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Luca D’Andrea’s literary debut, “Beneath the Mountain,” is a page-turning marvel!

A new year. A new year filled with great must-read, must-own books.

We’ll start with Beneath the Mountain (Harper, $16.99), a propulsive, psychological thriller that’s perfect to read by the fire with a glass of red wine. The book is the completely engrossing and deeply atmospheric debut from Luca D’Andrea . . .  an exhilarating story of dangerous obsessions, writerly ambitions and small-town secrets, set against an eerie Italian landscape. 

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We refuse to give away too much of the brilliant plot. But we will tell you this: New York City native Jeremiah Salinger is one half of a hot-shot documentary team when, fresh off the success of the most recent season of his hit reality show, he leaves that life behind to move with his family to the remote Italian village where his wife grew up. Nestled in the Dolomites, the small town of Siebenhoch is part of the Alto Adige, a breathtaking region with a lingering Austrian identity, an ancient dialect and a clear distaste for outsiders. Seeking inspiration, he wanders the streets only to overhear a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985, three students were brutally murdered but their killer was never found.  Salinger is sure this horrific crime has the makings of a great story and immerses himself in the case that has haunted a community for decades. Little does he know, the secrets he uncovers may threaten his sanity . . . 

Critics and readers are drawing worthy comparisons to Stephen King’s classic horror novels and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series,. Yep. It’s true. Yet it’s all itself, a  this page-turner will transport you to the snowy Italian mountains and leave you breathless with its quiet power.

Stephen King, James Franco and a dead Kennedy make for riveting TV

It’s a question most people can readily answer: Where were you when JFK was shot? And almost everyone remembers Walter Cronkite wiping away tears while reporting the tragic news.

Imagine having the power to change history. Willing? Then journey back to 11.22.63.  The Hulu original series stars James Franco as Jake Epping, a high-school teacher at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. Encouraged by his ailing friend (the wonderful, but aging Chris Cooper), Jake journeys back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The story transports audiences into the world of ’60s Texas as Jake explores the multiple mysteries surrounding the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber).

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Lee Harvey Oswald, recreated by the brilliant Daniel Webber

But Jake’s mission faces threats not only from Oswald, but from Sadie (Sarah Gadon), a beautiful librarian he falls in love with, and from the past itself . . . which doesn’t want to be changed. And if the Past doesn’t want to be changed, it will push back­ often violently. With something for everyone, this edge-of-your seat mystery offers an epic and emotional thrill ride as viewers hurtle deep into the unpredictable darkness of the American dream.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of 11.22.63 is on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.  Executive Produced by Emmy winner J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Kevin Macdonald, the event series includes all 8 episodes as well as a brand new featurette. The series is based upon the New York Times best-selling 2011 novel written by King.