Archive for October, 2013

WOLF OF WALL STREET Set To Arrive Christmas Day

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Wolf of Wall StreetIt looks like Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, will hit theaters in time for Oscar nominations. According the L.A. Times, it will be pared down from its 3-hour first cut in time to hit theaters on Christmas Day.

Based on the memoir by Wall Street trader Jordan Belfort, the Wall Street Journal calls it “the most audacious movie about Wall Street ever made.”  It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin and the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley.

Tie-ins, in trade paperback (RH/Bantam) and audio (RH Audio; read by Boardwalk Empire‘s Bobby Cannavale), are listed for release on  Dec 17.

As a result, says the L.A, Times, the movie based on Tom Clancy’s character, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, now also scheduled for Christmas Day, will likely be moved to late January, 2014.

First Chapter of ALLEGIANT

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Read at midnight last night by Veronica Roth:

Kids New Title Radar: Week of Oct. 21

Monday, October 21st, 2013

AllegiantAs you undoubtedly already know from the eager lines of kids waiting for it, tomorrow is  Allegiant Day, with the release of the final volume in Veronica Roth’s YA dystopian series (HarperCollins/Tegen; Dreamscape Audio). Amazon reports that it is selling 5:1 more copies than did Mockingjay (Hunger Games Book 4)  in the month prior to its release (an encouraging comparison for Summit, which is producing both as movie franchises).

Midnight release parties are being abetted by an online reading by Roth of a chapter on the Divergent Web Site, beginning just before midnight tonight. Entertainment Weekly is the first with a review, giving it just a B+, revealing that, “Barely six chapters in, Roth brutally offs a character who’s been around since the first book. The message: In this dystopian universe, nobody is safe” and that the novel has a “shocking ending.” The reviewer rightly adds “None of this will matter to Roth’s fans, who thrill to the heart-pounding immediacy of her writing and swoon over Tobias, the damaged dreamboat who co-narrates Allegiant with his true love, Tris.”

BattleBunny1Tomorrow is also Mac Barnett and Jon Scieszka Day, with the release of Battle Bunny (S&S/Atheneum). The creators, joining forces for the first time, have  gone all meta-cognition on us, first producing one of the most insipid picture books in recent history (Birthday Bunny— a faux Golden Book illustrated by Mathew Myers), then transforming it via the magic marker of a fictional boy reader into the far less saccharine Battle Bunny.

This creates some cogintive dissonance for me as a librarian. I believe that defacing books is wrong, even though there is a long tradition of creating art from old books. Should I buy  a book for my library that celebrates such defacement?

Definitely. I need multiple copies AND will want to print out the original for programing.

[See our downloadable spreadsheet, Kids New Title Radar, Week of Oct 21, for other titles coming out this week]



Oscar Buzz: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Appearing in select theaters on Friday, 12 Years A Slave arrived with Oscar buzz. Now it looks like it will also be a box office hit. Opening in just 19 theaters, The Hollywood Reporter says it achieved “one of the top averages ever for a movie opening in that number of theaters.”

The word “harrowing” appears in nearly every review. As harrowing as the movie is, the Daily Beast notes that the memoir it is based on is “even more appalling.”

12 Years a SlaveFirst published in 1853, it sold well for its time, but was eclipsed by a more famous work, the fictional Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Baton Rouge Advocate recently recounted the story of how Northup’s book was rediscovered. In the 1930’s a 12-year-old girl, Sue Eakin, came across a copy, fell in love with it, making it her life’s work to bring it back into print. Working with a New Orleans history professor, the two verified that the book is a firsthand account of slavery and got it republished in 1968 through LSU Press.

Assigned in college courses, it is now available in many editions, both print and audio. Click through for information on recent releases.


New Title Radar: Big Names, Media Hits, Week of Oct. 21

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Sycamore Row   We Are Water   Goldfinch

The top three most anticipated books for next week, based on library holds are John Grisham’s  Sycamore Row, (RH/Doubleday; RH Audio; BOT; RH Large Print), Wally Lamb’s We are Water (Harper; HarperAudio; HarperLuxe) and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette Audio; Hachette Large Print).

All titles highlighted here and more are listed, with full ordering information and alternate formats, on our downloadable, New Title Radar, Week of Oct. 21.

Grisham will have his usual publication-day sit-down with Matt Lauer on the Today Show on Tuesday. The new novel brings back Jake Brigance from the author’s very first novel, A Time To Kill. In addition to the Today Show, Grisham is also scheduled to appear on publication day on PBS’s Charlie Rose show, NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR’s Diane Rehm show.

Wally Lamb’s We are Water is both an IndieNext and a LibraryReads pick:

Annie Oh, a newly famous artist, sends her family into a tailspin when she announces her intention to marry her powerful gallerist, Viveca. While Annie’s husband Orion is devastated by the loss of his wife of 27 years, her children’s responses range from delight to denial. Good writing and distinct characters, personalities and voices.” — Katie Karkheck, Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, only her third in 20 years, is being reviewed widely. The NYT‘s Michiko Kakatani gave it a rare rave a full two weeks before publication as did Stephen King in his cover review of the NYT Book Review. The kudos continue to roll in, with “Dickensian” the favored description. It gets four stars and is designated a “Pick” by Peoplr. Entertainment Weekly is a holdout, giving it just a B-, marking it down for being, ” long on well-drawn incident but short on engaging plot.”

Media Magnets

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Barring  major breaking news that plays havoc with schedules, the media will be filled with books next week (see spreadsheet for full list). Dick Cheney gets double attention, as the subject of one book Days of Fire,(RH/Doubleday; RH Audio; BOT)  and the author of another, Heart, (S&S/Scribner; S&S Audio;Thorndike) which book reveals that he nearly died in 2010, giving pundits the opportunity to wonder what might have happened if he had. Speaking of alternate histories, Jeff Greenfield speculates on how history would have been different If Kennedy Lived (Penguin/Putnam). Warren Buffet’s son, Howard, will be getting attention for his book on solving world hunger, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. Rounding it all out, incongruously, a poet will appear on The Colbert Report; Billy Collins, for his new collection, Aimless Love, (Random House; RH Audio; BOT).


The big movies based on books arriving next week are 12 Years A Slave, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup and Carrie., based, of course, on the Stephen King horror novel (links to the trailers on the right).

Several tie-ins to upcoming movies are being released next week:

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The Monuments Men, Robert M. Edsel, (trade pbk; Back Bay Books; premium mass mkt ed., Little, Brown; audio, Macmillan Audio)

Widely expected to be an Oscar shoe-in, this movie, opening Dec. 18, features a marquee full of major stars;  George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. In addition to The Monuments Men, Edsel published another book in May on the rescue of art works in WW II, Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis, (Norton). Several other books and a documentary have also been released about the story (see our earlier post). Trailer here.

How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff, (RH/ Ember)

Based on a Meg Rosoff’s debut novel, a Printz Award winner published in 2004, before the term “YA dystopian novel” was common, this film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland) and stars Soairse Ronan as Daisy, an American teenager who is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside just before World War III breaks out. The movie opens in selected theaters on Nov. 8. Trailer here.

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, (Penguin Books)

At 46, Helena Bonham Carter is one of the youngest actresses to play the part of Miss Havisham (she is edged out slightly by Gillian Anderson, who was 43 when she starred in the BBC TV miniseries). The film’s director, says, however, “if you read the book she’s actually in her 40′s.” The movie opens on 11/9. Trailer here.


Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Coming Valentine’s Day (of course), is the second adaptation of Scott Spencer’s Endless Love. The trailer debuted on MTV News earlier today.

Based on the 1979 best seller (HarperCollins), the 1981 film version was directed by Franco Zeffrelli, starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt and was considered a bit of a mess. Roger Ebert noted, “The novel Endless Love is about a teenage boy who remembers, with full ferocity and grief and yearning, the great love of his life, after it has been ended by fate and the adult world. The movie Endless Love is about a teenage boy and girl who are in love, until fate and adults end their relationship. There is all the difference in the world between these two story sequences, and although there are a great many things wrong with the movie, this blunder on the narrative level is the worst.”

From the trailer, it appears the new version may have the same issue ( accuses it of looking like a Nicholas Sparks movie).

The new version stars Alex Pettyfer, who has appeared in two movies based on teen novels, I Am Number Four and Beastly, and Gabriella Wilde who has a supporting role in Carrie, which opens this weekend.

Official Web Site:

Trailer below:


Endless LoveEndless Love: A Novel
Scott Spencer
Paperback: 9780061926006, 0061926000

It is also available in e-book from Open Road Media, as is the rest of Spencer’s backlist, through library e-book vendors. Click here to see Open Road’s interview with Spencer, which is available for use on library web site.


Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Olive KitteridgeLocal press in Cape Anne, MA. reports that film crews are currently shooting the HBO miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in the form of linked short stories, Olive Kitteridge (Random House).

Why Massachusetts, rather than the author’s beloved Maine? It seems it’s become a popular choice for filmmakers because of favorable tax incentives.

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), the four-part series stars Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins.

McDormand, having fallen in love with the book before it won the Pulitzer, bought the rights and has been nursing the project along. She is co-producing it with Tom Hanks’ Playtone Partners.

Nat’l Book Award Finalists Announced

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, today, David Steinberger, CEO of Perseus Books and Chairman of the National Book Foundation, announced the finalists for the National Book Awards (winners to be announced on Nov. 20; the presentation of the awards will be hosted by the Morning Joe co-hosts, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough).

Download our spreadsheet, with ordering information and alternate formats, here: Nat’l Book Awards Finalists, 2013


Kushner, Rachel, The Flamethrowers, (S&S/Scribner)
Lahiri, Jhumpa, The Lowland, (RH/Knopf)
McBride, James, The Good Lord Bird, (Penguin/Riverhead)
Pynchon, Thomas, Bleeding Edge, (Penguin Press)
Saunders, George, Tenth of December, (Random House)



Lepore, Jill, Book of Ages, (RH/Knopf)
Lower, Wendy, Hitler’s Furies, (HMH)
Packer, George, The Unwinding, (Macmillan/FSG)
Taylor, Alan, The Internal Enemy, (W. W. Norton)
Wright, Lawrence. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by (RH/Knopf)


Bidart, Frank, Metaphysical Dog, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Brock-Broido, Lucie,  Stay, Illusion, (Knopf)
Matejka, Adrian, The Big Smoke, (Penguin)
Rasmussen, Matt, Black Aperture, (Louisiana State)
Szybist, Mary, Incarnadine, (Graywolf Press)

Young People’s Literature


Appelt, Kathi, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Ages 8 to 12, (Atheneum)
Kadohata, Cynthia, The Thing About Luck, Ages 10 to 14, (Atheneum)
McNeal, Tom, Far Far Away , Ages 12 And Up, (Knopf)
Rosoff, Meg, Picture Me Gone, Ages 12 And Up, (Penguin/ Putnam)
Yang, Gene Luen, Boxers & Saints, Ages 12 to 17, (Macmillan/ First Second)

First U.S. Consumer Review of the Booker Winner

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Luminaries

The first consumer review of the Man Booker Prize winner, The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, published here yesterday (Hachette/Little, Brown), coincidentally the day the award was announced, is by novelist Chris Bohjalian in The Washington PostUPDATE: We’re wrong — it’s a close tie for which publication had the first U.S. consumer review. The Barnes and Noble Review released one on Oct. 15. It is also an excellent guide to appreciating the novel.

Not only is Catton the youngest person to ever win the Booker, but at over 800 pages, her book is the longest in the award’s history. Bojalian notes that he had to create his own “Cliff Notes” to keep the characters straight and that the book is “astoundingly complicated and almost defies explanation. Moreover, I can’t recall the last time I read a novel that left me so baffled. In the end, however, I was awed…”

He goes on to offer readers a handle on this Byzantine story about a group of characters in an 1860’s  New Zealand gold-rush town; “the key to following the story is to try to follow the money.”

The book, which had a modest announced first print run of 15,000 copies, jumped to #10 on Amazon sales rankings on the news of the award. If it follows in the footsteps of previous award winners, it will continue on to other best seller lists and enjoy healthy sales here.

Many libraries are showing heavy holds on light ordering. It was only reviewed prepub after the longlist was announced by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Both publications starred it. It also appeared in the Millions preview of the  “Most Anticipated” books of the fall.

9780316074322The author’s debut, The Rehearsal (Hachette/Back Bay) received praise from author Adam Ross (“a wildly brilliant and precocious first novel”) in the NYT Sunday Book Review when it was published in 2010. It is still in print in trade paperback.

Domestic Thrillers To The Screen

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Gone Girl   Silent Wife   Before I Go To Sleep

The movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mega-best seller, Gone Girl (RH/Crown, 2013) has just been announced for release on October 3rd next year. Directed by David Fincher, it stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Filming is currently under way in  Missouri.

The Husband's SecretSeveral other domestic thrillers based on books are in the works. It was recently announced that Nicole Kidman has bought the rights to The Silent Wife, by A. S. A. Harrison (Penguin original trade pbk, 6/25/13), a book that has often been compared to Gone Girl. She has just completed filming Before I Go To Sleep, (Harper, 2011) a novel by S.J. Watson about a woman who wakes each morning with no memory and a husband she doesn’t quite trust.

In addition, CBS Films recently optioned the movie rights to The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Penguin/Putnam/Einhorn, 7/30/13), another novel about a husband who isn’t what he seems.


Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

9780316074315-1The winner of this year’s Man Booker Award, just announced in London, is the youngest in the history of the award; Eleanor Catton, 28 wins for The Luminaries, (Hachette/Little, Brown). In a great stroke of timing, the book is being released in the U.S. today.

UK reviews – Telegraph; The Observer.


Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Hollow CityHollow City, (Quirk Books), the sequel to Ransom Riggs’ unlikely best seller, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on eerie found photographs, arrives in January. The cover has just been revealed.

There’s not much news on it yet, beyond the publishers description:

“This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.”

Love the line about London being “the peculiar capital of the world.”

Embargoed Memoir About Steve Jobs

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The Bite in the Apple Jacket-14.aspxExaminations of the lives of rock star entrepreneurs are in the news this week.

On the heels of  stories about a bio of Jeff Bezos, The New York Post runs an excerpt today of an embargoed  book about another legendary leader, The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs by Chrisann Brennan, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s; Tantor Audio), to be published on Oct. 29 (front covers on the left; back on the right).

The author first met Jobs in 1972. They split up after  Brennan became pregnant with Jobs’ daughter in 1977.


Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The Everything StoreMedia attention is focused on Brad Stone’s embargoed title, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone, (Hachette/ Little, Brown; Hachette Audio; Hachette Large Print), which arrives today.

The business press, including The Wall Street Journal, is focused on what the book says about Bezos’s management style, while more general magazines are fascinated by the fact that Stone managed to track down Bezos’s biological father.

Stone, senior editor at Bloomsberg Businessweek appeared on NPR yesterday and on CBS This Morning. Opinions of Bezos are divided, and Stone is one of his fans. As a review in The Seattle Times notes, “There clearly are Amazon critics who would love the definitive chronicle of Bezos and the company he built to knock both down a few pegs. This isn’t that book,” and goes on to say, “It’s a deeply reported and deftly written book revealing how Amazon is a reflection of the drive of its founder.”

Reuters headline, portrays it differently, “Why It Pays to Be a Jerk Like Jeff Bezos.”

Below is the video from CBS This Morning:

WOLF OF WALL STREET Poised for Arrival

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Wolf of Wall StreetThat was quick. Soon after speculation that Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, would not be edited in time for release in 2013, Showbiz 411 now reports “Sources say that Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker are trying desperately to deliver a manageable length version of The Wolf of Wall Street; for Christmas Day release.”

A feature published just a few days ago in the Wall Street Journal calls  it “the most audacious movie about Wall Street ever made,” with the release date still listed as the original, Nov. 15.

The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin and the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley.

It is based on a book that the Wall Street Journal describes as “the real-life rogue trader Jordan Belfort’s memoir of his 1990s pump-and-dump flameout, during which he … inflicted over $200 million of losses on investors and sunk a 167-foot yacht—all on his way to a federal indictment for securities fraud and money laundering and 22 months in prison.”

Tie-ins, in trade paperback (RH/Bantam) and audio (RH Audio; read by Boardwalk Empire‘s Bobby Cannavale), are listed for release on  Dec 17.