Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone

By Daniel Woodrell

Review by Pam Blittersdorf

Author Daniel Woodrell creates a memorable heroine in 16 year old Ree Dolly. Ree desparately wants to escape the poverty of her Ozark community and enlist in the Army (“where you got to travel with a gun and they make everybody help keep things clean”), but she feels duty-bound to her family. Her meth-cooking dad has posted the family home as collateral, then jumped bail. To save her younger brothers and mentally ill mother, Ree has to ask some tough questions about her father’s fate. The folks with the answers to those questions don’t take kindly to being asked. The language of the novel is gritty, genuine and suspenseful. Ree’s grim humor and determination are certain to catch you up in her story. Continue reading

One Day

One Day

By: David Nicholls

Review by Stephanie Crean

When I received this book as a “blind choice” as part of TPL’s ‘Christmas in July’, I expected it to be a cute, brainless beach read. One Day chronicles the relationship between two people by visiting them on the same day, year after year. Dexter, an affluent, self assured individual struggles with womanizing, drugs, alcohol, and eventually, self esteem. He constantly relies on the kindness and support of Emma, who wishes she could have the Dexter she met in college. Continue reading

Books to Movies 2017

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen 2017

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Film release January 6, starring Taraji P. Henson & Octavia Spencer

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane
Film Release January 13, starring Ben Affleck & Zoe Saldana

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Film Release January 27, starring Bradley Cooper & Britt Robertson

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Film release February 10, starring Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan

The Shack by William P. Young
Film release March 3, starring Sam Worthington & Octavia Spencer

Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Film release March 17, starring Emma Watson & Dan Stevens

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Film release March 24, as Allegiant Part 2, starring Shailene Woodley & Theo James

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Film release March 31, starring Jessica Chastain & Daniel Brüh

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Film release April 7, starring Zoey Deutch & Halston Sage

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Film release April 7, starring Jacob Tremblay & Julia Roberts

The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Film release April 21, starring Charlie Hunnam & Robert Pattinson

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Film release April 28, starring Emma Watson & Tom Hanks

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Film release June 2, as Captain Underpants starring Ed Helms & Kevin Hart

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Film release July 14, starring Rachel Weisz & Sam Claflin

The Empire of a Thousand Planets by Pierre Christin
Film release July 21, as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan & Cara Delevingne

The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Film release July 28, starring Idris Elba & Matthew McConaghey

Jumanji by Chris Allsburg
Film release July 28, starring Dwayne Johnson & Jack Black

It by Stephen King
Film release September 8, starring Bill Skarsgård & Finn Wolfhard

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Film release October 20, starring Idris Elba & Kate Winslet

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Film release November 10, starring Jennifer Lawrence & Joel Edgerton

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Film release November 22, starring Kenneth Branagh & Leslie Odom, Jr.

Dates to be Announced

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Starring Asa Butterfield & Nick Offerman

Back from Tuichi : The Harrowing Life-and-Death Story of Survival in the Amazon Rainforest by Yossi Ghinsberg
Film to be released as Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe & Yasmin Kassim

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Starring Ross Lynch & Anne Heche

The Long Home by William Gay
Starring James Franco & Analeigh Tipton

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Starring Natalie Portman & Tessa Thompson

The Giver

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Review by Adrien Scott & Travis Johnson

Adrien Scott: Even if you had to read this Newbery Winner for school, it’s definitely worth a reread.  Jonas lives in what appears to be a Utopian society, but it becomes clear early on that it is in fact a very controlling society where jobs and even families are determined by a group of elders.  The story starts when Jonas is given a very special job by the elders, and follows what happens after Jonas makes certain decisions.

Though targeted for a younger audience, the message of the story will appeal to readers of all ages. Continue reading