Products we recommend for February 2010
By Julie Rattey
Miramax $12.99 DVD amazon.com and select retailers
Before he directed “Australia” and “Moulin Rouge!” Baz Luhrmann presented this offbeat, humorous, and romantic story of ballroom dancer Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio) whose taste for unconventional moves threatens his career. When a desperate Hastings halfheartedly takes on amateur Fran (Tara Morice) as his new partner for the upcoming championships, he finds himself learning a thing or two not just about dancing, but about life and love as well.
94 minutes. Rated PG.
Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable
Field Guide to Candy: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Candy Imaginable
By Anita Chu
Quirk Books $10.85 each book, paperback amazon.com and select retailers
Want to prepare something sweet for a loved one (or yourself!) this Valentine’s Day? From chocolate chip cookies and lavender orange puffs, to truffles and toffee bites, these guides offer more than 100 recipes each, along with trivia, history, and helpful baking notes.
The Very Best of Cole Porter
Hip-O Records $12.99 CD amazon.com and select retailers
This classy, romantic collection of favorites — such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love),” and “Night and Day,” — is sung by legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and Billie Holiday.
Song of Songs
Stile Antico Harmonia Mundi $20.98 CD amazon.com and select retailers
Talented British singers Stile Antico perform, a cappella, lush musical renditions of selections from the Old Testament book “Song of Songs” created by Renaissance composers.
Victorian Trading Company $29.95 (Item #14772) victoriantradingco.com
Walking with your sweetheart in the rain just got a lot simpler thanks to this umbrella built for two! Lace-trimmed. 4’.
Right Ho, Jeeves
P.G. Wodehouse Read by Martin Jarvis
CSA Word Price varies by vendor (4-CD set)
barnesandnoble.com, audible.com, and select retailers
Jeeves is a butler with a knack for solving problems equal to his master’s talent for creating them. In this volume in Wodehouse’s series set in 1930s England, Bertie Wooster tries to usurp Jeeves’ role in setting to right various matters of romance among his friends. Hilarity results.
Abridged. Approximately 5 hours.