This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of Hello, Dolly! at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.
Hello, Dolly! was a hit Broadway musical in 1964, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, and book by Michael Stewart. It was a musical adaptation of playwright Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce, The Merchant of Yonkers (revised, updated and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955). Flamboyant, colorful, and highly confident matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi travels to Yonkers to find a match for miserly curmudgeon Horace Vandergelder. In the process of finding Horace a match (herself), Dolly’s machinations have ripple effects on several other people, including Horace’s niece and two of his employees.
Hello, Dolly! was a huge hit, and has been revived several times. It is also a favorite musical theater selection for community theaters and high school theaters to produce. It introduced unforgettable tunes, including “It Takes a Woman”, “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance” and the titular “Hello, Dolly!”. Broadway and West End versions of the musical have starred such actresses as Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Barbara Streisand, Pearl Bailey, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters, among others. The original Broadway production won a then-record-tying 10 Tony Awards (a record it held for 37 years!). The stage musical was also adapted into a popular motion picture in 1969, starring Barbara Streisand.
The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay
by Kelly Harms [Harms]
Lily Stewart has reached a crossroads in her life. Her painting career hasn’t taken off, her best friend has changed beyond recognition, her relationship is a constant disappointment, and now she can’t keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With no one to turn to, Lily is forced to move from her beloved apartment, but while packing she comes across a piece of mail that had slipped to the back of her junk drawer: a letter detailing further action needed to finalize the annulment of a quickie Vegas wedding. From ten years ago!
Lily decides it’s time to gather up the pieces of her life, and the first item on her list of things to fix is that annulment… but you can’t just send a text ten years later reading, “Hey BTW we are still married.” This is something that must be addressed in person, so Lily decides to track down her husband – the charming, enigmatic man she connected with all those years ago.
Ben Hutchinson left a high-profile dot-com lifestyle behind to return home to his family and the small lake town he loves, Minnow Bay. He’s been living off the grid with the express purpose of making it hard to be found–so the last thing he expects is a wife he didn’t know he had making her presence known.
By chance, Lily finds her way to the magical Minnow Bay Inn. There she will discover not just a place to lay her head, but new friends, new inspiration, and maybe even a new chance to fall in love.
The Matchmaker Brides Collection
by Kim Vogel Sawyer [Sawyer]
Nine Meddling Matchmakers Find Love When They Least Expect It
Meet nine women of the late 1800s who have found themselves in the role of matchmaker. They think they have mastered the art of recognizing romantic potential in others, but when it comes to their own lives they have been unlucky in love. In small communities from Tennessee to Colorado, Wyoming to Indiana, love unexpectedly enters the women’s lives with men they never imagined marrying. But what will it take to get these ladies to say “I do”?
A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill
by Jennifer Beckstrand [Beckstrand]
There’s nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet!
Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is…
Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell-but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes-and win her heart forever..
by Barbara Delinsky [Delinsky]
New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinksy delights with two timeless tales of love and forgiveness.
First, Best and Only
When she was just seventeen, Marni Lange loved Brian Webster with a consuming passion, until a tragic accident tore them apart. Now, fourteen years later, Marni is a successful businesswoman about to be profiled by an acclaimed photographer–none other than Brian Webster. Suddenly, they find themselves face-to-face with the past that has haunted them and a second chance that they never expected.
A Single Rose
Shaye Burke wasn’t surprised at the invitation to join a Caribbean boat tour–it was just her aunt Victoria’s style. Yet as Shaye meets the crew, she realizes too late she’s fallen victim to another matchmaking scheme. Noah VanBaar may be rugged and sexy, but she is done with love…unless Noah can convince Shaye it’s waiting right in front of her.
by Daniel Handler [Handler]
I am Daniel Handler, the author of this book. Did you know that authors often write the summaries that appear on their book’s dust jacket? You might want to think about that the next time you read something like, “A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers.”
Adverbs is a novel about love — a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. At the start of the novel, Andrea is in love with David — or maybe it’s Joe — who instead falls in love with Peter in a taxi. At the end of the novel, it’s Joe who’s in the taxi, falling in love with Andrea, although it might not be Andrea, or in any case it might not be the same Andrea, as Andrea is a very common name. So is Allison, who is married to Adrian in the middle of the novel, although in the middle of the ocean she considers a fling with Keith and also with Steve, whom she meets in an automobile, unless it’s not the same Allison who meets the Snow Queen in a casino, or the same Steve who meets Eddie in the middle of the forest…
It might sound confusing, but that’s love, and as the author — me — says, “It is not the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done.” This novel is about people trying to find love in the ways it is done before the volcano erupts and the miracle ends. Yes, there’s a volcano in the novel. In my opinion a volcano automatically makes a story more interesting.
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe
by Deborah Cadbury [942.081 Cad]
A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother. As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria’s grandchildren numbered over thirty, and to maintain and increase British royal power, she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.
Yet for all their apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria’s matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Europe from London to Saint Petersburg, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined Queen Empress the next.
Writing Romantic Fiction
by Barbara Samuel [808.385 Sam]
Do you want to capture the share of the fastest growing market in fiction?
Do you have a compelling vision for a passionate love story?
Masterclass: Write Romantic Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this genre of popular fiction, whatever their focus. It is the only book available to cover the new and increasingly diverse sub-genres in romance to give insight into how to write really good eroticism, and to show aspiring writers how to gain recognition for their work. Whether contemplating self-publishing or going the traditional route, this is a smart and completely contemporary guide to writing sellable, credible and memorable romance.
The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing
by Roger Rosenblatt [152.41 Ros]
In The Book of Love, Roger Rosenblatt explores love in all its moods and variations–romantic love, courtship, battle, mystery, marriage, heartbreak, fury, confusion, melancholy, delirium, ecstasy; love of family, of friends; love of home, of country, of work, of writing, of solitude, of art; love of nature; love of life itself.
Rosenblatt is on a quest to illuminate this elusive and essential emotion, to define this thing called love. Cleverly using lines from love songs to create a flowing ballad–as infectious and engaging as a jazz riff–he intersperses fictional vignettes that capture lovers in different situations, ages, and temperaments along with notes addressed to “you,” his wife of fifty years. “The story I have to tell is of you. Of others, too. Other people, other things. But mainly of you. It begins and ends with you. It always comes back to you.”
Lively yet profound, poignant yet joyous, The Book of Love is a triumph of intellect and imagination: a personal discourse on love that is both novel and timeless.
Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers)
by Daniel Jones [152.41 Jon]
Love. We want it. We need it. We pay it homage with songs and poems and great works of art. And when we lose it, there’s no pain as intense or excruciating. For centuries we’ve been trying to figure it out, control it, or just get better at it. As the editor of a column about love for the New York Times, Daniel Jones reads thousands of stories about people’s intimate relationships–the ones that soar, crash, or hum along, from the bizarre to the supposedly “normal.” It’s possible that he’s read more true love stories than anyone on earth. In Love Illuminated, he teases apart this mystifying emotion that thrills, crushes, and sustains.
Drawing from the 50,000 stories that have crossed his desk over the past decade, Jones explores ten aspects of love–pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, trust, practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom–and creates a lively, funny and enlightening journey through this universal human experience that jangles the head and stirs the heart.
How the French Invented Love
by Barbara Yalom [944 Yal]
The Matchmaker (in a collection of plays)
by Thornton Wilder [817 W643t]
Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money stars the irrepressible busybody, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Through Dolly’s subtle machinations, several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th-century New York. This is the non-musical play that the hit musical “Hello, Dolly!” was adapted from, and was even earlier titled “The Merchant of Yonkers”, before being modified into “The Matchmaker”.
Hello, Dolly! (the film)
The 1969 hit feature film adaptation of the stage musical. Starring Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau, both of whom had also starred in the Broadway stage version.