White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat is the first novel in a suspenseful, action-packed trilogy about Cassel Sharpe’s plots and exploits as he dodges both curse workers and the feds.

Posted by on April 10, 2019

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Containing elements of mystery, horror, romance, history, and the paranormal, Midwinterblood is difficult to describe without giving too much away or just listing more descriptors like “sweeping” and “mystical.”

Posted by on March 26, 2019

The Big Sick by Michael Showalter

Kumail uses humor constantly to confront uncomfortable or difficult situations, including his girlfriend's mysterious illness and his family's expectations for him.

Posted by on March 21, 2019

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Audrey has been diagnosed with anxiety disorder and depressive episodes. "Episodes," she sas. "Like, depression is a sitcom with a fun punchline each time."

Posted by on December 15, 2018

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lynne Ramsay

Told in bits and pieces of flashbacks and the present, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a moody, creepy film about tragedy and its aftermath.

Posted by on October 20, 2018

Up by Pete Docter

With an emotional opening, a dramatic journey, and feel-good ending full of warm fuzzies, Up is bound to appeal to viewers of any age.

Posted by on October 18, 2018

Joyride by Anna Banks

Carly and Arden know what their families' expect of them, but when a chance encounter leads them to each other, they realize that the only expectations that matter are their Read more...

Posted by on September 24, 2018

Learning to Drive by Isabel Coixet

Learning to Drive is a leisurely, character-driven movie billed as a "comedy drama" but its overall tone is more hopeful and reflective than hilarious.

Posted by on August 18, 2018

The Great Wall by Yimou Zhang

Viewers who want period accuracy and believable tales can skip this one.  For the rest, the story is entertaining, but not particularly surprising. 

Posted by on July 11, 2018

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is a powerhouse of the writer/actor/comedian/producer variety, and now her deadpan snark finds itself on the page in her memoir, Bossypants.

Posted by on June 30, 2018

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a sweeping, carefully plotted novel of politics and trade in Japan when the island nation closed its borders to all others. There Read more...

Posted by on May 1, 2018

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

“You watch the world. I’m not sure you even live in it.” Fifteen-year-old Sarah’s boyfriend has just dumped her with these words, and she’s determined to prove him wrong.

Posted by on April 23, 2018

Insurgent by Robert Schwentke

The “simulations” that were so important to the first movie retain their relevance here, offering opportunities for approximately three additional and extra-trippy action scenes.  If action is what you want, Read more...

Posted by on March 2, 2018

Fool by Christopher Moore

Fool is a funny, gossipy, irreverent, silly, irreverent, offbeat, high-drama – and did I mention, irreverent? – retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, from the perspective of the court jester.

Posted by on February 21, 2018

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Juliet’s life is wonderful.  She’s got the family, the grades, and the boyfriend, and they’re all perfect.  That is, until her dad moves out and her mom overdoses on her Read more...

Posted by on January 11, 2018

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