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