Nostalgia: Because you find the present tense and the past perfect

Something that has really kept me in a good mood during quarantine has been nostalgia. I get this feeling from reading and watching all of my favorite shows and movies that I otherwise wouldn’t have as much time to revisit. Personally, I find behind-the-scenes information about iconic film and television super interesting. For all of fellow folks that are sentimental for what was going on on the other side of the camera in 80s and 90s, this one's for you.

As we try to make the best of this “current normal” life we are living, I write this with the hopes that there are people out there who miss seeing the library's book displays as much as I miss making them. With that idea in mind, I present to you the concept of a virtual display. This “display” will feature books that are all available on at least one of our two e-audio and ebook apps, Hoopla and Libby. I will provide the title, a quick summary from our very own catalog, and a link to where you can check it out virtually.

Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era by Saul Austerlitz

A behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the 25th anniversary of the show's premiere. A quarter of a century after its premiere, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe. Thanks to the show's immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television's last moment of dominance, Friends has become super influential and beloved not only by its generation but for the future generations to come. 

Sienfeld and Philosophy by William Irwin

Designed for philosophers, as well as readers with no particular philosophical background, this is a book of essays about everything and nothing alike – just like the beloved show. 

Saturday Night Live and American TV

Since 1975, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" has greeted late night-TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of countless comedians, and week after week produced everything from unforgettable parodies to provocative political satire – always adapting to the changing times. This book features essays about the imporatance of this comical show on American televisions everywhere. 

Golden Girls Forever by Jim Colucci

This is the first-ever complete Golden Girls retrospective, packed with hundreds of exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes and never-before-revealed stories, more than 200 color and black-and-white photos, commentary, and more.

Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80's Teen Movies by Kevin Smokler

In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why these locations are so important to these movies. Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and chock full of interesting facts about your favorite 80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan. 

The Ultimate History of 80s Teen Movie by James King

The Ultimate History of the '80s Teen Movie goes behind-the-scenes of a genre where cult hits mingled with studio blockbusters, where giants like Spielberg and Coppola rubbed shoulders with baby-faced first-timers, and where future superstars all got their big break.

Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen by Timothy Shary

Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen is a detailed look at the depiction of teens on film and its impact throughout film's history. Timothy Shary looks at the development of the teen movie – the rebellion, the romance, the sex and the horror – up to contemporary portrayals of ever-changing youth.