Meg Wolitzer's novel is about lifelong friendship tinged with jealousy. It begins at a summer camp in 1974 and follows a group of friends through middle age. Wolitzer says her teen years were a rehearsal for her adult life and that today she is "different" but "in the same shell."
Five old high school friends reunite to finish a pub crawl they started 20 years earlier in the latest from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright — the creators of the zombie send-up Shaun of the Dead and action comedy Hot Fuzz.
Allison Pearson follows up her 2002 best-seller, I Don't Know How She Does It, with I Think I Love You, a novel about a teenage girl's obsession with teen star David Cassidy. The book wasn't hard for Pearson to write. When she was growing up, she was madly in love with Cassidy too.
Andrew Stanton co-wrote and directed the Pixar animated film Wall-E. He also wrote and directed Finding Nemo, which was awarded an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2004, and co-wrote Monsters Inc., Toy Story and A Bugs Life. He joined Pixar in 1990 and was the company's second animator and ninth employee.
The man behind Nemo and Wall-E has warmed hearts with his unlikely heroes — a clownfish? A sentient trash compactor? He tells Terry Gross about finding inspiration in unlikely places, and in everyday objects.
Pickett's novel Sideways has been made into a critically acclaimed film starring Thomas Paul Giamatti and Haden Church (left). It's about two ex-college roommates, now middle-aged, who set off on a week's trip through California wine country.
She wrote and directed the film Lost in Translation. It's up for four Academy awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. The film stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannsen as two Americans visiting Tokyo. Sofia Coppola is the daughter of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.