Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is around the corner and I rounded up a few books to help get you in the spooky spirit!



Middle Grade:


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Random House Open House!

Attention all book lovers!  

Random House opens its doors twice a year for an all-day publishing event right in their own offices.  Listen to editors and authors talk about trends and new books, have lunch with fellow book lovers, meet authors and have them sign your books, and enjoy a special gift bag for each attendee. There is more information below.  If you are interested, go to the OPEN HOUSE LINK to register!

Friday, November 14
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Random House - New York, NY 
Explore Random House's New York headquarters during Open House.

Each $60 Open House ticket includes:
  • Full access to interactive sessions and book signings featuring authors and experts
  • Autographed copy of THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields
  • UNBROKEN (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
  • Advance Readers Edition of HOUSE OF ECHOES by Brendan Duffy – before it’s on sale in April 2015
  • Advance Readers Edition of THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward – before it's on sale in January 2015
  • Selected book from Random House Children’s Books
  • Holiday gift from Talbots
  • Coffee and breakfast
  • Lunch provided by Dean & DeLuca
  • Snacks provided by Joe Coffee, KIND Healthy Snacks, Twinings Tea, Walkers Shortbread, Guylian Belgian Chocolate, and more!
  • Cocktail party with Skinnygirl wine
  • Random House canvas tote bag 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

American Sniper: Movie Trailer

Opening December 25, 2014

If you have not yet read the book, AMERICAN SNIPER by Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in history, I have failed you.  But no worries, Warner Bros has made Chris Kyle's life story into a movie, and I hope to heaven they have done his life justice.  Above is the trailer, below is more information.

From Warner Bros:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. In theaters December 25th.


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 and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” 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.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

A two-time Oscar nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller (HBO’s “The Girl”), Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) is directing “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.

The film is being produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling”); Oscar-nominated production designer James J. Murakami (“Changeling”) and production designer Charisse Cardenas; Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”) and editor Gary D. Roach; and costume designer Deborah Hopper.

Opening December 25, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures presents In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production, “American Sniper.” The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Spotlight: THIS OR THAT 2

Would you rather walk on hot coals or swim in the Arctic Ocean? Learn to fly a helicopter or learn to perform open-heart surgery? Be frozen and then thawed out in the future at the age you are now, or live forever? Welcome to the book of choices, where every answer brings you one step closer to discovering your hidden self. Want to find out your ideal career? The country that best suits your idea of the good life? The species of your inner animal? Through in-depth exploration and analysis of the inner workings of your mind, we'll peel you back layer by layer and you won't even realize it. In this hysterically fun and simple quiz book, you'll find out things about yourself that you don't even know we're asking. Each vividly colored page is so exciting, fun, and revealing that you will want to share with your parents, friends, and yes, even your brother and sister. So stop wasting your time trying to discover the true you—let us do it for you!

About the Book:

  • ISBN-13: 9781426317194
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 422,646
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

About the Authors:

JR Mortimer is a frequent writer for National Geographic Kids. 

Matt Bellace, Ph.D., has been a youth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since 1995. Dr. Bellace has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (subspeciality in neuropsychology), is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the book, A Better High. His "How to Get High Naturally" program encourages over a hundred thousand students a year to make healthy choices. Matt was a recurring comedian on truTV's "World's Dumbest." His stand up can be heard - and requested - on Sirius XM's Comedy Channels.

I am a big fan of NatGeo books, especially when trying to add some non-fiction to my kids' bookshelves. I am an even bigger fan of Matt Bellace. Professionally and personally, one would be hard-pressed to find a smarter, kinder, and more genuine man - it doesn't hurt that he's funny as hell. The kids will love this book! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gone Girl: Giveaway!

Enter to Win a Gone Girl Prize Pack!

- One copy of the movie tie-in book
- One $25 Visa gift card to see the movie in theaters (courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Fill Out Form Below (you must scroll)

GONE GIRL – In Theaters October 3


About the film

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), 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?

Release: October 3, 2014
Director: David Fincher
Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn, based upon the novel written by Gillian Flynn
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Joshua Donen, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: GI BRIDES by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

True WWII stories that touch the heart! 

Authors Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi have taken extensive interviews with real war-time brides and lovingly pieced their stories together into GI BRIDES. Transitioning back and forth among four different women and their sagas, readers are pulled into each woman's heartfelt tales of love, disappointment, heartache, trust, and perseverance. 

Once Americans entered the European theater during WWII, our men in uniform descended on Britain with an air of mystery, bravery, and Hollywood charm. How could the young women of Britain resist their invitations to dance or to see a movie? Many thought it was their patriotic duty to act as good hostesses to the Americans, even though many families warned their daughters not to get too close. Those warnings went unheeded as nearly 70,000 women crossed the Atlantic after the war was over to join their new husbands. All the women were looking forward to a new beginning full of hope and wonder, but not all the women were gifted with the Hollywood ending they wished for. 

Reading these narratives, I couldn't help but think of my friends' grandparents who married during the war, many of them still holding onto their British accents. It was these stories that made me fall in love with WWII fiction, and here is GI BRIDES bringing me full circle. 

Authors Barrett and Calvi weave together the narratives into a book that reads like fiction. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is as in love with WWII fiction as I am. 

Book Extras:
GI Brides on GoodreadsAmazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble
Authors' Website: http://www.gibrides.com/
TLC Book Tour Website

About the Book:
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062328050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062328052

About the Authors:

Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi are the bestselling authors of The Sugar Girls, which chronicled the stories of young women working in Tate and Lyle’s factories in the East End of London.

Duncan studied English at Cambridge and now works as writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir. Nuala is a writer and journalist. She trained at London College of Printing and has written for The Times, The Independent, the BBC, CNN and numerous Time Out books.

This review is a proud stop on the TLC Book Tour. 
Please visit the GI BRIDES for more information and additional reviews.

Friday, September 19, 2014

GONE GIRL: On Pinterest!

Pinterest just got more interesting!  Amy Dunne, from the Gone Girl movie, has her own Pinterest Page...and it is equal parts fascinating and creepy!  (Check out her personality quizzes!!)

Amy Dunne is missing. Her Pinterest page has been found.
Gone Girl's Amy Dunne has a Pinterest account you can explore. In the upcoming movie thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher, ‘Amazing Amy’ Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing and all eyes are on her husband Nick (Ben Affleck.) Everyone is wondering ‘Did Nick kill his wife?’

As evidence mounts and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues? Explore for yourself at http://bit.ly/AmyDunne  

GONE GIRL – In Theaters October 3

About the film
Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), 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?

Release: October 3, 2014
Director: David Fincher
Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn, based upon the novel written by Gillian Flynn
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Joshua Donen, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

PS.  This is making me want to get back on Pinterest!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Event: Brooklyn Book Festival


Attention readers in the Tri-State area! Next Sunday, rain or shine, is the Brooklyn Book Festival. 

From www.brooklynbookfestival.org:

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

So grab the kids, and go share in the book love!! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Is Where I Leave You Twitter Chat




1-hour Live Twitter Chat

Thursday, September 18

8:00 PM EST – 9:00 PM EST



Event Details:

The #TIWILYchat will run for 1-hour on Thursday evening, September 18.

The event kicks off at 8:00 EST and author Jonathan Tropper (@jtropper) will join infrom 8:10 EST – 8:30 EST for a live Q&A session.

We will be chatting about the film release and giving away amazing prizes from 8:30 EST – 9:00 EST

Prizing includes a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9”, $500 Visa gift card & more surprises!



Zippy Sandler, @zipporahs

My Twitter handle:

Alison's Book Marks, @AlisonsBookMrks

Any questions, let me know! See you on Twitter on Thursday! 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Club: This Is Where I Leave You


A few weeks ago, my book club was lucky enough to have been sent a lovely package from Warner Bros to read Jonathan Tropper's THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, in anticipation of the new film starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Included in the package (see how pretty?) were copies of the book, Moleskine journals, and five wine glasses.  (Warner Bros. knows a lot about book clubs! Books AND wine!)

What a fantastic book club read!  Some of us connected deeply to the characters in the book - especially the bossy older sister, Wendy!  Others in the group simply loved being allowed access to this family's hilarious fumbles and heartwarming bond.  You know you're reading a great book when you can laugh out loud one minute and have tears well up in your eyes the next.  For all the family's problems, there is a lot of love at the center.  This is all any of us hope for.  We do what we can for our children, and hope that in the end, they are there for one another through the laughter and the tears.

Below are some stills from the movie - we can't wait to have Book Club Movie Night and see THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU in theaters!  Stay tuned, I'm sure I'll give you my full review on the adaptation (I have very high expectations from this cast!!).

Book Extras:
Visit the official website
Like This is Where I Leave You on Facebook
Follow @wbpictures on Twitter and Instagram

This Is Where I Leave You – In Theaters September 19

The dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); and two-time Oscar® winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda (“Klute,” “Coming Home,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”).

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, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. 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—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Genre: Dramatic Comedy
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Screenplay By: Screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, Based on the novel "This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper
Produced By: Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine; Executive Producers Mary McLaglen, Jonathan Tropper

Judd Altman played by Jason Bateman
Wendy Altman played by Tina Fey
Hillary Altman played by Jane Fonda
Phillip Altman played by Adam Driver
Paul Altman played by Corey Stoll
Alice Altman played by Kathryn Hahn
Penny Moore played by Rose Byrne
Tracy Sullivan played by Connie Britton

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