The final holiday weekend of summer — Labor Day — is here. It’s the only national holiday created solely to honor the American worker.
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“Purity: A Novel” by Jonathan Franzen; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (576 pages, $28)
Capsule reviews of the next week’s video releases, on DVD and Blu-ray, including special features:
Wes Craven, who had a strict religious upbringing that forbade the watching of movies, only to gain renown as a master of the horror genre with the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” franchises, died Aug. 30 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76.
With “Hannibal” ending, television loses one of its finest examples of how to delve into psychiatric matters and still tell stories that are lush and complicated while upholding the clear-eyed humanity the subject matter deserves.
Actress Melody Patterson, who played the feisty cowgirl Wrangler Jane in the comic western sitcom “F Troop” in the mid-1960s, has died at a nursing home in Hollister, Mo. She was 66.
Kristin Chenoweth, the pride of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has always worked her image as the opera singer next door. The sure-fire Broadway star, former “Glee” actress and frequent guest on the Jay Leno-era “Tonight Show” has broad, common-denominator appeal. In June, she and Scottish actor Alan Cumming were praised for their cheeky comic turn as hosts of the 2015 Tony Awards.
Kick up your heels, tickle those taste buds, enjoy some classic movies and cars, and chat with the critters this weekend with a variety of events in Grayson and Fannin Counties.
Alaa Al Aswany opens his new novel, “The Automobile Club of Egypt,” with two framing devices.
William Jay Smith, who wrote poetry with classical precision and childlike whimsy and who was a globe-trotting poetry consultant to the Library of Congress for two years, died Aug. 18 at a hospital in Pittsfield, Mass. He was 97.