Mar 03

Books coming to theaters this year. We recommend Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey and On Hurricane Island by Ellen Meeropol.


A few “books within books” that didn’t make it into last week’s podcast:

  • The seven novels featured in The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • The Deity Next Door for which an afterword was written in The Afterword by Mike Bryan


audiobooksAudiobook of the week (04:30)

Last Policeman, Ben H. WintersThe Last Policeman (the first book in a trilogy) by Ben H. Winters, narrated by Peter Berkrot, is my pick for this week’s Audiobook of the Week.

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On Shelves Now, In Theaters Soon (08:14)

The Huffington Post compiled a list of 10 Books That Will Vie for the 2016 Oscars:

Many of these won’t be out until later in the year, giving you plenty of time to read them before you see the movie!


Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (22:22)

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Ann recommends Girl in the Dark, a memoir by Anna Lyndsey, which is a pseudonym. As a young woman, Anna was diagnosed with an extremely rare light sensitivity, and in this book she details what that diagnosis and its aftermath have done to her daily life, her relationships, and her existence.

On Hurricane Island, the new novel from our bookselling friend Ellen Meeropol, is both a look at the abuses of governmental powers as well as a page-turner of a thriller. Ellen deftly tells the story of a mathematics professor wrongly detained by Homeland security, and she tells it from the points of view of an array of very different characters.

  • Karen Robichaud

    I thought I recognized Ellen Meeropol’s name! Three years ago I visited San Francisco and spent some time in the City Lights Bookstore. The only book I purchased was House Arrest because the cover drew me in and then I tore through it in the next day. I wasn’t listening to Books on the Nightstand in those days, so I feel pretty cool that I picked out her book by instinct. Looking forward to reading her new novel!

  • KilianMetcalf

    How could you hate Far from the Madding Crowd? Bathsheba Everdene is the greatest heroine name ever! I’m assuming you were forced to read this in some class. Give it another try, and you may have a different perspective.

    • ha! Yes, indeed, it was required for a class. And if I recall, assigned the year after our class had suffered through Return of the Native, for which my English professor apologized 20 years later. So I was already prejudiced against all things Hardy.

      • KilianMetcalf

        I hated on George Eliot for years because of having Silas Marner inflicted upon me in high school. Gave her another chance as an adult and loved her. Sometimes we are not ready for the greats. Have you read Tess of the D’urbervilles? Amazing, shocking book. I love Thomas Hardy now, but doubt I would have when I was younger. These books were written for mature readers. There is a reason, though, that they are still print and still being read. They speak to the human condition.

        • gapman

          I totally agree that High School kids are not always ready for the more difficult Classics, and that causes them to hate reading. I had this same issue with Henry James; hated his work from High School, but tried reading him again as an adult and loved his work.

          • KilianMetcalf

            I also enjoy Henry James, but I needed the help of a recorded version of Portrait of a Lady to lure me into reading the book. Electrifying.

  • Yes, indeed, it was required for a class. And if I recall, assigned the year after our class had suffered through Return of the Native, for which my English professor apologized 20 years later. So I was already prejudiced against all things Hardy.

  • Sue Parmet

    The book I immediately thought of during the original episode was &Sons by David Gilbert. I haven’t read it, but I know it’s about a fictional author and that parts of his most famous (fictional) book are featured in the novel. I didn’t read the original show notes, so I’m not sure if someone already mentioned it.

  • Tracy Estabrook Boal

    Huh. Far from the Madding Crowd is the only Hardy novel I actually LIKE. And the film is getting good notices. There was a BBC TV adaptation of it back in the 90s that was really good, too.

    So, 3 months on, the adaptations of Serena and Child 44 are both supposed to be bad. It would be hard to screw up The Martian, but Ridley Scott seems to be bombing with his last few films, so I’m worried.

    I’m fairly hopeful for In the Heart of the Sea. Will probably see Victor Frankenstein only because I have a bit of a James McAvoy ‘problem’ LOL.

  • Claudine

    Ann, I wanted to let you know that I picked up Girl in the Dark after hearing you recommend it. I just finished it last night. Wow! I absolutely loved this book (and I loved the trim size too, felt so good in my hands). I happened upon a NYTimes review that was kind of lukewarm…in her take on it, the reviewer focuses on the fact that the author tells the story in a very jumbled back-and-forth way, but I really don’t think that’s the point. It’s quite easy to figure out where she is in her story if you don’t panic that you’re lost, and I still believe the power in this book is the description of raw emotion and the overall sense of isolation that she conveys, rather than in the logistics and details. I’ll be thinking of this book for a long time.

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