The Essentials

September 28, 2009

by Andrea Burke

The best in entertainment this week:

1.    Her Fearful Symmetry in bookstores Sept. 29

2.   The Brothers Bloom on DVD Sept. 29

3.    How I Met Your Mother: Season 4 and 30 Rock: Season 3 on DVD Sept 29

4.    The Invention of Lying in theaters Oct 2

5.    Paramore’s New CD Sept 29

6.    Steve Carrell on Jay Leno 9:00 Oct 1 on NBC

7.    Capitalism: A Love Story Oct 2- I’ll post on WHY later this week

8.    Flash Forward 7:00 Thursday nights on ABC- You can catch episode 1 at ABC.com

9.    Danny Pudi on Community 8:30 Thursdays on NBC

10.  And my guilty pleasure: Desperate Housewives premiered Sunday night- catching it on ABC.com

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Book Season

September 9, 2009

I love books, and while browsing on Amazon.com, I noticed how many great book releases are happening in September. It’s a great month for book lovers everywhere, no matter what your taste.

The Ones I’m looking forward to: 

1) Audrey Niffenegger, author of one of my all-time favorite novels, The Time Traveler’s Wife, finally releases her first new book in 5 years, Her Fearful Symmetry. (Sept 29.)

2) Craig Ferguson, one of my favorite goofy late night TV personalities wrote a book which is sure to be funny and sad- The host struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for years. American on Purpose: the Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot hits bookstores Sept 22.

3) I didn’t love The Da Vinci Code. It was okay. Angels and Demons I almost loved.  Sept. 15. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, featuring Robert Langdon will be available to the public. Seeing as how the pre-order is the #1 book on Amazon.com, I’m sure it will follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps to become a major success.

4) In college, I stayed up late to read Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz. It was an inspiration to my life. After that I read his Across Painted Deserts and Searching for God Knows What (this one is the best over all).  His next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years comes out Sept. 29.

5) Catching Fire released Sept 1.

None of those up your alley? Well don’t worry Nicholas Sparks, Alexander McCall Smith, Mitch Albom, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King are releasing new novels while Ted Kennedy’s memoir True Compass gets released on the 14. Glenn Beck’s new book, Arguing with Idiots, also comes out this month- Sept. 22.

Happy Reading.