Literary Themed Bars in Los Angeles!

by Jessica on October 6, 2017

Yes, tea/coffee and books go hand in hand but what about cocktails and books? Los Angeles plays home to some literary greats that would frequent some of L.A.’s most classic bars. But there’s also some great literary themed bars like the Library Bar downtown. So take a look at this list and pop in to one the next time you’re looking for something new to do!

 

Library Bar
DTLA
Located right near the historic Los Angeles Central Library, this bar is perfect for book lovers. They have a simple food menu if you need a quick bite but their lit-inspired cocktails and beers are what you need to check out. With cocktails with names like Tequila Mockingbird and The Last Word you can’t go wrong!

Catcher in the Rye
Toluca Lake
Not only is the name based off a great book, they have a “Reading List” of craft cocktails plus a whole list of wine and beer! The list includes such wonderful names as the Huckleberry Finn (Plymouth Gin, St. Germaine, Lime, Blueberry, Mint, Soda) and The Big Bukowski (Buffalo Trace, Lemon, Orange and Angosura Bitters, Sugar, Egg White). Plus, they boast a food menu that runs the gamet from grilled cheese to soups to salads and appetizers. You better believe some of those are literary themed too! Voted Best Bar in Toluca Lake this make sure to put this on your list of musts!

The Wellesbourne
West L.A.
The Wellesbourne is divided into three different spaces, a book-lined library, a lounge with armchairs and a fireplace and a game room (yes! a game room!) with foosball and shuffleboard among others. They even have live music on Wednesday evenings and a food menu that changes seasonally. If you’re an eastsider it’s worth the trek out to the westside for sure! If you’re a westsider, consider yourself lucky for having this gem in your neighborhood.

Been to one of these or want to suggest another literary spot? Leave us a comment! 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Shop At An Actual Bookstore

by Jessica on October 2, 2017

Indie Bookstores are beautiful gems in this world. They cultivate community, friendships, common interests and often give you a chance to meet your favorite authors. Got a friend that doesn’t quite know the ins and outs of an indie bookstore? Here’s a nifty How-To Guide.

Take Your Time
You should block out a good chunk of time when you’re going to visit a bookstore. Weekends work great. No matter the size of the bookstore you’re visiting you will get sucked in and you’ll wonder where the last three hours went. You’ll find yourself reading every staff recommendation you see. You’ll find yourself wanting (and then probably buying) every non-book related item you lay your eyes on. Yes, browsing a bookstore takes time.

Go In For The Title You Want, But Leave With The Title You Need
You may find yourself seeking out a brick and mortar store to find the hottest new release of your favorite author that you just can’t wait for or for that book that that guy waiting in line at the grocery store told you to pick up. A bookstore will have those major titles, there’s no doubt about it. But they’re also going to have books you didn’t know about at all. They’ll have books that you just stumble upon and they’re going to change your life. Find those books. See above – take the time to find those books.

Strike Up A Conversation
Indie booksellers. They know their stuff. Talk to them. They’re generally very friendly people. They love books so much that they work at a bookstore – Of course they want to talk books with you! They want to know what you like and what you haven’t read so they can hand you a book that you absolutely must read. They also tend to know about a lot of lesser known but really amazing books and would love to introduce those to you as well.

Buy More Than You Think You’ll Read
You may want to go in, find what you want and leave. Sometimes that’s just what you’ll need to do. But sometimes it’s worth picking up a few extras. You’ll inevitably get home and yell at yourself for not picking up that other title. So just do it. Buy the book.

Grab a cup of coffee or a snack!
Books and coffee/tea go hand in hand. A lot of times, bookstores have coffee shops inside of them or right next door. Some even have bars and restaurants like our friends at Changing Hands in Arizona! So grab a cup and browse or use it to dive right into one of your new treasures.

Bring the Kids!
Indie bookstores are incredible places to bring children too. Yes, of course to introduce them to the printed word and to spend some time outside of the home reading to them but they have even more to offer! Indie bookstores like to host story hours that can give your little ones another way to consume wonderful stories. Some of them have small play areas for the kiddos. And believe it or not there are indie bookstores out there that are only tailored to kids and young adults. Seek them out for a new adventure!

We hope you’ll seek out and visit the indie bookstores in your neighborhoods or the next time you’re visiting a new town see if there is one to explore. We guarantee you won’t regret it!

 

 

Fun Fall Activities in the Pasadena Area!

by Jessica on September 29, 2017

We’re highlighting a few fun Fall activities around Pasadena to fill those cooler (hopefully) weekends!


12th Annual Pasadena ArtWalk
Saturday, October 14
11:00am-5:00pm
FREE
This annual favorite comes back in full swing again this October!
Pasadena ArtWalk is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair with over 5,000 people attending yearly.  The event highlights some of the best Southern Californian visual artists showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and print making.


Japanese Garden Festival
Descanso Gardens
Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15
Admission: General $9. Seniors 65 and over/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $4.
Descanso members and children under 5 free.
The Japanese Garden Festival will be held at the beautiful Descanso Gardens. This family-friendly festival celebrates Japanese art and culture including a tour of the Japanese Garden, taiko drum performances and much more. Activities are free with admission unless noted.


Craftsman Weekend
Pasadena Convention Center
Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29
Pasadena Heritage presents the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, the largest and most comprehensive salute to the Arts & Crafts Movement in the western United States. Programming at Craftsman Weekend includes tours of significant Craftsman-era houses, bus and walking tours, an exposition show and sale, a silent auction, unique presentations, and exclusive evening receptions at historic sites.


Any other fun fall activities you know of that you’d like to add?
Let us know in the comments!

 

October is a great month for so many different things! We’ve got some great events on the calendar and we want to make sure you don’t miss out on them!

 

Friday, October 13, 7PM
at the Pasadena Hilton (International Ballroom)
Vroman’s Bookstore presents JOEY GRACEFFA!

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden.

Two girls, one destiny.  Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after another…until she meets a fascinating, lilac-haired girl named Lark.  Meanwhile, there is Rowan, who has been either hiding or running all her life. As an illegal second child in a strictly regulated world, her very existence is a threat to society, punishable by death…or worse. After her father betrayed his family, and after her mother was killed by the government, Rowan discovered a whole city of people like herself. Safe in an underground sanctuary that also protected the last living tree on Earth, Rowan found friendship, and maybe more, in a fearless hero named Lachlan. But when she was captured by the government, her fate was uncertain.  When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically–and that Eden may never be the same. (Atria Books)

There are four ticket options:

1) Eden Package, $21.00 (plus tax & fees):

-Admission to Q&A with Joey Graceffa featuring Daniel Preda
-One pre-signed copy of Elites of Eden
-Commemorative tour lanyard
-Exclusive tour-only Elites of Eden poster

2) Eden Package Plus Companion, $26.00 (plus tax & fees): Adds ONE extra seat to the Eden Package for a parent or guardian, over 21 years of age.

3) Elite Package, $42.00 (plus tax & fees):

-Admission, with VIP seating, to Q&A with Joey Graceffa featuring Daniel Preda
-Backstage selfie “photo op” with Joey Graceffa (must bring your own camera)
TWO pre-signed copies of Elites of Eden (one to keep and one to share!)
-VIP commemorative tour lanyard
-Exclusive tour-only signed Elites of Eden poster

4) Elite Package Plus Companion, $47.00 (plus tax & fees): Adds ONE extra seat to the Elite Package for a parent or guardian, over 21 years of age. Companion will not be admitted to meet & greet photo op.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!


Monday, October 16, 7pm
at All Saints Church
Vroman’s Bookstore presents Ron Chernow in conversation with Bill Deverell presenting and signing Grant

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.

This is a ticketed event and will take place at All Saints Church at 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena. Tickets: $41.00 + tax – includes one copy of Grant. Tickets are available at Eventbrite. If there are any questions please call Vroman’s at (626) 449-5320 or visit us at www.vromansbookstore.com.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!

 

Fall Into A Good Book

by Jessica on September 23, 2017

Today on the blog we’re giving you the most anticipated books that will be out this Fall. Plus, I’ll let you know if any of these great authors will be appearing in store! What are you excited to read this Fall?
Let us know in the comments!

 

Fiction

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesamyn Ward
OUT NOW! 
Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
OUT NOW! 

*Celeste Ng stops by Vroman’s Main Store to present Little Fires Everywhere on Friday, October 6!*
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan
October 3
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

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Mystery, Thriller, Crime

 

A Legacy of Spies
by John Le Carre
OUT NOW! 
*Vroman’s Bestseller!*
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

Origin
by Dan Brown
October 3
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement–the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough…one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

Artemis
by Andy Weir
November 14
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself–and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

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Memoir

 

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir
by Amy Tan
October 17

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels.

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
by Alice Waters
OUT NOW! 
The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America’s most influential restaurant.

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 Current Events
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen
October 3
*Masha Gessen will be in conversation with David Ulin on Tuesday, October 10 at Vroman’s Main Store!*
Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” ( The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own–as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
October 3
“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”
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Music
Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks
by Stephen Davis
November 21
Gold Dust Woman gives “the gold standard of rock biographers” (The Boston Globe) his ideal topic: Nicks’ work and life are equally sexy and interesting, and Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details from new, intimate interviews and interpreting them to present a rich new portrait of the star. Just as Nicks (and Lindsay Buckingham) gave Fleetwood Mac the “shot of adrenaline” they needed to become real rock stars—according to Christine McVie—Gold Dust Woman is vibrant with stories and with a life lived large and hard:

 

 

We just started carrying a new book that will really help step up your athletic game this summer! If you’re a serious athlete who plans to do some serious training this summer you’re going to want to check out this book.

The Brave Athlete by Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson covers the 13 most common mental obstacles athletes face in their everyday training and in races. This book will help you take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport. This book will help you solve mental obstacles to make your brain stronger so that it becomes your most powerful tool.

Dr. Marshall is a sport psychology expert who trains the brains of elite professional athletes. Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach. Together, this husband-and-wife team offers their innovative, brain training guide that is the first to draw from both clinical science and real-world experience with athletes.

They have just put out this great video talking more about the book! Check it out!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMkumTQMSoA&list=PLUMQ5KNNAMhRDqVBwZDMGAdzmE0xnZZIs&index=1[/youtube]

If you’d like more information about the book visit their website here.

 

Vroman’s Kids’ Week 2017!

by Jessica on June 16, 2017

Kids’ Week is back and this year is going to be a blast! Come on out the week of July 17-21 for a week of free activities for kids of all ages! All these events will take place outside on the Vroman’s Paseo. We are asking you to sign-up. So if you’d like you sign up for any of these events please give Customer Service a call at 626-449-5320 or send us an e-mail at email@vromansbookstore.com!


Monday, July 17
Brain Quest Day!
Come decked out in your favorite explorer gear and get ready to go on a Brain Quest! You’ll spend the morning working in teams to figure out puzzles and problems. We’ll have a craft station to make your own Explorer Binoculars and play Marshmallow Geometry.

Tuesday, July 18
Vroman’s Science Club!
Let’s grab our lab coats and safety glasses and have a science themed morning. We’ll make slime, lava lamps and fizzing bath dough!

Wednesday, July 19
Junk Re-Thunk: Turn Your Trash Into Toys! w/ special guest author Brian Yanish!
Join us this morning as we make recycled crafts and hear how we can turn our trash into toys! We will have special author guest Brian Yanish here to present his book Junk Re-Thunk followed by a recycled craft workshop where we will be making a special craft led by Brian, our own birdfeeders and starter gardens.

About Brian Yanish: At age six Author/Illustrator Brian Yanish (ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk, Holt 2016) created a series of monsters that became the ScrapKins, a tribe of creatures who build their world from things we throw away. Today Brian travels to schools, museums, and festivals inspiring kids to make amazing interactive art from junk every family has at home. Brian has created programs for Whole Foods, The American Museum of Natural History, Maker Faire, Scholastic Afterschool and even appeared on Sesame Street. Join us for a special “Recycled Toy” making workshop and book signing. Copies of ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk will be available for sale and Brian is happy to sign them.  www.Scrapkins.com

Thursday, July 20
It’s a Vroman’s Dance Party!

Come learn a short choreographed routine from a studio dancer. Summer Burlingham from Athletic Garage Dance Studio will lead pre-dance stretching (safety first!), demonstrate some popular dance choreography and teach you a short routine you can show off to all your friends! Be sure to come in comfortable clothing.

Summer Burlingham is a member of the Athletic Garage Dance Team which competes all over the state and have won numerous awards including the AG USA All Stars Open Jazz National Champions 2014 and the American Championship Open jazz National Champions 2016.

Friday, July 21
Field Day!
Head to Vroman’s for a good ol’ fashioned Field Day! We’ll be playing tons of games and have activities like sidewalk chalk drawing, balloon tosses, bubble games, limbo, parachute games, sack races and relays! Afterwards we’ll make S’mores Pops to have as a snack! (We will be outside of the parking lot entrance in the Vroman’s Paseo area for these activities.)

 

This is the Summer You Write Your Book!

by Jessica on June 12, 2017

Stop putting off writing that book you’ve already wanted to write. Stop writer’s block in its tracks. This summer register for one (or both) of our writing workshops to help keep you motivated and surrounded by peers who are also writing! Check out these amazing workshops we have going on!


 

Fiction As Experiment: A Writing Course

Thursdays,
June 8, 15, 22, 29, and
July 6, 13,
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $275 per person

This is a 6 week course and you will be enrolling in all 6 classes.
Enrollment is limited. 

In this course, we’ll examine the basics of fiction technique through readings of short fiction, such as Joy Williams, Lucia Berlin, and Donald Barthelme, and through our own writing exercises. We’ll keep an eye towards experimentation, the spirit of which will allow us to understand craft better and to develop our distinctive voices and styles as writers. Assuming the mere act of writing fiction is an experiment for many of us, we’ll also discuss how we may enter into and sustainably exist in that practice. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop a short manuscript by course’s end.

Instructor: Marion Bright has an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in such places as DigBoston, Slushpile Magazine, and Pine Magazine. She’s taught creative writing, literature, and composition at various colleges and universities.

marionbright.com 


Memoir Writing Class with Debra Ginsberg

Thursdays,
July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, and 24

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $275 per person

This is a 6 week course and you will be enrolling in all 6 classes. Enrollment is limited. 

Every life is a story waiting to be told. The only question is how best to tell that story. In this course, students will learn how to start, structure, and complete a memoir. We will discuss turning specific personal narratives into stories that have a beginning, middle, and end and learn how to avoid common writing mistakes. We will explore the elements of successful memoirs, including theme, narrative, and dialogue, and how to develop those elements. Students will also receive writing prompts and exercises, handouts, and critiques. By the end of the course, students will have all the tools they need to channel the creative process into writing their memoirs.

Instructor: Debra Ginsberg is the author of the award-winning and bestselling memoirs, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son’s Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, and About My Sisters. She is also the author of the novels Blind Submission, New York Times Notable and SCIBA Mystery Award winner The Grift, The Neighbors Are Watching, and SCIBA Mystery Award winner, What the Heart Remembers. Debra’s work has been translated into fourteen languages. A book reviewer, workshop leader, and contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Debra has been a professional freelance editor for over twenty years.

Website:
www.debraginsberg.com


For more information or to register for any one of our writing workshops, please call Customer Service at(626) 449-5320. All classes will take place in the Vroman’s Meeting Room, Suite 120 located next door to Vroman’s Main Store in the Atrium at 709 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 120.

Indulge in Par Avion Tea!

by Jessica on June 9, 2017

We are pretty ecstatic to be carrying Par Avion Tea – a beautiful new line of teas. Par Avion aims to enhance the beauty of life. The teas are produced in an artisan method by hand picking and hand sorting only the finest ingredients to be prepared in small batches. Each tin purchased provides a day of education for a child in need.

Par Avion has also just launched a new luxury skincare line. These body soaks are rich in green tea anioxidants, botanicals and super foods. The lines goal is to detox and revive your skin using natural ingredients.

We have both lines displayed right in the front of our Home Emporium section,
so the next time you’re in browsing check them out!

    

 

Cinematic Literature!

by Jessica on June 5, 2017

These days a lot of what you’re seeing the big and little screens has been adapted or based on literature past and present. I’ve put together a list of the most popular cinematic literature that has come about this year. How do they stack up to the original writings? Well, that’s for you to find out!

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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This book came out in 2007 and was an instant best-seller. It continued to top the charts and spread via word of mouth for years. This year, Netflix picked it up for a 13-episode TV show. The novel follows a boy named Clay who mysteriously receives a box of cassettes in the mail from a girl named Hannah, who committed suicide. The reviews for this one are pretty good although there is some push back because of the imagery that is presented towards the end of the series. It’s worth checking out. All 13 episodes are available to stream on Netflix now!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has pretty loyal fans and this book was a hit among them and rocked the literary world in the process. It’s been a few years since the release – 2013 but it hasn’t lost any momentum since then. It has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker awards. The Starz Network picked up this book and turned it into a new series. The book follows Shadow, a man who returns to his hometown to find that the love of his life and best friend are both dead. He’s left to fit the pieces together. Give the railer a watch here.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This novel was released in 1985 and since then has grown in popularity. It has topped our store best sellers for some time and been recommended by staff over and over as a must-read. It’s a futuristic dysptopian novel set during a time when a radical group has taken over the government and has started to instill extreme tactics on the repression of women. This past April, it burst onto the scene as a Hulu original series starring Elisabeth Moss (of Mad Men fame). Another one that is gaining a ton of press and fame. New episodes are released weekly!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
A more recent novel that came out in 2014. This book followed three different women in the same town dealing with their own set of unique problems but are all connected in some way to a murder. Who was murdered and why? The 7 episode TV series premiered on HBO in February and took the media by storm. Each episode was intense and left you wanting more. With a stellar cast that included Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley this one is worth begging to borrow someone’s HBO password for! Watch the trailer here.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The ever popular Middle Grade book series finally made the leap to the little screen. These books are about the orphaned Baudelaire children and the trials and tribulations they face (including the evil Count Olaf) while trying to uncover the scret of their parents’ death. Netflix picked this up and it stars Neil Patrick Harris and John Cusack! Catch the whole series on streaming now.

 

The Son by Phillip Meyer
Released just a few years ago in 2014, this one became a fast hit. Now, AMC has picked it up and it stars Pierce Brosnan as the charismatic Texas rancher and leading man, Eli McCullough. The Son is a 10-episode series that traces the McCullough family across 150 year and three generations, focusing on Eli’s transformation from hard-working family man to killer. Another fun fact is that Phillip Meyer is writing it so we know it has to have some great ties to the book!

I’m Dying Up Here by William Knoedelseder
In the mid-1970s, several hundred comedians migrated to Los Angeles to try and make it in the business. Back then, William Knoedelseder was a young reporter covering the local comedy scene for the L.A. Times. The book tells the story of that time. Now, Showtime has picked it up as original programming. The series premiered last night (Sunday, June 4). If the first episode is any indication of what the rest of the series is going to look like you’re going to want to watch the whole thing. Check out the trailer here


 

Let me know if you’ve seen any of these, what your thoughts of them are…did they stick to the book? Deviate a lot of a little?

Happy watching! — Jess