The Academy Award nominations were announced this past Thursday and ZoŽ Triska of the Huffington Post pointed out that 11 of the films nominated in one category or another were based on books. Five of those were best picture nominees and† included works ranging from serious non-fiction (Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio ) to the classics (Victor Hugo's Les Miserables) to literary fiction (Life of Pi by Yann Martel) to history (Spielberg's Lincoln had roots in Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals) and to a well-reviewed quiet novel (Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick).
Librarian extraordinaire and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl called Silver Linings Playbook "Heartwarming, humorous and soul- satisfying." And now, with Bradley Cooper (oh, and Jennifer Lawrence) on the cover of the movie tie-in edition, who could resist buying and reading it?
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