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The Help

Movie Release Date: August 12th, 2011
Directed By: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer
Movie plot:

A look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: February 10, 2009
Written By: Kathryn Stockett
Book Description:

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. – From ‘Berkley Trade’ book jacket

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Books - 2009, Movies - 2011

 

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One Day

Movie Release Date: July 8th, 2011
Directed By: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clarkson
Movie plot:

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are revisited each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: June 11, 2009
Written By: David Nicholls
Book Description:

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day-July 15th-of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. – From ‘Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’ book jacket

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Books - 2009, Movies - 2011

 

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I, Alex Cross

Movie Release Date: Unknown (In production)
Directed By: Rob Cohen
Starring: Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry and Ed Burns
Movie plot:

Washington D.C. detective Alex Cross tracks a serial rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years before. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: November 16th, 2009
Originally Published as: I,Alex Cross
Written By: James Patterson
Book Description:

Alex Cross”s niece is found brutally murdered. Overcome with grief, Alex vows to take down her killer before he strikes again. But shortly after he begins the investigation, Alex discovers that his niece had gotten mixed up with some very important, very dangerous people. And she”s not the only one who has disappeared. The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to Washington ”s most infamous club–a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. The killer could be one of their patrons, one of Washington ”s elite who will do anything to keep their secrets buried. With astonishing plot twists and electrifying revelations that will keep readers on the edge of their seat, I, ALEX CROSS is James Patterson”s most suspenseful Alex Cross novel yet – From ‘Little, Brown and Company’ book jacket

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The Accidental Billionaires


Movie Title: The Social Network
Movie Release Date:
October 1st, 2010
Directed By: David Fincher
Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter
Movie plot:

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 2009
Originally Published as: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal
Written By: Ben Mezrich
Book Description:

The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.
Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends-outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women.
Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance-and sexual success-was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order.
Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university”s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus-and subsequently crashing the university”s servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.
What followed-a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers-makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.
The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost-and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.
– From ‘Knopf Doubleday’ book jacket

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Books - 2009, Movies - 2010

 

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