Out Loud  / movie tie-in

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is still on my “to read” list, though I’ve read and enjoyed her fiction (Stern Men, from 2001). I’d better get to it soon — the movie, starring Julia Roberts, is coming out in August.

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago


Just learned from LA Times’ book blog Jacket Copy that Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex is being developed as a one-hour drama series for HBO. From Hollywood North Report: “Actor-producer Rita Wilson will executive produce with project writer Donald Margulies,

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

American Wife

Curtis Sittenfeld usually writes about recognizable characters — they remind you of people you know. Sometimes they even remind you of yourself. Her earlier novels, Prep and The Man of My Dreams, were well reviewed. Prep made the New York

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

The Soloist

LA Times columnist Steve Lopez always has an ear cocked for material. So when he hears someone scratching out Beethoven on a violin that turns out to have only two strings, he makes a detour to get a closer look.

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Coming soon to a library/theater/bookstore near you

A few interesting movie adaptations of books are either newly released, out on video, or coming soon. Youth without Youth For the first time in ten years, Francis Ford Coppola is directing a movie. He has adapted the novella by

Written by Administrative Updates nine years ago

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I just finished Tom Perrotta’s latest, The Abstinence Teacher. He’s known for exposing the hidden depth — as well as the contradictions — of suburbia. His last novel, Little Children, included a child molester and husbands and wives in varying

Written by Administrative Updates nine years ago

Last Chance to Read before the Movie

These titles are being released as movies soon. The Atonement The book begins in England in 1935, and ends at the turn of this century. It was nominated for a Booker Prize, and narrowly missed winning. The film version features

Written by Administrative Updates nine years ago

The Emperor’s Children

I recently finished The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud. The plot and characters: The story takes place on both sides of 9/11, in New York City, though it’s less a 9/11 novel than a story about people of a certain

Written by Administrative Updates nine years ago

Recommended for Summer

A few titles for summer; most are available in paperback for maximum beach baggability. Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Jo Fowler. First published in 2004, this title is being re-released next month in a new paperback edition to tie