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Today I have been Googling about books and movies that are coming soon.  While I was at the movies on Monday, viewing the awesome The Butler, I saw previews for a movie coming soon with an all-star cast:  Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney…to name a few.

What was most remarkable about the movie (to me) was that neither Meryl nor Julia were in a “pretty” mode.  More unusual for Julia, since Meryl often inhabits characters that are “out there.”

August: Osage County, is a look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.  Coming in November!




Sounds like my cup of tea…or shot of whiskey.  What do you think?

And while I was Googling around, I checked out some upcoming books…and discovered that The Good Wife, by Jane Porter, a sequel to The Good Woman and The Good Daughter, is not UPCOMING, but already available.  So, of course, I downloaded it.




Is it possible to love someone too much?

Always considered the beauty of the family, the youngest Brennan sister, Sarah, remains deeply in love with her husband of ten years. Boone Walker, a professional baseball player, travels almost year-round while Sarah stays home and cares for their two children. Her love for her husband is bottomless—so much so that her sisters say it will end up hurting her.

Living apart most of the time makes life difficult, especially since Sarah often wonders whether Boone is sharing his bed with other women on the road, even though he swears he’s been true to her since his infidelity three years ago. While she wants to be happy and move forward in her life, Sarah constantly fears that Boone will break his promise. Now with Boone facing yet another career change, tension rises between the two, adding more stress to an already turbulent marriage. Emotionally exhausted, Sarah can’t cope with yet another storm. Now, she must either break free from the past and forgive Boone completely, or leave him behind and start anew . . .


Now I must get back to the rest of my day.  I’m off to the Post Office to mail a book…and then I want to dive into The Garden of Last Days again…very dark, and pretty long…but I’m so eager to find out what happens.  A very sad tale….




This author is very adept at creating lowlife characters that draw on my empathy….and I find myself rooting for them, even as I am also appalled at their poor choices.

Do you ever relate to characters like these?




    1. Oh, thanks, Patty….I went to the Post Office and mailed a book…and then checked my mailbox. My Vine book Lie Still hasn’t arrived yet. But when I checked the estimated delivery date online, I see that it will arrive tomorrow…probably.


  1. Sounds like you have had a fun few days watching movies and buying books!
    As far as your question, I felt sorry for the Sean Penn character in Dead Man Walking. It is fiction, but written by a nun based on her true events visiting death row prisoners. Such ambiguous feelings for him during it. I had the book once but the pages weren’t in good shape and the beginning was a bit slow, so I didn’t keep it. The movie grabbed me though. I have on occasion rooted for a “lowlife” main character, if the author does a good job at showing us both sides of them, good and evil.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rita….It has been a fun day so far. And I liked that character in Dead Man Walking, too. I just saw the movie, but didn’t read the book.

      This author’s House of Sand and Fog is also filled with characters hard to love, but somehow we do. And you’re right…it takes a special talent.


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