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Cinderella in Print and Film

May 15, 2015 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Jessica Lawrence:

With Disney’s recent release of their live-action Cinderella adaptation in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the 1950 animated release, now is the perfect time to revisit some of our favorite fairy tale retellings and adaptations. Check out some of these Cinderella adaptations in print and film!



A Girl Like Me


A Girl Like Me by Ni-Ni Simone






Ash by Malinda Lo




Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella


Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella by Cameron Dokey






Bound by Donna Jo Napoli






Cinder by Marissa Meyer




Cinderella: An Islamic Tale


Cinderella: An Islamic Tale retold by Fawzia Gilani



Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love


Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson




Cinderella: Ninja Warrior


Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan




Cinderella: Stories Around the World


Cinderella: Stories Around the World by Cari Meister




Cinderella Unmasked


Cinderella Unmasked by Bonnie Dee and Marie Treanor




Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire




Cyber Cinderella


Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson




Just Ella


Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix




Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses


Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge




Redneck Cinderella


Redneck Cinderella by LuAnn McLane




The Captive Maiden


The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson




The Cinderella Deal


The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie




The Cinderella Hour


The Cinderella Hour by Katherine Stone




The Cinderella Society


The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy




The Fairy Godmother


The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey




Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness


Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow






A Cinderella Story


A Cinderella Story




A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song


A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song




A Princess for Christmas


A Princess for Christmas




Another Cinderella Story


Another Cinderella Story




Ashpet: An American Cinderella


Ashpet: An American Cinderella




Disney's Cinderella


Cinderella (Walt Disney)





Cinderella (1957 ballet)


Cinderella (Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet -1957)




Cinderella (1989 ballet)


Cinderella (Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet -1989)




Cinderella (2011 ballet)


Cinderella (Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet – 2011)




Cinderella II: Dreams Come True & Cinderella III: A Twist of Fate


Cinderella II: Dreams Come True & Cinderella III: A Twist of Fate




Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in The West


Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in The West




Ella Enchanted


Ella Enchanted










Ever After: A Cinderella Story


Ever After: A Cinderella Story




Into the Woods


Into the Woods (1990)




Into the Woods


Into the Woods (2014)




La Cenerentola


La Cenerentola (Gioacchino Rossini’s opera)




Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella>

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1957 – Julie Andrews, Edie Adams)



Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  (1997 – Brandy, Whitney Houston)




The Chipettes: The Glass Slipper Collection


The Chipettes: The Glass Slipper Collection




The Slipper and the Rose


The Slipper and the Rose




You can check out all of these titles and more at the Indianapolis Public Library!


An Arctic Thriller

May 12, 2015 by Reader's Connection

SapmiWhen I think of Lapland, which is almost never, I think of quaint scarves and rosy-cheeked blondes standing next to reindeer. I’m not at all familiar with Sápmi, which is the less cozy name for this region in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Klemet Nango is a Sami, which is what an indigenous resident of the area is called. Nina Nansen is a Norwegian who has been brought north to Sápmi to serve with Klemet on the Reindeer Police. The name of that group sounds antic, like something from a Monty Python routine, but the reindeer herders, and the police who try to enforce whatever herd boundaries there are, lead incredibly difficult lives.

Forty Days Without Shadow : An Arctic ThrillerFrench journalist Olivier Truc has used this background for Forty Days Without Shadow : An Arctic Thriller, in which Klemet and Nina investigate a murder and the theft of an old, invaluble Sami drum–not ordinary work for the Reindeer Police. There is ongoing political strife, having to do with the Sami desire for autonomy in the four countries where they live.

If you think Indianapolis winters are intense, you should go snowmobiling with Klemet and Nina, and experience the village of Kautokeino’s first sunrise in forty days. (That first day, as far as sunlight goes, will last for 27 minutes.) Be grateful for our Indiana spring.

Author Truc does a fine job of transporting the reader to different parts of Sápmi. Klemet and Nina are the principal investigators in this saga, but the story is told from many points of view.

I enjoyed the book, and learned something. In closing, I’m going to talk my software into accepting Sápmi as a real word.

The map of Sápmi is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. 

Forty Days Without Shadow is also available as a downloadable e-book.


Mary Roach’s Gulp is a great audiobook, but I can’t listen to it, so I’ve invented a new challenge.

May 8, 2015 by Reader's Connection

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary CanalWhen I saw audiobooks listed on Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, my response was swift:

Hello? Doesn’t everyone understand that listening to a book while driving is just as dangerous as texting while driving? I don’t have hard data to back that up, just personal near-accident experience. I’ll listen to my audiobooks while washing dishes.

I nevertheless checked out a CD audiobook version of Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. I thought that perhaps a light-hearted (if heavily-intestined) nonfiction title would not keep me hanging on every word the way a fiction title or poem would, and that I could drive safely while listening.

But no. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller had only gone as far as the tasting & smelling part of digestion, and already my road-focus had begun to suffer. I was afraid that when she spoke of fecal implants (as advertised on the CD case), I might hit a tree.

And I don’t really want listen to books while washing dishes.

So I recommend this audiobook for those of you who can handle it. Roach is a funny writer, drawn to subject matter that is usually thought of as repulsive; and Zeller reads well. But if you’re like me, and this challenge is unattainable for you, you might try a new one that I’ve created:

Read an entire magazine, cover to cover.

The New Yorker


A friend of mine pledged, decades ago, to read every issue of The New Yorker cover to cover when it arrived in the mail. She was always relieved, though, when an issue included a story by Donald or Frederick Barthelme, because she didn’t like those authors and knew she’d skip the story.




a a aaaa aaaaa aaa    a      aaaaaa   aaaaaaa aaa None of that nonsense if you accept this challenge. Aside from commercials, you must read everything. If the magazine is loaded with recipes, you must read them all. Think about this when making your selection.

PoetryI have selected the May 2015 issue of Poetry. I made the choice when I finished reading Frank Bidart’s poem “The Fourth Hour of the Night,” a poetic bio of Genghis Khan which, appropriately, takes up roughly a third of the issue. I subscribe to Poetry, so you may think this isn’t a challenge at all. You may assume that I read every issue, cover to cover. Not so. I was down in the dumps, in fact, thinking about letting my subscription drop, when the May issue arrived; and I enjoyed everything in it, which almost never happens.

I can’t name a favorite poem from this issue, but the one I’ve re-read the most is Karen Solie’s “Bitumen.” It involves oil-drilling disasters and great paintings. I was wandering around on vacation when I read it, beyond the reach of wi-fi, so I couldn’t google any of the references.

. . . When the storm comes,
we will see into it, there will be no near and no far. In sixty-five-foot seas
for the Ocean Ranger, green turned to black then white as molecules
changed places in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, the way wood passes into
flame, and communication errors into catastrophic failure
for the Piper Alpha offshore from Aberdeen.


My younger son, the fisherman, is in a pretty good mood. He’s so far ahead on the trail that you can barely see him. My elder son, loyal to his hobbling dad, stayed with me. The picture serves as a reminder that if you accept this challenge, you must read all the captions on every photograph in your magazine.

One of my readings was at the end of Big Harmonie Pond, in Harmonie State Park, where one son was fishing and another was just being near water, a favorite activity. The fishing son caught two bluegills and between the two of us we caught four ticks.

Should we not encourage a healthy dread of the wild places?

–Karen Solie

Solie’s poem was like a rough boat ride. I came to love it. Reading it at a remove from e-definitions and explanations was a good way to go.

Back home after vacation, though, I googled some names. Even better, I visited Poetry’s website, where there was a podcast involving the two poems I’ve mentioned and Thomas Lux’s “The Horse Poisoner.” Click on the green Podcast block to hear the poems (or excerpts) read by the poets, and discussed by Poetry’s editor Don Share and others.

And click below on the painting The Raft of the Medusa, which is one of the paintings mentioned in Solie’s poem, to read an essay by Solie which deals with issues that thrash about in the poem. I’m glad that I read the poem a few times in the park–glad to have had that boat-ride experience–but I’m grateful for the podcast and the essay.

Did I read the commentary section of the magazine? Of course I did. What do you take me for? Donald Revell’s autobiographical “Scholium” was a late-night read in a cabin in the woods, and there’s a chance that it’s not really as splendorous and revelatory as I think it is. No, that’s nonsense. The essay is splendorous and revelatory.

I don’t agree with everything in Cathy Park Hong’s “Against Witness,” but it’s fascinating, especially on the subject of poetry whose sole function is to witness.

But is it enough that a poem “remembers” when we are now entrenched in an era of total recall? Andreas Huyssen wrote, “Everything is stored in the cloud. There is endless memory. From the point of the view of the archive, forgetting is the ultimate transgression.” According to Huyssen, we suffer from a hypertrophy of memory. Like Beyoncé, who records every minute of her life, we have amassed archives so thorough that real time is cannibalizing present time. So why valorize poetry for being a living archive when memory has become our most booming industry? In an era when eyewitness testimonies, photos, and videos are tweeted seconds after a catastrophe, poetry’s power to bear witness now feels outdated and inherently passive.

I was reluctant, at first, to read Mike Chasar’s review of a book about kitsch poetry, for fear of learning that some favorite poems of mine are commonly thought of as kitsch. Such news can be disturbing. There was no cause for worry, though. The historical kitsch-connections being traced here simply reveal that I’m ignorant about lots of stuff; and I already knew that.

If you accept my magazine-reading challenge, I wish you all the best. I was lucky with my pick, and will close with Robert Herrick’s poem “The Coming of Good Luck.” Only four lines long, it appears at the beginning of Donald Revell’s essay.

So Good-luck came, and on my roof did light,
Like noiseless snow; or as the dew of night:
Not all at once, but gently, as the trees
Are, by the sunbeams, tickled by degrees.


Théodore Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa hangs in the Louvre. Images of it are in the public domain, and the one above is connected in some way to Wikipedia.

The artwork for the May cover of Poetry is Jenny Kendler’s “Species Traitor I.”

The artwork for the April 20th cover of The New Yorker is Bruce McCall’s “Life in the Cuba of Tomorrow.”


Dinaw Mengestu visits Central Library

May 6, 2015 by Reader's Connection

Dinaw Mengestu–author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, which was featured in our Big Read program in March and April–visited Central Library on April 25th.

Click on his picture to hear a bit of the address that he gave, and to hear him interviewed.

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is also available as a downloadable e-book and an audiobook on CD.

The other two titles that Mengestu mentions in his interview are available at IndyPL.

How to Read the Air


How to Read the Air

(Also available as a downloadable e-book.)



All Our Names


All Our Names

(Also available as a downloadable e-book.)




As Time Goes By

May 3, 2015 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Emily Chandler:

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Considered as one of the deadliest wars in history for soldiers and civilians alike, it claimed the lives of at least 65 million people worldwide and exposed the world to acts of unspeakable inhumanity, cruelty, and sorrow as well as those of extraordinary courage, endurance, and kindness.

Indeed, its global impact reached far beyond the battlefront and can be felt still today as authors continue to pay homage toward this brutal and tragic period and keep the memory immortalized through literature. Here are some recently released fiction novels set in that time period.

A Touch of Stardust


Alcott, Kate   A Touch of Stardust




All The Light We Cannot See


Doerr, Anthony   All The Light We Cannot See




The Narrow Road to the Deep North


Flanagan, Richard   The Narrow Road to the Deep North




At the Water’s Edge


Gruen, Sara   At the Water’s Edge




The Nightingale


Hannah, Kristin   The Nightingale




The Lady From Zagreb


Kerr, Philip   The Lady From Zagreb




Secrets of a Charmed Life


Meissner, Susan   Secrets of a Charmed Life




The Garden of Letters


Richman, Alyson   The Garden of Letters




China Dolls


See, Lisa   China Dolls






Treuer, David   Prudence




Lisette’s List


Vreeland, Susan   Lisette’s List