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Just the Right Book Podcast: A Book Lovers Guide to the 2018 Oscars!

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Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting The Oscars again this year and we are thrilled to see so many book-based movies nominated! Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek of our conversation with author A.J. Jacobs talking about “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” which will be out later this week. The 90th Oscars telecast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST The Books Adapted Into This Year’s Oscar Contenders: Call Me by Your Name, adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name: best picture; actor in a leading role (Timothée Chalamet); original song; and adapted screenplay (James Ivory). Darkest Hour, based on the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony…

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From ‘Mudbound,’ to ‘The Shape of Water:’ Our Favorite 2018 Oscar Nominated Films Inspired by Books

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These last two weeks have been among the most exciting in Hollywood! Yes, the Oscar nominees were announced on January 16th and we are learning about who will (and will not) be presenting and attending. We can’t wait for March 4th to arrive so we can see our favorite actors and actresses totally glammed up and ready to accept their awards. This year’s crop of nominees were pretty impressive. Not only did they do a far better job than other recent award shows at nominating more work by women and artists of color, but quite a few nominees for major awards were for films that were based on great books. From moving fictional novels to thoughtful nonfiction accounts, these stories…

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‘Empire’ is Back: Books to Celebrate the Return (and Reign) of Cookie Lyon

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Taraji P. Henson is one of my favorite actresses. I have been a huge fan since the 90s. She, for the most part, has been a film actress, spreading her magic in films like Baby Boy, Tyler Perry’s A Family That Preys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Hidden Figures.  One of her best known roles was in the film Hustle & Flow, for which she won an Oscar along with Three 6 Mafia in the Best Original Song category.  In Hustle & Flow, Henson played her role of ‘Shug’ opposite Terrence Howard’ lead role of ‘D-Jay’.  Over the years, Henson and Howard have been paired together in numerous films and their chemistry on…

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