A Book to Read and a Movie to See

I love to read, but the more blogging and writing I do, the less time and energy I have for books – an occupational hazard of sorts. I am much more easily distracted than I used to be – blame it on social media, aging, sudden onset ADD – who knows – so when a book grabs my attention and keeps it from the start, I know it’s a good one.

One such book is The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
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This is Walker’s first novel, and it’s the heart-wrenching and fascinating story of Julia, an 11 year old girl. Julia is coming of age during an apocalyptic slowing of the earth’s rotation. As the planet adapts to the new phases of the moon and lengthening of day and night, Julia adapts to the fissures in her own life, including the destruction of her parent’s marriage, the illness that affects many around her, and the mysterious disappearance of her beloved grandfather. I highly recommend this book for a great summer read. You can buy it on Amazon by clicking through my “I recommend” link on this page.

If you’re not in the mood for a big, loud, special effects filled movie like Superman, Batman, The Avengers and so on, you must see To Rome with Love, Woody Allen’s latest bit of brilliance.

Click picture above for a preview of the film.

Say what you will about his personal life and the choices he’s made (not so great, right?), he is a master storyteller who knows how to tap into the zeitgeist of the moment and make you laugh at the same time. As he’s done with his recent filmsMatch PointVicki Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, Allen takes you on a gorgeous tour of the city where his film is set, Rome. The cast is fabulous – Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni and the insanely beautiful Penelope Cruz – and the stories are funny, romantic, ridiculous and captivating. This movie is worth the id="mce_marker"0.00 you’ll pay to see it in a theater – unlike so many others I’ve seen recently.

Now if only there were new Mad Men episodes on during the summer…

 

 

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