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Charlie Donlea’s Fictional Answer to Crime Docu-Dramas

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Over the past few years, podcasts and television shows like Serial and Netflix’s Making A Murderer have taken over the country, if not the world. Thousands of people tune in every day to find out what happened next in these real-life cases where the question of did they or didn’t they pervades throughout the entire trial and beyond. Now, in a thriller unlike any other out there, Charlie Donlea has provided us with the book we didn’t even know we could have. Don’t Believe It is basically the literary answer to those true crime dramas: Sidney Ryan is a filmmaker, whose on-going docu-drama The Girl of Sugar Beach has taken over the country. Ten years previous in St. Lucia, Grace Sebold was arrested and convicted…

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VIDEO: BookTrib Interview with William C. Rempel, Author of ‘The Gambler’

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Award-winning journalist and author William C. Rempel talks with BookTrib about his book The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became The Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History, his research process, and his experience consulting for Season 3 of Netflix’s hit show Narcos. The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became The Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History is now available for purchase. Read below for a free preview. ABOUT THE AUTHOR William C. Rempel is a veteran investigative reporter and editor who specialized in foreign and national projects. During a thirty-six-year career at the Los Angeles Times, he produced groundbreaking reports on subjects ranging from oil tanker safety prior to the Exxon Valdez disaster to the menace of al-Qaeda prior to September 11,…

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A New Bingeworthy Romance Series with a Twist!

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She’s a forensic toxicologist turned best-selling romance author. He’s a veteran actor and screenwriter turned audiobook narrator and romance author. Sounds like the beginning of a classic fiction novel, right? But authors J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain have turned their backgrounds into books— a series— and they’ve just released the first book in their brand new Original Sin Series (Science Future Press).  While this series will be an instant hit with fans of romance Huss and McClain are introducing something a bit different for those who love to read serials. Instead of waiting months, or even years for the next book in the series, they’re releasing the next book just three weeks after the release of the first. This means that by…

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For MaddAddam Fans: Another Margaret Atwood Adaptation Is In The Works

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Paramount TV has acquired the rights to the MaddAddam Trilogy, a dystopian series by “The Handmaid’s Tale” author.   Just last week, Variety revealed that the MaddAddam Trilogy is joining the ranks of anticipated Margaret Atwood adaptations. Like Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale,and Netflix’s Alias Grace, the three novels—Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam—will soon be venturing to the small screen. Paramount TV, which was formerly Spike TV and is currently the home of Waco, has secured the rights. The MaddAddam Trilogy adaptation will likely be as riveting—and as frighteningly plausible—as Atwood’s other works that have already received the small screen treatment. Set in a dystopian future, the last human on Earth, “Snowman” née Jimmy, recounts the the fall of humanity while…

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6 Bingeworthy Netflix Shows (and Books) Everyone Is Talking About

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There are so many new streaming TV shows, it can be difficult to know what’s worth watching. While we love Hulu and Amazon’s offerings, Netflix is still our tried-and-true choice for original content. From mind-bending thinkers to funny escapist comedies, they have the widest range of consistently strong television. This fall they’re themselves, with a ton of great new shows that have everyone talking. Here are the most buzzed about shows you will want to binge on and a few good books you should be reading alongside them: She’s Gotta Have It When director Spike Lee set out to redo his first feature length film from 1986, some people were skeptical, especially about the controversial scene of sexual violence that Lee…

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‘The Center Will Not Hold’: 24 Joan Didion Quotes That Strike a Nerve

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On the heels of its New York Film Festival premiere, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, The Center Will Not Hold, comes to Netflix on October 27. The film is a retrospect of the literary giant’s career, from her earliest successes to more present-day milestones—like the publication of her National Book Award winner, The Year of Magical Thinking. I saw the documentary during a screening at the film festival earlier this month. At the risk of sounding cliche, I laughed (Didion’s solution to writer’s block is putting manuscripts in the freezer), and I cried (a lot of time is dedicated to her late husband and daughter). For the first time, we get an intimate glimpse at a woman who, for the…

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Prince, John Grisham, Anna Faris, Oliver Sacks and Nikki Giovanni Reign!: New Books, Old Favs

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If there was ever a list of new releases that displayed the kind of diversity and breadth that we love about books, it would be this list. We have one of the most intimate books of the personal life of Prince (you never forget your first time hearing a Prince song), as well as the diary entries of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, following his spiral down into heroin addiction, paranoia, and efforts to draw himself back up; the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara (#BestSisterEver) have documented their time growing up in the White House, with Secret Service agents following them to college, and Oliver Sacks’ last book that he was working on before his death. If you’re looking for a…

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Sex, Voyeurism, A Legendary Journalist And The Thin Line Between Fact And Fantasy

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Ever go to a hotel and wonder if anyone is watching you? Voyeur, a documentary shown this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival about well-known journalist Gay Talese and motel owner Gerald Foos, the voyeur who chose him to write his story. It started more than thirty years earlier when Foos wrote a letter to Talese. Foos owned a small motel in Aurora Colorado that he turned into a laboratory designed specifically to spy on his clientele. In April, 2016 a controversial excerpt from Talese’s upcoming book The Voyeur’s Motel was published  in The New Yorker. Just before the book’s release, The Washington Post ran a story stating the book had factual inconsistencies threatening to destroy the story Talese was working on…

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More Than A Little Cynical: Awesome Reads Inspired by Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’

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Netflix‘s Stranger Things, will be returning for a second season on October 27th. Part sci-fi coming-of-age, part teenage horror, part conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s, Stranger Things has covered a lot of genres. But while everything seemed to wrap up nicely in last season’s finale, we know all too well that this is definitely not the case – and we can’t wait to see what happens next. For Chief Jim Hopper, we know that these events are not in any way what he expected when he returned home to Hawkins, Indiana. More than a little cynical, and with a house filled with cigarette smoke, beer cans, and prescription bottles, he certainly didn’t expect his late-to-work, early-to-leave policy to change, until the disappearance of Will…

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Netflixed: 5 Binge-worthy Books for Netflix Junkies

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Last week, Shonda Rhimes announced that she’s officially moving her production company, Shondaland, from ABC to Netflix. While her already-established shows (like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) will stay on ABC, all of her new original content will be developed specifically for Netflix. It’s a huge move, proving once again that streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu are powerhouse content creators who more than rival the established networks. We’re excited about this news for two reasons. One, it means that Rhimes’s juicy brand of storytelling will now have a home on a more progressive platform (we’re expecting lots of, well, scandalous scenes). And two, in addition to being one of our favorite show producers, Rhimes is also one of our favorite authors.…

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ is Coming to Netflix!

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Another Margaret Atwood book adaptation is coming to TV again, and we couldn’t be more excited. After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, we’re pretty much willing to watch any Atwood adaptation. She’s long been one of our favorite authors, with her inventive (and often super creepy!) storytelling. This time, it’s her bestselling 1996 historical novel, Alias Grace, that’s set to premiere on Netflix in November. Alias Grace is about a real life historical event that took place in Canada: the 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper. 16-year-old Grace Marks was a servant of Kinnear’s, and both she and fellow servant, James McDermott, were convicted of the crimes. While James was eventually executed, Grace was…

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Anne with an E is on Netflix and our Younger Selves are Rejoicing!

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Childhood lives! The Anne of Green Gables reboot, Anne with an E, is officially on Netflix and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about anything in my entire life. The show, called Anne With an E, premiered on May 12, and follows the first Anne Shirley book, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908. Anne is originally a Canadian TV show on CBC and partially filmed on Prince Edward Island, where the iconic story takes place. Netflix has distributed the series worldwide. For those (very, very few) of you who don’t know the premise, Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a romantic and imaginative orphan taken in by the Cuthberts, an elderly brother and sister who run a struggling…

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Bringing Girlboss and Female Entrepreneurs to Netflix

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Let’s hear it for the girls! The Netflix show Girlboss came out April 21 and we finally binged the first season and loved it. Full of vintage clothes, salty language and lots of badass antics; it has a punk rock vibe that’s instantly addictive. Check out the trailer and just try not to get pumped, if you haven’t checked it out yet: Girlboss stars The Longest Ride’s Britt Robertson as Sophia Marlowe, a down-on-her-luck, punk rock-style chick who’s trying to scrape by in San Francisco in the early 2000s. When Sophia “flips” a vintage jacket, netting her hundreds of dollars, it becomes the start of a growing business where she peddles second-hand clothing through Ebay, and later her own website. Crass,…

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Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is the Perfect YA Novel Adaptation

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It’s not often that you read a book that moves you. And I mean truly moves you, bringing a tear (or 20) to your eye and making you think about it for weeks and months and even years later. Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher, is one of those books for me. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that it’s now a Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, out today, March 31. I picked it up because of the buzz; when the young adult novel came out nearly 10 years ago, it was an almost instant bestseller, and the word-of-mouth alone was enough to make me intrigued. But as soon as I read the heartbreaking story, I knew it…

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8 Things That NEED to Happen in the Gilmore Girls Reboot — PLUS! Win a copy of the Gilmore Girls Cookbook!

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The Gilmore Girls revival is here!!! — and OMG I can barely contain myself. I can’t even remember the last time I was this excited about anything, ever. As a longtime fan of the show, it feels like my inner-teen girl is about to burst out of my skin, start singing that Carole King theme song, gorge on junk food and twirl in ridiculous circles. Called A Year in the Life, the Netflix reboot consists of four 90-minute episodes that follow our favorite mother and daughter team for each season of a year as they navigate their lives. It’s been nine years since we last saw the Gilmores and friends, and I can’t wait to see how all of their lives have…

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These Emmy Award Nominees Exist Thanks to 6 Amazing Books!

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The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner! Television is pretty easy to love, but it’s even easier to love when it comes attached to a little reading material. Plus, you know that here at BookTrib, we are completely obligated to only root for shows that are based on books (sorry Mr. Robot). So, without further ado, here are our favorite shows up for an Emmy (and the books they’re based on)!   A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam Reprint, 2011) This first one is no secret. In fact, the divergences between HBO’s hit show and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series have caused alternating bouts of outrage and curiosity from fans of the…

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