2014 Oscar Nominees!

The nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced today! While not all of the movies are available at the Library yet, many of them are — or were based on books you can read now.  Click on the links below to go directly to the catalog to place requests on titles

Only Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress are listed here. For the complete list of nominees, go here.

American Hustle. Estimated DVD Release Date: March, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence).

The DVD for American Hustle is not yet available to request, but the soundtrack is!

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b28198220&isn=9781559363303&size=large&upc=&oclc=184982564&category=&format=August: Osage County.Estimated DVD Release Date: April, 2014. Nominated for: Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts). Based on the play by Tracy Letts.

When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32475226&isn=&size=large&upc=043396425620&oclc=&category=&format=Blue Jasmine. DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014. Nominated for: Best Actress (Cate Blanchette), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins).

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s humble apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32475238&isn=&size=large&upc=043396417847&oclc=&category=&format=Captain Phillips. DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi).

Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Rather read about it? This movie is based on the Captain Phillips’ memoir A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals and Dangerous Days at Sea.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32513628&isn=&size=large&upc=025192211430&oclc=867875439&category=&format=Dallas Buyers Club. DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto).

Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof’s free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.”

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32516307&isn=&size=large&upc=883929246236&oclc=&category=&format=Gravity. Estimated DVD Release Date: February, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Sandra Bullock).

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space

Her. Estimated DVD Release Date: March, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture.

Nebraska. Estimated DVD Release Date: March, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bruce Dern),Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb).

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father’s hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b3251377x&isn=&size=large&upc=013132616315&oclc=&category=&format=Philomena. Estimated DVD Release Date: March, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Judi Dench).

In 1952, a young Philomena was sent the convent of Roscrea in Ireland, after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

This film is based on the book Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32279012&isn=9780143125419&size=large&upc=&oclc=852833894&category=&format=12 Years a Slave. Estimated DVD Release Date: March, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender),Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).

The DVD is not yet available from the Library, but you can check out Simon Northup’s memoir, originally published in 1853! The soundtrack is also available.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32467540&isn=9780345549334&size=large&upc=&oclc=864790223&category=&format=The Wolf of Wall Street. Estimated DVD Release Date: April, 2014. Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill).

We’ll order the DVD soon, but for now check out the memoir on which the movie is based.

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort’s own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street.

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Buzz in Brookline: 2014

It’s a new year and a fresh chance to get a jump start into your weird, strange choices of reading materials. Don’t be alarmed, this is exactly the kind of things we want to you to be reading with us, The Buzz. For 2014, the Brookline Buzz has completed their reading list for the year, divided up into four categories.

To start things right, the first category will be entitled as “Strange Happenings.” What does this mean, you ask? These are the books where strange events occur and the characters are forced to accept the reality of the situation as they try to live. As before, we will be doing a nice mix of graphic novels, fiction, and non-fiction reads to spice it up.

First up, “Black Hole” by Charles Burn!

Black HoleMany may be familiar with this arguably creepy book, in which a bunch of suburban Seattle teens in the mid-1970s start experiencing not only their own personal dramas, but also the realization of strange mutations passed around through sexual encounters. This inexplicable plague causes a range of mutations, from horribly grotesque to mildly odd and easily concealable, but still causes all of the teenagers to rethink their life decisions.




In February, we will be tackling “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales” by Oliver Sacks.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatOliver Sacks, a neurologist interested in both people and disease, takes on the fascinating world of neurological disorders. While this book tells stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations, Sacks remains deeply human in his interactions and recording of his patients. An eye-opener, this book allows us to step into another world and take on a whole new understanding of the patient’s worldview and how one copes with these struggles.



In March, for the last book of this category, we will ready “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.

Ready Player OneIn 2044, the real world is total trash and people are expected to escape to the alternative virtual world OASIS, where you can be anyone you want to be, live in any place on ten thousands of planet, and fall in love with the person of your choice. On top of being a part of this virtual world, the creator hid a series of fiendish puzzles within based off of late twentieth century pop culture, in order for a chance to win the ultimate prize. Our hero, Wade Watts, found himself stumbling across the first puzzle and finds himself racing to the end in order to survive against powerful and vicious competitors both in the virtual and real world.


Getting pumped? Brookline is too, and this is just the first batch.