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"Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Setting the normal teen movie on its head "Perks of a Being a Wallflower" shows both the pain and the joy of coming of age. Introverted Charlie has a lot of baggage for a freshman in high school. His best friend recently committed suicide and Charlie is having difficulty getting beyond his grief and other issues. At school, he is drawn to some other outcasts, Sam and Patrick, who are seniors...

Warm Bodies

"Warm Bodies" gives romance a zombie twist. Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, is foraging for supplies after a virus has decimated humankind, when she and her party are attacked by zombies. It turns out, zombies experience the memories of their victims after they eat their brains. So when "R," played in a gloriously understated way by Nicholas Hoult, makes a meal of...

"Eighty Days" by Matthew Goodman

Matthew Goodman's book "Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World" tells the story of a publicity stunt that captured the public imagination in nineteenth-century America.

Joseph Pulitzer's newspaper "The World" specialized in lurid and shocking stories that increased sales. But by late 1889, circulation...

"The Facades" by Eric Lundgren

Eric Lundgren's comic novel "The Facades" centers on Sven Norberg and his search for his missing wife, a popular mezzo soprano with the city opera. Norberg has a 16-year-old son, a menial job, a mother living in an exclusive mental institution, and lots of time to ponder what it all means.

Norberg moves from one absurd situation to another, introducing...

"Liberal Arts"

"Liberal Arts" jumps the usual indie film hurdles with great acting and a strong script. Jesse, played by Josh Radnor, is in a dead end job and a foundering relationship. When one of his favorite college professors announces retirement, Jesse takes the opportunity to relive his glory days. As his life unravels, an unlikely romantic relationship with a student creates new options, but also new complications. It turns out Jesse has more to learn from...

"Affinity" by Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is good at creating creepy moods and her novel "Affinity" is very creepy, indeed. The story takes place in 19th century London, so there are a lot of fog banks, old buildings and mysterious servants to heighten the suspense. The main character, Margaret Prior, does not fit in her...

"Wonderstruck" by Brian Selznick.

Did you enjoy the movie "Hugo" or its book counterpart, the Caldecott winning "The Invention of Hugo Cabret"? Then I've got a great book for you! "Wonderstruck" is...

"Fab" by Howard Sounes

"Fab: an intimate life of Paul McCartney" is, even at 563 pages, a quick read for a Beatle fan. Author Howard Sounes conducted more than 200 interviews in preparation for writing this book in...

Salinger by Shane Salerno

A hot topic right now is the new documentary film about author J.D. Salinger. The documentary is accompanied by a book entitled "Salinger" by David Shields and...

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