Out Loud  / movie tie-in

Written by Jan Kline about a week ago

Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

L to R, screenwriter Karen Croner, actress Tina Fey, novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz

After careening through her latest novel, You Should Have Known, I was excited to learn that Jean Hanff Korelitz had quite a few earlier books. Admission appealed to me immediately because of its setting — academia — and the fact

Written by Jan Kline three months ago

Two books, two marriages, two psychopaths: You Should Have Known, and Gone Girl

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These two books could put you off marriage altogether. Every married person has the occasional “who ARE you??” moment with their spouse, but both of these books take it to extremes.

Written by Jan Kline nine months ago

The Dinner, by Herman Koch

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After reading this book, I’ll never be hazy on the concept of the unreliable narrator again.

Written by Jan Kline two years ago

Late to the Megahits — Life of Pi

Often I’m resistant to the bestseller bandwagon, even if the book fits my requirements otherwise (well-reviewed, award winner, etc.) Life of Pi fit into that category for me. Plus, it sounded a little self-consciously fable-y, another genre I have a

Written by Jan Kline three years ago

Two Very Unmerry Reads for the Darkest Time of Year

If you can’t stand another made for TV version of “The Christmas Carol”, if you go homicidal if you someone suggests watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” again, and if you change your Facebook timeline photo to the Grinch this time

Written by Jan Kline three years ago

Bad Parenting 101

I seem to be on a jag of novels with very bad parents as major characters. First came the master manipulators: Caleb and Camille Fang of The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson, are performance artists who refer to their children,

Written by Jan Kline three years ago

The Descendants, by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Seeing the movie preview prompted me to seek out this book and quickly read it before it leaves the Palm. The novel, based on a short story, is Hemmings’ first, and its characters grabbed me from the first page. A

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Attention Jonathan Franzen Fans

It was announced at the New Yorker Festival a couple of days ago that HBO will do an adaptation of Franzen’s The Corrections. Franzen will adapt his novel into a series, and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close movie

Just noticed in Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg’s LA Times book blog, that the movie version of Jonathan Foer’s 2005 novel will be out soon. Foer also has a new book out: Tree of Codes, which is a sort of intricate,

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Three Short Takes

These aren’t short books. I’m just short on time to blog about them, and wanted to get something in before they fade completely from memory. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery This one took a while to take

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