Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. September 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie, or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library is here to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This September

Book cover for Bel Canto: A Novel
Bel Canto: A Novel
Patchett, Ann.

At the behest of the vice-president of a South American country, Roxane Coss, a famous American soprano, performs at a party honoring Japanese businessman Katsumi Hosokawa. But before her performance ends, a terrorist group breaks into the house, taking all of the guests hostage. Over the course of their months held captive, Coss, Hosokawa and the other hostages form intense and significant relationships which will be tested as their time together reaches its conclusion.

Book cover for The Children Act: A Novel
The Children Act: A Novel
McEwan, Ian,

Fiona Maye is a renowned High Court judge specializing in family law in London whose dedication to her work has taken a toll on her marriage. When her husband asks permission to have an affair, she throws herself into her latest emergency case. Adam, a 17 year old with leukemia, is refusing medical treatment on religious grounds. Fiona meets Adam at the hospital to assess his ability to make such a significant and irrevocable decision. It is an encounter that will have lasting consequences for both them both.

Book cover for A Simple Favor: A Novel
A Simple Favor: A Novel
Bell, Darcey,

What happened to Emily? When Stephanie’s best friend Emily asked her to pick up her son after school, Stephanie thought nothing of it. But as afternoon turned to evening and her calls and texts went unanswered, Stephanie began to worry. When Emily’s body was discovered, the mystery of her disappearance only deepened. A psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Book cover for Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Hillenbrand, Laura.

The continuation of the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was an Olympic athlete and WWII airman who survived a plane crash into the Pacific and internment in a Japanese prison camp. The first film adaptation of Hillenbrand’s popular nonfiction book ended with Zamperini’s return home. This film resumes his inspiring story.

Book cover for The House With a Clock in its Walls
The House With a Clock in its Walls
Bellairs, John.

After his parents are tragically killed in a car crash, Lewis Barnavelt is sent to live with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan in his mysterious, clock filled mansion. There, he meets his uncle’s best friend, Mrs. Zimmerman, and finds there’s more to New Zebedee, Michigan, than meets the eye. Discovering magic is real, is thrilling, but when Lewis tries his hand at it, things get a bit out of control.

Book cover for London Fields
London Fields
Amis, Martin,

A murder mystery in which we’re given the who, what, why and how within the first chapter. Or are we? In a bleak and dreary 1999 London, Samson Young, an American writer suffering from writer’s block, meets a cast of characters headed towards self destruction. When one of them, beautiful and enigmatic Nicola Six, predicts her own murder, Samson hopes he can parlay the eventual crime into literary success.

Book cover for Little Women
Little Women
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.

The beloved tale of the March sisters as they grow from childhood to adulthood gets a new modern day adaptation. Follow strong willed Jo, compassionate Beth, artistic Amy and romantic Meg as they learn the meaning of family and true wealth while discovering lives of their own.