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Last week, news of Wes Anderson’s latest movie hit Twitter. The movie, The French Dispatch, accompanied by Anderson’s screenplay of the same name, will be released in July of this year. However, in the meantime, it’s best to prepare yourself for the wonderfully quirky vibes Anderson will be dishing out with some equally quirky books.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
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While we all love Anderson’s take on this story, the original is just as fun. The children’s novel follows the sly but funny Mr. Fox. As a means to feed his wife and children, Mr. Fox resorts to stealing livestock from three cruel farmers. He and his other burrowing friends hatch a plan to steal as much food as they can from the evil farmers. The story is a tale of adventure and friendship, two things everyone should experience.
The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
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The Post Office Girl gets a spot on this list because of its author. In a conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library, Anderson revealed that Zweig’s works were the main inspiration for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Zweig tells the story of Christine, an Austrian woman who is a poverty-stricken post office worker and her struggle with depression and financial exclusion.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
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The story of Bernadette and her disappearance is quite an adventure. On the brink of a breakdown, all the wrong things happen to Bernadette Fox. Unable to cope with the build-up of stress and the blame for her daughter’s failed school fundraiser, Bernadette disappears. With her mother gone, Bee is forced to piece everything together and uncovers years of her mother’s secrets. The book has recently been adapted into a movie and it is entertaining in any form.
The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz
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It’s always best to reacquaint yourself with the witty, wild worlds Wes Anderson has created. What better way than to go behind the scenes of it all. In his collection, movie/tv critic Matt Zoller Seitz gives readers an insider view of Anderson’s work. There are behind-the-scenes photos and artwork from Anderson’s movies as well as original illustrations and images for each production.
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Charlotte’s Web, one of the most iconic works in children’s fiction, is getting a new audiobook! Each beloved character is voiced by a different actor, but perhaps even more exciting than this is the fact that the role of narrator is read by Meryl Streep.
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Streep is one of the Hollywood’s most revered actresses. Over the course of her career she has been nominated for 21 academy awards, has played titular characters in iconic films like The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia, and has spent the past two years starring in HBO’s Big Little Lies.
Streep certainly doesn’t need the extra work (especially so soon after the premiere of Netflix’s The Laundromat, which has already received 8 award nominations), but we should all be grateful that she decided to put in for the time.
Streep in the late 70’s/Image via Vulture
On top of the privilege of getting to hear Streep’s iconically dulcet tones read one of your favorite childhood stories, this new audiobook will also feature an appreciation written and read by Melissa Sweet. Sweet, a Caldecott Honor winner, is the author and illustrator behind works like A River of Words and You Nest Here With Me.
Plus, fans of the original story can look forward to having their favorite characters brought to life by a full cast. The roles of Charlotte and Wilbur will be played by voice actors January LaVoy and Kirby Heyborne, respectively.
This new audio rendition of Charlotte’s Web will be available for listening this Tuesday, though it’s available for preorder now!
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