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Movie Review: STILL ALICE

December 2, 2014 – 10:55 pm | 3 Comments
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Based on Lisa Genova’s 2009 novel of the same name, Still Alice (limited release, Dec. 5) is about a college professor dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s. The film takes viewers along on the agonizing journey as …

Movie Review: INTO THE WOODS

November 30, 2014 – 8:35 pm | 12 Comments
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The film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods (out December 25) is an example of how star power can be effective in drawing people to the cinema. I really wanted to see …

My Life According to Books 2014

November 28, 2014 – 2:33 am | 10 Comments

Happy Friday after Thanksgiving! If you celebrated it, I hope you had a wonderful time.
Since holidays include fun and games, this is a good time to post the annual meme in which I post a …

Movie Review: WILD

November 26, 2014 – 12:17 am | 5 Comments
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Cheryl Strayed’s blockbuster memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail comes to the screen December 3 (in limited release), with Reese Witherspoon playing Strayed as she hikes over a thousand miles of …


November 24, 2014 – 11:29 pm | 6 Comments

In one scene in American Sniper (out Christmas day), Navy SEAL Chris Kyle comes home from his first tour in Iraq. Though he’s sitting still and claims he’s fine, a doctor slaps a blood-pressure cuff …


November 23, 2014 – 9:06 pm | 5 Comments

Awards season is in full swing in L.A. and I’ve been going to a lot of screenings. Tonight is Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle and later this week is Into …

Book Review: DEADLINE by John Sandford

October 23, 2014 – 4:36 pm | 5 Comments
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
As a favor for a friend, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers looks into multiple dognappings that have occurred …

Nerdy Special List October 2014

October 8, 2014 – 9:44 pm | 4 Comments

We have books to recommend this month! So, just sit back with your cider and throw blanket and…oh, who am I kidding? I’m running the A/C right now because it’s hotter than Colin Firth in …


October 4, 2014 – 4:25 pm | 6 Comments
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As I headed out to see Rory Kennedy’s latest documentary, I stuffed a few tissues in my pocket, preparing for a “sit and sob,” my term for moving cinematic experiences. I was correct about the …

Fall 2014 TV Shows I’ve Seen So Far, Pt. 1

September 22, 2014 – 11:36 pm | 2 Comments

Fall is officially here and so’s the fall network TV season. I enjoy sampling all the new shows, even if I end up faithfully watching only two of them. Below are my first impressions of …

Book Review: THE DISTANCE by Helen Giltrow

September 16, 2014 – 10:39 pm | One Comment
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Charlotte Alton may seem like a well-bred London socialite, but her alter ego, Karla, operates in the shadows, gathering information that …

Book Giveaway: WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas

September 8, 2014 – 8:43 pm | 7 Comments
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If you’re a big reader and frequent a lot of bookish sites, you may not have been able to avoid hearing about one of the buzziest books this year—Matthew Thomas’s debut novel, We Are Not …