Shirley Temple was the number one ranked box office attraction for four straight years in the mid-to-late thirties.The little girl with big talent died this past February at age 85. She was successful in two careers (film, of course, and diplomacy), but seemingly little was made of her passing.
At one quarter English, it's barely enough to claim as part of my heritage. Not surprisingly, much of British culture and life is a mystery to me. My friends and colleagues, however, tell me that mysteries are what they do best. Alas, they were referring to British mystery TV series. OK, let's take a look!
In the Stacks — formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist — is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!