During the Thanksgiving holiday season lets take a look at 24 audiobooks, movies, albums, and comics that we’re grateful are available on hoopladigital.com.
Day One: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
One of Italy’s most acclaimed authors offers a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends growing up in Naples during the 1950s.
Day Two: To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s classic masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south takes readers to the roots of human behavior. It is compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving.
Day Three: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury’s rumination of aging, from childhood to adulthood and from adulthood to old age, is more well written and poetic than any dark fantasy needs to be.
Day Four: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Selected by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as part of his A Year In Books series, historian Yuval Noah Harari integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human.
Day Five: Yes Please
The audiobook edition of Amy Poehler’s first book features appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents for an experience more like a cocktail party than your average celebrity autobiography.
Day Six: A People’s History of The United States
The only history book to ignore the great men in high places and tell America’s story from the point of view of its women, factory workers, African-Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers.
Day Seven: The Birth Of The Cool
When infamously narcissistic trumpeter Miles Davis put together a nine piece bebop band he probably knew he was creating what would go down in history as the epitome of cool jazz.
Day Eight: The Great Courses
The college level video courses on everything from astronomy and ancient history to drawing and playing chess are just as entertaining as they are educational.
Day Nine: The Chronicles Of Narnia
C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia has captivated readers of all ages for decades, enchanting them with a magical realm where boys and girls become kings and queens, where animals talk, and were good always triumphs over evil.
Day Ten: Knuckleball
You don’t need to be a baseball fan to appreciate this gentle documentary about the impossible-to-hit pitch thrown by very few professional players, including New York Met R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield, a Red Sox veteran.
Day Eleven: Charade
The most Hitchcockian movie never directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Charade stars Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Walter Matthau in a twisty-turny stylish comedic thriller.
Day Twelve: Stop Making Sense
More than 30 years after their groundbreaking concert film first ran, the Stop Making Sense live album sounds just as uniquely new as the Talking Heads did in the Reagan-era.
Day Thirteen: Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
Without even seeing the live show, the recording of Hamilton’s music, mixing hip hop with showtunes, lives up to all the hype.
Day Fourteen: The Walking Dead
You’ve probably seen the gory zombie series on television and you might think you know the whole story, but the original graphic novels tell an alternate, but just as good, story of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors struggling during the zombie apocalypse.
Day Fifteen: Lumberjanes
Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love about this graphic novel series?
Day Sixteen: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
Pee Wee Herman introduced America’s youth—and millions of young-at-heart adults—to a new brand of Saturday morning show when he and his merry band of playmates (human, puppet, and otherwise) revolutionized the face of children’s television.
Day Seventeen: Tig Notaro
Comedian Tig Notaro built a career, like most comics, on observational comedy. But on the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she improvised an entire set, telling the audience about her fears and other personal difficulties. With that sad, scary, revealing, and hilarious performance Tig became a comedy icon.
Day Eighteen: Magnolia Electric Co.
Singer-songwriter Jason Molina recorded for years under the pseudonym Songs: Ohia with a rotating collection of backing musicians. 2003 marked a shift in direction for Molina. Drawing heavily on the heartland sounds of of the 1960s and 70s, he put together a stable band of his best collaborators and created an all-time great album of country-inspired classic rock.
Day Nineteen: Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat is a groovy, blue cat. No matter where he goes, Pete the Cat always keeps his cool. He loves surfing, playing baseball and guitar, spending time with his friends, and trying new things.
Day Twenty: Winnie the Pooh
If you want a family break from TV and movies, get comfy, close your eyes, and let master storyteller A.A. Milne and narrator Peter Dennis offer timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart needed in the best children’s stories.
Day Twenty-One: Motown
With just a few clicks, travel back over 50 years with more than 200 number one hits from Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, Martha & the Vandellas, the Temptations and more of Hitsville’s greatest performers.
Day Twenty-Two: Y The Last Man
Over ten volumes, writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator by Pia Guerra tell the story of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers he is the only male left after a plague instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. If you’d prefer a little more optimism in your Walking Dead, then this series is for you.
Day Twenty-Three: Mystery Science Theater 3000
For a certain generation, Mystery Science Theater’s annual “Turkey Day” marathons of cheesy movies is America’s most beloved new Thanksgiving tradition since Butterball turkeys and marshmallow sweet potatoes.
Day Twenty-Four: Lonesome Dove
This sprawling epic of the Old West tells the story of the last frontier, a daring cattle drive, and an undying love. Featuring performances by Robert Duvall, Tommy lee Jones, Angelica Houston, Diane Lane, and Danny Glover, Lonesome Dove continues to be a treasured classic for generations to come.