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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. October 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 October


Hansen, James R.

Though famous worldwide, very little has been written on the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong beside those famous first steps on the moon. But author James Hansen managed to get unprecedented access to the private papers and personal acquaintances of this notoriously reserved man. His book, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, is the only authorized biography of this American icon.


Though famous worldwide, very little has been written on the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong besides those famous first steps on the moon. But author James Hansen managed to get unprecedented access to the private papers and personal acquaintances of this notoriously reserved man. His book, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, is the only authorized biography of this American icon.


Based on a pair of memoirs by a father and son, this film looks at the trials of a family coping with addiction. In Tweak, Nic Sheff discusses how one dangerous drug encounter showed him just how uncontrollable his addiction had become. But even with this realization, Nic relapsed back into drug use multiple times. In this memoir he writes honestly and painfully about his road to recovery. In his father’s memoir, Beautiful Boy, we get the other side of this sad tale. David Sheff watched his son transform from a happy, outgoing honors student into a stranger who lied and stole from his own family. David’s sense of powerlessness and his desperate desire to save his son steered him towards therapy, Al-Anon meetings and, finally, to writing about the traumatic experience of trying to save a loved one from a life of addiction.


Based on the perennially favorite series, Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, this film is an original story and not a sequel to the 2015 film.


Starr Carter lives a double life—as one of the only African American students are her elite prep school and as a resident of Garden Heights, a poor African American neighborhood. When her childhood friend, Khalil, is shot and killed by police right next to her, Starr wants to remain anonymous to protect herself while also wanting to protest the injustice. As Khalil’s death makes headlines, Starr’s two worlds are pushed even further apart.


Israel, Lee

Popular memoirist Lee Israel shocked the world when her secret life as the forger of hundreds of letters by celebrities came to light. Though she had been successful as a celebrity biographer, by the early 1990’s she was in dire straits. Utilizing her impressive skills as a researcher and her old connections to celebrities, she began a massive autograph and letter forgery business out of a phone booth in Greenwich Village. And it worked until the FBI caught on.


Popular memoirist Lee Israel shocked the world when her secret life as the forger of hundreds of letters by celebrities came to light. Though she had been successful as a celebrity biographer, by the early 1990’s she was in dire straits. Utilizing her impressive skills as a researcher and her old connections to celebrities, she began a massive autograph and letter forgery business out of a phone booth in Greenwich Village. And it worked, until the FBI caught on.


Pizzolatto, Nic, 1975-

Roy Cady is having a bad day. A diagnosis of a terminal illness and an attempted hit on his life by his boss’ crew has him wanting to flee town. After overpowering the men set out to kill him, he finds a woman hiding in the apartment and decides to take her with him as he attempts to make his way out of New Orleans and back to his hometown of Galveston, Texas.


Wallace, George, 1950-

While secretly observing a new Russian submarine, an American nuclear sub hears clear sounds of distress and witnesses the Russian ship sinking fast. Their decision to dive after the damaged ship to save the men on board proves unsound and soon both ships are in danger. When their countries are forced to acknowledge the existence of these stealth submarines in order to save them, dramatic tensions arise and threaten to set off WWIII. But it may turn out this incident was no accident.

Ajvide Lindqvist, John

Tina is a preternaturally talented customs agent. Her ability to tell when someone is lying or hiding something has made her a bit of a star in the customs world. So when the man who just walked through the nothing to declare line sets off her senses, she does a thorough search. Only to find nothing. But she cannot shake the feeling that something is off about this man. Soon, she begins to feel a kinship with this mysterious stranger and does her best to uncover his secret. But what she finds will draw her entire life into question. Based on the short story of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his collection Let the Old Dreams Die, this tale is definitely not what you expect.


Tina is a preternaturally talented customs agent. Her ability to tell when someone is lying or hiding something has made her a bit of a star in the customs world. So when the man who just walked through the nothing to declare line sets off her senses, she does a thorough search. Only to find nothing. But she cannot shake the feeling that something is off about this man. Soon, she begins to feel a kinship with this mysterious stranger and does her best to uncover his secret. But what she finds will draw her entire life into question. Based on the short story of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his collection Let the Old Dreams Die, this tale is definitely not what you expect.


 

 

 

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