Fall is still in full swing, Thanksgiving is coming up, and this month we are featuring suggestions for books and movies with fall themes on our blog. Life here in Arlington, VA gets so busy it can be hard to take time for a break, but we think taking time to watch a movie or read a book could be just what you need to recharge. So get some snacks and a drink and settle into your favorite armchair for some me-time at your Wildwood Park apartment.
Prep school, uniforms, and autumnal scenery in Delaware make this inspiring movie a classic way to connect with the majestic surroundings of fall. Honing in on an unconventional teacher that helps his class connect with what they’re learning outside of their textbooks, Robin Williams teaches an outstanding lesson about bringing what we learn to life.
Football is about as fall-centric as you can get. Notre Dame’s campus and football team are the focus of this story as our main character Rudy—as played by Sean Astin—tries his best to overcome the academic, financial, and physical limitations that would keep him from playing the game he loves for the school of his dreams. You can’t get a more satisfying ending than this one.
East Tennessee’s fall colors help tell the story of a group of boys’ journey to build a rocket—and what one of them will do to escape a life of working in the local coal mines. After being inspired by a satellite in the sky, a young boy shows the struggles of those with big dreams in this rural town. Striving to realize your dreams might not be easy, but it’s definitely something worth your time and energy/.
Books to Read This Fall
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
“Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the ‘witch’ is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!”
Thanksgiving: The True Story by Penny Colman
“Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal. But what is the origin of this tradition? Did it really begin when the Pilgrims and Native Americans got together in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts?
“In her signature narrative nonfiction style, Penny Colman paints a fascinating picture of this cherished American holiday. She examines numerous Thanksgiving claims which were antecedents to the national holiday we celebrate today, raises the turkey question—does everyone eat turkey on Thanksgiving?—and shows Sarah Josepha Hale's instrumental role in establishing the holiday. Get ready to delve into the rich past of Thanksgiving in an enlightening history that uncovers the true story.”
We hope these suggestions will help members of our apartment community enjoy some leisure time this fall! Thanks for reading today’s blog post!