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$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780060254926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins, 11/1988
Contest winner: “My Favorite Movie Based On A Book I Love”, February 2012
Where The Wild Things Are
By Stephen Bascom
Pajamas with stocking feet, pointy ears and claws. Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is a warm-blooded ode to the risks and mischief of boyhood. I love its illustrations, its sparse words, the hint of danger lurking in the upturned corners of its monster-sized grins. A different beast altogether, Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are is filled with other details: a barking dog on a staircase, a slamming door, a mouthful of snow. But at its core is a little boy named Max, still filled with a bitter drive to explore and exist. Both the movie and the book are wild things at heart.
The Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella once said that when filming adaptations, his job was to “flip the screen over” so that the audience could see the book he was reading in his mind. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers took an entirely different approach to Where the Wild Things Are—but it was a daring, imaginative approach, as vivid and unpredictable as Max himself.
Rather than reproducing the book, the filmmakers drew from their own experiences to enhance themes implied by Sendak’s original. Dave Eggers wrote a screenplay bursting with compassion for downtrodden youth—Eggers raised his younger brother after their parents died of cancer—and director Spike Jonze added his staunch independence and penchant for subtext. Suddenly the “wild things” of the book were transformed from anonymous compatriots through the forest into magnificent foils and stand-ins for people in Max’s everyday life. We sense that one wild thing is really Max’s father, another one his mother, and they are clearly divorced. Lines like “I’ll eat you up I love you so” take on new meaning because Max’s mother’s love sustains him even as her failed marriage threatens to devour him whole.
And still there are those details, made more poignant by the context of a boy grieving his parents’ separation. A pile of sharp sticks. A gold crown. A heartbreaking howl at the sky—which could have been filled with such joy, if only, if only.
I love this movie. It is fierce, evocative, and takes enormous risks. It reminds me of the boy I was, how I felt when my parents divorced. It reminds me of the person I am, still faced with a world too big to take in, still angry in the shadow of problems I cannot solve, still crippled by love and longing for a marvelous adventure.
Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are earned Maurice Sendak’s endorsement. “He’s turned it into his without giving up mine,” the author said, and he was right. Now that both versions are ours, it is a comfort to know that after a treacherous journey through a book, a movie, or in life, there will still be a bowl of supper waiting on the bedside table.
Sources
Brown, Lane. Maurice Sendack Swears Wild Things Movie Will Be Okay. Vulture.com. 28 July 2009. 17 February 2012. <http://www.vulture.com/2009/07/maurice_sendack_swears_wild_thi.html>
Words and Music of Cold Mountain. Perf. Anthony Minghella. Miramaz. 2003. Film.

The Hunger Games (Paperback)

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9780439023528
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press, 7/2010

This book may be classified as a YA novel, but I've definitely recommended it to just about every adult I know.

Chosen by lottery to compete in an annual televised battle royale, where the winner is taken care of for life and the losers are brutally slaughtered by other contestants for the viewers' cruel amusement in the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen just hopes to survive long enough to make it home, and to avoid becoming one of the human monsters she is fighting against.

The story is horrifying and shocking, but I couldn't put it down, wondering what would happen next. I made the mistake of bringing this book on my honeymoon, thinking to read it on the beach. My husband had to threaten to hide it in order for us to go snorkeling.

~Written by Elisabeth Jewell, 11/7/11


New books, new trailers

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7 PM, join us for a very special book club as New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian leads the Gibson's Book Club discussion of his novel The Sandcastle Girls! Fear not, you need not have read this novel to join in the discussion, or enjoy Chris's presentation on his research in to the Armenian Genocide. Chris will be happy to take questions on all of his novels! All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged.

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Visiting superstars: Blanco, Korn, Greenlaw, Bohjalian, Chiasson. April 15th, 2014

Richard Blanco

 
Meet Richard Blanco!
The marvelous poet who was chosen to read at President Obama's 2012 inauguration will be in Concord on Wed., April 16, at 7 PM, at the Concord Public Library. We'll be there selling his books, including his memoir, For All of Us, One Today, and his many volumes of poetry, like
Boston Strong: The Poem to Benefit the One Fund Boston.


 
Why We Make Things
Meet Peter Korn!
One of the most interesting books of this or any season, Why We Make Things is both a memoir and a meditation on the nature of creativity.  The book itself was sumptuously produced by one of the last true craftsmen in publishing, David Godine. Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM, to hear the author and to ask him questions--and maybe to pick up an early Father's Day present.
 
Chris Bohjalian
 
A rare local appearance by Chris Bohjalian!
Wed., May 7, at 7 PM
When Chris learned that our in-store book group had chosen his novel The Sandcastle Girls for May, he required little convincing to agree to come talk about it. Armenian history is very important to him. You don't have to have read the novel to attend. Come hear Chris talk about this important topic, and about his many other novels as well. Open to all fans of Chris Bohjalian and students of history!
Chris Bohjalian's excellent new novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, will be on our shelves on July 8. Reserve your copy today!
 
Dan Chiasson
 
Mark Your Calendars!
One of  America's most interesting poets and essayists, Dan Chiasson, joins us at the bookstore on Thurs., April 24, at 7 PM, to read and sign his new collection of verse, Bicentennial. Dan's work appears often in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.


 
Linda Greenlaw
 
Mark Your Calendars!
Linda Greenlaw, the swordfish boat captain who first came to fame in The Perfect Storm, and who has written many fabulous memoirs and novels about life at sea, now faces her greatest battle with nature—a newly adopted teenage daughter. Meet Linda on Monday, April 28, at 7 PM, here in the bookstore.

 

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