Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams

Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams

Juanita is an upcoming American independent drama film directed by Clark Johnson and starring Alfre Woodard, who will also serve as an executive producer. It is based on Sheila Williams‘ book Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. It is scheduled to be released on March 8, 2019, by Netflix.

At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon. She wants adventure and excitement–if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.

Juanita’s new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess’ s stove serving up home cookin’ that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin’ through, now has a job by popular demand.

Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita’s heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town. She’s happy in Paper Moon; she’s found a home, but can she stay? And then there’s Jess. She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love.

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Nappily Ever After: A Novel by Trisha R. Thomas

Nappily Ever After: A Novel by Trisha R. Thomas

Initial release: September 21, 2018
Production company: Netflix

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM STARRING SANAA LATHAN

What happens when you toss tradition out the window and really start living for yourself?

Venus Johnston has a great job, a beautiful home, and a loving live-in boyfriend named Clint, who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly beauty-parlor date with Tina, who keeps Venus’s long, processed hair slick and straight. But when Clint–who’s been reluctant to commit over the past four years–brings home a puppy instead of an engagement ring, Venus decides to give it all up. She trades in her long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut and sends Clint packing.

It’s a bold declaration of independence–one that has effects she never could have imagined. Reactions from friends and coworkers range from concern to contempt to outright condemnation. And when Clint moves on and starts dating a voluptuous, long-haired beauty, Venus is forced to question what she really wants out of life. With wit, resilience, and a lot of determination, she finally learns what true happiness is–on her own terms. Told with style, savvy, and humor, Nappily Ever After is a novel that marks the debut of a fresh new voice in fiction.

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Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos

Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos

Initial release: January 25, 2019
Production companies: Constantin Film, Dark Horse Entertainment

The basis of a Netflix Original Movie!

Ripped out of retirement by an assassination attempt, the world’s most deadly spy–the former agent known as Black Kaiser–is a wanted man that’s wanted . . . dead! On a collision course with his former employer, the Damocles Agency, Black Kaiser goes head to head with a stab-happy, psychotic torture expert and a seductive but deadly redhead. His mission only ends if he dies or kills everyone out to get him, and he’s not in the habit of dying.

A guns-blazing espionage action-adventure in the grand tradition of Jim Steranko and Frank Miller, this graphic novel by Victor Santos (Mice Templar, Filthy Rich) is a brutal, fast-tempo story of revenge that Newsarama says is “as ice-cold as its name.” Originally a silent webcomic, but Santos has crafted a script as hard boiled and intriguing as his art for this hardcover collection.

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Aladdin

Aladdin: A New Translation by Paulo Lemos Horta (Editor), Yasmine Seale (Translator)

A dynamic French-Syrian translator, lauded for her lively poetic voice, tackles the enchanted world of Aladdin in this sparkling new translation.

Long defined by popular film adaptations that have reductively portrayed Aladdin as a simplistic rags-to-riches story for children, this work of dazzling imagination―and occasionally dark themes―finally comes to vibrant new life. “In the capital of one of China’s vast and wealthy kingdoms,” begins Shahrazad ― the tale’s imperiled-yet-ingenious storyteller―there lived Aladdin, a rebellious fifteen-year-old who falls prey to a double-crossing sorcerer and is ultimately saved by the ruse of a princess.

One of the best-loved folktales of all time, Aladdin has been capturing the imagination of readers, illustrators, and filmmakers since an eighteenth-century French publication first added the tale to The Arabian Nights. Yet, modern English translators have elided the story’s enchanting whimsy and mesmerizing rhythms. Now, translator Yasmine Seale and literary scholar Paulo Lemos Horta offer an elegant, eminently readable rendition of Aladdin in what is destined to be a classic for decades to come.

Movie Release date: May 24, 2019 (USA)

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Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Christopher Goffard

Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Christopher Goffard

Network: Bravo
First episode date: November 25, 2018
No. of episodes: 5

A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard — including “Dirty John,” the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Since its release in fall 2017, the “Dirty John” podcast—about a conman who terrorizes a Southern California family—has been downloaded more than 20 million times, and will soon premiere as a scripted drama on Bravo starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. The story, which also ran as a print series in the Los Angeles Times, wasn’t unfamiliar terrain to its writer, Christopher Goffard. Over two decades at newspapers from Florida to California, Goffard has reported probingly on the shadowy, unseen corners of society. This book gathers together for the first time “Dirty John” and the rest of his very best work.

“The $40 Lawyer” provides an inside account of a young public defender’s rookie year in the legal trenches. “Framed” offers an unblinking chronicle of suburban mayhem (and is currently being developed by Netflix as a film starring Julia Roberts). A man wrongly imprisoned for rape, train-riding runaways in love, a Syrian mother forced to leave her children in order to save them, a boy who grows up to become a cop as a way of honoring his murdered sister, another boy who struggles with the knowledge that his father is on death row: these stories reveal the complexities of human nature, showing people at both their most courageous and their most flawed.

Goffard shared in the Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2011 and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing. This collection—a must-read for fans of both true-crime and first-rate narrative nonfiction—underscores his reputation as one of today’s most original journalistic voices.

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The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion

The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion

Movie release date: 2019 (USA)

In her first novel in twelve years, the legendary author of Play It As It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem trains her eye on the far frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine, where history dissolves into conspiracy (Dallas in 1963, Iran Contra in 1984), and fashions a moral thriller as hypnotic and provacative as any by Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene.

In that latter year, Elena McMahon walks off the presidential campaign she has been covering for a major newspaper to do a favor for her father. Elena’s father does deals. And it is while acting as his agent in one such deal—a deal that shortly goes spectacularly wrong—that she finds herself on an island where tourism has been superseded by arms dealing, covert action, and assassination. The Last Thing He Wanted is a tour de force—persuasive in its detail, dazzling in its ambiguities, enchanting in its style.

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Article – Gillian Flynn on ‘Sharp Objects,”Widows,’ and Writing Damaged Women

Gillian Flynn on ‘Sharp Objects,”Widows,’ and Writing Damaged Women
By Jonita Davis – December 12, 2018
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Flynn’s Beautifully Damaged Women
So, where do they come from and why are they so exquisitely dysfunctional? BGN spoke with Gillian Flynn about her film Widows (in theaters everywhere now) and Sharp Objects, which has been nominated for three Golden Globes and a SAG Award.

We asked Flynn why her characters are so damaged but also the type of women with an “I’m going to get through this somehow” attitude.

The Family Business by Carl Weber with Eric Pete

Release date: November 13, 2018

Meet the Duncans, a prominent family from Jamaica, Queens. They may be known for their big house, fancy cars, and lavish lifestyle, but that doesn’t make them immune from some over-the-top drama.

In this hot, hilarious page-turner about love, life, and family values, the Duncan family, led by L. C. Duncan, spends their days as upstanding citizens running one of New York City’s most respected car dealerships. But by night, they are ruthless criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. No matter whether they’re on their day or night jobs, one thing is certain about the Duncan family: drama follows them everywhere they go.

L. C. Duncan has run his successful car dealership in Jamaica, Queens, for more than 30 years, but when the recession hits and the competition gets a little rough, some say it’s time for him to retire. Palm trees and golf sound like fun, but L.C. still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Which one of his kids can he trust to run the family business?

Paris could give any supermodel a run for her money. When she walks in the room, all heads turn, but it’s her anger issues and knack for getting into trouble that most people remember. She’s much more dangerous than anyone gives her credit for . . . except, perhaps, her father.

Orlando is the most obvious choice to lead the Duncans into the future. He has proven himself to be quite the businessman over the years; but sometimes, the most obvious choice isn’t always the best choice.

Harris Grant is married to L.C.’s oldest daughter. In Harris’s opinion, he’s the most qualified to run the family business. Now he just needs to convince L.C. . . . and make sure no one discovers the secret he’s been keeping.

Harris isn’t the only one with skeletons in the closet. The Duncan family has been keeping a secret of their own: a deep, dark secret that, if revealed, will shock the entire community.

Ernie Hudson executive produced the drama, and the cast includes Basketball Wives’ Tami Roman; New York Undercover’s Malik Yoba; Soul Food series actor Darrin Henson; and Next Friday actor Clifton Powell.
The series will debut at 9 p.m. Nov. 13 on BET.

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Widows by Lynda La Plante

Movie release date: November 16, 2018 (USA)

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Pirelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband Harry’s bank deposit box, containing a gun, money – and detailed plans for the hijack – she realises that she only has three options: 1. Give up and forget she ever found them; 2. Hand over Harry’s ledgers to the police, or to the thugs that have been hassling her for information they think she has; 3. She and the other widows could carry out the robbery themselves.

Novices in the craft of crime, the three women make their preparations. Along the way they discover that Harry’s plan required four people, not three. But only three bodies were discovered in the carnage of the original hijack – so who was the fourth man, and where is he now? Recruiting hooker Bella O’Reilly as their fourth, the widows are determined to execute their plan. Facing mounting pressure from DI Resnick, and local thugs Arnie and Tony Fisher, can they stick together and finish the job their husbands started . . .

THE BASIS FOR STEVE MCQUEEN’S UPCOMING MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, WIDOWS IS A FAST-PACED HEIST THRILLER WITH AN ALL FEMALE CAST YOU WON’T FORGET.

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The Nutcracker and Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Release date: November 2, 2018 (USA)

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic German fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is being turned into a Disney movie called “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

This early work by E. T. A. Hoffmann was originally published in 1816. Born in Königsberg, East Prussia in 1776, Hoffmann’s family were all jurists, and during his youth he was initially encouraged to pursue a career in law. However, in his late teens Hoffman became increasingly interested in literature and philosophy, and spent much of his time reading German classicists and attending lectures by, amongst others, Immanuel Kant.

Hoffman went on to produce a great range of both literary and musical works. Probably Hoffman’s most well-known story, produced in 1816, is ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’, due to the fact that – some seventy-six years later – it inspired Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. In the same vein, his story ‘The Sandman‘ provided both the inspiration for Léo Delibes’s ballet Coppélia, and the basis for a highly influential essay by Sigmund Freud, called ‘The Uncanny’. (Indeed, Freud referred to Hoffman as the “unrivalled master of the uncanny in literature.”)

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs and Edward Gorey

Release date: September 21, 2018 (USA)

When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watchng magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls–a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!

Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer

First episode date: September 25, 2018

The inspiration for the NBC drama New Amsterdam and in the spirit of Oliver Sacks, this intensely involving memoir from a medical director of a major NYC hospital looks poignantly at patients’ lives and reveals the author’s own battle with cancer.

Using the plights of twelve very different patients–from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker’s Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons–Dr. Eric Manheimer “offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient’s personal experiences with their social implications” (Publishers Weekly).

Manheimer is not only the medical director of the country’s oldest public hospital, but he is also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.

Wildlife by Richard Ford

Release date: October 19, 2018 (USA)

When Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing, transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs. Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, Wildlife—first published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1990 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback—is a book whose spare poetry and expansive vision established it as an American classic.

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff



Release date: October 12, 2018 (USA)

Now a Major Motion Picture
Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan

“A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” — Anne Lamott

“‘When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.’ That’s ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing.” — Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls—is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Release date: September 14, 2018 (USA)

A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train—now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding, and directed by Paul Feig

“Debut-novelist Darcey Bell ramps up suspense with authority in this domestic thriller, in which actions seem as inevitable as they are chilling. The audience that made Gone Girl a publishing sensation is likely to take to this one, too.”—Booklist (starred review)

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When glamorous Emily asks Stephanie to pick up her son after school, Stephanie happily says yes. Emily has a life that would make any woman jealous. She is the perfect mother with a dazzling career working for a famous fashion designer in Manhattan. Stephanie, a widow with a son in kindergarten, lonely in their Connecticut suburb, turns to her daily blog for connection and validation. Stephanie imagines Emily to be her new confidante and is shocked when Emily suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving her son and husband with no warning.

Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong. Unable to keep away from the grieving family, she soon finds herself entangled with Sean, Emily’s handsome, reticent British husband. But she can’t ignore the nagging feeling that he’s not being honest with her about Emily’s disappearance. Is Stephanie imagining things? How well did she really know her “best” friend?

Stephanie begins to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

A Simple Favor exposes the dark underbelly of female friendship in this taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.