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“Beautiful Boy,” From Book(s) to Movie

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Rarely do two books equal one movie, but such is the math of “Beautiful Boy” starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet. It’s the story of one family’s battle with addiction, based on Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the memoir by journalist David Sheff, and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (Simon and Schuster), by his son, Nic Sheff, a first-person account of his descent into drugs. Among the many tragedies of the tale is how close Nic came to having it all. A golden child of privilege, he grew up in a loving, financially secure family. But his parents are divorced, and by court-ordered custody arrangement, he spends school months with his father, stepmother and their…

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Two New Movies Prove Appeal of “Little Women”

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What can a 150-year-old novel still offer up to readers in the digitally enhanced 21st century? As proof of the timeless appeal of  Little Women (Bantam Classics), the new movie in theaters Sept. 28 is the 7th film version of the classic. It’s a modern retelling: Newbie director Clare Niederpruem brings Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy into the present day, with contemporary equivalents of 19th century teenage angst (and a father in some endless military conflict instead of the Civil War.)   Niederpruem previously directed Episode 1 of the television woman warrior fantasy series, “Outcast.” Her “Little Women” actors include Melanie Stone as Meg, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Allie Jennings as Beth, and Taylor Murphy as Amy. But wait: There’s more! Another…

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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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