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January 24, 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Support Actor (Max von Sydow). The film also stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Thomas Horn as Oskal Schell. (Fun fact: Horn was discovered after appearing on Jeopardy! Kids Week.)

The book, by Jonathan Safran Foer, was published in 2005. The book has returned to the New York Times’ bestseller list after the release of the movie.

The movie wasn’t nominated for any Golden Globe or SAG awards. Are you surprised in its inclusion in the Oscars? If you’ve seen the movie, let us know how it compares to the book!

Another of Foer’s books, Everything is Illuminated, was adapted into a movie starring Elijah Wood.

January 15, 2012

The Books Behind This Year’s Golden Globe Nominated Films

The Golden Globe awards are tonight. All six of this year’s Golden Globe-nominated Best Dramas are based on books (well, one is a play, but it’s available in print). A couple are based on literary titans that are hard to miss–namely The Help and Hugo, based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Others you might not know they were based on books unless you do a little research. If you liked the movie, you’ll probably like the book–maybe like it more than the film.

Let’s explore this year’s Golden Globe nominated films and the books they are based on. Click a poster to learn more.

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January 14, 2012

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*This post updated January 24, 2012 to reflect the morning’s Academy Award nominations. Read the updates in bold.

There are numerous films, TV shows, and mini series nominated for Golden Globes this year. Check out our other posts for the best picture nominees (Academy Awards & Golden Globes): The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and War Horse. Here are the other nominated films based on books.

Steven Spielberg’s Golden Globe winning Best Animated Feature, The Adventures of Tintin, is based on a series of comic books following young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog, Snowy. A series of 24 titles were published between 1929 and 1976 by Georges Remi, who wrote under the penname Hergé. The film is based on three titles: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham’s Treasure. Check out our collection of Tintin comics and many other graphic novels we have in stock. Tintin was not nominated for an Academy Award. Are you shocked at the snub?

Glenn Close is nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Albert Nobbs, a woman passing as a man in 19th-century Ireland. In 1918, Irish author George Moore published “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs” as part of his short-story collection A Story-Teller’s Holiday. The story was long out of print until the movie brought it back into public awareness. Close also receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the role.

Rooney Mara steps into Swedish actress Noomi Rapace’s piercings to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara is nominated for Best Actress. We have all three novels in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy in stock. Mara has also received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the role, where she will again complete with Close, as well as The Help‘s Viola Davis, Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher (this year’s Globe winner), and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe (keep reading!).

Tilda Swinton is nominated for Best Actress for her role as the mother of a murderer in We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. The novel won the prestigious Orange Prize in 2005. Currently in-stock. Swinton was not nominated for an acting prize in this year’s Academy Awards. Are you disappointed she was overlooked? She won an Oscar for her intense performance in 2007’s Michael Clayton.

One of the nominees for Best Motion Picture – Comedy, My Week with Marilyn, is also based on a book. Colin Clark wrote about nine days he spent with Marilyn Monroe when he was a 23-year-old production assistant on Sir Laurence Olivier’s production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Read his diaries in the recently re-published book, in-stock this week. Plus, what do you think of Michelle Williams in her nominated performance as the titular bombshell? Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh are both nominated for Oscars for their role in this movie.

Read on for more info on Golden Globe-nominated TV shows and mini series based on books:

In TV land, more and more novels are being picked up for mini-series adaptations. Kate Winslet played Mildred Pierce on HBO this year, and it has earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The novel, and the HBO adaptation, are dramatically different from the Joan Crawford version. Read the book and find out. In-stock.

Another HBO production, Game of Thrones received multiple Globe nominations. Game of Thrones is based on the ongoing A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. Martin recently released A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the series, after a six-year wait. Fans are eagerly awaiting The Winds of Winter, scheduled to be published this year, although Martin’s frequent delays leave fans reluctant to hold their breath. You can read a sample of Winds on Martin’s website. We have all the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga in-stock.

So now you know about the books that inspired this year’s award-nominated movies. Which ones have you read? Tell us what you think in the comments!

January 14, 2012

Farragut North

The Ides of March received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, the original playwright. Ides is based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon. Farragut North is loosely based on Howard Dean‘s 2004 primary campaign. The original production starred Chris Noth and Chris Pine, among others.

There’s a Redbox outside the Nashua Book Cellar. Rent The Ides of March before award night! And pick up a copy of the play here to compare.

The Ides of March, a George Clooney-directed picture, also stars Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!

January 14, 2012

The Descendants

The Descendants is nominated for Best Picture in this year’s Academy Awards. It has also received Oscar nods for Best Actor, George Clooney; Best Director, Alexander Payne (who also directed Sideways, based on the book by Rex Pickett); and Best Adapated Screenplay, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who plays the hilarious Dean Pelton on NBC’s Community).

The Descendants  has won the Golden Globes’ top honor, Best Motion Picture – Drama as well as an acting win for George Clooney.

It was also nominated for Best Support Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Watch the trailer and learn more about the movie at the website for The Descendants.

The nominated screenplay was adapted from first novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Have you read the book? How does it compare to the award-winning film?

If you’re interested in learning more about Hawaiian history and culture, we also recommend Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes.

We have Unfamiliar Fishes and The Descendants in stock.

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!

January 14, 2012

War Horse

War Horse is nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. You may know that Steven Spielberg’s picture was also a play, currently playing on Broadway. The theatrical production of War Horse won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play. But before the book, there was the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo. The book is recommended for grades 5-8, so it is an excellent story for readers of all ages.

War Horse was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama at this year’s Golden Globes.

We currently have War Horse in stock.

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the rest!

January 14, 2012


Moneyball is nominated for a few Academy Awards this year, notably Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt for acting, and Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin.

Moneyball is based on a true story, one written by Michael Lewis (author of The Blind Side) in the book by the same name. Michael Lewis is known for smart, incisive reporting. If you enjoyed Moneyball the movie, get more of the story by reading the book. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Lewis says the movie “took the story of an idea and turned it into the story of a man.”

Moneyball was nominated for Best Picture – Drama at the Golden Globe awards this year, and its star Brad Pitt also earned an acting nomination.

We currently have Moneyball in stock.

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!

January 14, 2012

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Hugo is nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Martin Scorsese, and Best Adapted Screenplay, John Logan.

Martin Scorsese won a Golden Globe for Best Director for Hugo, his adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a publishing phenomenon. The book looks intimidating, but its 533 pages are mostly beautiful black & white illustrations. The book evokes the feeling of a silent film, but in book form.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is also available in audio book. To make up for the lack of illustrations, the audio book tells the wordless parts of the story through orchestrated music and sound.

Selznick’s follow-up book, Wonderstuck, is similar in style, challenging young readers to perceive stories in different ways.

At this time, the Book Cellar has Wonderstruck and the audio book of Hugo, but we are out of stock of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!

January 14, 2012

The Help

The Help has received many Academy Award nominations this year: Best Picture, and three acting awards: Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer.

Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her glowing performance as Minnie Jackson in The Help.

The Help was nominated for many other Golden Globe awards, including Best Picture. Stars Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain were also nominated.

We barely need to talk about The Help, really. The movie held the number one spot for 25 days, the longest number one streak since The Sixth Sense in 1999. The book was so popular it stayed in hardcover for over two years, and the paperback continues to rest leisurely on its throne at the top of the best-seller charts.

If you have yet to get swallowed up in the hype, the book is worth your time. Not enough time to spare? Pick up the audiobook. It is a fabulous production. Even though it was recorded before the movie, the audiobook stars Octavia Spencer as Minnie, along with Jenna Lamia as Ms. Skeeter and Bahni Turpin as Aibileen.

Read the book and seen the film? Learn more about the author and read her book recommendations on her website.

At this time, the Book Cellar has used copies of both the hardcover and paperback of The Help, new copies of the paperback, and a used audiobook on CD.

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!

October 23, 2011

Book Cellar Tumblr


Want to take a virtual tour of our store? Check out our Tumblr page, with regular updates of different sections and special displays in our Nashua, NH store.

August 2, 2011

Re-Evaluating High School Reading

Most schools in our area resume in about a month. There’s still plenty of time for some last-minute summer reading.

Local summer reading lists include a mix of old standbys–Jane Eyre, Huck Finn, 1984, various Dickens, Anne Frank, etc.; hot young-adult bestsellers like Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan or Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel; and some unusual adult genre fiction choices, such as Lee Child. I, for one, was happy to see Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men recommended at one local school.

It’s fantastic that more and more young-adult books are being put on high school reading lists. I despised many of the books I read in high school, probably because I didn’t really understand them.

Another seminal high-school read is William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. For some inexplicable reason, about 30% of visitors to the Book Cellar blog come here because they’re searching for the book cover image to Lord of the Flies.

Back by popular demand!

I read Lord of the Flies in high school and hated it. Correction: I read three chapters (the first, the last, and–spoiler alert!–the chapter where Piggy gets crushed by a rock), and hated it. (But I still aced my test!) Admittedly, I’m probably not the world’s greatest judge of the book’s quality. Still, I have no desire to re-read this book. Human nature is despicable and violent. I get it. Do I really need a whole book demonstrating this? My current opinion is, of course, highly influenced by my latent teenage disgust. Are there any books you read in high school and felt one way, but reading it later in life changed your opinion?

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July 27, 2011

Hunger Games Casting

Following up their exclusive photo shoot of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Entertainment Weekly has another exclusive Hunger Games spread, this one featuring Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who play Peeta and Gale, respectively.

Hunger Games Boys

So what do you think? Do you like these choices or would you pick someone else instead?

Me, I’m still rankled over the decision to cast Lenny Kravitz as Cinna to really pay much attention to this. SPOILER ALERT: I was a little late to the game reading books 2 and 3 of the trilogy. When Cinna is beaten and taken into custody during Catching Fire, I had a hard time caring because I kept picturing it happening to Lenny Kravitz, which just doesn’t affect me emotionally at all. Maybe I should seek counseling to get to the bottom of my unhealthy, unexplained hatred of Kravitz. Was his cover of “American Woman” really that bad?

Anyway, back on track: Cinna is supposed to be fairly normal looking for someone from the Capital, very unlike the flamboyant mini-skirt- and high-heel wearing Kravitz. But hey, maybe playing against type will work for him.

There’s also talk of splitting the trilogy of books into four movies. Do you think there’s enough content in the books to do this, or are producers just salivating a little too early at the thought of increasing ticket sales a la Harry Potter and Twilight?