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Interview: Claire LaZebnik, Author of Wrong About the Guy

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Claire LaZebnik has written another terrific YA book.  This one is Wrong About the Guy, the story of Ellie, a high school senior who lives with her mother, her musician stepfather, who has become unexpectedly famous as the […]

Reading Rainbow’s New Skybrary

posted by Nell Minow

Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter project has announced that its “Skybrary,” a subscription-based online library for kids, is here. Families can get access to more than 500 carefully selected books that children can read on smartphones or tablets, with new content added […]

Get Roger Ebert’s Great Movies eBook for $1.99 Until May 24, 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert’s Great Movies ebook is on sale through May 24 for only $1.99. Whether you are a long-time film fan or just looking for something new on Netflix, you will want to have Ebert’s wise and witty appreciations of […]

50 Must-See Movies: Mothers — Free This Weekend for Mother’s Day!

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Mother’s Day, my ebook 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers will be free on Amazon through Monday, May 8-11, 2015. No relationship is more primal, more fraught, more influential, more worried over, more nourishing when good and more devastating […]

Wit and Wisdom in The Jottery by Andy Selsberg

posted by Nell Minow

I really enjoyed The Jottery: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses by Andy Selsberg. Each page has a question or mental challenge — think of it as something between a really high-end fortune cookie, a profound zen koan, […]

The Hobbit: The Definitive Movie Posters

posted by Nell Minow

The Hobbit: The Definitive Movie Posters is a gorgeous new book and a must-have for all would-be denizens of Middle Earth.

Interview: Cecilia De Mille Presley on Her Grandfather Cecil B. De Mille

posted by Nell Minow

The great director Cecil B. De Mille, known for his grand, lavish epics like Claudette Colbert’s sizzling Cleopatra and the Biblical epics The Ten Commandments and Samson & Delilah, and Best Picture Oscar winner The Greatest Show on Earth deserves […]

A Rare Interview with Bill Watterson of “Calvin and Hobbes”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip and it was a thrill to see so many of the original drawings in the superbly curated show at the Billy Ireland Museum last year.  Now that […]

A New Alphabet Book for Women’s History Month: Rad American Women A-Z

posted by Nell Minow

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! is a wonderful new alphabet book to teach girls, boys, and their families about sounds and letters and stories about women who […]

Tom Shales on SNL and Lorne Michaels

posted by Nell Minow

Of all the tributes and critiques of “Saturday Night Live” as it starts its fifth decade, none is more astute than Tom Shales’ for Daily Beast.  Shales is the co-author of Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday […]

Two New Books About LOVING Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille”) has written a memoir about immersing himself in old movies.  Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film is not just about the hundreds of movies he watched; it is about how he […]

For Lincoln’s Birthday: A New Tribute to the Gettysburg Address

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be included along with Presidents, judges, historians, filmmakers, poets, actors, and, best of all, my dad, Newton Minow, in a new book called Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, from The Abraham […]

Audible’s Free Love Poems for Valentine’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Audible Studios is releasing a free collection of classic love poems narrated by the wonderful Richard Armitage (“The Hobbit” series). There’s nothing more romantic than love poetry, and Armitage reads exquisite works by poets […]

Why “I Am the Walrus” is the Greatest Beatles Song Ever — According to Jon Friedman

posted by Nell Minow

My publishing company, Miniver Press, is delighted to announce our newest ebook for Kindle, Goo Goo Ga Joob: Why “I Am the Walrus” is the Greatest Beatles Song of All Time, by Jon Friedman. Each of us has our favorite […]

SNL Turns 40

posted by Nell Minow

“Saturday Night Live,” once the brash upstart whose cast billed themselves as the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” is now an established institution. Performers like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Al Franken, Eddie Murphy, […]

Book: Gotta Dance! The Art of the Dance Movie Poster

posted by Nell Minow

Fans of classic movie musicals will love Gotta Dance! The Art of the Movie Poster, a gorgeous new book from Lagoon Press. It is available both in spiral bound and spine and coil formats. The book is based on the […]

Interview: Rabbi Evan Moffic on What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover

posted by Nell Minow

Rabbi Evan Moffic’s latest book is What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passover: What It Means and Why It Matters, a guide for Christians to the celebration observed by Jesus at the Last Supper. It will be published tomorrow, […]

You Can Join Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club

posted by Nell Minow

Each year, Mark Zuckerberg shares his new year’s resolution.  I was a big fan of his 2014 resolution to write a thank you note every day, a practice I highly recommend to all.  This year, he is inviting the world […]

CONTEST: Divergent DVD/Book

posted by Nell Minow

I have a Divergent DVD/Book to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Divergent” in the subject line and tell me about the best gift you ever GAVE. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only.) I’ll pick a […]

Ask Amy Says: A Book on Every Bed

posted by Nell Minow

I love to remind people about Amy Dickinson’s wonderful “Book on Every Bed” proposal: Here’s how it happens: You take a book (it can be new or a favorite from your own childhood). You wrap it. On Christmas Eve (or […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 — For Movie Lovers and Their Families

posted by Nell Minow

Happy holidays to one and all! Whatever you are celebrating at this time of year, these films will race your pulse, warm your heart, and delight any friends and family members lucky enough to receive them. For the lover of […]

Coming Soon: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the Miniseries

posted by Nell Minow

Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of those delicious stories that transports the reader to another world, so enthralling that it is difficult to leave. The setting is historical, England in 1806, as the Napoleonic Wars […]

List: YA Books About Coming Out and Same-Sex Relationships

posted by Nell Minow

My good friend Sandie is my go-to for YA literature as she is not only very knowledgeable but also very insightful, with superb taste. As a part of her series of books that explore issues of diversity, understanding, and identity, […]

Another #Epicfail for Barbie — And a Non-Barbie Alternative

posted by Nell Minow

Remember when Teen Talk Barbie got in trouble for saying “Math is hard?” Well, Mattel did not get the memo because a new Barbie book intended to encourage girls’ interest in STEM subjects like computer programming completely misses the point. […]

Wonder Woman’s Amazing Secret History

posted by Nell Minow

Historian Jill Lepore is one of my favorite writers and I am also a Comic-Con-attending fangirl, so I was thrilled to get a chance to hear Professor Lepore speak at the Smithsonian about her new book, The Secret History of […]

Robert Elisberg’s Review of My Book: 101 Must-See Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my old friend Robert Elisberg for a wonderful review of my book in the Huffington Post. 101 Must-See Movie Moments What makes the book such fun is that most books on movies give a fairly general overview […]

Dear White People: Interview with Writer/Director Justin Simien

posted by Nell Minow

“Dear White People” is fresh, provocative, timely, and very funny.  In the tradition of “Higher Learning” and “School Daze,” it is the story of four black students at an Ivy League college, all making different choices about adapting or challenging […]

The Inside Story of “The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes: As You Wish

posted by Nell Minow

Fans of The Princess Bride, which means pretty much everyone, will love the new book from Cary Elwes (Westley), who takes us behind the scenes for the inside story of the making of the film, from his nervous audition (his imitation […]

The Art of John Alvin — Designer of Iconic Movie Posters

posted by Nell Minow

Any fan of film history and design will love this magnificent new book devoted to the iconic movie posters and other artwork from John Alvin, assembled and written by his widow, Andrea Alvin. John Alvin’s 40 years of movie poster […]

NAACP Reminds Parents to Read to Their Kids

posted by Nell Minow

The NAACP has an all-star line-up of performers reminding parents to read to their children, including Bill Withers and Tatyana Ali.  Take a listen — and follow their advice.  There is no greater gift you can give your kids than […]

The Last Leonard Maltin Movie Guide

posted by Nell Minow

Leonard Maltin was only 17 years old when he was offered the chance to create his guide to movies on television. For many years, I kept the latest copy on my desk and anyone who came into my office could […]

Yes, Handwriting Still Matters — Here’s How to Teach Kids Cursive

posted by Nell Minow

Schools are eliminating curricula to teach cursive writing, based on the assumption that what matters is keyboarding skills. But studies show that writing by hand helps you process and learn more effectively. It is important for fine motor skills as […]

Interview: Gayle Forman of “If I Stay”

posted by Nell Minow

Gayle Forman is the author of If I Stay, the source for this week’s movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young cellist in a coma following a car accident.  As she hovers between life and death, she […]

Free for a Limited Time: 121 Best Books for Children

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful folks at Dinner A Love Story have kindly made their 121 Books: The Greatest Kid Books of All Time ebook available for free for a limited time, so grab it right now.

Interview: Raffi and His New CD “Love Bug”

posted by Nell Minow

Raffi has a new CD! His first new music in twelve years is called Love Bug and it will be available tomorrow. It was a special thrill to talk to someone whose music has been so important to our family. […]

Upcoming Show Business Memoirs

posted by Nell Minow

Mashable has a very intriguing list of upcoming show business memoirs, by everyone from Oprah Winfrey (What I Know For Sure) to rapper Ja Rule (Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man). I’m particularly looking forward to Yes […]

John Green Profile by Margaret Talbot

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and Pre-Code movie series co-host Margaret Talbot has a thoughtful profile of The Fault in our Stars author John Green in The New Yorker.  He told her I love the intensity teen-agers bring not just to first love […]

Free This Weekend: My eBook on Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Father’s Day, my eBook, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers is FREE through Monday, June 16, 2014. What do “Wall Street” and the “Star Wars” saga and, seemingly, about half the movies ever made have in common? They are about […]

Interview: Bishop T.D. Jakes on His Best-Seller “Instinct”

posted by Nell Minow

Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive is an instant best-seller. Combining historical, cultural, and personal examples with biblical insights, in INSTINCT Bishop Jakes outlines how to re-discover your natural aptitudes and re-claim the wisdom […]

The All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very happy that one of my favorite book series is back in print, Sydney Taylor’s warm, funny All of a Kind Family stories about a turn-of-the-last century Jewish family in New York, inspired by Taylor’s own family. The […]

Trailer: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star in this new Disney film based on one of my favorite books by one of my favorite people. The book has already been filmed twice, once as an animated musical with songs by “Annie’s” […]

My eBook About Moms in Movies is FREE Until Sunday

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Mother’s Day, my ebook 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers will be free on Amazon through Sunday. No relationship is more primal, more fraught, more influential, more worried over, more nourishing when good and more devastating when bad that […]

Two Terrific New Books About Show Business by Judy Greer and Carol Leifer

posted by Nell Minow

Two smart, shrewd, and very funny women have written books about their lives in show business. Judy Greer has played the heroine’s best friend in romantic comedies like “13 Going on 30,” “27 Dresses,” and “Love Happens.” She has made […]

The Ultimate Book About “2001: A Space Odyssey”

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years after Stanley Kubrick began work on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the ultimate behind-the-scenes story will be out next month in a limited edition $750 four-volume history by Piers Bizony, an expert on both Kubrick and space exploration. Made […]

Heaven is for Real: The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

“Heaven is for Real” opens tomorrow, with Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, a Nebraska pastor whose four-year-old son says that he visited heaven during surgery for a ruptured appendix.  It is based on a best-selling book Heaven is for Real: […]

Jaws Turns 40

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Peter Benchley’s Jaws, the book that inspired the first big summer blockbuster movie, Oxford University’s blog has a great tribute by Kirk Curnutt, focusing on the novel, now almost, well, swallowed up in public consciousness […]

Interview: Overcoming Autism with Claire LaZebnik

posted by Nell Minow

A completely revised new edition of the indispensable book Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life comes out tomorrow. The original, published ten years ago, was written by Dr. Lynn Koegel, the nationally […]

All Children Need Books About All Children

posted by Nell Minow

Author Walter Dean Myers, former Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, wrote about a troubling issue in the New York Times: the lack of diversity in books for children. “Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just […]

Interview: Author, Game Creator, History Buff Arie Kaplan

posted by Nell Minow

The multi-talented Arie Kaplan (From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books)graciously took time to answer my questions about his latest projects.  He wrote the story, dialogue, and in-game fiction for the new videogame PARANORMAL STATE: POISON SPRING (based on the […]

The $11 Billion Year — Anne Thompson’s New Book About Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

One of the sharpest observers of the business of making movies is Anne Thompson, and I am very excited about her new book, The 1 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System.  There […]

Dave Barry at the National Press Club: You Can Date Boys When You’re 40

posted by Nell Minow

I had the great pleasure of hearing humorist Dave Barry speak at the National Press Club yesterday. His new book is the very funny You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very […]

Free Audiobook: Stephen Fry Reads Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile

posted by Nell Minow

Soundcloud has a free audio version of The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl<img src=”https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=nellminowthemovi&l=ur2&o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda”), read by the wonderful British actor Stephen Fry.  Just the thing […]

Free This Weekend: My eBook on Must-See Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend only: the Kindle version of my book, 50 Must-See Movies: Weddings is free! What’s your favorite movie wedding scene?

2014’s Movies Based on Books — Start Reading

posted by Nell Minow

Buzzfeed has a list of 16 movies coming out in 2014 that are based on books, including two crime novels by Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl is the story of a beautiful young woman (Rosamund Pike) who disappears on her wedding […]

Exclusive Excerpt: The Film Crew of Hollywood by James Udel

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to be able to share with you exclusive excerpts from one of the best books ever to take you behind the scenes in film production — The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a […]

Interview: James Udel Takes Us Behind the Scenes in The Film Crew of Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

James Udel is the author of a magnificent new book, The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist.  He goes behind the scenes, interviewing ten people who created movie magic […]

The Original Version: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

Humorist James Thurber’s most famous short story is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Like most of Thurber’s male characters, he was a milktoast, shy, repressed, and hen-pecked. On a shopping expedition with his wife, he daydreamed of adventure and […]

A Book on Every Bed: Amy Dickinson

posted by Nell Minow

I love Amy Dickinson’s idea of “A Book on Every Bed,” a wonderful way to start Christmas (or any other special occasion). Here’s how it works: You take a book (it can be new or a favorite from your own […]

Free Book About Saving Mr. Banks — And Mary Poppins

posted by Nell Minow

Walt Disney Studios is celebrating its new film about its own history with Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book.   Walt Disney spent 20 years trying to persuade author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie based […]

Interview: “The Book Thief”

posted by Nell Minow

Following an extraordinary evening presenting the film at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, with survivors in the audience, some of the people behind “The Book Thief” sat down for an interview.  Director Brian Percival, who introduced the film, joined stars Sophie […]

The Wes Anderson Collection

posted by Nell Minow

Critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s new book, The Wes Anderson Collection, is designed (in the most literal use of that term) to delight even the most devoted fans of this most singular of film-makers.  Seitz interviews the writer-director of “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Rushmore,” […]

50 Must-See Movies: Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to announce publication of my newest book, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers. Earlier volumes in the series include the print and ebook 101 Must-See Movie Moments, and the other 99 cent ebooks 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers and 50 Must-See […]

Interview: Scott Jordan Harris on Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads — The Greatest Movie Objects

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Jordan Harris is the author of Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads: 50 of Film’s Most Evocative Objects – An Illustrated Journey, a beautifully illustrated tribute to some of the most beloved props and costumes in film history. He writes […]

YA Literature and Its All-Ages Fans

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine has a great selection of articles about one of the fastest-growing and most popular categories in publishing, the increasingly inaccurately-named Young Adult genre.  Jen Doll writes about loving YA novels in her thirties, quoting my friend Sandie […]

Interview: Dustin Putman on The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

It was a special treat to interview my friend Dustin Putman about his new book, The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween. As horror director Scott Derrickson says on the cover, “Dustin Putman knows the horror genre inside […]

Lights, Camera, Faith: The Beatitudes and Deadly Sins

posted by Nell Minow

Sister Rose Pacatte and Peter Malone have completed work on a new volume in the Lights, Camera, Faith series of books about the spiritual and moral lessons we can draw from movies.  Sister Rose says: The goal of the Lights, Camera, Faith is to bring major […]

Vintage YA Books to Be Re-Issued

posted by Nell Minow

Lizzie Skurnick is the author of the marvelous book Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, the story of the YA books of the 1960’s to 80’s.  She has now been offered her dream assignment — to bring […]

A New Book About Roger Corman: Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses

posted by Nell Minow

The most successful movie producer of all time is Roger Corman because every single one of his movies made money. Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of the B Movie, released today, is the story […]

Interview: Phil Hall on “The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time”

posted by Nell Minow

I always enjoy interviewing film expert Phil Hall, and it was a special treat to hear his thoughts about his new book, The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time. The bad movies in your book fall into several different categories, […]

Paul O. Zelinsky’s List of Great Illustrated Books for Children

posted by Nell Minow

Caldecott award-winner Paul O. Zelinsky (Z Is for Moose) was asked for some of his favorite illustrated books for children. He provided two lists, one of classics and another of lesser-known books that are worth seeking out.  I was especially […]

Great Review of My 101 Must-See Movies Book!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Tom Sanchez for his thoughtful and perceptive review of my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments (Must-See Movies) –in other words, he liked it! Nell Minow is old-school, like a critic should be. She has seen untold thousands […]

An Animated Gibran’s “Prophet”

posted by Nell Minow

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, first published in 1923, has illuminated the concepts of love, intimacy, and spirituality for devoted readers for generations.  Its wisdom and quiet lyricism are deeply moving.  This passage is quoted in the classic movie, “The Women.” […]

Interview: Mike Canning of Hollywood on the Potomac

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Canning generously took the time to answer my questions about his marvelous book, Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC. It is a comprehensive and completely fascinating discussion of more than 50 movies set in Washington, […]

The New York Public Library Salutes Children’s Books

posted by Nell Minow

Today the New York Public Library opens a new show about children’s literature. The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how do they teach children, and what do they reveal about the societies […]

This Weekend Only: Sheldon Seigel’s Terrific Mysteries for Only 99 Cents

posted by Nell Minow

Looking for a great beach read?  The electronic versions of Criminal Intent, Final Verdict and The Confession will be available on Kindle and Nook for 99 cents each this weekend only.  Author Sheldon Seigel writes smart, engrossing mysteries with great characters […]

My Visit to Movie Addict Headquarters To Talk About the Best and Worst Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Father’s Day, I visited Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about the book I am working on, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers.  Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for having me back on, and to A.J. Hakari for joining the discussion. […]

The Teenagers Who Created Superman

posted by Nell Minow

Seventy-five years ago, two teenage boys created Superman, the most enduring superhero of all time.  He has appeared with great success in every possible form of media, starting in comic books and radio and then in movies and several television […]

Interview: Steve Taravella, Author of a New Book about Mary Wickes

posted by Nell Minow

I love the great character actress Mary Wickes, who was the nun who was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg as choir director in “Sister Act,” the nurse who was “a treasure” opposite Bette Davis in “Now Voyager,” and the hotel staff […]

Interview: “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” — Actress Turned Nun R.M. Delores Hart O.S.B.

posted by Nell Minow

How could I throw away a promising acting career for the monastic life of a cloistered nun? I left the world I knew in order to reenter it on a more profound level. Many people don’t understand the difference between […]

Interview: Margaret Talbot on The Entertainer

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Margaret Talbot’s book about her father, actor Lyle Talbot, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century.  His career spanned the full range of entertainment from the traveling shows of the 1920’s to movies in the golden age […]

Mother’s Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

For Mother’s Day, share some of these movies featured in my book, 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers. Claudia Before they went on to co-star in the luminous romance, “The Enchanted Cottage,” Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young played a young married couple […]

Gatsby on Film

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of the lastest movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age novel, The Great Gatsby, revisit the book and take a look at four earlier versions: The Great Gatsby (1949) Alan Ladd and Betty Field […]

Free This Weekend! 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Mother’s Day next Sunday, I’m making my ebook, 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers free all weekend!  Post a review on Amazon and you can get any other Miniver Press ebook free as well.  The book is dedicated to my […]

Free Comic Book Day 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t forget that tomorrow, May 4 (as in “May the Fourth Be With You”) is Free Comic Book Day!  Stop by your friendly neighborhood comic book store to ask for some recommendations.  Whether your taste is fantasy, superheroes, television tie-ins, […]

Tribute: E.L. Konigsburg

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of one of the greats of 20th century children’s literature, E.L. Konigsburg.  Her books included two that were made into movies.  In fact, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the story of a […]

Happy Poetry Month!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Poetry Month! The wonderful “pÕÎ-trÉ” blog has a terrific selection of poems about movies. And there have been great movies about poets like “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” (about the courtship of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning), An Angel […]

Interview: Jay Sullivan of Raising Gentle Men

posted by Nell Minow

Jay Sullivan‘s new book, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, is the story of his experience as the only man living in a Kingston, Jamaica convent, helping to care for 250 orphan boys. It is a beautifully written […]

Interview: The Trouble With Flirting Author Claire LaZebnik

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik’s latest YA novel, The Trouble with Flirting, published today, is the witty and insightful story of Franny Price, a talented teenager who gets a summer job working with her aunt, the costumer for a high school drama program […]

New from Miniver Press: Heavy Metal, Civil War-Era Baseball, and a Baltimore Memoir

posted by Nell Minow

My publishing company is proud to announce three new books — and the chance to win Kindle versions! The Washington Nationals and Their Grand Tour of 1867 by Frank Ceresi and Carol McMains is the amazing real-life story of a Civil […]

Beautiful Creatures: How is the Movie Different from the Book?

posted by Nell Minow

Want to know how the 600-page Beautiful Creatures was adapted for a two hour movie (script about 120 pages)?  Jean Trinh helpfully lists all of the differences between the movie and the book on The Daily Beast.

From Beautiful Creatures: The Charles Bukowski Poem

posted by Nell Minow

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl include a lot of literary references in their Beautiful Creatures series of books.  This poem by Charles Bukowski is quoted in the film based on the first book. Lifedance The area dividing the brain and […]

Interview: Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia of “Beautiful Creatures”

posted by Nell Minow

Beautiful Creatures is the first of a sensationally popular series of books about a “caster” girl with magical powers and the human boy who loves her.  The books are best-sellers around the world.  I spoke to authors Kami Garcia and Margaret […]

New Book on Bullying from Emily Bazelon — Pre-Order for Special Extras

posted by Nell Minow

Emily Bazelon’s first book, Sticks and Stones, comes out this month.  Her Slate series about bullying included illuminating research that altered the conventional narrative of some highly publicized real-life cases.  The book builds on this with new stories about kids […]

Win a Copy of My New Book: 101 Must-See Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

My new book is out in paperback! 101 Must-See Movie Moments is available on Amazon for $12, but I have three autographed copies to give away.  It’s 101 brief essays on great moments in neglected movies (like “Miss Tatlock’s Millions,” “The […]

KISS Book FREE — This Weekend Only!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday, Paul Stanley! The KISS Starchild superstar turns 60 tomorrow and the fans get the gift! Miniver Press is making Chris Epting’s ebook All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in […]

My Book is Free — Three Days Only!

posted by Nell Minow

My book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, soon to be published on paper, is already an ebook and for three days — January 13-15, it is available for free!  You don’t need to have a Kindle to read it.  You can […]

Great Reviews of Awful Movies by Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

January is traditionally the worst month of the year for movies, as the studios take a break from releasing their big, ambitious, awards contenders.  That makes it a perfect time to read Roger Ebert’s series of books about the movies […]

Free This Weekend: Ebook About Parenting

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend only, get Annie Fox’s ebook, Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century for free on Amazon. “Not all teachers are parents, but all parents are teachers. When we teach kids to be good […]

A Book on Every Bed: Amy Dickinson’s Proposal for Every Child

posted by Nell Minow

It is a pleasure to once again endorse “Ask Amy‘s” program to encourage parents to share the love of reading by putting a book on every child’s bed so that the first thing they see when they wake up is […]

Return to Middle Earth: The Hobbit and More

posted by Nell Minow

This week we return to Middle Earth as Peter Jackson goes back 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings” for the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a brave band of dwarves who journey to a mountain […]

Pineapple Pete’s Remarkable Feat

posted by Nell Minow

Miniver Press is proud to announce a new children’s book written by my mother! Pineapple Pete wants to make friends with the other fruits in his class but they think his scaly face is scary — until they need help […]

Contest: Life of Pi Book

posted by Nell Minow

Have you seen “Life of Pi?”  Would you like to read the book?  I have a copy of the movie tie-in edition of the book by Yann Martel to give away.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Pi” in […]

The Amazing Story of the Kids Who Re-Made “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

posted by Nell Minow

In the 1980’s two boys remade the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” shot for shot, with no money, no resources, and no clue. And there was another problem — it took them seven years to make, so there was […]

Free “Lincoln” Book for iPad

posted by Nell Minow

A beautiful new behind-the-scenes ebook about the movie Lincoln is available free for iPads.  This exclusive interactive book is called “Lincoln: Discover the Story.” It shows how a crucial time in America’s history was recreated and brought to the screen and features […]

Abraham Lincoln’s Advice to Lawyers

posted by Nell Minow

Before he was the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer.  In honor of Steven Speilberg’s new “Lincoln” movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Miniver Press is proud to publish a Kindle version of Abraham Lincoln’s Law Notes, a little-known essay with advice to […]

The Poem from “Skyfall”

posted by Nell Minow

M (Judi Dench) quotes a stirring passage from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in the new James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth […]

A New Book about KISS

posted by Nell Minow

My publishing company, Miniver Press, is delighted to announce the publication of All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in the Land, from Chris Epting, with an introduction from Stone Temple Pilot’s […]

Interview: Allen Zadoff of Since You Left Me

posted by Nell Minow

I last talked to Allen Zadoff about his book, My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies.  He was kind enough to give me another interview about his new book, Since You Left Me.  Once again his hero is an unhappy teenage […]

Stephen Tobolowsky on the Life of a Character Actor

posted by Nell Minow

You may not know his name, but you know his face.  He’s this guy: Bing! Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in movies from “Spaceballs” to “Thelma and Louise,” “Memento,” and “Freaky Friday” and television series like “Glee” and “Deadwood.”  He is […]

Bond 50th Anniversary: Books and Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight at 8pm on Epix, a tribute to 50 years of James Bond: And in honor of James Bond Day, Amazon has the James Bond novels on sale for $7!

The Inside Story of the Beatles’ First Single — Free Until 10/9

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the recording of the Beatles’s first single, “Love Me Do,” the new Kindle ebook written by insider Bill Harry is free on Amazon until October 9.  Find out how Ringo Starr replaced Pete […]

Free Ebook on the Presidential Debates

posted by Nell Minow

This week, as we prepare for President Obama and Governor Romney to have the first of their three scheduled debates, the University of Chicago is making available an ebook about the history of the debates written by my dad, Newton […]

My New Must-See Movies Series Now Available on Kindle and Kindle Apps (And How to Get One for Free)

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that the first three books in my new Must-See Movie series are now available as ebooks.  The first is #1 and and all three are in the top 20 of Amazon Kindle’s movie guides and reviews best-seller list. […]

The Brat Pack Becomes a Book Club

posted by Nell Minow

Andrew McCarthy, now a distinguished travel writer as well as an alumnus of Brat Pack movies like Pretty in Pink, has a new book called The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, the story […]

Contest: Free Ebook from Miniver Press

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to celebrate my new publishing company, Miniver Press, by offering the first five people to respond a free copy of one of our first three ebooks.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with the name of […]

Recipes for Children’s Book Favorite Foods

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wanted to taste one of the delicious concoctions described in one of your favorite books?  Huffington Post has gathered some recipes inspired by classic books for children, from Harry Potter’s butterbeer and Narnia’s Turkish Delight to Anne […]

Bessie Coleman: Pioneering Black Woman Aviator

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that the small publishing firm I founded, Miniver Press, has produced our first Kindle ebook.  Today, on the anniversary of the first public flight of a black woman in the United States on this date 90 years […]

40th Anniversary Tribute to “The Godfather” — Archival Memorabilia

posted by Nell Minow

There are two big releases in honor of the 40th anniversary of one of the most critical and popular successes in film history, The Godfather.  First, coming out October 1, is The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives, the definitive behind-the-scenes […]

Happy birthday, Mary Shelley!

posted by Nell Minow

On August 30, 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born.  She was the daughter of philosopher William Godwin and pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.  She had a remarkable life and married the poet Percy Shelley, but she will always be remembered for […]

TV Characters Who Love to Read

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a marvelous collection of video clips of television characters talking about books and how much they love to read.  The shows include “Mad Men,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “South Park,” and “The Wire,” and books include The Great Gatsby, […]

NPR’s List of the Best Teen Literature

posted by Nell Minow

NPR has a great list of the best books for teens, from a poll conducted by the publishing trade association.  YA (young adult) readers are a bigger part of the book market than ever and books like the Twilight, Hunger […]

Interview: “Chicken Soup’s” Jack Canfield About His New Book on Tapping Into Ultimate Success

posted by Nell Minow

Jack Canfield, co-author of over 200 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, talked to me about his latest book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success: How to Overcome Any Obstacle and Skyrocket Your Results, written with Pamela Bruner.  It is literally about […]

More From Comic-Con: Batmobiles

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most popular attractions at Comic-Con was the collection of Batmobiles parked across the street from the convention center. A new book Batmobile: The Complete History and documentary pay tribute to the cool cars driven by Batman over […]

It Had to Be Us — A Romance With Movies

posted by Nell Minow

It Had to Be Us is an ebook romance by “Elizabeth and Harry Lawrence,” the pen names of Betty Jo Tucker of Movie Addict Headquarters and her husband.  In a blog post on Coffee Time Romance, Tucker writes: Where can you find […]

Reading Rainbow is Back — As an App

posted by Nell Minow

One of my all-time favorite television shows for children was the PBS series “Reading Rainbow,” with LeVar Burton and a bunch of kids talking about the books they loved. It’s back, now as an app that encourages kids to read […]

For Dad: Darth Vader and Son

posted by Nell Minow

If Dad’s a big Star Wars fan, he’ll appreciate the very cute Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown. What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a […]

Tribute: Ray Bradbury

posted by Nell Minow

The world of science fiction and fantasy mourns the loss of the great Ray Bradbury, who died today at age 91. The author of classics that helped defined the genre, his works included books like Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This […]

Contest for Teachers Only: Chimpanzee Book

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of the spectacularly beautiful book supplement to the new DisneyNature documentary Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film, to give away to a teacher.  This would be a wonderful classroom resource.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com and […]

Tribute: Maurice Sendak

posted by Nell Minow

A sad farewell to children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who has died at age 83. Where the Wild Things Are is one of my favorite books for any age, from its magnificent first line “The night Max wore his […]

Contest: The Making of “Chimpanzee” Book

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have five copies to give away of a magnificent new book about the making of the extraordinary film, “Chimpanzee,” from DisneyNature.  This book is something very special, with spectacular photos and an astonishing behind-the-scenes story.  It […]

My Interview with Adlai E. Stevenson III About Five Generations of Politicians and Statesmen

posted by Nell Minow

I was lucky enough to interview former Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III about his new book collecting the wisdom of five generations of his family for the wonderful Viral History blog from Ken Ackerman.  Here is an excerpt:   Illinois has […]

Contest: Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Lucky One,” I am giving away a copy of the Nicholas Sparks novel it is based on.  Zac Efron stars as a U.S. Marine who finds a photograph of a beautiful woman. […]

John Hanlon’s 10 Differences Between the Hunger Games Book and Movie

posted by Nell Minow

My friend John Hanlon launched his new website today with a terrific list of the 10 biggest differences between the Hunger Games book and movie.  Big spoilers alert, but when you know them both, it is both thoughtful and lots […]

Intro to “The Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “The Hunger Games” is the most anticipated film of the spring and likely to be the biggest hit since the “Twilight” series.  It is based on the first of a wildly successful trilogy of books by […]

A New Novel from J.K. Rowling!

posted by Nell Minow

Great news from the author of the Harry Potter series!  J.K. Rowling has a new book, this time for adults.  Yes, I agree, the Harry Potter books have millions of adult fans, and I am among them.  But books featuring […]

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Interview with Madeleine L’Engle’s Granddaughter

posted by Nell Minow

Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book A Wrinkle in Time celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with a sumptuous new edition. It includes photos and biographical information about L’Engle, an introduction by US Ambassador for Children’s Literature Katherine Paterson, discussion questions, pages […]

Maps of Enchanted Places

posted by Nell Minow

The Awl has a wonderful illustrated story by Victoria Johnson featuring maps of the imaginary worlds of children’s literature.  The maps of The Phantom Tollbooth, The Princess Bride, Winnie the Pooh, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, and more are […]

The Real Story (and the movie versions) of ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

posted by Nell Minow

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the story of the hunt for a mole at the highest levels of British intelligence, began as a 1974 novel written by spy-turned novelist David John Moore Cornwell, who writes under the pen name John le […]

Gift Guide 2011

posted by Nell Minow

Some gift idea to keep in mind as you think of your friends and family this holiday season: For the sports fan: ESPN Films: 30 for 30 Limited Edition Collector Set These brilliant films by some of today’s top directors have […]

James Garner

posted by Nell Minow

James Garner is one of my all-time favorite actors and I am delighted that he has published a new book about his life, The Garner Files: A Memoir. Garner got his start in the theater playing a juror in “The […]

A New (Old) Book from Dr. Seuss

posted by Nell Minow

On Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow reviews a new collection of stories from Dr. Seuss, published for the first time in book form: The Bippilo Seed and Other Lost Stories.  Doctorow says, “The illustrations are classic Seuss and full of wit […]

Roger Ebert’s 4-Star Memoir

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert, not just the greatest movie critic of all time but one of the most influential thinkers and brilliant writers on any subject over the past four decades, has written his story in Life Itself: A Memoir.  When he lost […]

Halloween Books for Kids from Reading Rockets

posted by Nell Minow

Reading Rockets has ten books for families about Halloween, including A Newbery Halloween : A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors, Hoodwinked (a little witch finds a surprising pet), and Pumpkin Pumpkin (a tiny seed grows into a pumpkin which makes […]

EW: Reunions, Featuring ‘The Princess Bride’

posted by Nell Minow

I always love the Entertainment Weekly “Reunions” issues, where they bring back co-stars to talk about favorite projects.  This year’s features classics like “Fatal Attraction,” “Office Space,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” and “Home Improvement” (those boys are all grown up!). […]

Happy Columbus Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later movies.  And I recommend a brilliant and completely engrossing new book from biographer Laurence Bergreen called Columbus: The Four Voyages. […]

Interview: Claire LaZebnik of Epic Fail and Families and Other Non-Returnable Gifts

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik is the witty and wise author of two new books, both highly recommended.  Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts (for adults) is the story of Keats, the “normal” child in an unconventional family with poetically-named siblings Hopkins (a brilliant doctor) […]

Sea Fever: The Lovely Poem from ‘Dolphin Tale’

posted by Nell Minow

“Dolphin Tale” features one of my favorite poems, “Sea Fever” by John Masefield.  Here it is: I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and […]

Interview: David Code on How Parental Stress is Toxic for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to author David Code for answering my questions about his new book,  Kids Pick Up On Everything: How Parental Stress Is Toxic To Kids. As featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS and Fox News, […]

Win a Copy of Seven Days in Utopia

posted by Nell Minow

I have five copies of Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey, the book behind the upcoming film starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black in the story of a young pro golfer who learns meaningful lessons from an eccentric rancher in […]

Interview: Barbara Dee of Trauma Queen

posted by Nell Minow

Barbara Dee is the author of Trauma Queen, a terrific new book for ages 9-14.  It is the smart and very funny story of a 7th grader named Marigold.  While most parents are what we might call amateurs in the […]

Interview: Lisa See of ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’

posted by Nell Minow

Lisa See is the author of literary novel and book club favorite Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, the story of a deep and loving but sometimes conflicted friendship between two women in 19th century China.  She spoke to me […]

Interview: Allen Zadoff

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Allen Zadoff, author of the terrific new book, My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, for answering my questions! The actors and techies don’t speak to each other in your book, but one character says that in her other […]

Contest from Allen Zadoff of My Life in the Theater, and Other Tragedies

posted by Nell Minow

Allen Zadoff‘s terrific new book is My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, about a high school theater techie (he works lights in a production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”) who likes to stay behind the scenes until he meets a […]

Wonderstruck, a New Book by Brian Selznick

posted by Nell Minow

Award-winning author Brian Selznick has a trailer for his new book, Wonderstruck. His last book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret was an enthralling story inspired by the great George Melies that was told through alternating pictures and text. It is […]

Interview: John Bengtson of Silent Visions, About Harold LLoyd

posted by Nell Minow

John Bengston has tracked down the original locations for the three biggest comedy stars of the silent era.  His books are a treasure trove for historians and film lovers, reminding us that these early films are not just masterpieces of […]

Phyllis Naylor Talks About Alice

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a great interview in the Washington Post with local author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor about the forthcoming final installment to her popular Alice series of novels, Incredibly Alice.  “Alice is fictional, though she is like the daughter that I never had. […]

Common Sense Media’s Best Book Apps for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media has a great list of the best apps to encourage young readers.  This is a wonderful way to introduce children to the pleasures of books.  I was especially taken with Icarus Swinebuckle.  Parents can read aloud, with […]

Scholastic is Selling Coal Power — to Children

posted by Nell Minow

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood reports that esteemed publisher Scholastic is sending out “teaching materials” to schools that amounts to a commercial for coal power.  The coal industry, through the American Coal Foundation, has hired Scholastic to produce The […]

Five Inspiring Lines from Tina Fey’s Bossypants

posted by Nell Minow

I so enjoyed Tina Fey’s book, Bossypants.  It is rushed and uneven in places, understandable given her many full-time roles as producer, star, writer, mother, wife, and America’s sweetheart.  Still, the book is very funny and very, very smart.   Here […]

Ralph Lauren Pretends His Catalog is a Book For Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Renée Loth writes in the Boston Globe this weekend about Ralph Lauren’s new “book” for children — really a thinly disguised catalog.  They’re calling it “The first ever shoppable children’s storybook.’’ “The RL Gang: A Magically Magnificent School Adventure’’ is […]

Poems About Movies and Movies About Poets

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Poetry Month! The wonderful “pÕÎ-trÉ” blog has a terrific selection of poems about movies. And there have been great movies about poets like “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” (about the courtship of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning), An Angel […]

Interview: Steven Bingen of MGM: America’s Greatest Backlot

posted by Nell Minow

MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot is like a fabulous fairy tale, except that it really happened. Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester, and Michael Troyan have written the history of not just a magical place but a magical moment in time, when […]

Interview: Phil Hall of ‘What if They Lived?’

posted by Nell Minow

We miss the performers who left us too soon almost as though we knew them. In a new book, Phil Hall and Rory Leighton Aronsky ask What If They Lived?, with essays about stars and almost-stars from the silent era […]

The Beautiful Love Poem from ‘Beastly’

posted by Nell Minow

In this week’s release of “Beastly,” a modern re-telling of the story of Beauty and the Beast, the characters share a romantic poem called “Having a Coke With You.” Here is the poet, Frank O’Hara, reading the poem.

Film Your Favorite Newbery Award Winner!

posted by Nell Minow

The Newberry Award is the highest honor awarded to the author of a children’s book and the list of winners includes some classics for every age. James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and the New York Public Library have invited […]

Contest for Teachers Only: Toy Story 3 Art Book

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of this gorgeous book about the artwork behind “Toy Story 3″ for some lucky teacher. Little kids will enjoy seeing pictures of their favorite characters, older kids will appreciate the behind-the-scenes information and everyone will learn […]

Movies About Christmas — A Guide from BAM Press

posted by Nell Minow

BAM press has a new book with a list of more than 450 movies about Christmas, from the naughty to the very, very nice.

Ask Amy’s ‘Book on Every Bed’ Project

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Dickenson has a wonderful idea for Christmas, “A Book on Every Bed.” Take a book. Wrap it. Place it on a child’s bed so it’s the first thing she sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate). That’s […]

Gift Guide 2010

posted by Nell Minow

Some suggestions for the movie-lovers in your life (and face it, that includes everyone)! DVDs For the movie historian: Three sensational documentaries from Disney and about Disney. Walt & El Grupo is a fascinating look at one of the turning […]

I Am Number Four — The Story Behind the Story is Even Stranger

posted by Nell Minow

I Am Number Four is the story of a 15-year-old with special powers, one of nine children who fled a planet called Lorien and landed on Earth ten years earlier along with their adult teachers. As they mature, each child […]

Interview: Matthew Litt of ‘Christmas 1945: The Greatest Celebration in American History’

posted by Nell Minow

Matthew Litt is the author of the new book, Christmas 1945: The Greatest Celebration in American History. It is the story of the first Christmas following the end of WWII, with the soldiers coming home and President Harry Truman declaring […]

Justin Bieber — Comic Book Hero

posted by Nell Minow

Internet sensation. Recording superstar. Twitter’s top trending topic. Hair icon. Teen idol. And now, Justin Bieber becomes a comic book hero. Bluewater Productions has put Bieber’s life story from public housing to superstardom in the latest from its popular Fame […]

Interview: Stephen Simon of ‘The Old Hollywood’

posted by Nell Minow

Stephen Simon grew up in Hollywood, the son of a movie director and studio executive. He worked in movies as well, including films with Tom Cruise, Madonna, and Christopher Reeve. His new book is The Old Hollywood and he was […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

posted by Nell Minow

This is Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand […]

Time for Dinner: Resource for Families to Help Maintain Connections

posted by Nell Minow

The best way to keep families close and teach children essential life skills is to keep family dinner time a priority. No matter what else is going on, families should stop everything else at least five times a week for […]

Elizabeth Gilbert of ‘Eat Pray Love’

posted by Nell Minow

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. It is the story of a year-long journey she took following a devastating divorce and love affair that left her questioning […]

The Winner Twins at Comic-Con

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to have a chance to catch up with Brittany and Brianna Winner, now 15, to hear about their Strand book series, their school appearances, and their dream of making their story into a movie. One of the […]

Interview: Chris Epting, a ‘Pop Culture Junkie’

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s new blogger is Chris Epting, author of Hello, It’s Me: Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie, the story of his love for the television shows, movies, and music of his life and the unexpected encounters with the people behind […]

The Best Boredom Cure: GREAT Books

posted by Nell Minow

I love movies, but they don’t come close to books as a cure for boredom. Reading Rockets has a list of guaranteed boredom-banishers for elementary school kids. Best of all — many of them explain how to do cool projects, […]

Christian Books for Young Adults

posted by Nell Minow

Ruth Graham has an excellent piece in Slate about the “surprisingly empowering guide to adolescence” found in young-adult novels from evangelical authors and publishers for a Christian audience. Created as a “safe” alternative to mainstream fiction, books for Christian girls […]

Judy Canova

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Ben Ohmart for reminding us of the unjustly neglected Judy Canova. He specializes in books about golden-age era performers, and he is the author of a new biography of the “Ozark nightingale,” Judy Canova: Singin’ in the Corn!. […]

Ron Masak Meets His Heroes

posted by Nell Minow

Ron Masak’s face and voice are more familiar than his name. As Sheriff Mort Metzger in “Murder She Wrote” he appeared with Angela Lansbury as the mystery novelist who ran into a different real-life mystery every week. And he has […]

Smile of the Week: ‘Werner Herzog’ reads Where’s Waldo?

posted by Nell Minow

The brilliant movie director Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man,” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” and of course “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”), here is gently spoofed by an actor for his inclination toward dark […]

The Year of Goodbyes

posted by Nell Minow

The Year of Goodbyes: A true story of friendship, family and farewells is a beautiful book by Debbie Levy inspired by the “poesiealbum” kept by her mother as a little girl in pre-WWII Germany before her family escaped to the […]

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Beverly Cleary’s books even more when we read them to our children than I did when I read them as a child. It’s because she has a unique ability to capture the way a child sees the world, […]

The Brat Packers Are In Their 40’s

posted by Nell Minow

A new book by Susannah Gora takes a look at the group of young actors who appeared in the John Hughes films that seemed to define a generation — and certainly changed the way teenagers were portrayed on screen. You […]

Smile of the Week — Video from Ocoee Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

This joyous salute to books and reading is guaranteed to cheer your day. Bravo to the teachers, the administration, the librarians, and most of all the kids at the Ocoee Middle School. Keep reading! Thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Farrington […]

Read Across America

posted by Nell Minow

What a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of the great Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss — each year on March 2 volunteers, many of them wearing red and white striped Cat in the Hat top hats — […]

Interview: Fred Weibel of ‘Edison’s Frankenstein’

posted by Nell Minow

Frederick C. Weibel, Jr. is the author of Edison’s Frankenstein, a tribute to an extraordinary film that was considered lost for decades. What is it about the Frankenstein story that makes it so enduringly compelling? Frankenstein is so filled with […]

Tribute: J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, and perhaps the country’s most famous recluse, died at home at age 91. His classic novel narrated by a 16-year-old named Holden Caulfield as he wanders around New York before he […]

Plato’s Pond — Middle School Kids Can Solve the Mystery

posted by Nell Minow

Plato’s Pond – US Edition is a great new mystery book for middle schoolers that lets them solve the crime as they learn something about science. Watson and Crick (those names are a tribute to the scientists who discovered the […]

‘I See Rude People’ — New Book on Civility

posted by Nell Minow

New Year’s resolutions tend to be about losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money, or getting more exercise. But some studies show that number 1 is spending more time with friends and family. I See Rude People: One woman’s battle to […]

Reading Rockets: Where the Wild Things Are Family Kit

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for the release of “Where the Wild Things Are” by reading the book! Reading Rockets has a great site with resources including an interview with author Maurice Sendak. Did you know he originally wrote it as a story […]

A Teacher’s Inspiration

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a great essay in today’s Washington Post by a high school teacher named Nancy Schnog who found inspiration in a book written by another high school teacher, Bel Kaufman, in 1964. It is Up the Down Staircase. Kaufman, the […]

Ask Amy Recommends My Blog!

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Amy Dickenson of Ask Amy was kind enough to recommend my blog as her favorite resource for checking out movies. Minow smartly distills plots and rates films with kids and families in mind. In two minutes I learned […]

Interview: D.W. Brown, Acting Coach to Stars and Future Stars

posted by Nell Minow

D.W. Brown has trained, directed, and coached hundreds of actors and is co-artistic head of the distinguished and successful Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. His new book, You Can Act!: A Complete Guide for Actors is both practical and inspiring with […]

Interview: Ellen Besen on Visual Literacy

posted by Nell Minow

The average American child watches two to three hours of TV a day, according to the American Association of Pediatrics. And that doesn’t include the time they spend playing video games, sitting in front of the computer, and watching movies. […]

The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Parents Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, for giving me permission to post this thoughtful conversation about parents, children, and what does and does not […]

Nancy Drew: Sotomayor’s Childhood Influence

posted by Nell Minow

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, like Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was a big Nancy Drew fan when she was a young girl. I’ve been touched by the reports of Judge Sotomayor, growing up in a housing project, devouring […]

Interview: Paul Newman biographer Shawn Levy

posted by Nell Minow

Movie critic Shawn Levy, author of the superb books King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis and Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party, has a new book about […]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzq7dfZn31k Samantha Abbott ("How I Met Your Mother's" Cobie Smulders) is a dedicated and passionate teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school. Just as she is coming to terms with her school closing, ...

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Tomorrowland
It begins with an argument. Frank (George Clooney) is trying to tell us the story. But he is repeatedly interrupted by someone we will learn is ...

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I'll See You in My Dreams
Blythe Danner gives a performance of exquisite sensitivity in "I'll See You in My Dreams," the story of a lonely widow. She plays Carol, a ...

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