Most widely held works about Bob Balaban
Most widely held works by Bob Balaban
Capote ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2,160 libraries worldwide
In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, "In Cold Blood." He arranges extensive interviews with the convicted killers, especially with Perry Smith. However, his feelings of compassion for Perry conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.
No reservations ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1,420 libraries worldwide
Master chef Kate Armstrong is a perfectionist who leads a regimented life while running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant. She revels in the sense of power and control her career affords. When her sister is killed in an automobile accident, her nine-year old niece Zoe comes to live with her. Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. Nick Palmer is the newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous chef, whom Kate perceives as a serious rival. She then begins an impassioned struggle to rein in Nick's exuberance and maintain control over her kitchen staff. Even as they clash, Kate is drawn toward Nick, eventually coming to the realization that Nick offers something that she needs both in her restaurant kitchen and her new life with Zoe.
Gosford Park ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1,374 libraries worldwide
Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.
A mighty wind ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1,175 libraries worldwide
Three fictional folk groups from the 1960s reunite for a memorial concert after the death of their former manager.
Lady in the water ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,172 libraries worldwide
Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the complex swimming pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect he new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.
Ghost world ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,117 libraries worldwide
"While their classmates head for college, Enid and Rebecca focus their energies on tormenting those around them! From a goofy convenience store clerk to an eccentric art teacher, these two saboteurs wreak havoc on all who cross their paths. But when they zero in on an oddball loner looking for Miss Right, their seemingly innocent meddling threatens to shatter one of their hearts ... and their lifelong friendship!"--Container.
Waiting for Guffman ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 1,101 libraries worldwide
Corky St. Clair has created an ambitious musical celebrating his town's 150th anniversary, and dreams of making it big on Broadway.
The Majestic ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,072 libraries worldwide
Peter Appleton, a 1950s Hollywood screenwriter who is about to see his first screenplay made into a film, is mistakenly called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. As a result, the studio pulls the plans for the film. Peter then finds himself in a small California town after a car accident takes his memory. There, the townspeople believe he is local hero Luke Trimble. Peter settles into his life at the Majestic theater, as Luke Trimble, until his memory begins to resurface and govenrment men track him down.
For your consideration ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,019 libraries worldwide
No-name actors are making a low-budget period drama called "Home for Purim," when an anonymous post on the Internet suggests that one performance is Oscar-worthy. Then, two more cast members get Oscar-related press: buzz in "Variety" and appearances on TV prompt the studio executives to insist on changes in the script in anticipation of a blockbuster. Jump ahead a few months to the days before Oscar nominees are announced: just the possibility of a nomination has changed the actors' lives.
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson ( Recording )
15 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 893 libraries worldwide
A portrait of the Edwardian era recounts two parallel stories--the case of Dr. Hawley Crippen, who murdered his wife and fled to America, and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication--as the new technology is used to capture a killer.
Recount ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 874 libraries worldwide
Explores one of the most dramatic and controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in the ability to stage a fair and open election.
The Mexican ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 742 libraries worldwide
Jerry has to do one last errand for the mob before they let him find employment elsewhere--he has to go to Mexico and recover a rare and very valuable pistol "The Mexican", which is said to be cursed. While his girlfriend, Samantha, objects to Jerry taking the assignment, he isn't in much of a position to argue. Once in Mexico, Jerry finds the pistol easily enough, but making his way back to the States proves to be an unexpected challenge. Meanwhile, his mob connection hires Leroy, a hitman, to kidnap Samantha and hold her hostage until Jerry comes back.
Beware of dog by Bob Balaban ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 710 libraries worldwide
Thomas Wiggins' sweet new dog McGrowl is changed forever by the creepy Dr. Minderbinder, who transforms McGrowl into a dog with superpowers, and now Thomas and his pal must find a way to thwart the veterinarian's evil plot.
Gosford Park ( Visual )
41 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 698 libraries worldwide
Set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.
Howl ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 672 libraries worldwide
"Every word in this film was spoken by the actual people portrayed. In that sense this film is like a documentary. In every other sense, it is different"-Title screen. In 1957, in San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg has just published "Howl." This distinctive work immediately generates a great deal of controversy. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been sued on charges of obscenity, as many feel the poem is simply too explicit for publication (it contains strong language and frank references to homosexuality). When prosecutor Ralph McIntosh and defender Jake Ehrlich go head to head in front of Judge Clayton Horn, freedom of expression hangs in the balance. For the author, filled with the heady joy of poetic success, the trial demands the courage of being Allen Ginsberg--himself.
It's a dog's life by Bob Balaban ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 672 libraries worldwide
It's up to Thomas and McGrowl to use their powers of telepathy and bionic-doggie strengths to sniff out the truth about a suspicious mayoral candidate who has his eye on the quiet town of Cedar Springs.
Absence of malice ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
A businessman becomes the subject of a criminal investigation when a story about him is purposely "leaked" to an investigative reporter.
Georgia O'Keeffe ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
Follows the life of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. As their relationship suffers, Alfred takes a younger lover. Georgia's search for solace moves her west, where she finds new inspiration for her paintings, and ultimately her own voice, in the New Mexico landscape.
2010 ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and held by 568 libraries worldwide
American and Soviet astronauts go to Jupiter in an attempt to solve the puzzle of the original Discovery flight made in 2001.
Altered states ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 550 libraries worldwide
The incredible terrifying tale of a research scientist experimenting with altered states of consciousness, and the horrors he finds in secret landscapes of the mind.
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Balaban, Robert, 1945-
Balaban, Robert Elmer 1945-
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