Could it be a movie?: Becoming Clementine

World War II is one of the most often-chronicled historical events in literature and film. It seems that every year there are at least a few new stories that emerge of brave soldiers taking part in a great adventure. Jennifer Niven contributes a fresh take on the usual “fighter pilot” story with her novel Becoming Clementine, a book about a woman working as a pilot … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Becoming Clementine

Could it be a movie?: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee is dubbed “A Novel of Second Chances.” The novel tells the story of Emily, a hard-working literary editor and devoted wife, whose world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic accident. In addition to her work as an editor, Emily volunteers at an animal shelter, where she meets Einstein, a scruffy dog who was … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee

Could it be a movie?: The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

What happens when you die? After making a short journey through an unusual desert or ocean, with the sound of a heartbeat pounding in your ears, you may end up in The City. Imitating any decent-sized city on Earth, The City is fully functional. Residents live in apartment buildings. There are restaurants, shops, and parks. There’s even a newspaper, started by a man who was a … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Could it be a movie?: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Jane Jenkins was an “it girl” in LA until she was arrested for the murder of her mother. Found at the crime scene, Jane was highly uncooperative with police, leading her to be tried for the crime and sent to jail. Though she was found at the scene, Jane remembers nothing about how her mother died, and has never been sure whether she is actually … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Could it be a movie? Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night

Dennis Lehane’s 2012 novel Live By Night is the author’s second tale of the Coughlin family, following 2008’s The Given Day. But don’t be mistaken: this isn’t a sequel. It follows Joe Coughlin, the youngest member of the Coughlin family (and only a minor side character in The Given Day) as he breaks from his family’s respectable pedigree of policemen to become one of the … Continue reading Could it be a movie? Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night

Could it be a movie?: Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

Minnie Hamilton, a librarian working in the public library of a Michigan resort town, is followed home by a cat one day. Unable to get rid of her little shadow, she decides to take him in, and she names him Eddie. Eddie’s got an adventurous spirit, and on the first day that Minnie is set to operate her library’s new bookmobile, the cat decides to … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

Could it be a movie?: Ordinary Beauty by Laura Weiss

Ordinary Beauty by Laura Weiss was published by MTV Books in 2011. I bought this book a few years ago when I was given a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas and have just now gotten around to reading it! So goes the life of a book collector and frequent library user — so much to read, so little time. Since I’ve finally taken … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Ordinary Beauty by Laura Weiss

Could it be a movie?: Denise Grover Swank’s Rose Gardner Mysteries

Back in March I became slightly obsessed with a series of mystery novels known as the Rose Gardner Mysteries by Denise Grover Swank. Though I have yet to read any books outside of this series by Denise, in the Rose Gardner books she proves that she has a real knack for creating great characters. Rose’s transformation as each novel progresses is so strongly written, and … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Denise Grover Swank’s Rose Gardner Mysteries