Up in The Air with George Clooney is being called the Oscar front-runner, with Precious close behind.

The director, Jason Reitman, was interviewed last night on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The show also reran an earlier interview with Walter Kirn, author of the book that the movie is based on. Kirn talks about the inspiration for his main character, a corporate “downsizer” who spends most of his life on airplanes as he travels around the country, laying people off. Great background for the movie, which opens tomorrow.


Tie-in edition:

Up In The Air (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)
Walter Kirn
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor – (2009-10-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0307476286 / 9780307476289

Book downloadable from OverDrive.

Kirn’s new book, a memoir, Lost in the Meritocracy, is a NYT BR Notable book, described as,

The witty, self-castigating story of how Kirn’s schooling left him “not so much educated as wised up.”

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever
Walter Kirn
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-05-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385521286 / 9780385521284

Book downloadable from OverDrive.

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