Books and Movies

I read a lot of books, but I watch tons of movies. Four or five a week. I love stories in any form and they feed my creative well. John and I rarely actually go to the movies, but we rent from Netflix on a constant basis. Love those little red envelopes! We like classics as well as new releases and everything in between, as you’ll see. I’m no reviewer, but thought I’d keep track of what we’re watching – and what I’m reading – here on my blog. Feel free to join in with your own reading and watching experiences. By the way, I plan to use my own personal “Lighthouse” system to rate books and movies. Five lighthouses–best imaginable. A BEAUTIFUL MIND is a five lighthouse movie for me. THE RED TENT is a five lighthouse book.


  1. Gloria Bernal - California on July 8, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    Diane, do you have a blog somewhere about what you thought of The Glass Castle, the memoir by Jeanette Walls? I read somewhere on your site that your readers group was doing it so I bought it and am finding it intriguing… the character study. It is amazing to me that these parents of her were so intelligent and yet ended up in the streets. I haven’t finished it yet, but am enjoying the writing. I may not have stumbled across this book if it wasn’t for your site, thanks.

  2. Diane Chamberlain on July 8, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Gloria, if you go to my former blog (the link is beneath my pic above) and look at December 2005, you’ll see my brief critique of that amazing book.

  3. Brenda on July 21, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Just read BAY AT MIDNIGHT again–read it again…wow….
    I believe instead of medication–we just need to take a D.C. book, sit down with a good cool drink (Diet Coke), a snack–and visit with her characters…ready to go again…

  4. Brenda on July 21, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    P.S.-sometimes for those of us with diseases—and night sweats-only medication works-but D. is a close second. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. Brenda on July 21, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    THE GLASS CASTLE: What got me was that this WOMAN saw her mother in a dumpster and passed her by-I am sorry but I can’t get that….
    Also-how did these people escape the authorities without losing their children?
    I too have grown up in WV (between Charleston and Huntington) and although it took me 35 years plus to COME HOME–I do know that authorities-even BACK THEN were pretty picky…Something isn’t right there—I admire this writer and what she has accomplished after such a life…

  6. Brenda on July 21, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    P.S> I read many memoirs…many…and write them…this one-THE GLASS CASTLE is one that I can’t get out of my head.
    James Frey-well we know what happened there…
    The trilogy about the little boy who was abused-those are unbelievable but true…A CHILD CALLED IT…whew…
    Aren’t we frightened that in this country (where we should feel safe) that children are growing up in these types of homes???What has happened to us?

  7. Diane Chamberlain on July 21, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Brenda, I’ve met and spoken with Jennifer Walls who wrote–and lived–THE GLASS CASTLE, and i definitely believe her tale. These kids, like most, didn’t want to be taken away from their family and did what they could to prevent that from happening. But what a horrendous–and heroic–life she had.
    I think it was brave of her to open the book with the scene of passing her mother on the street and not stopping to talk with her. (I don’t say “stop to help her,” because it’s very clear her mother did not want help.) It was an indication of how she was trying to hide from her past, and hide her past from everyone else, and it was one of the things that probably made her wake up, prompting her to examine and write her story.

  8. brenda on August 11, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    I also love BEAUTIFUL MIND and many others but my two favorites will remain…
    LITTLE WOMEN (Old and newer version)
    Grease I
    Anything old with Audrey Hepburn
    Classic musicals…Singin’ In the RAIN
    and my total all time favorite holiday movie WHITE CHRISTMAS

  9. diane on August 11, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    We just watched the old Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn. That teeny waist! And she was so good in everything she did.

  10. Kitty Palazzo on April 19, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Any chance the lighthouse trilogy might become a movie? I’d sure like to see that happen!

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