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Oprah picks her new Book Club title

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

sayyoureoneofthemAnd it’s Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan.

Says Oprah: “This is an awe-inspiring collection of stories that challenges you to look beyond the headlines and see an Africa full of both joy and despair. Detailing the violence and poverty facing the children of Modern-day Africa, this is a book you won’t soon forget.”

See her Book Club website to find out more about the book, the author, and various discussion questions.

I’d personally like to thank her for going with these crisis-filled times and picking something already available as a paperback.  :-)

Read the book before you see…

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

He’s just not that into you: directed by Ken Kwapis, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson and Kris Kristofferson.

This romantic comedy is based on the self-help book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The title is based on a line of dialogue in the hit tv-series Sex and the City, also based on a book written by Candace Bushnell, to make things even more transparent :-P .

The movie is a chronicle of nine people in their twenties and thirties and their romantic (mis)adventures. The story is set in Baltimore and the common denominator is that one person in each relationship is more engaged than the other person. At the core of these multiple stories is Gigi, a young woman who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her.

Inkheart: directed by Iain Softley, starring Brendan Fraser and Eliza Bennett.

This fantasy film is based on the novel with the same name written by Cornelia Funke.

Ten year old Meggie discovers that her father has the ability to make characters from books come to life. When he brings three characters from Inkheart into being, the bad Capricorn and Basta threaten the real world.

Oprah’s new title

Friday, September 19th, 2008

The Story of Edgar SawtelleThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle (US edition)Oprah picked her 62nd book:  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.  There was quite a buzz about this book before it was published, and it’ll only get crazier now, of course.  It promises to be a modern-day retelling of Hamlet (set in Green Bay Packers country), and from all I’ve read about it, the prose is gorgeous.

Read it now and, when the show airs here in a few months, you get to say to the screen how right (or wrong) she was.  Of course, you can get a head start by opinionating in the comments here!

Did you guess right, by the way?

Oprah and Eckhart’s 2nd webcast: How to Become Present

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Susan Smit and ABC’s Femke at the New Earth Discussion NightOn Friday March 7th, the American Book Center and Penguin Benelux organized the first of in total three discussion-evenings on Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth in the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam. And what a meeting it was!

More than 60 people showed up; special guest Susan Smit (Dutch author, book reviewer and writer for the magazines Happinez and Marie Claire, among others) shared her insights on the awakening process with us and we watched parts of the first New Earth-webcast, organized by Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle, together.

By now the second and third webcast by Oprah and Eckhart have been broadcast (they can be viewed on www.oprah.com). Millions of people worldwide are participating in this “Online Class on Awakening��? and the number is still growing. (more…)

Bookbits for February 2nd, 2008

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
  • DetectiveA lovely piece about Robert Fisk’s discovery of a book he apparently wrote. It “was clearly the moment for Detective Inspector Fisk to hunt down ‘The Mystery of the Cairo Forger’.”