Books Backstage

The Prince George Public Library and Theatre NorthWest have partnered to connect library patrons and theatre goers with resources on themes addressed within the plays performed during Theatre NorthWest’s 2017/2018 season. In collaboration with Theatre NorthWest’s artistic director, PGPL librarians will provide recommendations of fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and other materials that may enrich the audiences’ experience of the performances. Book lists will be posted at least one month in advance of each play.

Book list to accompany It’s a Wonderful Life, which runs Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, 2017

The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between by Lee Eisenberg
In this engaging and provocative new book, Lee Eisenberg, bestselling author of The Number, dares to tackle nothing less than what it takes to find enduring meaning and purpose in life.
Life Reimagined: the Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
There's no such thing as an inevitable midlife crisis, Barbara Bradley Hagerty writes in this provocative, hopeful book. It's a myth, an illusion. New scientific research explodes the fable that midlife is a time when things start to go downhill for everybody. In fact, midlife can be a great new adventure, when you can embrace fresh possibilities, purposes, and pleasures.
Encyclopedia of angels by Richard Webster
Best-selling author and angel expert Richard Webster presents this alphabetically-arranged book of angels, a collection of over 500, hailing from diverse traditions, cultures, and belief systems all over the world. A snapshot of each angel's traits, abilities, and specialties.
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
This novel takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: why are we here?
Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan
Ben’s girlfriend Marly has died. A life that was once filled with love and vibrancy is now gray and meaningless. When Marly and several other ghosts come back to haunt him on Valentine's Day, Ben takes a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present, and future.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
For high school senior Samantha, February 12 should be one big party. And it is...until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Dickens' classic Christmastide story in which the mean Scrooge is converted to compassion and care by a series of ghostly visitations from the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future.
The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans
A broken man. A twist of fate. A second chance. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk comes the first novel in a riveting new trilogy that explores the tantalizing question: What if you could start over?
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove “that the hours of his life belong to himself alone." In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

DVDs:

It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
A man is prevented from committing suicide by an elderly angel, who takes him back through his life to see what good he has done, and how the world would be if he had not been born.
The Holiday, 2006
Two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life
Miracle on 34th Street, 2006
The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but he has to prove in court that he is who he says he is. Bonus features include featurettes, commentary, Movietone News, colorized version, and much more.

Current Play:

It’s a Wonderful Life, Radio Play
It’s a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, who spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls. But on a broken and confused Christmas Eve, his guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth and shows him how his town, family, and friends would have turned out if he had never been born, helping him to understand about what in life there is to be both proud and thankful for. One of the holiday seasons’ most recognizable stories, this adaptation from 2004 puts the audience inside a fictional local radio station in an innovative presentation of the story that is sure to be fresh in its style and unique in its experience. Perfect for the whole family!

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