Lights! Camera! Fiction!

Did you know that at least two of this year’s Oscars presenters (Steve Martin and Tom Hanks) are published authors of fiction? Or that actor Sidney Poitier wrote a science fiction book, and that both Scully and Mulder of The X-files (actors Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny) have written novels? Creative people like to try their hand at different art forms, and actors are no exception. These books give us an opportunity to get to know our favorite celebrities in new ways -- in a literary rather than a performance setting -- lending a compelling familiarity to what we're reading. So, if you're a fan of eighties movies, you might want to read Molly Ringwald's When It Happens to You, or if you’re a Sopranos fan, you won’t want to miss Michael Imperioli's coming-of-age novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes.  No matter your taste in TV and movies, there's an actor's novel for everyone. Read on (and consult this list) to learn more.  Available at SLPL and the Center for the Reader!

Montaro Caine by Sidney Poitier

When a coin is found in a baby's hand, the doctor who finds it sends it up to a lab at MIT. A student named Montaro Caine discovers it is made of materials not known on Earth. Two decades later, Caine is CEO of Fitzer Corp in New York City and is facing the possibility of a hostile corporate takeover, when a man and woman appear in his office bearing the coin. The find sets off a battle of intrigue and suspense, as scientists, collectors, and financiers all vie to get their hands on it. But the coin is of more value than mere monetary worth. In this ambitious, page-turning novel, the beloved actor Sidney Poitier takes us from New York to Europe to the Caribbean in an exploration of race, faith, and, beyond all else, the meaning of our lives on earth.

When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald

Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are at the heart of When It Happens to You, the debut novel in stories from actress and author Molly Ringwald. A Hollywood icon, Ringwald defined the teenage experience in the eighties in such classic films as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles. Ringwald brings that same compelling candor she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of intertwined and linked stories about the particular challenges, joys, and disappointments of adult relationships. Her characters grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord, in a magnificent debut that will resonate broadly with readers.                   

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have! 

The Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli

Matthew is a sixteen-year-old boy living in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1976. After he loses his two most important male role models, his father and grandfather, his mother uses her inheritance to uproot Matthew and herself to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. Matthew soon befriends (and becomes a quasi-assistant to) Lou Reed, who lives with his transgender girlfriend Rachel in the same building. The drug-addled, artistic/shamanic musician eventually becomes an unorthodox father figure to Matthew, who finds himself head over heels for the mysterious Veronica, a wise-beyond-her-years girl he meets at his new school. The novel is written from the point of view of Matthew at age eighteen, two years after the story begins, and concludes with an epilogue in the year 2013, three days after Lou Reed’s death, with Matthew in his fifties.          

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