Spotlight: New Baseball Movies

We’re entering the dog days of summer and with that comes the mid-point of the season of America’s game. If the Cubs and Sox aren’t enough for you, here are two recent baseball films we loved.

Trouble with the Curve (2012) PG-13
Clint Eastwood movies are always good and this one is no exception.  In this heartwarming story, he is an aging baseball scout whose vision is starting to fail. Enter Amy Adams, his estranged daughter, to help her dad. Trouble with the Curve explores the very special relationship between fathers and daughters.

Moneyball (2011) PG-13Moneyball was a great movie which provided insight into the behind-the-scenes world of baseball. For the story behind the film, check out Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game.

For more baseball films, check the list on our website.

Mad River Road by Joy Fielding (2006)

An evil man just released from prison and obsessed with getting revenge on his ex-wife. A misguided young woman who thinks she has finally met the man of her dreams. A woman and her young son living in fear in Ohio. Blend these all together and you’ll have a suspenseful thriller that is guaranteed to keep you up late into the night. A well-written story. I was sorry to see it come to an end.

Check out Mad River Road by Joy Fielding today.

One for the Money (2012) PG-13

To all Janet Evanovich fans: it’s Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter, in the flesh! One for the Money is based on Evanovich’s first Stephanie Plum novel of the same name. The film comes packed full with action, laughs, and many favorite characters you know and love (even Grandma Mazer!). A fun movie!
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An Isolated Incident by Susan R. Sloan (1998)

Interesting page turner set in the Pacific Northwest - a popular high school teacher is arrested for the murder of one of his students. Police have worked for months to catch a suspect, but do they have the right man? This novel explores how quickly hatred and bigotry can destroy a person's life. A good mystery.

Check out An Isolated Incident by Susan R. Sloan.

Defending Jacob by William Landay (2012)

Many staff members at the library were reading this novel, so I could not wait to get my hands on a copy! It's a great novel with a surprise twist thrown in at the end.

Andy Barber, a desperate father who works for the District Attorney's office, tries his best to help his son after he is accused of murdering a fellow classmate. This book is one of those gems that will keep you up long into the night turning pages.

Read Defending Jacob by William Landay today.

Like Dandelion Dust (2009) PG-13

Touching tearjerker about loving adoptive parents who fight to keep their son Joey when the birth parents want him back.  Like Dandelion Dust is a good movie exploring the love of family.

Based on the 2006 novel by Karen Kingsbury.
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The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain (2012)

This novel, which is told by three different narrators, is fast-paced and quite intriguing. A major theme which runs through the story is "What makes a good parent?"

Travis Brown is a young single father who loves his four-year-old daughter Bella more than anything in the world. Down on his luck and out of work, he trusts the wrong people and finds himself involved in a situation that is illegal and dangerous.

Diane Chamberlain keeps getting better and better with each novel she writes. You just have to continue reading "one more chapter" to find out what will happen. Very entertaining!

Check out The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain.
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The 5th Quarter (2009) PG

Based on a true story of the Abbate family, a young man leads his college football team to a winning season in memory of his youngest brother, who was killed in a tragic car accident. It’s a very touching movie; you may need to grab the box of tissues.

For more on the family behind the story, visit the Luke Abbate 5th Quarter Foundation website.

Find the movie The 5th Quarter at the library.

 

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (2011)

No one can get into the minds of her characters like Jodi Picoult. That’s what makes her books really enjoyable to read.

In this hard-to-put-down novel, the author explores and intermingles several complex topics, such as infertility, same-sex marriage, ultra-conservative churches, and legal battles over frozen embryos.

I felt I knew the characters so well that I was sorry to see the story come to an end. Definitely a keeper!

Check out a copy of Sing You Home today.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2008)
All animal lovers should read this book! It is narrated by Enzo, who is a dog. You may need a box of tissues, particularly at the end, but this is a lovely novel which explores the beauty of love and family relationships.

Check out the book trailer for Racing in the Rain below.

Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten

Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten (2010)
This is a good legal thriller that will keep readers engrossed until the last chapter. Danielle Parkman is a single mother who struggles against insurmountable odds to prove her teenage son is innocent after being accused of murder. The novel also explores the difficulties parents face when raising a child with special needs.

For more legal thrillers here is a list of books in genre  we recommend.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (2010)
This is a rather captivating story written by Nicholas Sparks about a young woman who manages to escape from her abusive husband and start a new life in North Carolina. She meets a widower and falls in love with him and his two children. Of course, her deranged husband, who is also a police detective, never gives up searching for her. Good entertaining read!

If you like Nicholas Sparks, check out our list of other books you may enjoy.

Shattered by Karen Robards

Shattered by Karen Robards (2010)
A young attorney returns home to Kentucky to care for her terminally ill mother. While at work, she stumbles across a cold case which, of course, leads to danger. Throw in some romance, and this is a story that’s fun to read and hard to put down.

For other romantic suspense titles, check out our bibliography. Read an excerpt on the author's website.

Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans

Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans (2006)
This story was very touching. It illustrates the beauty and power of love, particularly the special love that exists between siblings. The reader becomes wrapped up in the plot from the very beginning.

Read a review at BookReporter.com and visit the author's website.
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House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules by Jodi Picoult (2010)
In her latest novel, which is one of her best, a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome is accused of murder. Not only is this book really difficult to put down, you can also learn a great deal about Asperger’s and forensic science. Jodi Picoult sure does her research while creating her novels. Excellent read!

Read an excerpt from the book and visit this bestselling author's website.