Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tips for Tuesdays - Books: The Wizard of Oz and The Other La Boheme

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Me - Today I am recommending The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. It is a really good book. It is one of my favorite classic books. I like everything about it. The story is interesting. I like when Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion. The Wizard of Oz teaches some good lessons about being smart, having a heart and having courage among other things. It is a fun way to learn these lessons through reading a classic book. Everybody should read it at least once even if they have see the movie.
Mom - Today I am recommending The Other La Boheme by Yorker Keith. The Other La Boheme is about a group of four young opera singer's preparing to put on a concert performance of La Boheme but not the more familiar version of the opera by Puccini a less familiar version  of the opera by Leoncavallo. Each of the four tries to balance their personal lives with their desire to pursue an opera career. Stephanie doesn't want to take money from the father who abandoned her and her mother when she was young so she struggles to support herself on her own. Jennifer is so despondent when her boyfriend leaves her for another woman that she doesn't even know if she wants to go on let alone sing. John is torn between his  commitment to singing and a neglected wife who may want a divorce. Henry doesn't know whether to continue pursuing the opera career  he really wants or become a teacher and find a nice woman to settle down with like his family encourages him to do. This is a very engaging book that is very entertainingly written in acts and scenes instead of chapters and sections as if it were a real opera. If you are interested in opera, you will love the insight it provides into what it is like to perform opera and into Leoncavallo's La Boheme in particular. Even if you don't like opera, if you like a book with likable characters and an interesting story, you will still enjoy this book.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

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