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And the Oscar Goes to...Books!
Did you know that six out of the eight films nominated for this year's Oscar for Best Movie were based on books? Only two of the nominees were not book adaptations, including the eventual winner, Spotlight.

The Revenant by Michael Punke, The Martian by Andy Weir, Carol by Patrician Highsmith, The Big Short by Michael Lewis, Room by Emma Donoghue and Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín - were all up for honors this year. We've been talking about The Revenant and The Martian for some time, and we promise not to do it yet again (but they're great right?), so let's focus on the other four.

by Patricia Highsmith
W. W. Norton & Company, $14.95

Originally published in 1952 under the title The Price of Salt, Carol tells the story of Therese, a department store clerk whose life is transformed when she falls in love with Carol Aird, an affluent customer, who is married, with a daughter. They become obsessed with one another and attempt to escape condemnation by running away, embarking on a journey across America. The story is based on a real-life episode in the life of author, Patricia Highsmith, who is not often read nowadays, but whose stories are still full of power and impact. An important and fascinating novel.

by Colm Tóibín
Scribner Book Company, $15.00

This is the story of Eilis Lacey, who is given the opportunity to escape small-town Ireland in the harsh, deprived years after the Second World War. She leaves her mother and sister behind to undertake the difficult voyage and the challenge of settling alone in a new country. She finds work in a department store and falls in love with Tony. But just as Eilis begins to embrace her new life, shocking news from Ireland forces her return, and she finds herself torn between two worlds. A wonderful book from the ever-reliable Tóibín.

by Emma Donoghue
Little Brown and Company, $16.99

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. . . .it's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, Ma shuts him in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. And how will they cope when they leave?

The Big Short
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis
W. W. Norton & Company, $15.95

The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else. When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in late 2008, it was already old. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread. Brimming with indignation and dark humor, this is a great read for anyone looking for the story behind the crash.

For further evidence of the book world's domination of the Oscars, consider that nine of the ten actors nominated for the Best Actor and Actress awards were interpreting characters from  books, including Leonardo DiCaprio who finally won his first Oscar for Hugh Glass from The Revenant. Find out more about this year's literary Oscars contenders, in   this article from Publishers Weekly.

Meet our Fairy Goodreader!
Tuesday Storytime has a new face! Meet Judy, our Fairy Goodreader. She'll be reading to our preschoolers every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. She already has a list of fabulous picture books to share with you and will feature a new topic every week. Future Storytimes will feature: the sky, fairies and leprechauns (for St. Patrick's day, of course) and the beginning of Spring.

And look out for Judy's hats - she has a wide range of cool and quirky headwear to match her reading topics!
Something a Little Different

Sue and Dubarry
As you can see, we were completely charmed when Bookies' staff member, Marianne, brought her service pup-in-training, Dubarry, to visit the store. We're dog lovers as well as book lovers! Although, some well-chewed books on our home bookshelves show that not every pup appreciates literature in the same way we do. Learn more about Canines Companions for Independence here.

Are you a grandparent living in Colorado? Then this new Colorado Grandparent website is for you! The website's main purpose is to let grandparents know about activities and events that they might like to take part in with their grandchildren. It will also have information and advice on other topics, such as finance, health and travel - all tailored toward grandparents. 

We think this article about books for girls who aren't into dresses and makeup, is pretty awesome - Girls Beyond Eyelashes and Bows! There are four great books suggested in the main article and more in the comments. We have our own suggestions - just ask when you are in the store - and see the latest Princess in Black book below!  

Finally, we never went away, but we're so glad to see that The New York Times has declared that Indie Bookstores are Back!
Sue Lubeck
New Children's Books From Series We Love

by Laura Wall
HarperCollins, $12.99

Join Sophie and Goose in an all-new adventure. Sophie and Goose are best friends. But Sophie is worried Goose gets lonely while she's at school. What if Sophie found Goose another friend to play with? The two take a trip to the zoo to meet new friends. But wait! What's all that noise? SQUAWK GRRRR SQUEAK! Young readers will laugh along as Sophie and Goose have a blast at the zoo.

by Lincoln Peirce
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, $13.99

In the eighth novel in The New York Times bestselling series, Big Nate is blasting off! Nate has a crush on Ruby. But after his scrap with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the Weekly Bugle, he's got a problem WAY worse than detention! Can Nate bounce back? And will the annual Mud Bowl be a blast, or a bust?

What This Story Needs is a Hush and a Shush
What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a Shush
by Emma J. Virjan
HarperCollins, $9.99

What this bedtime needs is a pig in a wig brushing her teeth, combing her hair, and getting ready for bed with her pink teddy bear. But with a honk, a quack, a moo, and more, it turns out that what this bedtime really needs is a quieter place to sleep. Join Pig in another fun read-aloud adventure on the farm and find out if she'll ever catch some zzzs!

Uranus and the Bubble of Trouble
by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
After an encounter with Uranus, God of the Sky (and father of the Titans), the Olympians find themselves in the middle of a battle between two Titans. On Cronus's orders, Titan Oceanus dives into the sea to turn even stormier. Just when it looks like the Olympians are done for, Zeus throws his thunderbolt and starts a huge Titan battle in the sky. As broken stars and hunks of clouds crash into the sea around the Olympians' ship, they are shipwrecked. And as Uranus's stars fall in the ocean, the huge splash makes a wave of bubbles that heads for the shore of the island where the Olympians are trapped. Zeus has a feeling those bubbles mean trouble.

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde