Remembering JFK: 50 Years after the Assassination

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Those are among the most famous words spoken by John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address as our nation’s 35th president.

On this 50th anniversary of his assassination, we take time to reflect on his life, his presidency, his tragic death and his legacy. In addition to the more than 40,000 books already published about JFK, there’s a shelf full of new titles which were released this year. Here’s a quick guide to help you discover some of the best-selling and most-talked-about nonfiction this season.

(Row 1) Five Days in November by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin, The Kennedy Assassination by Professor Matthew Smith and David Southwell, End of Days by James Swanson, The Day Kennedy Was Shot by Jim Bishop; (Row 2) Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly, Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews, TIME JFK: His Enduring Legacy by David Von Drehle with Chris Matthews; (Row 3) Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy by Caroline Kennedy, Photographic History of JFK: His Life, His Legacy by Tim Hill; and Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio. 

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate. 
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

Singin’ in the Rain’s 60th Anniversary

Singin’ in the Rain was first released on March 27, 1952 in New York City. This comedy musical stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds and is directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also providing the choreography. It offers a comedic depiction of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to “talkies” in the 1920s. It pays homage to the roots of cinema.

Since its debut 60 years ago, several DVD collections of Singin’ in the Rain have hit the shelves in celebration of MGM’s “Technicolor Musical Treasure.” And, rumor has it that Warner Brothers plans to release the film on Blu-Ray this summer.

Here’s the famous, namesake musical number featuring Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain.

If you’ve never seen it before, you simply must! Singin’ in the Rain is a classic! A delightful melody of vintage music, dance, comedy and romance. It’s the kind of lighthearted musical that will get you whistling or humming a tune.

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo, Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo, Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo – Meredith

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.