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Category Archives: Books – 2004

Being Flynn

Movie Release Date: March 2nd, 2012
Directed By: Paul Weitz
Starring: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore
Movie plot:

Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: September 2004
Originally Published as: Another Bullshit Night In Suck City
Written By: Nick Flynn
Book Description:

Nick Flynn met his father for the third time when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he”d received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled, was living alternately in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. In bold, dazzling prose, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives and the trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other. – From ‘Norton’ book jacket

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Books - 2004, Movies - 2012

 

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127 Hours

Movie Release Date: January 28th, 2011
Directed By: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
Movie plot:

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: September 7th, 2004
Originally Published as: Between A Rock and A Hard Place
Written By: Aron Ralston
Book Description:

Hiking into the remote Utah canyonlands, Aron Ralston felt perfectly at home in the beauty of the natural world. Then, at 2:41 P.M., eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, an eight-hundred-pound boulder tumbled loose, pinning Aron”s right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Through six days of hell, with scant water, food, or warm clothing, and the terrible knowledge that no one knew where he was, Aron eliminated his escape option one by one. Then a moment of stark clarity helped him to solve the riddle of the boulder–and commit one of the most extreme and desperate acts imaginable. – From ‘Simon & Schuster’ book jacket

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Books - 2004, Movies - 2011

 

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Charlie St.Cloud

Movie Release Date: July 30th, 2010
Directed By: Burr Steers
Starring:
Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger
Movie plot:

Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie’s life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2004
Originally Published as: The Life and Death of Charlie St.Cloud
Written By: Ben Sherwood
Book Description:

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.

Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.

Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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The Lorax

Movie Release Date: March 2nd, 2012
Directed By: Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
Voiced By::Betty White, Danny Devita, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron.
Movie plot:

Based on Dr.Seuss fable about preserving the environment. The tree-loving Lorax vs. the greedy Once-ler.

Book Release Date:
Originally Published as: The Lorax
Written By: Dr. Seuss
Book Description:

“Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It”s not.”

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth”s natural beauty. – From ‘Random House Children’s Books’ book jacket

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Soul Surfer

Movie Release Date: April 8th, 2011
Directed By: Sean McNamara
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, & Carrie Underwood
Movie plot:

A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: October 5th, 2004
Originally Published as: Soul Surfer: A True Story Of Faith, Family, And Fighting To Get Back On The Board
Written By: Bethany Hamilton
Book Description:

The amazing story of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith — and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing — not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack — could come between her and the waves?

That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii — a glorious part of the world, where it”s hard to deny the divine — Bethany responded to the shark”s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R. It”s the kind of coincidence that isn”t mere coincidence to the Hamilton family, a clan whose motto could easily be “the family that surfs and prays together stays together.” To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they”d been working on themselves — which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story — a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany”s life as a young surfer, her recovery in the wake of the shark attack, the adjustments she”s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows that the body is no more essential to surfing — perhaps even less so — than the soul. – From ‘Simon & Schuster’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Books - 2004, Movies - 2011

 

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