VMF Film and Book Recommendations December 2022


Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas comedy-drama starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. Winner of four Academy Awards. The movie was selected in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Another Christmas comedy classic is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. The Griswolds and Cousin Eddie won our laughter in 1989.



Cover of Ted Kennedy: A Life by John A Farrell

John A. Farrell draws from Kennedy’s diary and personal conversations for this biography of one of the United States’ most important political figures. From his childhood to his death, Kennedy’s life is examined. Kennedy worked across the aisle to craft funding for AIDS and HIV research, health care and other important issues. He voted against the confirmation of two Supreme Court Justices who voted with the majority on Dobbs v. Jackson, the 2022 decision that reversed Roe v. Wade. Kennedy: A Life is longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Available wherever books are sold.