We think the library is a perfect hangout for Curious folks! Our friends there have read Constellations and put together some exciting recommendations to add to the experience.
The Denver Public Library recommends these library resources to enhance your theatre experience.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. When brilliant and promising neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer he embarked on a journey to tell his story and deal with the devastating consequences of his diagnosis through memoir. As his disease progressed it began to attack his brain as well forcing him to face similar problems of thought and cognition to Marianne.
The Last Five Years (2014). Based on Jason Robert Brown’s musical of the same name, The Last Five Years chronicles the ill-fated romance of Jamie Wellerstein, a rising-star novelist and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The story is told through the perspectives of these two lovers, with Cathy’s story beginning at the end of their relationship and moving backward through time, and Jamie’s story beginning when the two meet, with the two storylines crossing at their wedding. At turns funny and sad, this is a black romcom with catchy tunes.
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene. We should have no doubts that science can be weird, logic fuzzy and sometimes, everything we thought we knew is made topsey-turvy by a new discovery on the frontiers of physics. The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene, explores some of this in an entertaining and clearly written, if headlong dive into the bleeding edge of quantum mechanics. Greene acts as tour guide to the multiverse, ultimately describing nine different theories of parallel universes that all try to answer the question, “what is reality made of?” His exploration includes considerations of the Inflationary Multiverse (we live in one of many bubble universes!), the Simulated Multiverse (we exist as a computer simulation!) and the Quantum Multiverse (every choice gives birth to a new universe!). Greene does a fine job of pulling back the curtain of reality, all the while tugging at the weave and making a beautiful unraveling.
One Day by David Nicholls. Staggered over twenty years One Day tells the story- albeit disjointedly- of the relationship or lack thereof between Dexter and Emma every year on July 15th, which is the British equivalent of Groundhog Day. Each time Dexter and Emma reunite the question remains will they ever get to happily ever after or keep veering off-course?