The Hot List

February 21, 2012

By Sampurna Basu

By Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Book: ‘Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am’ by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis’ unique interpretation of the aftereffects of modern warfare is explored in their new book, “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am.” The relatively short novel captures author Mazer’s own military experiences. The book explores protagonist Ben Bright’s life from the end of high school to his life as an injured veteran who served in Iraq. The book explores the strains on his relationships with family, friends and professional superiors, as well as the overall hardship that comes with being a veteran. The book is a prime representation of the power of honesty and hope.

Movie: ‘The Vow’

Director Michael Sucsy’s “The Vow” finally premiered this month after much anticipation. The romantic drama is about a newlywed couple that recovers from a severe car accident, which puts the wife in a coma. After she wakes up with memory loss, her husband attempts to win her heart a second time. Based on a true story, the movie stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, who bring a charming addition to the Valentine mood.

Music: “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” by Whitney Houston

Although certainly not recent, “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” is a must hear. The album, first released in 2000, is a compilation of American singer-songwriter Whitney Houston, who recently passed away. Songs include Whitney’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 25th Super Bowl and other famous Whitney pieces. Right now, the album is the second most popular on iTunes. Listen to this album in honor of Whitney Houston.

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