Summer Love

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by ckopacek

Love comes in many different forms and surprising ways! Here are some suggestions for listening enjoyment on hot summer days.

40 Love

40 Love

by Madeleine Wickham
Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffera series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.

After the Night

After the Night

by Linda Howard
Years ago, Faith was driven out of town by Gray. Now Faith has returned, independently wealthy, and though she hates Gray to his core, she can’t suppress a smoldering passion for him.

 

 

Against the Tide

Against the Tide

by Elizabeth Camden
In 1890s Boston, Lydia Pallas’ skills as a translator get her noticed by the dashing Alexander Banebridge, who has a trove of documents he can’t decipher. The only thing more alarming than the information Lydia culls from these papers is her growing attraction to Bane. But when he draws the ire of dangerous criminals, Lydia must act fast to save the man who’s captured her heart.

 

Always Something There to Remind Me

Always Something There to Remind Me

by Elizabeth Harbison
Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over. Today, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. So why would the name “Nate Lawson” be the first thing to enter her mind when her boyfriend asks her to marry him?

Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard

by Susan Wiggs
Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace–despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she’s never heard of. Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.

Art of Hearing Heartbeats

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

by Jan-Philipp Sendker
A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father’s past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love. A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father’s past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love.

As She Climbed Across the Table

As She Climbed Across the Table

by Jonathan Lethem
Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with tastes: it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock – it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality. To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws?

Ballad of Tom Dooley

The Ballad of Tom Dooley

by Sharyn McCrumb
The folk songs recounts a tragedy in the North Carolina mountains after the Civil War. Laura Foster, a simple country girl, was murdered and her lover Tom Dula was hanged for the crime. With the help of historians, lawyers, and researchers, Sharyn McCrumb visited the actual sites, studied the legal evidence and uncovered a missing piece of the story that will shock those who think they already know what happened, and may also bring belated justice to an innocent man.

 

Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

by Winfred Blevins
Disenchanted by his return home to Pennsylvania, 19-year-old Sam Morgan once again sets off for adventure in the American Plains of the 1820s. This time out, however, he is searching for his lost love–the Indian maiden Meadowlark.

 

 

Belong to Me

Belong to Me

by Marisa De los Santos
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love. A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden desire to head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she’s made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships. Cornelia’s mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt, the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake, and Cornelia develops an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman. As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.

Best of Me

The Best of Me

by Nicholas Sparks
Heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

 

Best Staged Plans

Best Staged Plans

by Claire Cook
Sandy Sullivan is a professional home stager in the Boston suburbs, so getting rid of her own house, remaking it for the market, and downsizing should be a breeze. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, with her husband Greg dragging his feet and their son Luke moving back home to inhabit the basement. Sandy reads them the riot act and takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend’s boyfriend.

 

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

by Jayne Ann Krentz
There was no passion to break her heart, no love to risk and lose. Marrying her boss, prominent businessman Cormick Grayson, was a very reasonable proposition for a women who’d been hurt in love before. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement, at first. But something wasn’t right. Grey’s eyes told her there was more to this than a polite, passionless marriage. But Grey’s cool, impersonal distance left Amber wondering about the man she’d married.

 

 

 

Vacation

Posted on: July 19th, 2015 by ckopacek

Here is a mix of fiction and non-fiction books about summer and vacations. There are many ways to enjoy a summer vacation – you may find you don’t even have to leave home!

100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life

The 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life

by Pam Grout

From helping to build a health clinic in Tanzania to learning massage in Thailand to aiding green turtle conservation in Belize, this book is full of fun, meaningful, and memorable possibilities for today’s discerning traveler.

 

The Big House

The Big House: a century in the life of an American summer home

by George H Colt

Faced with the sale of the century-old family summer house on Cape Cod where he had spent forty-two summers, George Howe Colt returned for one last stay with his wife and children. This poignant tribute to the eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, and dormers that watched over weddings, divorces, deaths, anniversaries, birthdays, breakdowns, and love affairs for five generations interweaves Colt’s final visit with memories of a lifetime of summers. Run-down yet romantic, The Big House stands not only as a cherished reminder of summer’s ephemeral pleasures but also as a powerful symbol of a vanishing way of life.

 

Girls of August

Girls of August

by Anne Rivers Siddons

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

Great American Staycation

The Great American Staycation

by Matt Wixon

Staycation is the big buzzword of the year, but what does a staycation really mean? Newspaper humor columnist and frequent staycationer Matt Wixon shares with readers the definition of a staycation as well as: Rules for a successful, satisfying vacation at home or nearby. Motivation and encouragement for people who can’t afford the big, traditional vacation. Ways to make the most of time off from work. Strategies and experiences from more than a dozen staycationers, as well as hundreds of Internet links and specific ideas to help plan a vacation in your hometown. Americans will find this guide a humorous and invaluable guide to staying home on vacation.

Guest Cattage

The Guest Cottage

by Nancy Thayer

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: the supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Immersion Travel USA

Immersion travel USA

by Sheryl Wolff Kayne

This book will absolutely change lives and the way you think about travel in the United States. Designed to be a resource and idea book, this guide provides practical information about immersion travel; special considerations and costs; how to plan and take vacations, sabbaticals, side trips, and more. There are chapters filled with candid, warm stories from travelers who have been there, done that. It’s exciting to visit a national park, but it’s a lifetime experience to live inside one for an extended amount of time. Help others and enjoy yourself by biking and building homes across the country. Learn the fine art of making an authentic Windsor chair. Work as a caretaker and live in a lighthouse. Care about returning the wolf to its natural habitat. Play in the High Sierra Mountains backpacking and camping.

Summer at Seaside Cove

Summer at Seaside Cove

by Jacquie D’Alessandro

After Janie Newman’s half sister Laurel steals her boyfriend, Jamie leaves New York and the humiliation behind for the island of Seaside Cove, North Carolina. But the cozy cottage she booked turns out to be a rundown bungalow. And she’s not alone. Her drama-prone mother, angst- ridden niece and newly dumped Laurel all follow her down. With a cottage this crowded, will she ever have a chance at finding love again?

 

Weekend Retreats

Weekend Retreats

by Susanna Salk

This title focuses on the relaxed weekend homes of leaders in the design world – touring the rustic chic retreats of creative directors and top designers for inspiration.

 

Travels

Posted on: June 6th, 2015 by ckopacek

If you are planning a trip and need some tips try some of these.  If want to enjoy some beautiful scenery you will like these. If you want to live vicariously through some other travelers’ experiences a few of these will fit the bill!

1000 Places to See Before You Die

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Journey to the world’s most unforgettable places in this dazzling series based on the bestselling books. Newlyweds Albin and Melanie soak up all the world has to offer on a dream honeymoon, experiencing Brazil, Austraila, and more.

 

 

 

Best of Travel

Best of Travel: Tahiti Bora Bora, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Atolls

Escape with Rudy Maxa to the pure beauty of island paradise. Visit Tahiti andBora Bora up close and personal! Experience their rich sea life, crystal blue waters, and vibrant cultures. Tour the diverse reefs of the coral Tuamotu Atolls. Participate in the oyster-cultivation process at the major pearl farm. See the remote and sparsely populated Marquesas Islands, where dramatic mountains offer evidence of volcanic origins. Enjoy the culture and natural beauty of island paradise!

 

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

A happily married woman who is trying to get pregnant realizes that her life needs to go in a new direction. After a very painful divorce, she risks everything and embarks on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery.

 

 

Passport to Great Weekends

Passport to Great Weekends

Samantha Brown is back with the very best in weekend getaways! From Charleston to Chicago, and Hawaii to Montreal, Brown will have viewers traveling to destinations all across the U.S. and Canada. Destinations include: Savannah; Maui; Chicago; Smokey Mountains; Florida Keys; Montreal; and many other exciting places. Includes a total of eighteen episodes.

 

 

Scenic Cruises of the World

Scenic Cruises of the World

Take a dream cruise around the world’s most dramatic coastlines to more than 20 countries. The stunning landscapes of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton; thebeauty of the Caribbean; the Mayan ruins; the Panama Canal; Big Sur’s coastline; Alaska’s wilderness. Norway’s fjords; Scotland’s lochs and glens;the Rhine’s castles and medieval cities; France’s rivers; Lisbon’s contrasts; Gibraltar’s caves; Greece’s beaches; The Nile. Chile’s wild coast; Easter Island statues; Tahiti’s paradise; New Zealand’s magnificent beauty; Australia’s contrasts; Fiji’s emerald seas; Hawaii’s surf.

 

The Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies

Rolling through the majestic mountains of British Columbia, The Skeena–with its colorful locomotive and sleek dome car–offers train travelers a trip through the Canadian wilderness. Corss paths with amazin wildlife, including elk, moose, bears and schools of salmon. Explore the Columbia Ice Fields, almost 200 bridges, and the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies tallest mountain.

 

 

The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are on an all-expenses-paid trip for theObserver. Their tough assignment is to drive through beautiful Italian country, eat lavishly, and stay in exquisite small hotels, all so that one orthe other can write high-toned culinary drivel for the paper.

 

 

Travel with Kids Caribbean

Travel with Kids Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Travel guide to the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Explore colonial forts at El Morro, hike the rainforest at El Yunque, discover underground caves at Rio Camuy, explore beneath the waves by submarine in St. Thomas, and more.

 

 

Travel with Kids New York

Travel with Kids New York

Join the Roberts family as they discover fun and adventure on the streets of Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

Treks in a Wild World

Treks in a Wild World

Trek 1: Wreck diving & sailing the Outer Banks. Trek 2: Horse packing in Yellowstone, inWyoming. Trek 3: Cattle driving in Wyoming means four days in the saddle. Three segments (of 20) in a series that includes canoeing, hiking, biking, poling, rafting, diving and horse packing.

 

 

Wild

Wild

After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.

 

 

 

 

“Jazz” Up Your Summer

Posted on: June 6th, 2015 by ckopacek

“Jazz” up your summer listening with recently added Jazz CD’s.

Afrophysicist

Afrophysicist

by Theo Croker

Contents: Alapa [For Doc] – Realize – It’s Not You, It’s Me (But You Didn’t Help) – Light Skinned Beauty – Wanting Your Love – Save Your Love For Me – Visions – Fundamentals – Roy Allan – Moody’s Mood For Love – I Can’t Help It – Bo Masekela

Can You Feel It

Can You Feel It

by Rick Braun

Contents: Can you feel it (4:06) — Back to back (4:27) — Take me to the river (4:35) — Mallorca (4:08) — Get up and dance (4:25) — Another kind of blue (4:57) — Delta (4:11) — Silk (5:35) — Radar (3:52) — The dream (4:38) — Dr. Funkenstein (4:13).

Conversations

Conversations

by Stanton Moore

Contents: Lauren Z — Carnival — Driftin’ — Magnolia triangle — Waltz for old souls — Tchefunkta — The chase — Big greaze — In the keyhole — Paul Barbarin’s second line — Prayer.

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

by Rippingtons

Contents: Spice route — Rivers of gold — North Shore — We will live forever — The sun king — Fountain of youth — Emerald city — Soul riders — Waterfalls ofBequia — Garden of the gods.

Interlude

Interlude

by Jamie Cullum

Contents: Interlude — Don’t you know — The seer’s tower — Walkin’ — Good morning heartache / feat. Laura Mvula — Sack o’ woe — Dont’ let me be misunderstood / feat. Gregory Porter — My one and only love — Lovesick blues — Losing you — Out of this world — Make someone happy — Come and get me — Lullaby of the leaves — Come rain or come shine.

Lip Service

 Lip Service

by Richard Elliot

Contents: Desire (4:16) — Lip service (4:35) — Givin’ it up (4:01) — Sweet spot (3:58) — Sookie sookie (3:38) — All the way (4:18) — When I was your man (3:35) — Shining star (4:52) — City lights (4:02) — Anytime (5:27).

Living My Dream

 Living My Dream

by Jonathan Butler

Contents: African breeze — Living my dream — Be still — Let there be light — Heart and soul — Song for you — Catembe — Night to remember — All about love — Sweet serenade — A prayer.

Nathan East

Nathan East

by Nathan East

Contents: 101 eastbound — Sir Duke — Letter from home — Moondance (feat. Michael McDonald) — I can let go now (feat. Sara Bareilles) — Daft funk (feat. Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers) — Sevenate — Can’t find my way home (feat. Eric Clapton) — Moodswing — Overjoyed — Yesterday (duet with Noah East) — Madiba — America the beautiful.

Soul Traveler

Soul Traveler

by Marion Meadows

Contents: Celebration Road — Magic men — Andalusian sunset — Soul traveler — Humanity — Invisible — Mother Earth — Dark beauty — Life in the clouds — Dream catcher — Real time — Last ticket to somewhere.

That Lovin Feeling

That Lovin’ Feeling

by Steve Tyrell

Contents: Jazzman (3:49) — Up on the roof (3:18) — You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ (3:46) — There goes my baby (3:27) — Be my baby (3:20) — Good good lovin’ (3:09) — Laughter in the rain (3:30) — Groovy kind of love (3:16) — Rock and roll lullaby (4:23) — Chapel of love (3:38) — Just a little lovin’ (Early in the morning) (2:39) — On Broadway (3:44) — Any day now (3:49) — Stand by me (3:37) — Hound dog (3:26).

Things of That Particular Nature

Things of That Particular Nature

by Duane Eubanks

Contents: Purple, blue, and red — As is — Rosey — Holding hands — Beer & water — Anywhere’s paradise — Dance with Aleta — Aborted dreams — Slew footed — “P.”

Trios Live

Trios Live

by Joshua Redman

Contents: Moritat (Mack the Knife) — Never let me go — Soul dance — Act natural — Mantra #5 — Trinkle, tinkle — The ocean.

 

Trip

Trip

by Tom Harrell

Contents: Sunday (5:30) — Cycle (6:08) — The adventures of a quixotic character. The ingenious gentleman (7:04) ; The duke and the duchess (0:56) ; Enchanted (2:53) ; Sancho and Rocinante (1:17) ; The princess (6:39) ; Windmills (3:44) — Coming home (6:43) — Coastline (6:09) — After the game is over (7:06) — There (7:09).

 

 

June is for Weddings

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by ckopacek

June is the most popular month for weddings. Istanbul, Turkey, is the top wedding city in the world; Las Vegas, Nevada, the second. Listen to an audiobook about weddings & marriage to join the romance.

Committed

Committed

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Picking up where her bestselling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” left off, Gilbert details the extraordinary circumstances that surround her love with Felipe, the man she swore never to marry.

 

 

For Better

For Better the Science of a Good Marriage

by Tara Parker-Pope

One of the “New York Times’” most popular investigative journalists presents the science behind why some marriages work and others don’t, and translates that science into advice that can be used every day.

 

 

Four Seasons of Marriage

The Four Seasons of Marriage

by Gary D Chapman

Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the perennial best seller The Five Love Languages, provides an easy-to-grasp framework to help couples understand their marriage and seven practical strategies for strengthening or improving their marriage relationship. A valuable resource for couples regardless of how long they’ve been married, this biblically based book is a reference tool to help couples through every season of marriage. Summary of features: Valuable insight for every couple, regardless of how long they have been married. Provides seven practical strategies to help couples understand and strengthen their marriage relationship. Includes a Marital Seasons Profile to help couples determine the season of their marriage.

Miss Julia Throws a Weddiing

Miss Julia Throws a Wedding

by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia Springer, who combines Southern grace, the dignity of a woman “of a certain age,” an encyclopedic knowledge of etiquette, and a bitingly sharp tongue, is at a loss. Her late husband’s former illicit squeeze, who is now her best friend, is going to live in sin with her friend Mr. Pickens instead of with her. Fortunately, a wedding is on the horizon. The happy couple was planning to have a perfunctory courthouse wedding, but Miss Julia has plans of her own for a real honest-to-goodness ceremony, albeit with some shortcuts on the etiquette side.

 

Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

by Alexander McCall Smith

While both Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

 

 

Springwater Wedding

Springwater Wedding

by Linda Miller

Maggie McCaffrey left her fast-paced corporate job to take a chance on a more rewarding, but riskier, business venture: turning the dilapidated Springwater Station into a bed-and-breakfast. But Maggie didn’t count on running straight into J.T. Wainwright, the hometown boy who stole her heart many years before.

 

Trouble at the Wedding

Trouble at the Wedding

by Laura Lee Guhrke

Annabel Wheaton learned the hard way that love only leads to heartache. That’s why she agreed to marry an earl who needs her money. But Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough, thinks she’s about to make thebiggest mistake of her life, and he’s determined to stop her.

 

Voices of Marriage

The Voices of Marriage

The ceremony itself is just two words: I do. But lots more has been written about the anticipation, the event, and the aftermath, and The Voices of Marriage gathers the best poems ever written on this most extraordinary moment at once the most private and the most public in a person s life. From Shakespeare to our own day, here are poets whose lines sparkle with wit, or hush with mystery.The CD is packaged with a perfect-bound book containing the text of all the poems and feature an introduction by J.D. McClatchy.

Wedding Girl

The Wedding Girl

by Madeleine Wickham

Milly is about to have a highly publicized wedding with her millionaire fiance. However, ten years ago, Milly married Allan, her gay American friend, so he wouldn’t be deported from England. Although the wedding was a ruse, Allan refuses to grant her a divorce. Now, with only three days until her realwedding, Milly must convince Allan to sign the divorce papers, before her fiance and all of England learn the truth.

 

Wedding Night

Wedding Night

by Sophie Kinsella

When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, Lottie jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember … or one to forget?

 

Wedding Quilt

The wedding Quilt

by Jennifer Chiaverini

As the wedding day of Sarah McClure’s daughter Caroline approaches, Sarah’s thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present. A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor, and Sarah is determined that the blocks in her daughter’s quilt will display a vivid pastiche of love in all its varieties.

 

 

 

 

Traveling

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by ckopacek

Summer is for traveling right? If you are traveling this summer or if you want to stay home and read about it – here are a few books you might enjoy!

Carsick

Carsick

by John Waters

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads ‘I’m not psycho,’ he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about: the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

 

 

Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises

Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises

by Linda Coffman

Fodor’s helps you unleash the possibility of travel by providing insights and tools you need to experience the trips you want. While you’re always at the helm, Fodor’s offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It’s like having a friend wherever you travel. Resources that you’ll want to read and reference, our guide books offer current and discerning shopping, dining, hotel and culture recommendations, as well as compelling features and articles that convey the essence of a destination. And we are confident we are giving you the best information because our guides are written by local experts. We seek to hire local writers who know their destinations better than anyone else. Our worldwide team of over 700 travel writers brings you the latest, most accurate coverage, and like trusted companions, reveals local treasures and everything you need to know before you arrive.

Happiness of Pursuit

The Happiness of Pursuit

by Chris Guillebeau

When he set out to visit all countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist — each pursuing a challenging quest. And these quests aren’t just travel-oriented; they’re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment. Everywhere that Chris visited, he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness — how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives — and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice.

I Dont Care If We Never Get Back

I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back

by Ben Blatt

A pair of friends from Harvard embark on a road trip to see 30 baseball games in 30 different stadiums over 30 days and describe their misadventures in this book about sports fans, loyalty, hot dogs and friendship.

 

 

Idle Traveller

The Idle Traveller:  the art of slow travel

by Dan Kieran

As we jet off on holiday, passing from airport lounge to hotel in our desperation to escape our everyday lives and find some better weather, we’d do well to ask ourselves what on earth we’re doing. Do we really travel any more, or do we just arrive? This book calls on us all to reassess why we travel and what travel has become.

 

 

Life is a Wheel

Life is a Wheel:  love, death, etc., and a bike ride across America

by Bruce Weber

Based on his popular series in the New York Times chronicling his cross-country bicycle trip, bestselling author Bruce Weber shares his adventures from his solo ride across the USA. Riding a bicycle across the US is one of those bucket-list goals that many dream about but few achieve. Bestselling author and New York Times reporter Bruce Weber made the trip, solo, over the summer and fall of 2011–at the age of fifty-seven. Expanding upon his popular series published in The New York Times, Life Is a Wheel is the witty and inspiring account of his journey, where he extols the pleasures of cycling and reflects on what happened on his adventure, in the world, in the country, and in his life.

Stench of Honolulu

The Stench of Honolulu: a tropical adventure

by Jack Handey

Two friends who are given a treasure map by a travel agent embark on a quest for the Golden Monkey in the mysterious land of Honolulu, where they meet untold dangers, encounter strange natives, and discover ancient ruins.

 

 

Wide Open World

Wide-open world

by John Marshall

Wide-Open World follows the Marshall family as they volunteer their way around the globe, living in a monkey sanctuary in Costa Rica, teaching English in rural Thailand, and caring for orphans in India. There’s a name for this kind of endeavor–voluntourism–and it might just be the future of travel. Oppressive heat, grueling bus rides, backbreaking work, and one vicious spider monkey. Best family vacation ever! Desperate to get out of a rut and reconnect with his family, Marshall dreamed of a trip around the world. Once they’d made the pivotal decision to go, John and his wife, Traca, quit their jobs, pulled their kids out of school, and embarked on a journey that would take them far off the beaten path, and far out of their comfort zones.

 

Iowa Children’s Choice Award

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by ckopacek

Here are some of the 2015-2016 Iowa Children’s Choice Award nominees. For a complete list of nominees click here.

Almost Home

Almost Home

by Joan Bauer

Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

 

 

Blood Guard

Blood Guard

by Carter Roy

When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove’s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high-speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she’s a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure, thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive.

 

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag

by Kate Messner

When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.

 

 

Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya

The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya

by Jane Kelley

An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A girl so sick, she has forgotten what it means to try. Fate–and a banana nut muffin–bring them together. Will their shared encounter help them journey through storms inside and out? Will they lose their way, or will they find what really matters? Here is a story that will remind readers how navigating so many of life’s desperate adventures requires friendship and, above all, hope.

 

Doll Bones

Doll Bones

by Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

 

 

Duke

Duke

by Kirby Larson

In 1944 Hobie Hanson’s father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner–but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back.

 

 

Force Out

Force Out

by Tim Green

When two friends compete, one of them will be forced out. Joey and Zach have always been best friends. They’re also two of the best baseball players in their league, and shoo-ins for the all-star team at the end of the season. Their dream is to play together on the Center State select team, and they will do anything to help each other get there. So when Zach is forced to go on an extra-credit field trip that would make him miss the championship game and his chances to move on, Joey comes up with a risky plan to bail him out. Everything should be fine–as long as no one finds out what they did. Then the unthinkable happens: The boys learn there’s only one open spot on the select team. Suddenly Joey and Zach go from being best friends to biggest rivals, and Joey has to decide his next move. He can play the biggest game of his life, or he can use their secret to force Zach out.

Ginger

Ginger

by Kate Klimo

Ginger the golden retriever narrates the story of her life, from her birth in a puppy mill through the various people who have “owned” her.

 

 

Great Trouble

The Great Trouble

by Deborah Hopkinson

Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.

 

 

Half a Chance

Half a Chance

by Cynthia Lord

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

 

Homemade Stuffing Caper

The Homemade Stuffing Caper

by John V Madormo

Twelve-year-old Charlie’s analytical skills win him few friends at school, but when the most popular girl in class comes to the makeshift private investigation office in his parent’s garage asking Charlie’s help to find her missing bird, he and his friend Henry begin their first real case.

 

 

King of the Mound

King of the Mound

by Wes Tooke

Twelve-year-old Nick loves baseball so after a year in the hospital fighting polio and with a brace on one leg, Nick takes a job with the team for which his father is catcher and gets to see the great pitcher, Satchel Paige, play during the 1935 season.

 

 

Kizzy Ann Stamps

Kizzy Ann Stamps

by Jeri Watts

In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won’t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter?

Libby of High Hopes

Libby of High Hopes

by Elise Primavera

When ten-year-old Libby Thump stumbles upon High Hopes Horse Farm and finds her dream horse, Princess, a prize-winning jumping horse that has been put out to pasture, Libby tries to convince her parents to give her riding lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Stories

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by ckopacek

Get inspired for your next trip! Listen to other people’s travel memoirs and stories.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

by Francois Lelord

Hector, a young psychiatrist is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can’t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets.

Horatio's Drive

Horatio’s Drive (America’s first road trip)

by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns

The companion volume to the PBS documentary film about the first–and perhaps most astonishing–automobile trip across the United States. In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”–but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty dollars that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here–in Jackson’s own words and photographs–is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud. Jackson’s previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad. And his nearly one hundred photographs show a country still settled mainly in small towns, where life moved no faster than the horse-drawn carriage and where the arrival of Jackson’s open-air (roofless and windowless) Winton would cause delirious excitement. Jackson was possessed of a deep thirst for adventure, and his remarkable story chronicles the very beginning of the restless road trips that soon became a way of life in America.Horatio’s Driveis the first chapter in our nation’s great romance with the road. With 146 illustrations and 1 map.

Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

by Andrew Ferguson

A journalist embarks on a cross-country odyssey in search of Abraham Lincoln’s place in modern-day America and discovers the often surprising legacy of his personality, philosophy, and mythology.

NPR Road Trips

NPR Road Trips, Family Vacations

n three previous novels, Tom Corcoran established himself as a shrewd observer of Key West’s eccentricities and landscape. In Octopus Alibi , he delivers Alex Rutledge to labyrinths of the past, agendas of power, and greed that jumps generations. The suspected murder of a long-missing woman, the death of an elderly mentor, and the suicide of Key West’s popular mayor are revealed a single April day. Rutledge, a freelance photographer with part-time forensic ties to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the KWPD, must accompany fishing guide and friend Sam Wheeler to identify a body in Broward County. Hours later, back on the island, a Key West detective coerces Alex into documenting Mayor Gomez’s demise. Rutledge also learns he must administrate the estate of Naomi Douglas, the woman who encouraged his creative photography. Rutledge soon suspects that nothing is as it appears. The police choose not to see crimes. Only Rutledge senses foul play on the island, a linking of deaths, and the threat of more peril. Home-front troubles compound the dilemma. Teresa Barga, Alex’s new housemate, is absorbed by the arrival in town of Whitney Randolph, a college friend with cash, wild stories, bent morals, and more alibis than an octopus has suckers. Randolph, it appears, has already slithered into the unfolding suspense, linking himself to scam victims and murder victims. Rutledge must ignore a relationship gone sour, then focus on wisps of clues to connect the past and present. Friends act out of character, officials become duplicitous, and threats of violence take Alex to the most dangerous confrontation of his life. Filled with edgy characters and insights to island existence, the tight plot of Octopus Alibi promises Tom Corcoran’s most unforgettable tale of the hot, crazy tropics.

On the Road

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

On the road is a thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac’s real life friends, lover, and fellow travelers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac’s alter-egos, On the road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest level of American thought and culture.

Ride of Our Lives

The Ride of Our Lives

by Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard wanted to give his parents the ultimate family reunion. And so, one February morning, three generations of Leonards set out on their journey under the dazzling Arizona sky. In the course of their humorous, often poignant cross-country tour, from the desert Southwest to the New England coastline, the Leonards reminisce about their loves, their losses, and their rich and heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) lives, while encountering a veritable Greek chorus of roadside characters along the way.–From publisher description.

Three Weeks with My Brother

Three Weeks With My Brother

by Nicholas Sparks

This collaboration between brothers will appeal to the legions of Sparks fans who are interested to know more about their favorite author’s life–and eager to read each new book he writes.- Nicholas Sparks’s most recent novel, The Wedding (Warner, 9/03), had a first printing of 1.25 million copies and debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.- The Guardian (Warner, 4/03), an instant New York Times bestseller, has over 700,000 copies in print to date.- The author’s #1 New York Times bestselling track record includes Nights in Rodanthe (Warner, 9/02), A Bend in the Road (Warner, 2001), and The Rescue (Warner, 2000).- A Walk to Remember (Warner, 2000) has nearly four million copies in combined print and the Warner Bros, feature film was a hit in 2001.- The Notebook (Warner, 1996) was on the New York Times bestseller list for over one year and has over 4.5 million copies in print combined. The New Line feature film (Fall, 2003) stars James Garner and Gena Rowlands and was directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Trains and Lovers

Trains and Lovers

by Alexander McCall Smith

The rocking of the train car, the sound of its wheels on the rails, and there’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation. This is just what happens to the four strangers who meet on a train. As they travel by rail from Edinburgh to London, they entertain one another with tales of how trains have changed their lives.

Wayoff the Road

Way off the Road

by William Geist

Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life. “In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: ‘I’d have to say the Texaco, ‘cuz the Shell don’t have no microwave.’” Throughout his career, Bill Geist’s most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land is Way Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist’s segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks. Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring.

Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

by Maeve Binchy

Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive: John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. You will laugh and cry as you spend the week with this odd group who share their secrets and might even have some of their dreams come true.

 

 

Wedding Music

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by ckopacek

Trying to choose your wedding music? Want to listen to music from your wedding? Maybe you just want to listen to the music you heard at a recent wedding! Enjoy a variety of wedding songs from these musical selections.

Best Wedding 50

Best Wedding 50

Contents: CD 1. Arrival voluntaries (61.05). Trumpet voluntary / Clarke — Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Toccata / Martini — Wedding march from Nordmøre / trad. Norwegian — Two trumpet tunes & air / Purcell — Wedding day at Troldhaugen / Grieg — Water music suite no. 2 in D. Alla hornpipe / Handel — Trumpet tune / Stanley — Gloria. Gloria in excelsis Deo / Vivaldi — Te deum. Prelude / Charpentier — Solomon. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Handel — Trumpet concerto in D. Allegro / Telemann — Come, ye sons of art. Symphony: Largo ; Allegro / Purcell — Canon in D / Pachelbel — Aida. Grand march / Verdi — Music for the royal fireworks. Réjouissance / Handel — Ricercare à 4 / Andrea Gabrieli — The four seasons. Spring. Allegro / Vivaldi — Suite for trumpet and strings in D. March ; Messiah. Hallelujah chorus / Handel.

CD 2. Vows and prayers (60.45). Samson. Let the bright seraphim / Handel — Morning has broken (Bunessan) / trad. Gaelic — Ave Maria / Schubert — A Gaelic blessing / Rutter — Alleluia / Mozart — The Lord’s prayer / Malotte — Ave Maria / Bach-Gounod — Guide me, O thou great redeemer / Hughes — O for the wings of a dove! / Mendelssohn — Five mystical songs. The call / Vaughan Williams — Because / D’Hardelot — The first time ever I saw your face / McColl — Unexpected song / Lloyd Webber — Lakme.Flower duet / Delibes — Amazing grace / trad. — Five mystical songs. Let all the world in every corner sing / Vaughan Williams.

CD 3. Departure voluntaries (55.47). A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn — Symphony no. 5. Toccata / Widor — Now thank we all our God / Karg-Elert — Brandenburg concerto no. 2 in F, BWV 1047. Allegro assai / J.S. Bach — Carillon-sortie in D / Mulet — Suite for trumpet and strings in D. Overture / Handel — Marche de triomphe / Charpentier — Pomp and circumstance march no. 1 / Elgar — Mein gläubiges Herz / J.S. Bach — Concerto for two trumpets in C. Allegro / Vivaldi — Marche pontificale / Widor — Violin partita in E. Gavotte en rondeau ; Cello suite no. 4. Bourrée / J.S. Bach — Grand Chœur dialogué / Gigout.

Brides Guide to Wedding Music

Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music

Contents: Prelude: Courante from Three lute dances / Francisque (arr. Grandjany) (1:59) — Adagio from Sonata in E-flat / Mozart (6:37) — Allegro from Brandenburg concerto no. 4 in G / J.S. Bach (6:44) — Air from Water music (Suite no. 1) / Handel (7:12) ; Processional: Trumpet voluntary (The Prince of Denmark’s march) / Clarke (2:50) — Prelude to Te Deum / Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1:45) — Canon in D / Pachelbel (4:58) — Trumpet tune / Stanley (2:49) — “Wedding march” from Lohengrin / Wagner (arr. Bayco) (1:46) ; Ceremony: “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring” from cantata 147 / J.S. Bach (3:12) — Allegro from “Spring” of the Four seasons / Vivaldi (3:14) — “Ave Maria” / Schubert (6:39) — “The call” from Five mystical songs / Vaughan Williams (2:06) — “Sheep may safely graze” / J.S. Bach (5:41) ; Recessional: “Wedding march” from A midsummer night’s dream / Mendelssohn (4:45) — “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon / Handel (2:45) — First movement from Brandenburg concerto no. 1 in F / J.S. Bach (3:46) — Toccata from Organ symphony no. 5 / Widor (5:06).

Classic Wedding Album

The Classic Wedding Album

Contents: Sheep my safely graze ; Oboe concerto in D minor, adagio / Bach — Largo (Xerxes) / Handel — Orchestral suite no. 3 in D, Air / Bach — Tocatta / Monteverdi — And I love her –dt Alleluia (exsultate, jubilate) / Mozart — Suite no. 1, rondeau (Mastpiece theatre) / Mouret — Trumpet voluntary / Clarke — Canon in D / Pachebel — Jesu, joy of man’s desiring / Bach — Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Ave Maria / Bach — Samson. Let thebright Seraphim / Handel — Ave Maria / Schubert — Be my love — Camelot. If ever I would leave you — West side story. One hand, one heart — Water music suite ; Arrival of the queen of Sheba / Handel — Wedding march / Mendelssohn — Organ symphony no. 5 in F minor / Widor.

Modern Wedding Collection

The Modern Wedding Collection

Contents: In my place / Coldplay — Chasing cars / Snow Patrol — Here comes your man / Pixies — You’re beautiful / James Blunt — In your eyes / Peter Gabriel — Beautiful day / U2 — Just like heaven / Cure — Daughters / John Mayer — Do you realize? / Flaming Lips — Transatlanticism / Death Cab for Cutie — Everlong / Foo Fighters — Today / Smashing Pumpkins.

 

Music for a Royal Wedding

Music for a Royal Wedding

Contents: A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn (Jörgen Ernst Hansen, organ) (5:32) — Canon / Pachelbel ; arr. Paillard (Orchestre de Chambre ; Jean-François Paillard) (6:14) — Messiah. Hallelujah chorus / Handel (English Chamber Orchestra and Choir ; Raymond Leppard) (4:02) — Concerto for trumpet and organ in F major. Adagio / Albinoni (Maurice André, trumpet ; Marie-Claire Alain, organ) (7:11) — Requiem. Pie Jesu / Fauré ; ed. Rutter (Oxford Choir of New College ; Capricorn ; Edward Higginbottom) (3:16) — Cantique de Jean Racine / Fauré (Chorale Philippe Caillard ; Orchestre national de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo ; Louis Frémaux) (4:42) — Samson. Let the bright seraphim — Let their celestial concerts all unite / Handel (Helen Watts, contralto ; London Voices ; English Chamber Orchestra ; Raymond Leppard) (7:06) — Turandot. Nessun dorma / Puccini (Plácido Domingo, tenor ; Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin ; Nello Santi) (3:23) — Jerusalem / Parry ; orch. Elgar (BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra ; Sir Andrew Davis) (2:25) — Enigma variations. Nimrod / Elgar (BBC Symphony Orchestra ; Sir Andrew Davis) (4:14) — Requiem. The Lord is my shepherd / Howells (i Fagiolini ; Robert Hollingworth) (2:27) — Panis angelicus / Franck (Camille Maurane, Marie-Claire Alain) (4:21) — Trumpet voluntary / Clarke ; arr. Faerber (Maurice André, trumpet ; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn ; Jörg Faerber) (2:46) — Solomon. The arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Handel (il Giardino armonico) (3:12) — Lohengrin. Wedding march / Wagner (Jörgen Ernst Hansen, organ) (2:18) — Organ symphony no. 5. Toccata / Widor (5:27) ; Toccata in G major (excerpt) / Dubois (2:31) (Marie-Claire Alain, organ)

The #1 Weddinig Album

The #1 Wedding Album

Contents: Disc 1. Wedding bells — Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Suite. Allegro / Stanley — Trumpet tune and air / Purcell — Te Deum. Prelude / Charpentier — Orchestral suite no. 3 in D major. Air : Air on the G string / J.S. Bach — Xerxes. Largo in F / Handel — Sheep may safely graze / J.S. Bach — Double violin concerto in D minor. Largo ma non tanto / J.S. Bach — My heart will go on : [love theme from "Titanic"] / James Horner — Panis Angelicus / Franck — Ave Maria / J.S. Bach, Gounod — West Side story. One hand, one heart / Bernstein — Exsultate, jubilate. Alleluja / Mozart –Judas Maccabaeus. See the conquering hero comes / Handel — Samson. Let the bright seraphim / Handel — Water music suite no. 2. Alla hornpipe / Handel — A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn.

Disc 2. Lohengrin. Bridal chorus / Wagner — Trumpet voluntary / Clarke — Trumpet tune in C / Purcell — Sonata no. 1 in C for trumpet and organ. Allegro / Viviani — Die Bankelsangerlieder. Sonata / traditional– Canon in D / Pachelbel — The heart asks pleasure first / Nyman — Sleepers awake / J.S. Bach — Greensleeves / traditional — Jesu, joy of man’s desiring / J.S. Bach — Ave Maria / Schubert — Gianni Schicchi. O mio babbino caro / Puccini — German requiem. How lovely is thy dwelling place / Brahms — Be my love / Brodszky — Because / D’hardelot ; Teschemacher — Rondeau : Masterpiece theatre theme / Mouret — Lyric pieces. Wedding day at Troldhaugen / Grieg — Battle suite. Canzon in imitation of an English bergamask / Scheidt — Music for the royal fireworks. La rejouissance / Handel — A midsummer night’s dream. Wedding march / Mendelssohn.

Perfect Autumn Wedding

Perfect Autumn Wedding

Contents: The four seasons : Violin concerto in F major, op. 8, no. 3, RV 293, “Autumn”. Allegro / Antonio Vivaldi (4:46) — Vocalise, op. 34, no. 14 (arr. for cello and orchestra) / Sergei Rachmaninov (5:26) — Sonata octavi toni a 12 / Giovanni Gabrieli (5:01) — Te Deum, H. 146. Prelude (arr. for organ) / Marc-Antoine Charpentier (2:23) — Canon in D major / Johann Pachelbel (4:44) — Lohengrin. Wedding march (arr. for organ) / Richard Wagner (2:07) — Music for the royal fireworks, HWV 351. Overture / George Frideric Handel (8:07) — Trumpet voluntary / Jeremiah Clarke (2:27) — Ave Maria, D. 839 (arr. for soprano and orchestra) / Franz Schubert (4:50) — Serse = Xerxes, HWV 40 : Ombra mai fu. Larghetto (arr. for oboe and orchestra) / George Frideric Handel (3:40) — Sicilienne, op. 78 (arr. for flute and harp) / Gabriel Faure (3:34) — Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339. Laudate Dominum / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:15) — A midsummer night’s dream, op. 61. Wedding march (arr. for organ) / Felix Mendelssohn (6:08) — Concerto for 2 trumpets in C major, RV 537. Allegro / Antonio Vivaldi (3:21) — Samson, HWV 57. Let the bright seraphim (5:24) ; Messiah, HWV 56. Hallelujah (3:36) / George Frideric Handel.

Rockin and Rollin Wedding Songs

Rockin’ and Rollin’ Wedding Songs Volume 2

Contents: If you wanna be happy (Jimmy Soul) — I’m gonna get married (Lloyd Price) — I wish that we were married (Ronnie & the Hi-Lites) — Here comes the bride (Prince Buster) — Wedding bells (Tiny Tim & the Hits) — Three steps from the altar (Shep & the Limelites) — Down the aisle of love (Quin-Tones) — I hear bells (Wedding bells) (Dell-Vikings) — Babalu’s wedding day (Eternals) — Bells, bells, bells (The bell song) (Billy & Lillie) — Girl I want to marry you (Jay & the Techniques) — With this ring (Platters) — Let’s get married (Al Green) — Big Bopper’s wedding (Big Bopper)

Wedding Day Music

Wedding Day Music

Contents: From here to eternity (Michael Peterson) — I do (Paul Brandt) — Another you, another me (Brady Seals) — Between now and forever (Bryan White) — Forever and ever, amen (Randy Travis) — Amen kind of love (Daryle Singletary) — With this ring (Sawyer Brown) — More than you’ll ever know (Travis Tritt) — My love (Little Texas) — The wind beneath my wings (Gary Morris).

 

Well Tempered Wedding

Well-tempered Wedding

Contents: Prelude music: Ave Maria / Franz Schubert. Andante, from Piano concerto in C major, KV 467 / W.A. Mozart. Be thou my vision. Air on the G string : from Orchestral suite no. 3 in D / J.S. Bach. Holy ground / Geron David ; The majesty and glory of your name / Tom Fettke. Sheep may safely graze : from Cantata no. 208 / J.S. Bach. Lord, be glorified / Bob Kilpatrick. Seasons of life / Mark Hayes. Largo, from the opera Xerxes / G.F. Handel. My heart ever faithful, sing praises : from Cantata no. 68 / J.S. Bach. Liebestraum / Franz Liszt. Spring comes early / Mark Hayes. Savior, like a shepherd lead us / Bradbury. Canon in D major / Johann Pachelbel. Prelude in C major with Ave Maria / J.S. Bach, Charles Gounod — Processional music: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring / J.S. Bach. Bridal chorus : from Lohengrin / Richard Wagner. Trumpet tune / Henry Purcell. Trumpet voluntary / Jeremiah Clarke. Joyful march / Mark Hayes. Rondeau, from Symphonic suite no. 1 / Jean Joseph Mouret — Vocal music: I will be here / Steven Curtis Chapman. To make you feel my love / Bob Dylan. You are the one that I want / Mark Hayes. A wedding blessing / Mark Hayes. Wedding song (There is love) / Noel Paul Stookey. The Irish wedding song / Ian Betteridge. Love will be our home / Steven Curtis Chapman. The greatest of these is love / Mark Hayes. Song of community / Mark Hayes. The Lord’s prayer : medium voice / Albert Hay Mallotte [i.e. Malotte]. The Lord’s prayer : low voice / Albert Hay Mallotte. In this very room / Ron Harris — Interludes and service music: Together / Mark Hayes. Loving you is joy / Mark Hayes. Forever / Mark Hayes — Recessional music: Wedding march : from A midsummer night’s dream / Felix Mendelssohn. The rejoicing : from Music for the royal fireworks / G.F. Handel. Ode to joy : from Symphony no. 9 / Ludwig van Beethoven. Hornpipe, from Water music / G.F. Handel — Postlude music: Joy song / Mark Hayes. Danse joyeux / Mark Hayes.

 

 

 

Weddings

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by ckopacek

Going to a wedding, planning a wedding or just like to read about weddings…Here are some books about weddings that will inform and possibly amuse you!

Dictatorship of the Dress

Dictatorship of the Dress

by Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love. So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess. The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather. When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted.

Disneys Fairy Tale Weddings

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings

by David Tutera

Disney plays host to over 2,000 weddings each year, with ceremonies occurring at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. However, for many couples, a wedding on Disney property is an impossibility because of travel or cost constraints and because high demand reduces availability. And with the Disney Weddings Web site getting 60,000 visitors every month, it’s clear that many brides would love to bring a little Disney magic to their weddings, even if they can’t say, “I do” in Anaheim or Orlando. In February 2007, Disney launched the Couture Wedding Collection by master party planner David Tutera. The collection features four different themes-Simply Chic, Classic Elegance, Cocktail Soiree, and Enchanted Garden-all created with David’s signature attention to detail. These dream weddings are available exclusively to couples getting married in the Disney parks. But doesn’t every woman deserve to feel like a princess on her wedding day? Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings will help couples to plan a perfect wedding-complete with Disney charm-no matter where the ceremony is held. David Tutera guides readers through all the steps necessary to have a beautiful and memorable day. From flowers to food to lighting to decorations, David covers it all. The book also features special sections written by fashion designer Kirstie Kelly, who creates wedding gowns inspired by the Disney Princesses. With Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings as inspiration, any bride can turn her wedding into a fairy tale come true.

Emily Posts Wedding Etiquette

Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette

by Anna Post

Today’s weddings are a beautiful blend of traditions, reflecting what matters most to each couple. They are also more complicated than ever, with new customs replacing the old, new technologies to help plan and communicate, and new relationships to consider as families grow more complex. But while weddings evolve, one thing has remained constant: A wedding is one of the most special days in a person’s life. Surrounded by friends and family, it is a day for everyone to celebrate. The Emily Post Institute has been answering etiquette questions for more than ninety years, and Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette will provide you with everything you need to know from past traditions to modern updates so you can approach your wedding with grace and ease.

E-Plan Your Wedding

E-Plan Your Wedding: How to Save Time and Money With Today’s Best Online Resources

by Crystal Melendez

You know how demanding wedding planning can be. Time, money, and energy are all in short supply. But planning a wedding should be fun, not frantic. Savvy couples are putting a wealth of convenient resources to work for them, saving thousands of dollars and hours of needless hassle.The Internet, forever changing how we live, work, and play, is creating today’s new wedding planning frontier. Do you know about all the latest shortcuts, discount bargains, and planning tools? They’re yours for the taking. And you don’t have to be a techno-whiz to exploit them.Whether you’re planning your own wedding or helping somebody else, this is the only book you need. Put today’s best online resources to work for you.

Everything Wedding Book

Everything Wedding Book: Your all –in-one guide to planning the wedding of your dreams

by Katie Martin

Ever since it was published as the first book in the Everything series, The Everything Wedding Book has been the go-to resource for brides-to-be. Now it’s back and better than ever! Written by trusted wedding planner and expert Katie Martin , this new and improved edition includes information on: Multicultural and interfaith ceremonies Having a nontraditional wedding Floral design, with a new lighting and décor section Planning an eco-friendly wedding Using the Internet to set up a wedding website and to buy products and services From the guest list and invitations to the honeymoon and thank-you cards, this is the definitive guide for anyone planning, helping to plan, or hoping to someday plan the wedding of her dreams!

InStyle Weddings

InStyle Weddings

by Hilary Sterne

Whether staged with black tie formality in a candle-lit chateau or with bare feet under a summer oak tree, the perfect wedding is only perfect to the extent that its personal. When you’ve decided to say yes, In Style Weddings is the one book you’ll need to create your unique expression of this timeless ritual. So that when the time comes to say I do, you’ll be in the moment and loving it. Here’s a world of inspiring options shown in exquisite detail invitations, dresses, flowers, music, cakes and tips from today’s top wedding planners on how to make it all come together in a way thats personal, meaningful, and just right. In Style Weddings takes you inside the entire planning process, from choosing the right ring for you to honeymoon ideas that add the perfect blush from high adventure to serious serenity.

Last Decision Youll Ever Make

The Last Decision You’ll Ever Make: A Groom’s Survival Guide

by Mark Connelly

From bridezillas and wedding planners to mother-in-laws, bad bridesmaids, and clueless best men–at last, a laugh-a-minute survival guide for men about the pitfalls and pleasures of getting married In this wedding survival guide written by a man for other men, the reader will find no references to “your special day” and no floral motifs–this book offers sensible and realistic advice while providing belly laughs and wry insights into the terror and wonder of the last decision you’ll ever make. Using hilarious quotes from films, books, and TV shows, the guide provides a serious groom’s-eye view of everything from the proposal to out-of-control mothers-in-law to feral best men. A wedding is about you and your partner, your friends and family, and fun times, not silver-gilded wedding programs and bonbonniere (don’t ask). Enjoying the wedding process is about perspective, good humor, and not taking the whole production too seriously. So sit back, learn a bit about wedding stuff as well as your bride and what she’s going through, and have a few laughs along the way

Rustic Wedding Chic

Rustic Wedding Chic

by Maggie Lord

RusticWeddingChic.com is the number one online resource for rustic & country weddings. Rustic weddings are the hottest alternative to the traditional hotel ballroom, allowing couples to make their day more personal. Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com shares inspiration, ideas and advice on planning a rustic and country wedding. Get an insider’s look at real weddings set in rustic locations, country and farm destinations, and backyard venues, all with an independent, eco-friendly and creative approach. Rustic Wedding Chic is also the inspiration for a collection of rustic wedding favors and goods from Whispering Pines.

Style Your Perfect Wedding

Style Your Perfect Wedding

Want a beautiful wedding that perfectly represents you and your partner? Style Your Perfect Wedding has all the advice you need for the wedding of your dreams. From unique wedding ideas to creative wedding themes, from fun bridal shower ideas to handmade wedding crafts, from a beautiful bouquet to the best dresses for your bridal party, Style Your Perfect Wedding is like having your own private wedding coordinator with you every step of the way to your wedding. Filled with wedding ideas, Style Your Perfect Wedding is easy to browse and reference — tailor your wedding for any season or theme, and create a wedding that’s perfect, even for the bride on a budget. It’s filled with over 50 charming projects, including: save-the-date cards, centerpieces, linens, ring cushions, and confetti. This book also has fantastic ideas for getting your bridal party involved in designing and planning your wedding. This book brings dream weddings within reach, no matter how big or small you want your celebration to be. Want a big, beautiful wedding that your friends and family will talk about for years to come? Want a more intimate wedding, complete with handcrafted details? Style Your Perfect Wedding has everything you could want for a smaller wedding, too. Including notes on wedding customs from around the world, practical advice, and tips and tricks for the bride-to-be, Style Your Perfect Wedding is an indispensable resource for brides.

Veil of Night

Veil of Night

by Linda Howard

Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job – usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed. The problem is, most everyone – from the cake maker and the florist to the wedding-gown retailer and the bridesmaid’s dressmaker – had his or her own reason for wanting the bride dead, including Jaclyn. And while those who felt Carrier’s wrath are now smiling at her demise, Jaclyn refuses to celebrate tragedy, especially since she finds herself in the shadow of suspicion. Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. Being a prime suspect means that Jaclyn is hands-off just when Eric would rather be hands-on. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow.

Wedding Officiants Guide

The Wedding Officiant’s Guide: How to Write and Conduct a Perfect Ceremony

by Lisa Francesca

Last year, one in three American weddings were officiated by a friend or family member. With the officiating trend on the rise, novice officiants need a resource to guide them. In The Wedding Officiant’s Guide , interfaith minister Lisa Francesca breaks down the entire officiating process, from becoming an ordained officiant and interviewing the couple to drafting and performing a moving ceremony. Written in an engaging and friendly tone, and featuring empowering advice, suggested readings, stories and lessons learned from new officiants, and practical tips from wedding planners, this inviting handbook will help new officiants write and deliver a wedding ceremony that fulfills marriage laws, delights guests, and honors the marrying couple.