Khaled Hosseini's And The Mountains Echoed, his third novel, hit bookshelves last week. His first published work in three years, it manages to eclipse his first two brilliant literary efforts with a story that spans the globe in a multi-generational narrative of family and all of its physical and emotional branches. In Hosseini's own words, And The Mountains Echoed is a "mosaic." It's a novel of imperfect fragments separated and fitted imperfectly back together to create something beautiful by way of its flaws, and the honesty therein.
Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace is a book of revelations, giving a full exposure into the life of the legendary celebrity entertainer and highly self-indulged man, Valentino Liberace. Now a major movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, Scott Thorson, Liberace’s former lover, reveals the ugly side and the truth behind the man who was once the most highly paid celebrity in the world, and his desperate attempts at concealing his homosexuality from the public eye in an effort to keep his fame and reputation untarnished.
Jodi Picoult has written yet another compelling novel with The Storyteller, this time using the Holocaust as the platform for her narrative. In this wonderful and honest novel, Picoult juggles between the narrations of a baker girl, her grandmother, a former Nazi SS Guard and several other characters who all come to meet one another through fate. These shifts in narration add dimension and complexity to this powerful book. The story mainly focuses on the baker, Sage. She quickly befriends an elderly man, Josef Weber, whom she meets at a grief counseling group.
Domenica Ruta uses her new memoir, With or Without You, as a way to recover from the emotional scars left behind by her mother, Kathi, and examine their troubled relationship. Kathi could be described as an inconsistent mother: at times good, and others bad. She is loud and impulsive. She was a single mother living on welfare, obsessed with buying everything she wanted, but didn’t need. She loved her one and only daughter, as any mother would love her daughter. Kathi was the type of woman who believed it was more important to be an interesting person than it was to be a good individual.
What a great time it is to be a movie-goer in a book store! Just after Ty Burr came out with Gods Like Us, David Denby of The New Yorker publishes a book about movies of his own with Do The Movies Have a Future?. And readers shouldn’t feel like they have to make a choice between the two. Rather, these books complement each other quite nicely: while Burr focuses on the phenomenon of movie stardom, Denby only briefly touches on this matter, instead turning his critical eye on the current state of movies today.
In Gods Like Us, film critic Ty Burr, the man behind many of the Boston Globe’s smooth and pointed movie reviews, delivers an entertaining survey of movie stardom. Seeking to understand the history and phenomenon of stardom, Burr takes readers all the way from the late 1800s to present day; from the unnamed “stars” known only by their credits, such as “the Biograph Girl,” who went on to become Florence Lawrence, through the silent film era and Charlie Chaplin’s reign, and onto the Clark Gables, Humphrey Bogarts, Audrey Hepburns and Jimmy Stewarts of the times.
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