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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More Books Recently Made into Movies

It seems that many film projects are now based on books, both fiction and nonfiction. Yesterday I listed five DVDs that have been added to our collection in 2017 that started off as books.

Here are five more:

Eggers, Dave. The Circle. [F EGG, eBook, DVD CIR]

Grann, David. The Lost City of Z. [918.11 GRA, eBook, DVD LOS]

Rowling, J. K. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. [J ROW, eBook, DVD FAN]

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures. [629.4 SHE, AB/CD 629.4072 SHE, eBook, DVD HID]

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. [YA YOO, DVD EVE, eBook]

And here are two that are now showing in theaters:

King, Stephen. It. [F KIN, AB/CD KIN, eBook, and an earlier movie adaptation: DVD IT]

Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. [B WAL, AB/CD B WAL, eBook]

Let us know what you think--which is better, the book or the movie?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Which Is Better?

Generally speaking, people fall on the side of the book when comparing the book and its movie. There is only one movie that I personally think is equal to the book, and that may be because it is the only movie I know that follows the book practically word for word. The book and movie twins are A Room With a View by E. M. Forster, film by Merchant Ivory Prodeuctions, [F FOR, AB/CD FOR, DVD ROO].

In the case of children's books turned into film, the movie often can't be compared, since, in most cases, an enormous amount of additional subplots, special effects, etc. has to be added to make it fit into an approximately 90-minute-long feature. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg went from a 32-page picture book to a 100-minute film directed by Robert Zemeckis [JP VAN, DVD POL]. There is no comparing the two formats. The story has been completely transformed into something unrecognizable.

I discovered the other day that my nephew and his friend have created a "Book vs. Movie" program that shows how the ratings on a book/film compare (ratings gathered from Goodreads and IMDB). Check it out here.


Here are five movies released on DVD in 2017 that are book based:

Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper's Wife. [940.5318 ACK, AB/CD 940.5318 ACK, eBook, DVD ZOO]

Fountain, Ben. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. [F FOU, LP FOU, eBook, DVD BIL]

Hawkins, Paula. The Girl on the Train. [F HAW, AB/CD HAW, LP HAW, eBook, CHINESE F HAW, DVD GIR]

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. [YA NES, eBook, DVD MON]

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. [616.0277 SKL, AB/CD 616.0277 SKL, eBook, DVD IMM]

Read the book then watch the movie and let us know which one you think is better.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Poetry Friday--"High School Picture Re-Take Day"

The new school year has begun and it's time already for school pictures. When I was young, there was no such thing as a school photo "re-take," what you got was what you got. The next year would be opportunity enough to another chance at a flattering shot! Nowadays, I've heard of kids having their picture retaken multiple times!

In a fabulous poetry anthology, Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else [811.6 SER], there is a poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil titled, "High School Picture Re-Take Day."
When an octopus becomes stressed, it chomps
its arms one by one until it becomes a floaty salad.
The line of students is understandably worried: this
is the last chance for redemption. Neil parts

and parts his hair with the petite plastic comb
the photographer slipped him when he signed in.

Susie reties the grosgrain headband.
Everything is quiet but for tiny songs
of tiny combs whistling through hair. Everything is black
save for the single camera lamp and smudgy backdrop

painted to look like the student hovers among
beige and blue clouds. And maybe they are--the ones

who got it right the first time--soaring above the earth's
troposphere, but still a bit below the stratosphere.
When the last bell rings, there they are: flying
proud, able to exchange wallet-sized pictures

with other pretty people right away. No waiting
for two more months when no one cares anymore.

No closed eyes, no sticks of hair sprung out
like arrows, no bra straps showing, no
sleepy eyes--just perfectly pressed shirts
and smiles slit to show rows of neat teeth.

Two high school teachers, who surely have dealt with picture re-take days, have taken on the poem in this video:



So, did you read it the same way as they did?

The Round-Up is being hosted today by Michelle at Today's Little Ditty coming from the hurricane-battered state of Florida.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

National Book Awards

This week the long-list of finalists for this year's National Book Awards are being announced. On Tuesday the list of Young People's Literature was released.

The ten contenders for the prize are:

Arnold, Elana K. What Girls Are Made Of.

Benway, Robin. Far From the Tree.

Mabry, Samantha. All the Wind in the World.

Perkins, Mitali. You Bring the Distant Near. [YA PER]

Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down.

Sanchez, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Snyder, Laurel. Orphan Island. [J SNY]

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. [YA THO]

Williams-Garcia. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground.

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street. [YA ZOB, eBook]

We'll be ordering more of the titles (some haven't even been officially published yet), so check back soon, and start reading now before the award winners are announced on November 15.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Excursions


We're now into mid-September and scattered along the ground are signs of the upcoming season. In the next two weeks autumn will arrive and with it leaf-peeping season.

If you've never traveled north of Windham during the fall, you don't know what you're missing. Plan to spend a day on the road enjoying one of New Hampshire's delights--fall foliage. Pick up one of these now and map out your trip so that when the leaves are at their best, you can jump in the car and go:

Baskin, Kara. Fodor's New England. [917.4 BAS]

Green, Stewart M. Scenic Driving New Hampshire: Exploring the State's Most Spectacular Byways and Back Roads. [917.42 GRE 2016]

New England (a DK Eyewitness top 10 travel guide). [917.4 NEW]

Tougias, Mike. Autumn Rambles: New England: An Explorer's Guide to the Best Fall Colors. [917.4 TOU]

Yankee Magazine. [MAG YAN]

And for the latest in fall foliage reports, check out Visit NH.

"Autumn Tints in the White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States" by Marianne North (1871).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ken Burns--He's Back!

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War [DVD 973.7 CIV], The Dust Bowl [DVD 973.917 DUS], The National Parks [DVD 333.783 NAT], etc.) is returning to public television this coming Sunday with an 18-hour, 10 part series, The Vietnam War.

Like The Civil War, The Vietnam War tells the story of the conflict from many sides: the politicians', the soldiers', the Vietnamese, the anti-war protestors'. Episode 1, an hour and a half long, will explore the history of the conflict from 1858 through the mid-twentieth century. Here's the trailer for that first episode:



I saw an hour-long preview at the Currier Museum and that short exposure led me to realize that viewing the series will be an emotional experience for those who lived through the Vietnam War era. PBS has scheduled the showings for Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 21, and Sunday, September 24 through Thursday, September 28 (all episodes begin at 8:00 pm). Be aware that PBS is making the series available online if you need to take a breather, but the free viewing period ends October 3. Also, the Library has the DVD set of the series on order and will process it once it arrives.

If you're willing to share your experiences of the war or the homefront, PBS is seeking stories here. Video, audio, images, or text may be uploaded. At the viewing I attended there was also a discussion afterward. The group included servicemen, those who knew someone who had been killed in the war, people who were children during the period, anti-war protestors, members of the clergy, and more. Long-repressed emotions were released as a result, so, it may be good to watch the Ken Burns film with family, high school aged kids, and friends, and then talk about it. And, if you need assistance in talking, NHPTV has developed a list of resources, including many for veterans.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Carpeting Update

It looks like work on the recarpeting will begin on Friday, September 22, with movers coming to remove shelving and furniture. This will necessitate the Library being closed to the public all day. The Library will reopen for Saturday and Sunday, but the public access computers will not be available. The Library will also be closed to the public on Monday, September 25, when old carpeting will begin to be removed and replaced, and on Monday, October 2, when the project reaches completion and the Library will be put back in order! September 26 - October 1, we will be open regular hours, but some areas and services may be restricted.

Information about other closings and disruptions will be forthcoming.

Speaking of carpeting, how about reading about carpets--magic ones?


Abbott, Tony. The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet. [J ABB]

Brisson, Pat. Magic Carpet. [JP BRI]

Disney's Aladdin: The Magic Carpet's Secret. [J DIS]

Funke, Cornelia. Emma and the Blue Genie. [J FUN]

Jones, Diana Wynne. Castle in the Air. [YA JON, eBook]

Willard, Nancy. The Mountains of Quilt. [JP WIL]