Based on H.G. Wells’ classic novel of the same name,The Invisible Man was a horror film released in the 1930’s about a scientist who decides to make himself invisible but goes crazy after he succeeds, resulting in a reign of terror. The film is now a part of the Universal Classic Monsters series along withFrankenstein, The Wolfman, andDracula.
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A remake of the film had been planned to be a part of Universal’s “Dark Universe,” which would tie in all of their monster characters into a shared universe, with Johnny Depp as the title character. But after the first film in the series, 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, was a financial failure, the plans for an interconnected universe were scrapped. Two years later, a stand-alone remake without Depp was in the works, and now we have a trailer.
Starring Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), this modern day version of The Invisible Man sees Moss’ character Cecilia trying to rebuild her life after her abusive ex-boyfriend, Adrian, commits suicide. Soon after, she experiences strange happenings and believes she is being haunted by her ex in an invisible form, questioning her sanity along the way.
Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high-quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks center around the theme of current best-sellers, showcasing what nonfiction books are the biggest hits with audiences! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!
5. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman
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The Good Immigrantis an anthology of stories reflecting on the current state of immigrants and their relationship to America. The United States is consumed by hostile rhetoric over who is welcome across its borders and it seems that everyone’s rights are under attack. In this anthology, numerous writers offer stories about their cultural heritage and their complicated stories in the midst of this crisis. From analyzing cultural appropriation, to a detailing one author’s journey from Nigeria to America, and another author reconnecting with their Korean roots, these stories are emotional, tear jerking, but mandatory for anyone to read in this age.
4. The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’meara
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The Lady From the Black Lagoonby Mallory O’Meara examines the forgotten history of one of Hollywood’s best talents, a woman who was discriminated against and lost to history despite creating one of the most iconic monsters of all time. This is the story of Milicent Patrick, who was one of Disney’s first female animators and created The Creature From the Black Lagoon, a monster that became a staple of Universal’s library of nasties next to Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman. O’Meara sheds light on the history of Milicent Patrick, uncovering her early beginnings to her career in Hollywood, giving the woman the legacy she’s deserved for years.
3. The Sakura obsession by Naoko Abe
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The Sakura Obsessionby Naoko Abe tells the true story of how an English eccentric saved Japan’s cherry blossoms from extinction. Collingwood Ingram visited Japan numerous times in the early 1900s, but by 1926 he was horrified to find the flowers were in sharp decline. Determined not to lose them, Ingram’s story chronicles how he used specimens he had taken to England and ferried them back to Japan, reintroducing them to the land and allowing them to flourish. A history of both cherry blossoms and a crazy English man with one hell of an obsession, this work is for any flower or history lover out there.
2. Surviving the Forestby Adiva Geffen
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Surviving the Forest tells the true tale of a Jewish holocaust survivor from WWII, known as Shurka, who lived a quiet, lovely existence in Poland. But then, World War II broke out and the Germans invaded Shurka’s hometown. She was taken to a Jewish ghetto, where the Nazis were taking Jews to concentration camps, never to be seen again. Managing to escape the camp with her family, Shurka ends up in the dark forest wilderness of Poland. This is her story of survival, avoiding not only German patrols but the world around her, from wild animals, to natural hazards, to starvation. This is a remarkable work that isn’t easy to read but showcases one woman’s tenacity for survival in the darkest of circumstances.
1. Furious Hours by Casey Cep
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Furious Hoursby Casey Cep uncovers the mystery surrounding beloved writer Harper Lee and the events that led to her beginning to write a true crime book in the vein of her childhood friend Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. A reverend named Willie Maxwell was acquitted for the murder of a family of five before being shot dead himself. Harper Lee in later years was trying to write another book and chose the reverend as the central character of a nonfiction book about the murders. The case is told in three sections, the first part about Maxwell, the second about his lawyer that helped him avoid justice, and the third about Harper Lee herself trying to write about his case. This book not only offers research into a murder mystery but paints an evocative portrait of Lee herself, chronicling her life, her success, and her slow decline as she struggled with fame. This is a wonderfully researched work, full of brilliant detail that doesn’t leave a stone unturned.