Book Club Kit: Easy Innocence

Easy InnocenceEasy Innocence
by Libby Fischer Hellmann
First Published: 2008
5 Copies & Reading Guide

When pretty, smart Sara is found bludgeoned to death, it’s easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia finds a much different darker answer on Chicago’s North Shore- privileged schoolgirls have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen.

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Author’s Website: www.libbyhellmann.com

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We Recommend…Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Available formats: Hardcover | Paperback | Downloadable Audio Book | Book on CD | 3M Cloud Library eBook

Lena lives in a world where love is a disease and everyone over 18 is cured. But when Lena meets a boy and feels the first hint of love, her world is turned upside down. Lena starts putting the pieces together about the love disease and her mother’s disappearance from her life. The world-building in Delirium is fantastic and you’ll want to learn about the society that decides love is a bad thing.

This is the first of a trilogy and the second book, Pandemonium, doesn’t disappoint. There are also several short stories that give you a different perspective of the world Oliver builds and the third in the series, Requiem, is scheduled to be released in March 2013.

Considering all of the individual stories that take place over the course of the trilogy, it’s no surprise that there’s interest in adapting this series into a TV show.

Series Order:

  • Delirium (#1)
  • Hana” (#1.5) — See events of Delirium from Hana’s perspective — Lena’s best friend — in this short story
  • Pandemonium (#2)
  • Annabel” (#0.5) — A short story about Lena’s mother — chronologically, the events happen before Delirium and Pandemonium, but best read after the events of Pandemonium.
  • “Raven” (#2.5) — Scheduled release date: March 2013
  • Requiem (#3) — Scheduled release date: March 2013

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Screenwriters and producers love to adapt great books into (sometimes) great movies. This year there are many films scheduled to hit a screen near you. Below check out the list of adapted films heading your way and then head to your local library to check out the book before you see the movie!

Coming Soon

Parker starring Jason Statham is based on the character created by Richard Stark. Parker is a professional thief that follows his own code of ethics…though some may find his methods pretty questionable. Watch the trailer here and read a few of the Parker thrillers:

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is a different kind of zombie tale — in fact, it’s a zombie love story. Starring Nicholas Hoult and John Malkovich, Warm Bodies could be the perfect Valentine’s date movie for a few of you out there. :)

Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural romance with some big names in supporting roles — Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and Jeremy Irons! If Beautiful Creatures is successful at the box office this year, look for the rest of the series to hit the big screen in coming years. Want to check out the books first?

Safe Haven starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel is another Nicholas Sparks book adaptation. Perhaps this is the perfect Valentine’s date flick for those not into zombies :)

On the small screen: Downton Abbey fans can look forward to the mini-series Parade’s End on HBO at the end of February. Copies of the classic series by Ford Madox Ford are available in print and 3M Cloud eBook for your reading pleasure.

We Recommend…Suspect by Robert Crais

SuspectSuspect is the newest mystery by Robert Crais.  For those who love reading about dogs, it is a winner; but it also will resonate with those interested in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The story revolves around two main characters, a military German Shepherd Dog and a Los Angeles police officer, both with PTSD. They connect with each other when neither can connect with anyone else and they help each other recover from some of the problems of their illness. Along the way, they manage to solve a mystery that seems unsolvable. This is a great mystery story and a wonderful paean to the awesome connections that can exist between a human and a dog.

Reading the Oscars

Reading the OscarsLike last year, five of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards are based on novels. There’s quite a bit of variety in the category ranging from classic novel adaptions to historical biographies to contemporary fiction. With more than one of the books coming in at over 900 pages — it will definitely be a challenge to finish all the books by February 24th. ;)

In other categories, book-to-film adaptations maintained their popularity with Anna Karenina and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey each receiving multiple nominations.

Book Club Kit: The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide
by Pat Conroy
First Published: 1972
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Yamacraw Island was haunting, nearly deserted, and beautiful. Separated from the mainland of South Carolina by a wide tidal river, it was accessible only by boat. But for the handful of families that lived on Yamacraw, America was a world away. For years these families lived proudly from the sea until waste from industry destroyed the oyster beds essential to their very existence. Already poor, they knew they would have to face an uncertain future unless, somehow, they learned a new life. But they needed someone to teach them, and their run down schoolhouse had no teacher. The Water is Wide is Conroy’s experience as the only teacher in a two-room schoolhouse, working with children the world had pretty much forgotten.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Brief Reviews, Author Info, and Discussion Questions.

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On the Web:
Author’s Website - http://www.patconroy.com
Moon Travel Guides – “Pat Conroy’s Lowcountry
Wikipedia – More about Daufuskie Island (aka “Yamacraw”) 

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We Recommend…The Prophet by Michael Koryta

The ProphetThe Prophet by Michael Koryta
Available formats: Hardcover | Large Print

The Prophet is the newest standalone suspense novel by Michael Koryta. The story follows two brothers who suffered a terrible loss as high school students. One brother handles his guilt by becoming a bail bondsman, the other by becoming the coach of the football team and turning to religion. When both brothers are targeted by a psychopath, they turn to each other after years of not speaking to work together to deal with the danger. All of this occurs within the background of a winning football team that is heading into the state playoffs. This is truly a psychological thriller worth reading.

Book Club Kit: The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott
First Published: 2011
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic’s doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes a Summary, Author Bio, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews & Articles:
The Denver Post – “Review” by Carolyn See
The New York Times – “Book is Judged by the Name on Its Cover” by Julie Bosman
The Huffington Post – “Review and Interview” by Julie A. Carlson

On the Web:
Titanic: 1oo Years — Find out more about the Titanic and books about the tragedy, including links to additional articles on our Pinterest board.

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Book Club Kit: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in TehranReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi
First Published: 2003
5 Copies & Reading Guide

From 1995-97 in Iran, Azar Nafisi gathered with seven of her former students, all young women, to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. Reserved at first, the women soon learned to speak their minds and share their repressed dreams.

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We Recommend…Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Into the Darkest CornerInto the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Available formats: Hardcover | Large Print | 3M Cloud eBook

Into the Darkest Corner is an awesome first novel by Elizabeth Haynes.  She takes us from the present to a few years in the past, alternating chapters as she leads us to understand why Cathy, a young London woman, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — why she is constantly checking doors, windows, and the silverware drawer.  The psychological thrills build and build until the very end, making it almost impossible to stop reading.  Elizabeth Haynes is definitely an author to watch!

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