The Books Behind the 2017 Oscar Nominations…..

This year’s Oscar nominees include several  movies that are based on books.  If you were captivated by the movie, and want to read the book, or if you liked a book that has been made into a movie, check out this list.   It’s always interesting to compare the two!


The Book: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.  Five-year-old Saroo, living in rural India, gets separated from his older brother and falls asleep on an empty train parked in the station. Suddenly the train takes off, headed for Calcutta, a city where Saroo can’t speak the language. After living on the street for several weeks he is adopted by a couple from Australia. 25 years later, he uses images on Google Maps to jog his memory and find his way back to his original home.

 The Movie: Lion. Nominated for Best: Picture; Actor in a Supporting Role (Dev Patel); Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicole Kidman);  Adapted Screenplay; Cinematography; and Original Score.  


The Book:  Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. During World War II, the American aeronautics industry hired black female mathematicians to fill a labor shortage.

The Movie:  Hidden Figures.   Nominated for Best Picture; Actress in a supporting role (Octavia Spencer),  and Adapted Screenplay.




The Book:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  A grumpy man hides a personal loss beneath his short-tempered exterior.  He clashes with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness leads to unexpected friendship.  This comical and heartwarming book  has been an enormously popular bestseller.

The Movie: A Man Called Ove. Nominated for Best Foreign Film;  Makeup and Hairstyling. In Swedish with English subtitles. *Available  on DVD.



tonysusan2-copyThe Book:  Tony & Susan by Austin Wright. Susan Wright receives a manuscript and a request for feedback from her ex-husband of fifteen years. His novel is called Nocturnal Animals, and it is the violent story of a man whose wife and daughter are murdered.  As she is drawn into the life of the story’s main character, she confronts a devastating parallel darkness from her own past.

The Movie:  Nocturnal Animals. Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Shannon).

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A Look Back at 2016 in Books

imagesAre you number 157 on the reserve list for Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow?  Can’t get your hands on J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy?  You could write your own autobiography before your number comes up for Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist?  Already crying over Nicholas Sparks’ latest tearjerker, Two by Two, because everyone is going to read it before you get it?

Take a deep breath, pour yourself a nice cup of tea (or a big glass of wine) and take a look back at the best of 2016 and see if maybe there isn’t something you may have missed that might be easier to clap your eyes on and make the wait for that recent bestseller a little less painful.  A few links to get you started…

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2016  a nicely laid out article featuring a cover shot of the book, a photograph of the author and a brief description of the book. Continue reading “A Look Back at 2016 in Books”

Gaming: The importance of play


Carsten Holler Turns Frieze Booth Into Children's Playground

NPR podcast this morning was all about how gaming and play in general is an important part of EVERYONE’S life Tune in an listen to what has to be said, it may change your mind about giving the stink-eye to the computer games.

Some books that deal with Gaming in the plot:penumbra

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore :a wonderful mix of an old book store, savy computer characters and a wonderful cult-like group of devotees,



The Nix a popular title has an extensive sub plot of gaming and its place in people’s lives.

Superbowl! (and some books about football)

In less than two weeks, it’ll be Superbowl Sunday! Have another poll.


On Superbowl Sunday, I will be:

  1. Glued to the TV to see if my team wins. I love football!
  2. Entertaining my friends. We’ll have a great Superbowl party.
  3. Going to visit friends for a party.
  4. Doing something completely different. Not a football fan.
  5. Glued to the TV to watch the ads. I love the ads!

Whether you’re a football fan or not, we’ve got books and movies that you’ll enjoy. Here are a few. Continue reading “Superbowl! (and some books about football)”

First Ladies: Their role over history


First Ladies have played an important role in the history of the United States.Recently,  NPR had an interesting interview on this topic : How will Melania  adjust to this new role?  How did previous first ladies adjust to their role?


The more it snows…


You wake up one winter morning to find it’s pouring snow. Do you:

  1. Look out the window, groan, and pull your blanket over your head.
  2. Leap joyfully out of bed and throw on your winter gear. You can’t wait to play in all that lovely, fluffy white stuff!
  3. Wish you’d set your alarm for a half hour earlier. It takes you forever to shovel out your car.
  4. Immediately check the school closings.
  5. Something else, which I’ll explain in the comments.

As my colleagues mentioned, winter is an opportunity! It’s a chance to enjoy activities that you don’t get to do at any other time of year. And we’ve got resources to help you do exactly that. Here are a few of them. Continue reading “The more it snows…”

Celebrate January!

Feeling sad that the holiday season is over?   The North Castle Library can help you make the cold months more enjoyable.

man-reading-by-the-fire1.  Choose a “Snow Read”.  These are books that require more concentration than “Beach Reads.”  When you’re home on a snowy day, it’s much easier to focus on a book than it is when you’re out in the sand and sun.  Maybe there is a classic that you’ve always wanted to read.  You can also check out the Best Books lists that are compiled by The New York Times and NPR.

slateoscar32. Catch up on movies that are generating Oscar buzz. Several of the movies and television shows that were nominated for Golden Globe awards are already out in DVD and are available in the library.  These include Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street, The Lobster, Deadpool, Hell or High Water, War Dogs and more!

3.  Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle.  It doesn’t sound like fun, but many people who commit iceskatingto it report feeling much better.  “Dryuary”, the practice of abstaining from alcohol in January or February, is rapidly catching on. Our library has many of the newest books on aspects of healthy living including The 4 x 4 Diet: 4 Key Foods, 4 Minute Workouts, 4 Weeks to the Body You Want by Erin Opria, The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes and  The Mindspan Diet: Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, Minimize Memory Loss, and Keep Your Brain Young by Preston Estep III.

king34.  Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by learning more about the man who dedicated his life to promoting racial equality.  The library has biographies of King, and many books about the civil rights movement. You can also check out fiction books like The Help and We are all Welcome Here that are set in the civil rights era.  In addition, we have award-winning movies like Selma, 4 Little Girls, The Butler, Mississippi Burning, and All The Way.        

Happy January!