On Sale: May 04, 2021

Films of Endearment (Hardcover)

  • by Michael Koresky

Synopsis

A USA TODAY Best Book of 2021

“A lovely and loving book.”—Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club


"I'm not sure I have ever read a book about movies that is as tender and open-hearted as Films of Endearment."—Mark Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Mike Nichols: A Life
 
A poignant memoir of family, grief and resilience about a young man, his dynamic mother and the '80s movies they shared together
 
Michael Koresky's most formative memories were simple ones. A movie rental. A mug of tea. And a few shared hours with his mother. Years later and now a successful film critic, Koresky set out on a journey with his mother to discover more about their shared cinematic past. They rewatched ten films that she first introduced to him as a child, one from every year of the '80s, each featuring women leads.

Together, films as divergent as 9 to 5, Terms of Endearment, The Color Purple and Aliens form the story of an era that Koresky argues should rightly be called "The Decade of the Actress."

Films of Endearment is a reappraisal of the most important and popular female-driven films of that time, a profound meditation on loss and resilience, and a celebration of the special bond between mothers and their sons.