Category Archives: Books – 2005

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Movie Release Date: January 20th, 2012
Directed By: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
Movie plot:

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player, and pacifist searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks. –

Book Release Date: April 1st, 2005
Written By: Jonathan Safran Foer
Book Description:

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.- From ‘Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’ book jacket

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2012


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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Movie Release Date: July 15th, 2011
Directed By: Wayne Wang
Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun and Vivian Wu
Movie plot:

A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women. –

Book Release Date: June 28th, 2005
Written By: Lisa See
Book Description:

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. – From ‘Random House Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2011


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Love & Other Drugs

Movie Release Date: November 24th, 2010
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Judy Greer
Movie plot:

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. –

Book Release Date: March 2005
Originally Published as: Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman
Written By: Jamie Reidy
Book Description:

Jamie Reidy is the guy who”s been there, done that, and walked away with the insider stories. Inside Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS, you”ll find yourself rooting for Reidy and shocked by the realities of the world that paid his salary.

This comedic expose traces Reidy”s experiences from Pfizer training to life as the “V-Man,” when Reidy became Pfizer”s number-one drug rep during the Viagra craze. With equal parts self-confidence and self-mockery, Reidy takes the reader on a hilarious romp through pharma-culture while revealing the controversial side of the drug industry. From viewing a circumcision to gaining a doctor”s rapport to providing insight on why doctors choose to prescribe Drug X over Drug Y, and from how to bargain “sigs” and “scripts” to why the Viagra pill is shaped as a diamond, Reidy discloses everything.

A witty, behind-the-scenes look at an industry that touches everyone in America with a prescription, Hard Sell uncovers truths about the pharmaceutical industry you”d rather not know and practices you”d like to believe weren”t employed. – From ‘Andrews McMeel Publishing’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2010


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Movie Release Date: March 25th, 2011
Directed By: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass and Willem Dafoe
Movie plot:

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict. –

Book Release Date: 2005 (Translated version was released June 7th, 2010)
Originally Published as: La strada dei fiori di Miral
Translated By: John Cullen
Written By: Rula Jebreal
Book Description:

Written by the much-admired Italo-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, Miral is a novel that focuses on remarkable women whose lives unfold in the turbulent political climate along the borders of Israel and Palestine. The story begins with Hind, a woman who sacrifices everything to establish a school for refugee Palestinian girls in East Jerusalem. Years later, Miral arrives at the school after her mother commits suicide. Hind sees that Miral has the potential to change the world peacefully–but Miral is appalled by the injustice that surrounds her and flirts with the notion of armed resistance. Hind desperately works to persuade her to stay the course of education, hard work, and nonviolent resolution–but is she too late? – From ‘Penguin USA book jacket

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2011


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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Movie Release Date: February 12th 2010
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan, Dylan Neal, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan
Movie plot:

A teenager discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. –

Book Release Date: June 28th, 2005
Written By: Rick Riordan
Book Description:

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he’s not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp. Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he’s coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he’s angered a few of them: Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends-one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena-will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket

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The Lincoln Laywer

Movie Release Date: March 18, 2011
Directed By: Brad Furman
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe
Movie plot:

A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills. –

Book Release Date: October 3rd, 2005
Originally Published as: The Lincoln Lawyer
Written By: Michael Connelly
Book Description:

This #1 bestselling legal thriller from Michael Connelly is a stunning display of novelistic mastery – as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called “today”s Dostoevsky of crime literature.”

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers – they”re all on Mickey Haller”s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it”s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it”s even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney”s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal – this time to save his own life. – From ‘Grand Central Publishing’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2011


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Something Borrowed


Movie Release Date: May 6, 2011
Directed By: Luke Greenfield
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield
Movie plot:

Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy’s fiancĂ©. –

Book Release Date: March 10, 2005
Originally Published as: Something Borrowed
Written By: Emily Giffin
Book Description:

Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancĂ©. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend. – From ‘St.Martin’s Print’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Books - 2005, Movies - 2011


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