Saturday, January 10, 2015

Anticipation - New for 2015

Early in the week, I did a brown bag lunch that talked about anticipated movies made from books, and anticipated books. I have to admit, a couple of the books were coming out the very day I did the program, but that doesn't mean people weren't anticipating them! So, here are the movies and books I featured.

Anticipation – New for 2015

Forthcoming Movies/TV made from books –

Still Alice – Lisa Genova (Release date 1/16, after Oscar-qualifying one-week run in Dec. In general
release in February.) A renowned Harvard professor receives a shattering diagnosis that changes her family forever. Stars Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth.

The Humbling – Philip Roth (Release date 1/26) An aging and addled actor has his world turned upside down after he has an affair with a lesbian. Stars Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick.

Fresh Off the Boat – Eddie Huang (ABC series premiere 2/4) Based on Huang’s memoir, a Taiwanese family makes their way in America in the 1990s.

 Seventh Son – Joseph Delaney (Release date 2/6) Based on Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series, Tom is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first test comes when the Spook is away. Stars Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges.

In the Heart of the Sea – Nathaniel Philbrick (Release date is 3/13) Based on the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, preyed upon by a sperm whale in 1820, stranding the crew for 90 days. The story also influenced Melville's Moby Dick. Stars Chris Hemsworth. Director Ron Howard.

Serena – Ron Rash (Release date is 3/27) In Depression-era North Carolina, George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena. Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence.

The Dovekeepers – Alice Hoffman (CBS, 3/31 & 4/1) – Based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about the siege of Masada, the miniseries focuses on four women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival.

The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks (Release date 4/15) – The lives of a young couple intertwine with that of a much older man who reflects on a lost love after he’s in a car crash. Stars Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood.

Anticipated Books –

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust – Alan Bradley – Latest Flavia de Luce novel , in which Flavia is sent to boarding school in Canada, but that doesn't stop her sleuthing. (1/6)

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth – Christopher Scotton – A coming-of-age novel set in a coal town in Appalachia in Kentucky. (1/6)

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – Three women narrate the book, that has the most unreliable narration since Gone Girl. Rachel, the main narrator, is drunk throughout most of the story. When another woman disappears, Rachel ends up as the vague, drunken witness. One of the hot books coming out. Supposedly the next Gone Girl. (1/13)

First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen – Allen brings back the Waverley women from Garden Spells as they grow restless in autumn because of their apple tree and the magic that surrounds it. (1/20)

My Father’s Wives – Mike Greenberg – The ESPN star writes of a man who discovers his life isn’t as perfect as he thought, so he tracks down his father’s five ex-wives to learn about the man he never knew. (1/20)

The Magician’s Lie – Greer Macallister – Debut novel about a female illusionist given one night to convince a policeman she is not a murderer. “Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus.” (1/13)

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah – What would women do for their children’s survival? Occupied France in 1939. (2/3)

A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler – Tyler reveals the nature of a family’s life as she traces generations of the Whitshank family. (2/10)

Hush Hush – Laura Lippman – Baltimore sleuth Tess Monaghan takes on a new gig as a mother while working on a new case, that of a documentary filmmaker who may be getting away with murder. (2/24)

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Erik Larson (3/10)

A Dangerous Place – Jacqueline Winspear – A new Maisie Dobbs novel. (3/17)

If some of the descriptions are a little skimpy, there are two reasons. Does anyone really need to know more than Dead Wake is about the Lusitania? And, remember, I was there to talk about all the books.

Then, I gave away a few ARCs, ones I had as duplicates.

Among Thieves – John Clarkson – Thomas Perry calls it, “An intense, well-written thriller about tough, cunning men whose conflicting schemes turn Brooklyn into a battlefield.” (2/3)

The Unquiet Dead – Ausma Zehanat Khan – Debut that follows Canadian detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the death of a man who may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. (1/13)

Fear the Darkness – Becky Masterman – Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is building a new life in Tucson when she agrees to help a local couple investigate the death of their son. (1/20)


Kay said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the Still Alice movie. Such a powerful book.

Glad you got to resume your brown bag program in your new library. Bet they loved it!

Anonymous said...

They used to have a brown bag lunch day at the science museum, where I used to work. People loved it. I know this has to be a lot of fun, at your library.

Lesa said...

I've been doing them for a while, Kay. I don't have the audience I'd like yet, but we,'re having fun.

Lesa said...

It is fun, Patricia. I love to talk about books!

Anonymous said...

I just read the ARC of Fear the Darkness and loved it.

Lesa said...

Great to know, Page! Thank you.

Carol N Wong said...

Can't wait for the movie of Still Alice!!

Reine said...

Great list, Lesa... will help direct my book and movie choices. I need that!

Melissa Bo said...

I'm looking forward to reading First Frost! =)

Lesa said...

I'm excited about Still Alice, too, Carol.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Reine! Still Alice. I want to see it.

Lesa said...

I am, too, Melissa.