24/8 Book Club


The Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded
April 21, 2009, 7:49 am
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Congrats to Elizabeth Strout author of OLIVE KITTRIDGE.  Have not had the pleasure of reading this book but reviews have certainly been intriguing and the support never waining.  AT the end of the year when we asked 24/8 followers to tell us about their favorite reads of 2008 this novel made the lists over and over again. 

To view the other prize winners in other categories view the link,  http://www.pulitzer.org/node/7887.

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Belong to Me
April 14, 2009, 8:43 am
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by Marisa de Los Santos is now out in paperback.  Loved this book and I hope there is another follow to this two book collection.  Actually, I had not read the first book LOVED WALKED IN prior to reading BELONG TO ME but I loved it just the same. 

Luckily, thanks to my sister in law I know have a copy and I in turn gave her my copy of  BELONG TO ME.  I hope that Marisa is listening to these characters because they are not done talking yet.  I do know I look forward to reading the next offering for Marisa whether in this series or something completely new.

FJP



No. 1 Ladies Dectective Agency on HBO
April 4, 2009, 4:05 pm
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Carved out time today to watch the first episode of this series on HBO.  I don’t know how close it follows the book as I have not yet read the series but I really enjoyed it.  I thought Jill Scott did an amazing job with her performance and I just set the DVR to tape the second. 

It is wonderful when books are the basis for small or big screen productions, hopefully it ensures the future for authors and not just screenplay writers.  In my case, I was not sure about the books when I saw them.  I kept picking them up but they never really spoke to me, even with all of praise. But now I am going to start to read them as I am interested in the adaptation of these to the small screen.

What did everyone else think?  What about those of you few million that have read the books?  Bravo Andrew McCall Smith and thanks HBO.

Enjoy

Falise



Acclaimed Author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE Elizabeth Gilbert
March 2, 2009, 8:15 am
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is touring the nation.  For the first time every Elizabeth will be in Chicago on Monday, March 9th, just a week away at the Auditorium Theatre. Join Elizabeth at 7:30 pm to hear about her literary journey and a book-signing will follow.

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EAT,PRAY, LOVE has been optioned for a movie starring Julia Roberts.  Word is Julia Roberts wanted this role, not bad to have Julia Roberts looking to star in one of the stories of your life.

Join 24/8 in welcoming Elizabeth Gilbert to Chicago, okay she was here for Oprah but you know how hard to those tickets are to snag. These are easier, http://www.ticketmaster.com.



Confessions of a Shopaholic
February 9, 2009, 6:23 am
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Thanks to Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, Bar and Eatery in Woodridge , IL and my good friend Shari, I saw a sneek preview of the upcoming film Confessions of a Shopaholic.  The film stars Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy and a great supporting cast. 

This film was inspired from the pages of #1 Best Selling NY Times  author Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series.  Although, I have not had the pleasure of reading Sophie’s book prior to  the movie I am now a fan and can’t wait to get to them.  The fact that I hadn’t read the books did not diminish from my enjoyment of the movie.   I recommend this for a girls night out or a date night movie.

24/8 is going to be unveiling a book giveaway this week for the movie tie in edition.  Don’t forget to stop back if you want to read the book as much as I do and be sure to bring a friend.   A special thanks to our friends at Random House for making this possible.

There is a really creative movie site on Blue Fly for this movie you will not want to miss,  http://www.bluefly.com/media/promotions/flash/shopaholic/main/shopaholic.html.  Kudos to the designer of this page.   You can learn more about the movie and the cast and crew.  Shop for the lead character’s looks too. Remember Hollywood there is a reason you need authors to write these wonderful books because they are certainly the basis for many a blockbuster. 

For everyone else not lucky enough to see an early screening of the movie it will be at your local theater this coming Friday, February 13, 2009.

Falise



Adriana Trigiani has a Valentine title

VERY VALENTINE that would be a marvelous Valentine’s gift for wife, friend, mother, grandmother neighbor… you get the idea that likes to read.  VV is the start of a trilogy so if your recipient loves this character you are a shoe in for future gift ideas. 

Adriana just appeared on the today show in the fourth hour with Hoda and Kathie Lee and she is so much fun. If you missed her she will be on the Weekend Today on Saturday, February 7th.  You will definitely want to come out to one of her book promotions coming up in your city, http://www.adrianatrigiani.com/dates.html, or if you are not in one of these cities pick up one of her books after you see her cause she is just so much fun. 

More exciting news as well from Adriana, 24/8 will be staying tuned for the updates.  In April 2009 (date TBD) she will host a new book event called: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOOK CLUB— a first, with you as my guest(s) for a fabulous lunch and book discussion with me about Very Valentine—or whatever else you have on your minds!

As the details are promised today, which is the publication date of Very Valentine. It will take place in Greenwich Village, NY.  But don’t despair if you live far away, there will be a drawing for one club to fly to New York City to join the fun.

Additional news announced on Ariana’s site as well if you are a fan:

The movie version of Big Stone Gap—is casting and we plan on being in production in 2009 in Virginia. Thank you for your patience- and keep the faith- it’s all coming together. The divine Rosanne Cash is composing the score- Whoopi Goldberg, who will star as Fleeta Mullins, gave me a lovely shout-out.



What’s up next at 24/8 Book Club
February 2, 2009, 1:06 am
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The next book to be featured in our dueling  Oil & Vinegar reviews will be The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman.  We are thrilled to welcome Alice to the 24/8 world. 

If you have read this title we hope to hear from you.  It seems that most everyone has a favorite Alice Hoffman book when you ask them.  24/8 exists to remind everyone that we touch about the magic found inside of the pages of a book.  Alice Hoffman is never dull and you are sure to be moved by her stories and characters. 

Alice has a vast body of work that includes: Practical Magic, Here On Earth and Turtle Moon.     To learn more about these books and the many others she has penned visit her site, http://www.alicehoffman.com/hoffman-books.htm.  Extremely talented writer and now a member of the 24/8 family.