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into the water

Paula Hawkins’ newest novel/audiobook, Into the Water, was published on May 2nd. Into the Water has received positive reviews, and the hold list is getting pretty long. If you enjoyed Hawkins’ Into the Water, or you need something to hold you over until your hold arrives, check out the list below to find a similar audiobook, movie, or T.V. series!

Audiobooks
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn– Reluctantly returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two preteen girls, a newspaper reporter is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings, a probe that leads her all too close to the secrets of her own past.

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White– Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning. In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered. As Bryn’s world unravels, and yet another woman in town is slain, she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight– At the end of a long winter, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near a university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. When freelance journalist, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridgedale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths secrets. Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Movies
Gone Girl– On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Check out the audiobook of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

Girl on the Train– Rachel is unemployed and devastated by a recent divorce. She fills her time with drinking, riding the commuter train, and fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple the train passes by every day. Then one morning, Rachel sees something shocking that unravels her and entangles her in an unfolding mystery. Check out the audiobook of Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins!

Nightcrawler– A pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.

T.V. Series
The Fall– A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent.

The Killing– Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim’s family are intricately woven together in this ‘spellbinding’ series. This engrossing series has earned huge acclaim, as well as a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy nominations in its first season.

Top of the Lake– A pregnant 12 year-old girl who won’t reveal who the father is, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a New Zealand lake and disappears. Robin Griffin is called in to investigate and becomes more and more obsessed. As she searches, she slowly begins to realize that finding the girl is tantamount to finding herself, a self she has kept well hidden. A powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness, where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.

 

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sully

With the surprising box office success, and with a Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, the DVD release of Clint Eastwood’s Sully has been highly anticipated. Having only come out yesterday, December 20th, the hold list is rather long. Check out some similar titles below to hold you over until your copy arrives!

Movies
Flight– A seasoned airline pilot miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on the plane.

American Sniper– Clint Eastwood received a lot of praise for his direction in Sully. Check out Eastwood’s other directorial work with American Sniper. U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

The Finest Hours– In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close– Oskar Schell, an inventive eleven year-old New Yorker, discovers a key in his deceased father’s belongings and sets off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open. Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock, encountering an eclectic assortment of people who are each survivors in their own way, he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses.

Captain Phillips– Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

United 93– Fact-based story about the 40 passengers and crew aboard San Francisco bound flight United 93, who sat down as strangers and found the courage to stand up as one. This hijacked flight was the fourth terrorist attack plane on September 11, 2001. As a result of a delay on takeoff, the passengers on the flight, are behind the carefully scheduled planned attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Once hijacked, the passengers and crew are able to discern that this is no mere hijacking. The scariest part of the film is the unpreparedness of the FAA and the military in dealing with the situation.

Audiobooks
Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger– In this inspirational autobiography, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success. In January 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in history when Captain Sullenberger brought a crippled US Airways flight onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all of the passengers and crew aboard. Sully describes the experiences that have helped make him a better leader, particularly the importance of taking responsibility for everyone in his care. And he talks about what he believes is at the heart of America’s “can do” spirit: the very human drive to prepare for the unexpected and to meet it with optimism and courage.

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips– A story of adventure and courage, A Captain’s Duty provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking–the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.

Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL by Michael J. Mooney– Journalist Michael J. Mooney reveals the life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, from his Texas childhood up through his death in February 2013. A brutal warrior but a gentle father and husband, Kyle led the life of an American hero and legend. Mooney also sheds light on the life of the suffering fellow veteran who killed Kyle and interviews those closest to the late SEAL.

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the-girl-with-the-lower-back-tattooAmy Schumer’s much anticipated biography, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, has only been out since late August, but it’s been flying off the shelf and the hold list is growing longer and longer each day. Check out the list below of audiobooks, movies, and T.V. shows you can binge after finishing her bio or as you wait for your hold to arrive.

Audiobooks
Yes Please by Amy Poehler– Amy Poehler offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey– From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kahling– Mindy Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most – from her favorite types of guys to life in the Office writers’ room to her leisure pursuit of dieting and how much she loves romantic comedies.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson– Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives – the ones we’d like to pretend never happened – are in fact the ones that define us. In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

Movies
Trainwreck– Since she was little, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo ; enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment, but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners ; Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups might be on to something.

Joy– A wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.

Sisters– The story of two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.

Pitch Perfect– Arriving at her new college, Beca finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions.

T.V. Shows
Inside Amy Schumer– Amy Schumer explores sex, relationships, and more with sketches, stand-up comedy, and woman-on-the-street interviews.

Broad City– Follow the adventures of two best friends working the big city. No matter how bad it gets, these broads are always down with whatever hits them.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– Rescued after fifteen years in an underground doomsday cult, Kimmy decides to rebuild her life in New York City armed with only a fifth-grade education and a firm belief that truly anything is possible. She quickly finds a roommate, Titus Andromedon, a job working for a spoiled Manhattan mom, Jacqueline Voorhees, and a new beginning.

Veep– Former Senator Selina Meyer was a charismatic leader and a rising star in her party with her eye on the White House, then she became Vice President. VEEP follows the whirlwind day-to day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the President’s interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the Chief Executive.

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This CD cover image released by Atlantic Records shows the Broadway cast album for "Hamilton: An American Musical." Atlantic Records said last week that “Hamilton” has so far sold over 54,000 albums, had more than 16 million songs streamed and become the highest debuting cast recording on the Billboard Top 200 in over 50 years _ not typical numbers for Broadway. (Atlantic Records via AP)

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton has been flying off the shelf, no doubt, due to the musical’s record breaking award nominations and wins. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tie-in book for the musical, Hamilton: The Revolution, is just as equally popular. If you’ve listened all you could, and read all you could about Hamilton, then you’re probably wondering where to go next as you wait for the first U.S. tour in 2017. I’ve compiled a list of Music, Audiobooks, Movies, and even T.V. Shows that can keep your Hamilton binge going.

Audiobooks
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow– Creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Mirandawas inspired by Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. Go back to Lin-Mauel’s inspiration and learn more about one of this country’s Founding Fathers. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz– Although the popular YA fiction isn’t related to Alexander Hamilton or Broadway, Lin-Mauel narrated the audiobook. Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Music
In the Heights: Original Broadway Cast Recording– Lin-Manuel was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton while taking a break from his hit Broadway musical In the Heights. If you enjoyed his composition and writing in Hamilton give In the Heights a shot. The Broadway musical follows an ensemble cast of, mostly, Dominican-Americans in the NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights.

Movies
17761776 is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of The United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Les Misérables– In early 19th century France, the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past.

T.V. Shows
John Adams– While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers–General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson–in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Turn: Washington Spies– A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War. Abe Woodhull is a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his friends to from the Culper Ring, an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft.

 

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house of cards

The 4th season of House of Cards is finally out on DVD. There is quite a long wait until Season 5 is released on Netflix. To hold you over until 2017, or until your hold for season 4 arrives, I’ve created a list of T.V. Shows, Movies, and Audiobooks that are similar to House of Cards. 

T.V. Shows

The West Wing– Headed by President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing demonstrates that office politics are the same everywhere; things just have greater repercussions when your office happens to be the White House. Stories surround the President; his deputy communications director Sam Seaborn; his beleaguered press secretary, C.J. Cregg; the chief of staff, recovering boozehound Leo McGarry, who sacrifices his marriage to his career. Among the global crises that Bartlet must finesse are a nuclear showdown between India and Pakistan, an American plane shot down by terrorists, and another downed U.S. plane in Iraq.

The Good WifeThe Good Wife follows a politician’s wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick not only deals with her career but also with keeping her family together as she provides a stable home for her two children.

Scandal– When trouble rears its ugly head, headline-making, life-ruining trouble, there’s only one person to call: the legendary Olivia Pope. With her steadfast rule of always trusting her gut, Olivia leads an expert team of crisis management consultants skilled at making even the most sordid, salacious scandals disappear. But as these self-proclaimed ‘gladiators in suits’ begin to reveal the cracks in their armor, will the masters of damage control be able to control the damage in their own personal lives?

Madam Secretary– In the first season of the gripping political thriller Madam Secretary, Dr. Elizabeth McCord navigates the maze of politics to protect America and affect global issues. When the current Secretary of State is killed in a mysterious airplane accident, the White House turns to Elizabeth to take over the job. As a former CIA analyst, she understands the risks of the world. However, she’s far less prepared for the treachery of politics.

Movies

All the President’s Men– True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade, based on the best-seller by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington– Washington’s youngest senator exposes corruption in high places, almost at the cost of his career.

The American President– Andrew Shepherd is a consummate politician and a man of integrity, who also happens to be a widower, ready to start dating again. He is swept off his feet by Sydney Ellen Wade. His critics rant that it is immoral and his friends proclaim that it’s romantic, but one thing is certain, all that stands between true love and re-election is the approval of the American public.

Dave– Even though Dave is more of a political comedy than drama, there are still some parallels to House of Cards. Kevin Kline stars as an off-the-wall, temporary replacement for the missing president. His unusual style of governing and decision making tip off the opposition that something is definitely “out-of-order” in Washington.

Audiobooks

American Assassin by Vince FlynnAmerican Assassin is the first in the “Mitch Rapp Series” by Vince Flynn. For years, CIA agent Mitch Rapp has served his country with ruthless efficiency. Here, author Vince Flynn chronicles Rapp’s very first assignment, a mission that will turn the green agent into the most hardened and revered counter terrorism operative in the world.

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren– The fictionalized account of Louisiana’s colorful–and notorious–governor Huey Pierce Long, All the King’s Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

The Prince by Machiavelli– Using as his model Cesare Borgia, a Florentine price who stopped at nothing to achieve and hold political position, it still has the power to shock. Machiavelli states what most governments do (but few admit) to keep ‘corrupt’ human nature in check. He suggests that leaders must be ruthlessly despotic as well as cunningly magnanimous – that cruelty is sometimes mercy in disguise – and that it is safer to be feared than to be loved.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare– A power couple is at the forefront of House of Cards. If you enjoyed Frank and Claire’s dynamic and evolving relationship, go back to one of the earliest power couples ever written. Eleventh century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that makes him king. But he does not enjoy his newfound, dearly-won kingship.

 

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joy dvdJoy has been highly anticipated ever since its Christmas release. Although the film received mixed reviews, there is still quite a hold list for the film. Perhaps it was the sudden popularity of biopics (despite the genre being around for quite some time) or the dynamic duo, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, that had viewers hooked. Regardless, if you’re still craving more, or you’re waiting for your hold to arrive, check out the list below of Movies, T.V. shows, and Audiobooks that are similar to the biopic of Joy Mangano, a self-made entrepreneur and creator of the “Miracle Mop.”

Movies

American Hustle– The duo, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, have been gracing our screens for what seems like years; no doubt, because of their on and off screen chemistry. If you enjoyed Joy because of the duo’s work, check out American Hustle. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle is the story of brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso.

The Social Network– 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, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Erin Brockovich– In Joy, Jennifer Lawrence is praised for her portrayal of a strong and independent woman. Check out Erin Brockovich, for a similar story of a single mother trying to make her way in the world. Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

T.V. Shows

Mad Men– In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue’s “Golden Age,” where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man–and ladies’ man–in the business.

Halt and Catch Fire– A former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project.

Audiobooks

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty– Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell– A moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman’s chance to either save it or make sure it never happens.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson– Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, the author has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Check out the movie adaptation of Steve Jobs’ biography, featuring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.

 

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the nestThe Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney was released this past March, and copies are still flying off of the shelves. The Nest is a perfect audiobook to kick of to this coming summer (despite the gloomy weather that doesn’t seem to want to go away), but if you’ve already finished it, or you’re waiting for your copy on hold, check out the list below of audiobooks, movies, and T.V. shows that are similar to Sweeney’s work.

Audiobooks
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield– A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Equal parts homage to Jane Austen and bold literary experiment, Eligible is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga for the twenty-first century.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown– The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home to care for their ailing mother, and to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from might offer more than they ever expected.

The Vacationer’s by Emma Straub– For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their 35th wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead– Winn Van Meter has a Harvard education, membership in all the right clubs, a pedigreed wife, and a tastefully understated summer home on a pristine New England island where the wedding of his eldest daughter, Daphne, is about to take place. The weather is idyllic and so, it would seem, is the gathering. But the three-day wedding weekend soon turns into a complete social disaster in every way imaginable.

Movies
This is Where I Leave You– When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide. The film was based off of a novel of the same name by Johnathan Tropper.

August: Osage County– The dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. August: Osage County was based off of a play by Tracy Letts.

Little Miss Sunshine– Olive is a little girl who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so dysfunctional that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Olive’s father, Richard, is unsuccessful as a motivational speaker. He is barely on speaking terms with Olive’s mother. Her uncle Frank has attempted suicide following an unsuccessful romance with a male graduate student. Her brother Dwayne, a fanatical follower of Nietzsche, has taken a vow of silence. And Olive’s grandfather is a loser with a drug habit, but at least he enthusiastically coaches Olive in her contest talent routine. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in California.

T.V. Shows
Parenthood– Follows four grown siblings of the far-from-perfect Braverman clan as they try to balance kids and careers, dreams and commitments, and romance or a total lack thereof. Join some of the best actors on television for a genuinely funny and heartwarming journey through the most challenging and rewarding role of a lifetime: being a parent.

Gilmore Girls– Lorelai and Rory are a mother and daughter who are sharing life’s ups and downs in a small town in Connecticut. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with it’s blend of traditional family issues and hip attitude.

The Affair– It explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds when Alison and Noah meet in Montauk at the end of Long Island.

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brooklynBrooklyn is one of the most popular movies released at the beginning of this year. This is, in no doubt, due to Saoirse (pronounced as Ser-sha, like inertia, for those who are curious) Ronan’s phenomenal acting and Nick Hornby’s screenplay writing. If you were left craving more, check out the list below of movies, T.V. series, and audiobooks that are similar to Brooklyn.

Movies
Angela’s Ashes– Based on Frank McCourt’s book of the same name, Angela’s Ashes is the autobiographical story of McCourt and his family as they struggle to build a new life in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. The family decides to return to Ireland after their infant sister passes away. In Ireland, the family is met with even more difficulties than what they faced in America.

Atonement– Although set in 1935 England, Atonement tells a sweeping love story, which is quickly torn to shreds as a jealous sister (portrayed by Saoirse Ronan) constructs a lie that ends in serious consequences. Check out Ian McEwan’s novel, which inspired the movie adaptation.

T.V. Series
Ballykissangel– Life is challenging for any priest in a small Irish town, and Father Peter Clifford has just arrived from London with high expectations and no driver’s license.

Monarch of the Glen– Meet handsome Archie MacDonald, a reluctant young Scottish laird torn between his trendy London life and the call of his wild Highland ancestry. Tricked into returning to Scotland by his eccentric father and dotty mother, Archie discovers he is now the Laird of the decaying family estate, Glenbogle.

Audiobooks
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín– Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor her to live and work in America, so she decides she must go, ultimately leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store, and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future. Check out Tóibín’s other works, such as Nora Webster and The Testament of Mary.

The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor– Although The Girl Who Came Home takes place 40 years prior to the events in Brooklyn, it still tells a similar tale of an Irish immigrant struggling to decide between the comforts of her home and the daunting possibilities America has to offer. Inspired by true events, Gaynor tells the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard R.M.S. Titanic. A seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

The Dubliners by James Joyce– Go back to Eilis’s homeland, Ireland, and experience the difficulties and great national pride that Eilis, and many others, left behind to start a new life in America. Originally published in 1914, James Joyce’s collection of 15 intertwining short stories depict life, within the middle class, in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.

 

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If You Enjoyed…

game of throness1Although season 6 of Game of Thrones is premiering on the 24th of April, the HBO series is still highly requested. Now that the show has finally caught up to the books that George R.R. Martin has published, Game of Thrones fans may feel a bit bored when the show isn’t airing. Below are T.V. Shows, Movies, and Audiobooks that are similar to Game of Thrones.

Disclaimer: due to the nature of Game of Thrones, a majority of the recommendations listed below are for mature audiences.

T.V. Series
The Tudors– King Henry VIII: young, sexy and the most powerful man in the world. The throne and the entire world became his at age 19. This television series reveals the early years of the passionate, vibrant, and scandalous man who forever changed the course of history.

Rome– Much of the politics seen in Game of Thrones is derived from real-life historical events. The HBO Original series, Rome, travels back towards the end of the Roman republic as it was transitioning into the empire; which caused civil wars, political turmoil, wars of conquest, and then eventually its own decline.

Black Sails– The prequel to Treasure Island, Black Sails, begins in 1715, with New Providence Island as a lawless territory. And the island is controlled by notorious and dangerous pirate captains. As the British Navy returns to annihilate the most feared Captain and his crew, the Captain allies himself with a local aristocrat to ensure his crew’s survival. Many opponents and obstacles stand in his way.

Borgias– An explosive story of history’s original crime family, the Borgia family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia’s reign as Pope Alexander VI embroils the Catholic Church– and all of Europe– in scandal.

Movies
Centurion– If you enjoyed Rome, as well as Game of Thrones, travel back in time, to the rise of fall of the Roman Empire, with Centurion. During the 2nd century, the Roman Empire covered most of present day Europe. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive and savage enemy: the Picts. When the Roman legion is ambushed, the seven surviving Romans pledge to rescue their leader.

Malice– If you’re looking for a break from historical fiction, but still want the drama and action that Game of Thrones has, give Malice a try. When a serial killer begins murdering female students in a New England town, the college dean becomes involved in the investigation while wondering about the surgeon who has taken a room in his house.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy–  The Lord of the Rings trilogy deserves an honorable mention; as George R.R. Martin not only was influenced by Tolkien, but some also speculate Martin derived his signature “R.R.” from Tolkien. The first movie of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, tells of the fateful power of “The One Ring to Rule Them All.” All members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves, and wizards are plunged into a clash between good and evil. Check out the audiobooks of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work as well, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring.

Audiobooks
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin– Go back to where Game of Thrones originated. Long ago, an enigmatic event forever changed Winterfell, leaving the land with lush summers and harsh winters. Now, Winterfell’s borders are being increasingly encroached, forcing the prominent Stark family to defend its kingdom from enemies both old and new, including the rival Lannister House and a legendary demon. Check out Martin’s other high fantasy works such as A Knight of Seven Kingdoms and Rogues.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson– An epic series by Brandon Sanderson, who introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who would do anything to save her impoverished house.

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King– This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, featuring, “The Gunslinger,” a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages from ancient myth to frontier western legend. The Gunslinger starts the series off.

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If You Enjoyed…

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Bridge of Spies is still highly requested, even after its February release. Whether it was Mark Rylance’s Academy win for Best Supporting Actor or Spielberg’s phenomenal directing that caught your attention, there’s a chance you were left wanting more. Check out the list below of Movies, T.V. shows, and Audiobooks that are similar to Bridge of Spies.

Movies
The Good Shepherd– A newly recruited CIA agent gradually turns suspicious, as he is influenced by the Cold War paranoia present within the office. Eventually, he becomes an influential veteran operative, while his distrust of everyone around him increases. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family.

ArgoBased on true-to-life events, follow along as a mid level American agent devises an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue six Americans, as they were held captive when Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran. Although Argo takes place during the 1970s, it still bears similarities to the horrors James Donovan (Tom Hanks) faces while attempting to rescue the U.S. pilot captured by the Soviet Union in Bridge of Spies.

Schindler’s ListAlthough Schindler’s List takes place during the second World War, it is often credited as one of Spielberg’s greatest works. It is the story of Oskar Schindler, a Catholic war profiteer, who risked his life in order to save more than 1,000 Jews during the onset of World War II.

T.V. Shows
The AmericansSecrets can be deadly in this suspenseful thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington D.C. As the Cold War escalates, a seemingly typical suburban couple must take extreme measures to continue their mission to keep their true identities hidden. But when an FBI agent moves in across the street, they become ensnared in a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.

House of Cards Although House of Cards does not focus on war espionage, it is as equally thrilling. Frank Underwood, a cunning career politician, teams up with an ambitious young journalist to seek revenge on those who betrayed him. Most do not not know, but the Netflix original is a re-imagining of the BBC Masterpiece of the same name.

Audiobooks
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy by John le Carré– At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Check out the film adaptation featuring John Hurt and Gary Oldman.

The Looking Glass War by John le Carré – Follow along as a former military espionage department in London attempts to train an agent for a mission in East Germany. The world into which the agent had been launched contributes to a constant state anxiety. The Looking Glass War is number 4 in the George Smiley Series. Call for the Dead starts the series off.

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