Tim Falconer, who is among the statistically tiny percentage of people who are completely tone deaf, loves music. This puts him into an even tinier percentage of that tiny group. One of the things that sets Falconer apart, again, is that he's chosen to address his musical shortcomings by trying to learn how to sing. He has a genuine interest in learning to sing, but also to make scientific sense of his amusia (as his condition is called). 


After all, what is it about the brain that enables it to find a musical pitch -- and reproduce it? Is there some biologically meaningful function to this ability? Can we engineer the ability, with work?

Falconer will be at North York Central Library to talk about his quest to turn himself from "bad singer" to an acceptable performer. He'll also talk about what he has learned along the way about the science of music, and how the brain perceives it. 

Book cover of The power of music : pioneering discoveries in the new science of song           

November 21st, a Brief Moment in Time

November 21, 2016 | Ann | Comments (2)

And then November by Randi Hausken from Bærum, Norway
And Then November by Randi Hausken from Bærum, Norway. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Over two weeks ago, Daylight Savings Time reverted back to Eastern Standard time. We now reach the late autumn -- the third and last phase of the season -- when the skies turn cobalt grey and temperatures plummet below freezing. Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees as this period prepares for the arrival of winter

To help embrace the cooler changes in weather and scenery, here are some images taken from Toronto Public Library on Pinterest to illuminate your spirits:

And the first white snows.
Courtesy of TPL Pinterest. Saved from


Indigo Dreams
Courtesy of TPL Pinterest. Saved from


It was November
Courtesy of TPL Pinterest. Article from Steller Stories


Longing for Autumn
Courtesy of TPL Pinterest. Article from Bloglovin'


Come said the wind to the leaves one day
Courtesy of TPL Pinterest. Article from On Sutton Place | Ann Drake

If these images have inspired you to seek out Ontario with its brisk and colourful scenery, here are some suggested readings to take along with you:

Spectacular wineries of Ontario: a captivating tour of established, estate & boutique wineries An artist's and photographer's guide to wild Ontario Backroads of Ontario (4th edition, expanded and updated)
Top 150 unusual things to see in Ontario (5th edition) Naturally Ontario: exploring the wealth of Ontario's wild places Nature's year: changing seasons in central and eastern Ontario

This season may be feel sad, dark and miserable, but here is an opportunity to plan a fun outing in Ontario to keep your inner light aglow. Enjoy this brief moment before the winter festivities begins.


The Dark is Rising

November 18, 2016 | Maureen | Comments (8)

I wish I could find the secret door in the back of my wardrobe that leads to another world. Winter is coming in this one. And it feels like the dark is rising. I need a fictional vacation destination. But to where? A holiday in the Shire would suit me, hiding in a cozy hobbit hole, with a steaming tea pot and plate of seed cake. But of course, the dark riders, the Nazgûl, would come. I could revisit Narnia, and sit by the fire with Mr. Tumnus, the faun, but it's always winter there, thanks to the terrifying white witch. Maybe some butter beer at the Three Broomsticks, not far from Hogwarts? On second thought, no. Some patrons of that establishment have allied themselves with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

The dark is rising - Susan Cooper The fellowship of the ring - J. R. R. Tolkien The lion, the witch and the wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

Fantasy novels ooze darkness - like the real world. I need to escape to a world more fantastical than a fantasy novel - a place where there is no darkness. A place like Stars Hollow, the gentle dream of small town America that is the setting of the television show, Gilmore Girls. The worst crime in Stars Hollow was the theft of a lawn gnome. The town's religious leaders were pals who hung out in the local diner together. The town misanthrope hid a heart of gold under his crankiness. There was one unpleasant character: Taylor Doose - politician, business owner, real estate mogul all rolled up into one bossy, know-it-all package. But when Taylor starts turning into a self-serving petty dictator in a comfy sweater, local farmer Jackson challenges him in a race for town selectman, and the essentially goodhearted people of Stars Hollow hand him a landslide victory. Yep, Stars Hollow is the perfect place for a vacation from reality just now.   

Stars Hollow is, of course, the home town of book obsessed Rory Gilmore, who said, in her valedictorian speech, “I live in two worlds. One is a world of books.” Rory didn’t go anywhere without at least one book; she usually had several. All glammed up and off to a fancy party, Rory tucked a copy of The portable Dorothy Parker in her bag, just in case. Her tastes were eclectic  -- from Anna Karenina, to the comedy of P. G. Wodehouse, to Social origins of dictatorship and democracy. By one count, there were 339 books referenced in the series. I wonder what Rory will be reading in Gilmore Girls: A year in the life, which debuts on Netflix on November 25. Who knows, maybe she's written a book herself. After all, Lauren Graham, who plays her fictional mom Lorelai, has written two:

Talking as fast as I can - From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and everything in between - Lauren Graham Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham


Here are some books referenced in Gilmore Girls, according to the website BuzzFeed:

An American tragedy - Theodore Dreiser A confederacy of dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Backlash - the undeclared war against American women - Susan Faludi One flew over the cuckoo's nest - Ken Kesey
Lies_and_the_lying_liars_cover The last empire - essays 1992-2000 - Gore Vidal
The divine comedy - Dante Alighieri The razor's edge - W. Somerset Maugham


Heart of darkness Inferno-bang1


The Godfather - Mario Puzo Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson


The fountainhead Property - Valerie Martin


The second sex - Simone de Beauvoir The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon
Moby Dick - Herman Melville Notes of a Dirty Old Man - Charles Bukowski


Howl and other poems - Allen Ginsberg Please kill me - The uncensored oral history of punk - by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

When Gilmore Girls ended in 2007, Rory was about to embark on her first job as a journalist, filing reports for an online publication about Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination. Watch Alexis Bledel reprise her role as Rory, overwhelming First Lady Michelle Obama with her book lust:

You can borrow all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls in DVD format from the library. Good news! We've changed the loan period for DVD TV series from one week to two! Click to reserve a copy:

Gilmore Girls. The complete first season

Gilmore Girls. The complete second season

Gilmore Girls. The complete third season

Gilmore Girls. The complete fourth season

Gilmore Girls. The complete fifth season

Gilmore Girls. The complete sixth season

Gilmore Girls. The complete seventh season

The In-Between Days of Teva Harrison

November 11, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

In-Between Days by Teva Harrison, available as a book and an eBook


I've just finished reading Teva Harrison's memoir In-Between Days, and I understand now why it has been so widely praised. Her book is often sad, sometimes funny and always honest. It's a window into the world of someone living with a life-threatening disease, in the space between wellness and illness, between hope and fear, between joy and despair.

Teva Harrison is a Toronto artist and writer. She was 37 when she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. In the early days of her illness she started drawing: "I tried to channel the way I felt: the fear, pain, and shame, the search for joy and meaning. The emotions of living with cancer are complicated. I was drawing because I had to draw. Often, it was all that made me feel better." She shared her comics on-line and the project grew into In-Between Days.

You can meet Teva Harrison and hear her story at the North York Central Library on Tuesday November 15. This event is part of the eh List Author Series, which brings award-winning Canadian authors to Toronto Public Library branches. Her talk will be followed by a book signing.

Here are the event details:

Date: Tuesday, November 15

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Auditorium, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street


Here are some other books written by people who experienced serous illness:                                                                                                                                                                        



How Good Are You at Stress Management?

November 7, 2016 | Emoke | Comments (0)

Cool MindStress is an issue that most of us have been struggling with for a long time now and probably will do so for the rest of our lives. That may sound pretty grim, but fear not, the library can help!

The North York Central Library will be hosting a program on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 (7-8 pm) in the Auditorium called How Good Are You At Stress Management? This program is free, and you can register at 416-395-5660.

In this presentation, Uri Galimidi will explain the biology of stress and the fight or flight response. He will be discussing the findings of two recent studies about the impact of stress on the study participants. He will also share five powerful interventions to help you reduce your stress at home and work. This presentation will also include an interactive simulation of the two studies and their applicability to everyday life.

Uri Galimidi is the founder and president of The Will To Change Inc., a firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, organizational behaviour and personal growth. He is also the creator of The Willpower Program, a "neuroscience-based program that will help you train your 'willpower muscle', enhance your self-control, conquer undesired habits, adopt new healthier habits, successfully pursue your goals and become the best possible version of yourself." In the past two years, Uri has delivered this program to over 2,000 audience members in Canada and the United States.

Come hear Uri speak at the North York Central Library on November 30th, and get some help on how to manage stress better in your life.

Please see other materials that Toronto Public Library has on the subject of stress:

The doctor's guide to sleep solutions for stress and anxiety-combat stress and sleep better every night  The upside of stress - why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it The mindful way through stress - the proven 8-week path to health, happiness, and well-being  The Stress cure - how to resolve stress, build resilience and boost your energy

Relieve stress - 20 quick techniques   The stress solution -using empathy and cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce anxiety and develop resilience   Thriving under stress - harnessing demands in the workplace    Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out - finding balance in busy lives

Poetry Through Music: Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley and Dr. Michael Johnstone

November 4, 2016 | Muriel | Comments (0)

Come and Join Us for

Poetry Through Music with

Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley


Dr. Michael Johnstone



Thursday, November 24, 2016

7 to 8 p.m.

North York Central Library Auditorium

5120 Yonge Street

Please call 416-395-5639

to register for this free program.


     Blues Stories     Toronto Blues Now 


Don't miss a beat! Enjoy an evening of music and

poetry with blues singer Diana Braithwaite,

jazz trumpeter Chris Whiteley,

and lecturer Dr. Michael Johnstone,

University of Toronto, Department of English.

Scrap Metal Blues     DeltaPhonic



Be sure to visit NAXOS, the online music library available through

Toronto Public Library, and listen to great music spanning

to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music

and more, and
find expert educational content. 

There is a free iPhone/iPod Touch app available in the iTunes

App Store which can be used with the user's playlist login

information.  The app will give you streaming playback access

to the entire library of music and saved playlists.

A wifi or cellular data connection is required.


You Don't Scare Me Creepy Clown! Helping Children Face Their Fears

October 28, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (2)

I'm sad to report that the creepy clown viral phenomenon has come to Canada. People dressed as menacing clowns are being spotted, in particular, around schools. I sympathize with parents who have to comfort children frightened by one of these imposters (of course they're not real clowns, and they are giving all clowns a bad name).

When my daughter was small, she was afraid of clowns. She wouldn't go to a birthday party unless I checked first to make sure no clowns would be making an appearance, she didn't like circuses and she was even a bit anxious about Hallowe'en. I worried for a while that this fear was preventing her from enjoying normal childhood activities, but eventually it stopped bothering her and life went back to normal.

It isn't unusual for children to have fears; in fact, child health experts say they are a normal and necessary part of a child's growth and development. Sometimes, however, fear or anxiety can interfere with a child's ability to function. When this happens, parents may want to get some guidance about how to best help their child.

Here are some resources with information for parents about childhood fears and phobias:


Here are some books with information for parents about this subject: 



And here are some books to read with your child:



Niagara Falls' Daredevils

October 24, 2016 | Ann | Comments (4)

 Annie Taylor before her trip

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Annie Edson Taylor (1838-1921)

Over a century ago today on October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old teacher climbed into a wooden rowboat accompanied by two men and a half-submerged pickle barrel in tow. Taylor decided that in order to procure more funds to ensure a healthy retirement, she had to perform an amazing act to draw attention to herself. The pickle barrel was fully insulated by a rolled-up mattress, a heart-shaped pillow, and possibly her cat for moral support. 

Annie Taylor with her cat
By GG Bain News Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Both she and the cat survived with minor cuts to their heads. Taylor was able to use her notoriety from this stunt to make some extra cash but was unable to make enough to retire comfortably.

The horrendous drop or the possibility of dying did not deter others daredevils from repeating this stunt. A more recent (2012) article from The Toronto Star called How did these people survive a plunge over Niagara Falls? provides a fresh perspective from the point of view of the survivors who jumped into the Falls and fell all the way to the bottom without any protective wear. One jumper, Kirk Raymond Jones, lived to tell his tale and tour in a circus.


Daredevils Above the Falls

Charles Blondin was a tightrope daredevil and attempted this feat without a net or safety harness to prevent him from falling into the "boiling cataract." His only request was that the day would have good weather. The photograph shows Charles carrying a pole tethered with the Royal Union flag on the left to represent Canada and the American flag on the right and a chair hanging on the tightrope in front of him to perform more death-defying stunts.

Charles Blondin 1946 tightrope walk

Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library 


In 1975, Henri Rechatin rode on a motorcycle driven by a partner on a tightrope, while another acrobatic performer is also tethered to the motorcycle and swings behind the cable car. Henri here attempts to climb down into the cable car below. Three people participated in this daring feat and relied on each other -- the motorcyclist keeping the bike steady, Rechatin using the balancing pole to keep everything in balance, and the female acrobat below to hold her pose.

Winding up his daredevil trip above the Niagara Gorge whirlpool today; French acrobat Henri Rechatin steps down onto the aerial car cable from a motorcycle driven by a friend. Photograph taken by Don Dutton in 1975
Courtesy of Toronto Public Library


Here is another picture of Henri (spelled Henry in this photograph taken by Graham Bezant) Rechatin on May 23, 1976, beginning his tightrope stunt while rolling on a single metallic wheel. It looked to be a chilly day as he was wearing a long-sleeved sweater. This photograph shows Rechatin clearly focusing on his task of balancing his feet on the metal wheel to keep it stable while it rolls over the tightrope.

Henri (Henry) Rechatin riding a metal wheel on a tightrope on May 23, 1976 over the Falls

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

More interesting resources

There are many more stories on Niagara Falls that are not mentioned here. For more information on Niagara Falls and her daredevils, please refer to the following titles listed below:

Inventing Niagara: beauty, power, and lies Roll out the barrel: The story of Niagara's daredevils Niagara: a history of the Falls
Hidden history of Greater Niagara The second greatest disappointment: honeymooning and tourism at Niagara Falls Moon Niagara Falls

There are more titles written in the nineteenth century on this great travel location from that period's perspective to look through.  Also, for those who have the daredevil in them to zip above the Falls at a fast rate, the Zipline & Aerial Adventure is somthing to try.

Niagara Falls is that extra bit more wonderful with her daredevils there to entertain the tourists with their death-defying feats. Unfortunately for some, these stunts have cost them their lives. The Falls beguile these people to hurl themselves into the mouth of the raging waters or to tiptoe above it, while denying the Falls its tender human morsels. Either way, these brave people are now part of the Falls' history and their stories continue to attract tourists to this great place.

Bridging Niagara Falls From Past to Present

October 24, 2016 | Ann | Comments (4)

Niagara Falls (1792-1885)

Niagara Falls has been visited and depicted by people from many different artistic perspectives. The changes in this landscape over time are preserved digitally on The Toronto Public Library Digital Archives.

This captivating image, entitled Niagara Falls, was painted in 1792 by Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe. Simcoe stood within a safe distance to paint the greyish mist rising from the depths of the Falls. Using watercolours, she captured the evergreen trees clinging to the sloping ledge above the rushing waters, and the blurred trees on the distant American side.

Niagara Falls in 1792 as painted by SIMCOE, ELIZABETH POSTHUMA (GWILLIM) (1762-1850)

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

The next image is called Water-Fall of Niagara and was painted in the 1790s by Robert Hancock. The fascinating aspect in this etching is the level of detail of the water flow and the slanted evergreens scattered throughout the picture. The visitors are worth mentioning, including the dog perched over the ledge staring at the rapidly descending water. Notice that some men were wearing extravagant 18th century uniforms and tricorne hats. Others dressed in more humble robe-like attire. One fine gentleman -- possibly of royal ancestry -- is wearing a crown and a pair of shorts while conversing with another man in a tricorne hat as he pointed in the direction of the Falls.

The Water-fall of Niagara (c 1750) by Robert Hancock

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

This next painting called, Horseshoe Falls of Niagara, from the Canadian Side was created in 1819 by John Elliott Woolford. The painting shows casual boaters rowing as near as safely possible without being drawn into the plunging waters and the surrounding rocks. The falling water appears exaggerated and puffy while emitting huge plumes of water vapour.

Horseshoe Falls of Niagara, from the Canadian Side in 1819 by John Elliott Wolford

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

This beautiful spherical lithograph on wove paper titled, Niagara, View of the British Fall from the Table Rock, was created in 1833 by Samuel Oliver Tazewell. What is truly amazing in this picture are the people standing on the Table Rock looking over the Falls. One of them stood precariously close to the edge with no barricades to obscure the glorious view of the Falls. Today, the Table Rock Centre now stands on the same location where those three men stood almost two centuries ago. This view is now partly obscured by the safety of rock posts with heavy metal railing. The artist has appeared to have 'tamed' the scene by depicting the trees standing at the same height in a straight line and the falling water streaming through the rocks like hair running through the teeth of a comb.

Niagara, View of the British Fall from the Table Rock by Samuel Oliver Tazewell (1833)

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

In or around 1885, this image named, The Horseshoe Fall from Goat Island was taken by an unknown photographer. This image highlights the clear rawness of the Horseshoe Falls. The soft tone to the picture brings to mind the idea that this photograph may have been touched up to look like a piece of art. The soft grey lines of the flowing water and the background scenery gives this image a breathtaking view of a phantasmagorical landscape. Also beginning to appear in the background are signs of structural development. Especially interesting is the walkway that enables a group of men and women with parasols to stand directly over the precipice where the water falls away.

The Horseshoe Fall from Goat Island captured by an unknown photographer in 1885

Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library

Niagara Falls and her Bridges

The beauty of Niagara Falls sometimes hides the danger that lurks underneath. The Falls in the winter draws tourists to explore the solid icy surfaces the Falls' mist creates. Unfortunately, because of the constantly moving waters, the terrain continues to reshape despite human intervention in reducing these dangers.

The Niagara Falls Ice Bridge is a natural structure that forms from the icy mist each winter and gradually melts away in the spring as the temperature warms. 

The colours have been painted on this 1910 photograph to give it a more realistic look. The tiny black specks on the ice below the Falls are visitors casually walking along the Ice Bridge from the American side to the Canadian side. There are even a house-like structures strewn along the way at the bottom.

The Ice Bridge, Niagara Falls (1910) by Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

Here is another photograph from 1910 from the bottom of the Falls showing a closeup view of the visitors. As you can see, many adults and children were sliding down ice hills next to the Falls on that day. Unbeknownst to these people, in two years' time on February 4, 1912, The Ice Bridge Disaster would occur when the Ice Bridge would collapse and break, resulting in several people falling to their deaths.

Ice Bridge, Niagara Falls (1910) by S.H. Knox & Co

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

Even the human-engineered bridges would face the same fate. The sagging and then collapse of the "Honeymoon" (Duplesis) Bridge gives expression to the massive amount of energy behind the shifting ice and the roaring waters. Below, is a photograph taken in 1933 when the bridge was beginning to show signs of structural failing. Only a few years later when large chunks of ice floating on the currents collided with the bridge's foundations did the structure finally collapse.

Watchers on the Canadian side of the river saw the sag in the bridge floor when they looked along this up-river side.
Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library

Here is the top view taken on January 31, 1938 where the middle of the built bridge has fallen down to rest on the naturally frozen Ice Bridge:

Collapse of Duplessis Bridge recalls the twisted mass of girders which was once the Niagara Falls View bridge. Picture taken by unknown photographer in 1937

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

Here is another close-up view from where the bridge joined to the cliff edge, as taken on January 27, 1938. More information and pictures of this bridge collapse are available on the Niagara Frontier website. The immense devastation is clearly seen in the shorn and twisted metal.

About 4,500 tons of scrap steel on the ice of Niagara Gorge where Niagara's ice jam pushed Falls View bridge from its foundations. Image by unknown photographer in 1938.

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

Not all is lost though. Plans for construction of a new bridge began right away. On November 3, 1941, the new Rainbow Bridge was open for service and stands 500 metres north of the old bridge's location. The opening ceremony took place at the border where United States meets Canada and is commemorated by the raising of the two flags.

On November 3, 1941 the rainbow bridge at Niagara Falls was formally opened

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

For more books on bridges and digitized travel guides of Niagara Falls from the nineteenth century, here are some titles to marvel at:

Bridges: the science and art of the world's most inspiring structures Bridges: their engineering and planning Dan Cruickshank's bridges: heroic designs that changed the world.
The Falls of Niagara: with supplementary chapters on the other famous cataracts of the world The book of Niagara Falls... Descriptions of Niagara, selected from various travellers

When visiting Niagara Falls, most tourists enjoy gazing over the precipice to view the raging waters of Niagara Falls. The structures surrounding the Falls appear beautiful and yet are haunted by their own sense of mortality as the constantly rushing waters and floating ice pummel against their foundations. Time continues its march forward and the Falls continues to reshape its majestic glory.


Buy Your Candy, Pick Your Flicks

October 21, 2016 | Maureen | Comments (6)

This year Halloween falls on a Monday -- the worst possible day! I don't know about you, but I'm in no condition to get up before the sun has risen the morning after Halloween, with the work week ahead giving me the evil eye. If you've celebrated Halloween right, you've pushed your body and psyche to the limit with a horror movie, candy gorging bacchanal that leaves you so jazzed up on sugar, nightmare images and candy chemicals that you have to spend the next day detoxing body and mind. The day after Halloween should be a holiday! Why? 1) So we can stay up late watching horror movies on Halloween night. 2) So we can recover at home, flushing the sugar demons out with some kind of flower petal tea from a health food store, while nibbling leftover candy (following the hair of the dog that bit you principle...)

Listen: if you take your Halloween fun as seriously as I take mine, you'd better start working on your movie line-up. You won't be able to pick your flicks at leisure if you have to work all day Monday. And you'll be especially pressed for time if you have little ghouls and boys to take trick or treating. Even if you don't, consider that Halloween night is book-ended by two working days this year. That leaves you only a few hours (if you plan to get any sleep, that is.) I urge you to start a list of potential movie choices now, take a day or two to whittle it down, and you'll be all set for Halloween night. Procrastinate, and you might end up watching a full on shark-o-rama:

Sharkenstein Planet of the sharks 2-headed shark attack

I love comedy-horror mash-ups like Shaun of the dead and Zombieland, but on Halloween night, I want to be scared. I want movies that cut into my cranium like rusty saws, ripping into the trap door in my mind -- you know the one I mean, because you have one too -- the door you spend the rest of the year trying to keep bolted shut. That brings me to the third reason for making November first a holiday: 3) After letting the demons romp around on All Hallows' Eve, we need to round them up, wrestle them back into the shadows, and bolt the door. If we can. This is best done at home, in the soft glow of lamplight, preferably with a friendly fur ball on your lap.

The library is a veritable gold mine for movie lovers. In addition to DVDs, there are digital movies always available, accessed via Hoopla, and the Criterion Collection. Here's just a small sample of the many movies available from the library, for your Halloween viewing horror.

Currently available in Hoopla:

Spirits of the Fall Night of the Scarecrow
Tales of halloween Let the Right One In
Funny Games It follows

Currently available in the Criterion Collection:

Scanners The Testament of Dr Mabuse
Fiend without a face Eyes without a face


The Babadook The kill list
The-descent Youre next
The loved ones They live


There are some great horror movie suggestions in this blog post by my colleague, Viveca: 20 Best Horror Films on DVD.

Have a look at these books, for more suggestions:

Essential horror movies: matinee monsters to cult classics

Monsters in the movies: 100 years of cinematic nightmares

To learn more about Hoopla, see Getting started with Hoopla.






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