South Branch Staff Picks Category: Nonfiction

Which Should I Get, the Book or the Movie?

One Shot vs. Jack Reacher

Both the book, One Shot, and the movie, Jack Reacher, are entertaining fast paced thrillers that will keep you glued to the page or the screen. But, for fans of the Lee Child series of Jack Reacher books, Tom Cruise does not make a very believable Jack Reacher, mainly because he’s way too short and not bulked up enough to fit the image fans of the book will have of this character. But he’s certainly cocky enough and if you haven’t read the books, you’ll enjoy his performance and will absolutely love Robert Duvall in the role of the gun shop owner, Martin Cash. Fans of the Jack Reacher books will most likely prefer the book over the movie, as I did, but the movie doesn’t disappoint so for a good escapist movie that’s sure to entertain, grab it next time you head over to the library.

Howl's Moving Castle book coverHowl’s Moving Castle

Rumors and secrets abound in the twisted, magical world of Sophie, the sassy, self-deprecating young hat-maker who leaves her quiet life behind to unravel the complicated web of curses that have turned her into an old woman, rather prematurely. As beloved as the 1986 original by Diana Wynne Jones may be, all ages will fall under the spell the unforgettable characters in Sophie’s journey in the 2004 adaptation by director Hayao Miyazaki in the lush and colorful signature style of Studio Ghibli.

Bridges of Madison County

One of my favorite books is The Bridges of Madison County. The book gave a much more in-depth view of the relationship between Francesca and Robert, but the movie did a very good job of telling story as well. Of course, I will never read the book again without adding Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood’s face to every page!!! Though for sure I wouldn’t mind if Robert Redford played the role of Robert.

 

Everything Everything

Being a hopeless romantic, I could not help but add much more of my own emotions to every sentence of the book which made it that much more heartfelt. Even though the movie hit all the important parts of the story line, watching these two young adults fall in love against the wishes of a parent who wants nothing more than to keep her child safe leaves a lot less to the imagination. Whichever journey you would like to embark on, book or movie, you won’t be dissatisfied.

The Longest Ride

 
Hold on to your hats, as this book takes you not only through one journey but two. Pay attention as we rarely notice when people come into our lives who may change our future. Like many other movies, this one follows the book fairly well, but one cannot help but to read between the lines and allow our imaginations to soar, which is something that cannot be done when we sit in front of a screen.
 

 
Wonder
 
I enjoyed the Wonder book over the movie because I felt the movie missed many important details from the book. The movie felt a bit incomplete to me because of this. The book brought out more emotions than the movie did.
 
 
 
 
The Fault in Our Stars
 
The movie was just beautiful from beginning to end. It is always nice to see a love story play out on the big screen. I fell in love with the characters and the ending still broke my heart in the same way that the book did.
 

 

 

Thin 

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield offers a harrowing look into the lives of eating disorder patients receiving inpatient treatment in her documentary and photobook both titled Thin. As insightful as the documentary is, the photobook offers further interviews with both teens and adult women suffering from addiction and disordered eating. While it is a grim subject to cover, Greenfield’s photos and interviews display the full spectrum of emotions and challenges women face regarding their bodies and life as a woman.

Inquebrantable: mi historia, a mi manera: La autobiografia official de Jenni Rivera

Inquebrantable : mi historia, a mi manera

Inquebrantable : mi historia, a mi manera

Piensas que sabes todo sobre Jenny, pues piensa otra vez. A pesar de su franqueza con el público, ella se guardó bastante. Pero ahora puedes descubrir unos de sus más íntimos secretos en su autobiografía. Con su historia escrita por su puño y letra ella te guía por la montaña rusa que fue su vida. Descubre como a pesar de todos sus pesares ella logro ser Jenni Rivera, La Diva de la Banda ¡La Gran Señora!

Otros libros que te gustarian: Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar por Virginia Vallejo; Vivir para contarla por Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Por Maria R.

Todos nacemos libres

TODOS NACEMOS LIBRES: La Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos ilustrada

Este libro contiene los 30 artículos de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos, ilustrados por diferentes artistas reconocidos mundialmente.

Los artículos están mencionados de una manera sencilla y cada uno teniendo su propia ilustración que permite describirlo con bellas imagenes.

Si te gusto Todos nacemos libres, puedes leer: Tengo derecho a ser niño o La carta de derechos

 

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo

Heaven is for Real

Have you wondered about the mysterious and extraordinary existence of heaven? Read Heaven is for Real to see Todd, a minister in a small town, retell the story of how his critically hospitalized son made an incredible trip to heaven and back.  Todd is taken aback by three-year-old Colton’s descriptions, marveling at how all that Colton expresses about heaven matches the stories in the Bible–despite his being too young to read.  Imagine having a three-year-old telling you that the angels sang to him and that Jesus rides a rainbow horse…Take the trip with Colton and his father through the next several years as this experience strengthens their family and inspires others in the community.

If you like this, you may like: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander.

USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy

USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy 2013 Edition by J.S. Aaron

Do you want to become a U.S. citizen? Learn how you can get a Green Card or prepare yourself for the citizenship interview with USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy.  Created with English as a Second Language user, this study guide is a comprehensive tool covering a variety of useful information including how to apply for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”.  From the reading and writing practice to simple steps on how to apply, this edition by J.S. Aaron will give you a clear understanding of what you need know and do to become a U.S. Citizen.

If you like USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy you may also like Your U.S. Citizenship Guide: What You Need to Know to Pass Your U.S. Citizenship Test, A Simple Guide to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship, or The Citizen’s Almanac: Fundamental Documents, Symbols, and Anthems of the United States