History and Hamilton

 

 

So I was up waaaay too long last night. The sole reason for this was because I got hooked on the Original Broadway Recording of Hamilton. I have been hearing the buzz regarding this musical over the last few months and with it being described as, “the best piece of art in any form that I have seen in my life” by none other than the First Lady, I had to check it out. Using Hoopla (which is a service provided free by the Chesapeake Public Library) I was pulled into the late eighteenth century in a way I had never before imagined.

Hamilton is the brain child of Lin-Manuel Miranda which started after he read Ron Chernow’s biography on the Founding Father that graces the ten dollar bill. Miranda had the brilliant idea of adapting the work into an Off-Broadway musical (which sounds audacious enough) using the medium of Hip-Hop and Rap to drive the narrative.  That’s right, the story of Alexander Hamilton is told through two and a half hours of remarkable history and clever rap!

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Staff Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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An adorably quirky teenage girl who struggles to fit in at school encounters a mysterious (and handsome) transfer student who seems to know more about her than he should. As strange things begin to happen all around her, the boy reveals the truth: dark forces are threatening humanity, and she is the only one with the power to stop them.

Sounds familiar, right? Popular media is overflowing with stories that focus on seemingly ordinary teenagers suddenly discovering their Great Destinies, and the havoc this causes in the world around them. But what about the kids in the backgrounds of those stories, who don’t have hidden powers, or prophecies to fulfill? In The Rest of Us Just Live Here, author Patrick Ness explores what it might be like to be an ordinary teenager in a world where Chosen Ones and Apocalypses pop up on a regular basis, the student body is sometimes infiltrated by vampires, and the gods interfere with mortal affairs.

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