In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Specialist William Lynn --- one of eight men who survived a ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents --- will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his 19 years.
Confronted with the disappointments and knockdowns that can come in middle age, Lou Ureneck decided he needed to build a simple post-and-beam cabin in the woods. Helping him was his younger brother, Paul, which Lou saw as a way to reconnect with their shared history and to rediscover his truest self.
Troubled investigator Ian Rutledge wrestles with a startling and dangerous case that reaches far into the past when a false confession from a man who is not who he claims to be leads to a brutal murder.
Nobody knows the nuts and bolts of home repair quite like Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, ex–Wall Streeter turned proud owner of an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine. But when a killer with a screw loose sets his sights on Jake, her newest renovation project becomes a dire matter of life and deck.
Finally settling into a peaceful life after more than a decade on the deadly front lines of the war on terror, Ryan Kealey believes he’s put danger behind him --- and some of his demons to rest. But his calm is shattered when he’s swept into a highly organized and merciless terror attack during a charity gala in downtown Baltimore.
Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer who goes too far. Unable to end his suffering by his own hand, Egert embarks on an odyssey to undo the curse and the horrible damage he has caused, which can only be repaired by a painful journey down a long and harrowing path.
Hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, Harry Clifton has joined the Merchant Navy. When he survives the sinking of his ship by a German U-boat, he assumes the identity of the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.
On vacation in a small town in Spain, German war games champion Udo Berger and his girlfriend meet another couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals. But when Charly disappears late one night, Udo’s life is thrown into upheaval --- and a game of Third Reich may have dangerously real consequences.
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We’re entering the dog days of summer, Books on Screen readers. What does that mean for us? I’m not sure! And judging from August’s batch of releases, I’d bet the studios aren’t either. Let’s talk about it!
The big disappointment this month is the un-fantastic Fantastic Four. And I don’t just mean star Miles Teller and his…um…unflatteringprofile in Esquire; the resounding consensus is that FF is kind of a mess, and not the hot kind (sorry, Human Torch). The good news is that if you’re looking for a bit of action, Insurgent is now available on DVD --- if you’re on the fence (or, er, wall) about it, check out this clip featuring author Veronica Roth and the cast discussing adapting the book into a movie. Plus, Ansel Elgort is basically Miles Teller-lite, so you won’t be missing out on any summer fun.
One movie that’s getting rave reviews (which we featured in our Books on Screen bookshelf) is The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s frank, heavily autobiographical novel, it’s the story of a precocious 15-year-old girl’s sexual awakening, set in 1970s San Francisco. The film got great early buzz when it debuted at Sundance, and it’s a must-see for anyone interested in honest, avant-garde storytelling. And if you’re interested in the visually stunning, check out the gorgeously animated The Prophet, which intersperses Khalil Gibran's elegant poetry within breathtaking animated sequences, and tells the story of an exiled poet who must find his way home. I was sold on the trailer alone.
The big TV news this month is that David Simon, creator of the universally acclaimed “The Wire,” is returning to HBO with “Show Me a Hero,” a nine-part miniseries based on the true story of young mayor Nick Wasicsko’s fight for the desegregation of Yonkers’ public housing --- and the bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics it incited. And if all you’re looking for from your summer watching is some entertaining escapism, be sure to catch “The Astronaut Wives Club” on ABC and “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family.