If you listen to NPR, you may have already heard about this week's based on the book. The film Precious by Lee Daniels has been creating quite a buzz. It is based on the book Push by author and poet Sapphire and is about an obese and illiterate black teenage girl who is pregnant for the second time with her father's child and is badly abused by her mother. Though the topic of the story is grim, the book is written in wonderfully crafted prose. I read the book a few years back, having picked it up in the poetry section of one of my favorite used books stores, A Novel Idea in Lincoln. I loved it so much, I gave it to a friend for Christmas.