Here’s an early Black Friday deal for big James Bond fans! From the editors of LIFE magazine comes a book detailing the 50-year history of one of the most famous movie spies of all time: Bond, James Bond.
It’s been fifty years since Sean Connery took the role from Ian Fleming’s books to the big screen. Just last year, the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, was released, starring Daniel Craig as Bond. This commemorative book details the history of the movies, including reminiscences by the stars, photos from LIFE photo shoots, artifacts, spoofs, and trivia.
And just in time for the holiday, the book is available in hardcover for half price.
Get LIFE 50 Years of James Bond in hardcover for $13.97.
Leave it to the stars of yesteryear to jump at the chance to write a memoir. Jason Priestly, of Beverly Hills, 90210, is the latest actor to jump on the bandwagon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Priestly, who played Brandon Walsh on the beloved hit series (which ran for 10 years, from 1990 to 2000), agreed to a multiple six-figure advance with HarperCollins to write the still untitled memoir. The book will include details about his struggles with alcohol — including a drunken driving charge from 1998 — and his tumultuous relationship with 90210 creator Aaron Spelling.
The memoir is expected to be released in spring 2014.
It’s a Russian love story classic. So it’s only natural that it would be converted into a movie. The surprise here is that it’s taken moviemakers this long to finally getting around to putting Anna Karenina on the big screen. But alas, it has arrived, and now there’s talk of the movie winning Oscar gold. Combine Keira Knightley, a movie based on a book, and a period piece into one movie, and Oscar gold is inevitable.
Now’s your chance to read Leo Tolstoy’s book about 19th-century doomed love with a movie tie-in, to boot.
Get it now in paperback for only $8.98, down from $12.95.
Or get it on your Kindle for just $7.99.
It’s one of the most popular television series right now. But a lot of Downton Abbey‘s following started late. Now’s your chance to catch up — and with good deals to boot! Thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are a number of deals on Downton Abbey-related books.
This Downton Abbey Script Book is your best bet for catching up on Season 1 of the show. Included are all of the scripts from the first season, as well as commentary, color photos and never-before-seen material. It’s not available until December 26th — unfortunately the day after Christmas.
But now you can pre-order the book in paperback for just $13.59, down from $19.99.
If you want Downton Abbey goods now and don’t want to wait until December, you can also get The World of Downton Abbey in hardcover for $18.27, down from $29.99.
This book includes behind-the-scenes production research on the setting in which Downton Abbey takes place. It’s also available on your Kindle for $12.99.
It’s a big bestseller that, in the two months since its release, has had its fair share of problems and glitches. Regardless, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has found success with The Casual Vacancy, her first non-children’s book.
The novel tells the story of a man who dies in a small English town, and his death raises questions about who he really was and who’s going to fill his spot on the town council? A black comedy, Rowling’s first adult novel may not be getting the best reviews, but it is getting people to talk….and read.
Now you can get The Casual Vacancy in hardcover for just $20, down from $35.
Or get it on your Kindle for $14.99.
After reading a whole bunch of modern and recent bestsellers, it’s always nice to come back to a classic. Recently, I read The Age of Innocence and Wuthering Heights. Now I’m re-reading The Great Gatsby, in preparation for the new Baz Luhrmann movie coming out this fall. But now there’s a book that has the backstories of all your favorite classics. Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway: Stories of the Inspiration Behind Great Works of Literature offers the inspiration behind fifty classic books, including Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, The Bell Jar and even Winnie-the-Pooh.
Some examples are listed in Amazon’s description of the book.
Gabriel García Márquez was driving to Acapulco with his family when he slammed on the brakes, turned the car around, and insisted they abandon their trip so he could return home to write. He had good reason to cut the trip short-a childhood memory of touching ice had suddenly sparked the first line to a novel that would become his most famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
C. S. Lewis, on the other hand, spent decades pondering the scene that inspired The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When Lewis was sixteen, he had a peculiar daydream: a faun carried a bundle of parcels and an umbrella through snow-covered woods. Lewis was almost forty when he decided to write a novel that grew around the vision.
If you’re a lover of literature — like I am — this book sounds awesome.
And now it’s available in hardcover for only $7.20.
And on your Kindle for $10.99.
Jonathan Safran Foer is widely known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was made into a movie last year. I read Extremely Loud and didn’t enjoy it very much. When I dislike a big bestseller, I tend to do a lot of research to find out why people liked it. In my findings, I learned that many critics liked Extremely Loud, but still felt that Safran Foer’s first novel Everything Is Illuminated was better.
Everything Is Illuminated tells the story of a young man who sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from Nazis. Like Extremely Loud, Everything was also turned into movie, starring Elijah Wood.
Now the bestselling novel is available for only $8.53 on your Kindle.
It’s also available in paperback for $10.87.