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Products we recommend for February 2010

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By Julie Rattey

Strictly Ballroom

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.


Sweethearts’ umbrella

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.

Managing Editor Julie Rattey

Julie Rattey is a Boston-based writer and editor. She is the author of If I Grew Up in Nazareth, available from 23rdPublications.com.