Red, White & New
We’ve got America on our mind. Here are a few films and tomes we’re looking forward to this summer.
EDITED BY DARREN ELMS
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
By David McCullough | Simon & Schuster | 192 pages
Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough spoke before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.
An atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola, the film unfolds during the Civil War at a Southern girls’ boarding school after its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. In theatres July 23.
JFK: A Vision for America
By Stephen Kennedy Smith and David Brinkley | HarperCollins Publishers | 496 pages
Published in commemoration of the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, this is the definitive compendium of JFK’s most important and brilliant speeches, accompanied by commentary and reflections by leading American and international figures—including Senator Elizabeth Warren, David McCullough, Kofi Annan and the Dalai Lama—and edited by JFK’s nephew Stephen Kennedy Smith and renowned historian Douglas Brinkley. Combined with more than 700 documentary photos, it tells the story—in words and pictures—of JFK’s life and presidency, and depicts his vision for America.
The long-awaited cinematic take on the comic world’s most famous heroine arrives with Gal Gadot taking the reins of the magic lasso. When a pilot crashes and relays conflict in the outside world, Diana, princess of the Amazons, leaves home to fight a war to end all wars—discovering her full powers and true destiny. In theatres June 2.
By Nathan Hill | Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | 752 pages
It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: She’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.