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A booklist for: lower case

Production dates: January 15-24, 2016

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of lower case at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

lower case is an original play by Lincoln’s own actor-turned-playwright, Stephen Enersen, and the performances of the play at the Lincoln Community Playhouse were the play’s national debut. The play is a comedy/drama about relationships and impressions, as a disillusioned middle-aged man tries to hired an aspiring young actress to pretend to be his girlfriend, in order to fool his sister and win a wager. Throw in the actress’s over-protective young friend, and you’ve got a percolating pot full of “relationships” ripe for comic exploration.

Local Stories — Novels written by Lincoln authors

Barrelhouse Boys
by Joel E. Williamsen [Williamsen]

It is 1894, and Nebraskas glittering state capital draws young Bud Gardner away from drought and poverty towards a precarious existence within his uncles saloon, extended family and eccentric circle of bootleggers. But amidst the whores, oddballs, and shady characters of Lincolns Haymarket district, Bud discovers Anna Marie, a fiery Czech girl-and the deadly forces that connect Chicago s railroad strikes, Omahas slaughterhouse riots, a grisly Lincoln train wreck, and a local black man that has “conveniently” been accused of causing it. Weaving together an intriguing storyline with the real historical events and luminaries of turn-of-the-century Lincoln, Nebraska, including John J. Pershing (commanding the Nebraska Corps of Cadets), Willa Cather (reporter for the State Journal), and Charles Dawes (lawyer and future Nobel Peace laureate), Barrelhouse Boys is a fictional romp through the gaslight era that shouldnt be missed.

Mysterium Excelsum Unum
by Ellie Piersol [YA Piersol]

Stella’s life is upset when she moves to Nebraska to live with her mom after her dad’s death. She realizes, at Mysterium Excelsum, everyone has a certain magic to them.Students go missing in the school and she must find out why…before someone dies.

Haven’s Wake
by Ladette Randolph [Randolph]

Early July, and the corn in eastern Nebraska stands ten feet tall; after a near-decade of drought, it seems too good to be true, and everyone is watching the sky for trouble. For the Grebels, whose plots of organic crops trace a modest patchwork among the vast fields of soybeans and corn, trouble arrives from a different quarter in the form of Elsa’s voice on her estranged son’s answering machine: “Your father’s dead. You’ll probably want to come home.”nbsp;

When a tractor accident fells the patriarch of this Mennonite family, the threads holding them together are suddenly drawn taut, singing with the tensions of a lifetime’s worth of love and faith, betrayal and shame. Through the competing voices of those gathered for Haven Grebel’s funeral, acts of loyalty and failures, long-suppressed resentments and a tragic secret are brought to light, expressing a larger, complex truth.

Another Burning Kingdom
by Robert Vivian [Vivian]

The novel shifts among the points of view of three characters: Jackson, a 45-year-old loner living in a house near where he and his brother grew up in western Nebraska, has grown disillusioned with America’s materialistic path and is plotting a sinister act involving the state capitol building. His brother, Lem, a former pro baseball prospect, is driving hell-bent from his home in Glendale, Ariz., in the middle of the night, having become alarmed by a conversation with Jackson, who amply exhibited his violent streak two years earlier. Then there’s Lissa, Lem’s wife, long wary of Jackson’s destructive influence on her husband: even though she has found happiness in an affair, Lissa is plagued by ominous thoughts about Jackson.


A Man of Parts
by David Lodge [Lodge]

A riveting novel about the remarkable life-and many loves-of author H. G. Wells.

H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine and War of the Worlds , was one of the twentieth century’s most prophetic and creative writers, a man who immersed himself in socialist politics and free love, whose meteoric rise to fame brought him into contact with the most important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time, but who in later years felt increasingly ignored and disillusioned in his own utopian visions. Novelist and critic David Lodge has taken the compelling true story of Wells’s life and transformed it into a witty and deeply moving narrative about a fascinating yet flawed man.

Wells had sexual relations with innumerable women in his lifetime, but in 1944, as he finds himself dying, he returns to the memories of a select group of wives and mistresses, including the brilliant young student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West. As he reviews his professional, political, and romantic successes and failures, it is through his memories of these women that he comes to understand himself. Eloquent, sexy, and tender, the novel is an artfully composed portrait of Wells’s astonishing life, with vivid glimpses of its turbulent historical background, by one of England’s most respected and popular writers.

Be Safe I Love You
by Cara Hoffman [Hoffman]

The Army psychologist’s repeated calls should have been the first clue that something was horribly wrong with Lauren Clay. After returning from her tour of duty in Iraq, Lauren secretly takes her little brother, Danny, to the Canadian mountains to teach him survival skills in an isolated hunting village and further obsess over a strange oil field.

The Pig and I
by Rachel Toor [Biography Toor]

Funny, heartfelt, and irreverent, The Pig and I follows the hilly course of author Rachel Toor’s romantic life as she falls in love with a series of pets and in and out of love with an equally eclectic string of men, many of whom bear a striking resemblance to the animals, both in looks and temperament.From Prudence, a sweet white lab mouse who hates Rachel’ s sweet, mousy actor-boyfriend Charlie, to Emma the pig, a fifty-pound force of nature that Rachel coparents with her ex-boyfriend Jonathan, we accompany Rachel as she learns how to bring into her human relationships the same kind of acceptance she so easily extends to her pets. Anyone who knows the comfort of coming home after a disastrous date or day at the office to a wagging tail or a ready purr will find The Pig and I irresistible.

The Carrier
by Sophie Hannah [Hannah]

The latest in Sophie Hannah’s internationally bestselling Zailer & Waterhouse series, named by The Sunday Times as one of the 50 Best Thrillers of the Last Five Years When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she’s forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved. Tim Breary has confessed. He’s even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn’t given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife.


Plots & Characters: A Screenwriter on Screenwriting
by Mildred Kaufman [808.23 Kau]

An invaluable tool that reads like a great Hollywood diary, Plots and Characters takes a tough-love approach to helping young screenwriters and reveals secrets only a Hollywood veteran would know.

Cambridge Guide to American Theater
by Don B. Wilmeth [792.03 Cam]

An encyclopedic guide to all aspects of the American theatre from its earliest history to the present, with over 2,300 cross-referenced entries on people, venues, plays, and other theatrical phenomena. There are over 100 topical entries covering theatre in several major US cities and such disparate subjects as African-American, Asian and Hispanic theatre, theatre architecture, scenic design, gay and lesbian theatre, magic, unions, puppetry, and alternative, popular forms (such as circus, vaudeville, burlesque, tent shows). Arranged alphabetically, the entries help to redefine the domain of the American theatre. The Guide is supplemented with an extensive bibliography and biographical index, the latter covering over 3,000 individual entries. This revised edition, building on the work of over 80 expert contributors and including numerous corrections, updates and over 40 new entries reinforces its reputation as the most up-to-date guide to American theatre available.

The Art of the Playwright
by William Packard [808.2 Pac]

Two fully expanded and updated resource guides for writers at all levels of experienceWriting for the stage and screen presents artistic challenges to aspiring dramatics everywhere. Through practical, proven methods, playwright and poet William Packard leads readers past personal and professional obstacles to discover dramatic success.Whether advising readers on the best use of action and on-stage visuals or providing guidelines in effective development of character, dialogue, and plot, The Art of the Playwright offers an insightful and comprehensive introduction to the craft of writing plays. In addition, writers will find an extensive and invaluable listing of theaters, funding sources, writers’ colonies, contests, and magazines that publish plays. The book also traces playwriting through the centuries, devoting special attention to the Greek tragedians and the comedies, tragedies, and histories of Shakespeare.

Modern Dramatists
by Kimball King [822.08 Mod]

This comprehensive collection gathers critical essays on the major works of the foremost American and British playwrights of the 20th century, written by leading figures in drama/performance studies.

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch January 2016 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl