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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. August 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. This month there are a whopping 11 books to movies, so set aside plenty of time to read and watch your way through August!


Coming This August


American Rachel Wu is excited to join her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, on his summer trip back to Singapore to see his family. Once there, she is surprised to find out that not only is his family exceedingly rich, but he is the country’s most sought-after bachelor. Instead of a relaxing vacation, Rachel finds herself navigating the ins and outs of upper-crust Singapore society and Nick’s suspicious family. This is the first in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan.


In 1956, Jonas Taylor was conducting a deep sea dive in the Mariana Trench on a top-secret mission for the Navy when he watched his colleague be eaten by a shark. Not just any shark, a megalodon, the largest shark species ever known and one thought to be extinct since the time of the dinosaurs. When he escaped to the surface, no one believed him. Now, Jonas is approached with an offer to revisit the Mariana Trench again, and prove that this threat is still out there. But he finds the situation worse than before and now these ancient creatures are returning to wreak havoc on mankind.


The (possibly) true story of Henri Charrière, a man who escaped the penal colony of French Guiana after enduring innumerable hardships. This tale has everything; forced labor, daring open water escapes, treacherous quicksand, cannibalism and, possibly, a grain of truth in it all. Many contend that, although Charrière did indeed spend time in French Guiana, much of his account is greatly exaggerated. Either way, it makes for a riveting story.


After her parents are killed in a car crash, Cameron is sent to live with her conservative aunt and grandmother in Montana. Though she desperately tries to suppress her burgeoning sexuality and remain invisible in this traditional community, she finds beautiful Coley Taylor impossible to ignore. When Cameron and Coley strike up a relationship, her aunt sends her away to God’s Promise, a gay re-education camp. There, Cameron must defy the camp counselors and her loved ones in order to remain true to herself.


Stallworth, Ron

Ron Stallworth, the first African American officer on the Colorado Springs Police Force, answered an ad for the Ku Klux Klan in his local paper. He hoped to be added to a mailing list and have a chance to keep an eye on the local chapter of this terrorist group. Instead, he received a phone call and an invitation to be more personally involved. He recruited his white partner to pose as him for meetings and struck up phone contact with none other than David Duke himself. Stallworth’s several months-long undercover investigations exposed Klan members in the military, prevented cross burnings, and gave the police an in-depth understanding of the workings of this secretive organization.


Ron Stallworth, the first African American officer on the Colorado Springs Police Force, answered an ad for the Ku Klux Klan in his local paper. He hoped to be added to a mailing list and have a chance to keep an eye on the local chapter of this terrorist group. Instead, he received a phone call and an invitation to be more personally involved. He recruited his white partner to pose as him for meetings and struck up phone contact with none other than David Duke himself. Stallworth’s several months-long undercover investigations exposed Klan members in the military prevented cross burnings and gave the police an in-depth understanding of the workings of this secretive organization.


The story of a boy, a girl, and a reclusive singer. When Duncan’s girlfriend, Annie, dares to publicly criticize the latest album of Duncan’s absolute favorite singer, Tucker Crowe, she unleashes a chain of events that will change all of their lives.


Duncan, Lois, 1934-

When her mother remarries, Kit finds herself shuffled off to Madame Duret’s Blackwood Boarding School. From the beginning, something feels wrong about the remote and imposing mansion, something sentient and malevolent. Soon, Kit and the other students find themselves displaying skills they never had before. While these miraculous talents seem fun at first, things soon take a turn for the worse and Kit must find a way out while she still can.


Wolitzer, Meg

On a flight to Helsinki to support her husband as he receives a distinguished international literary award, Joan Castleman realizes her marriage is over. Having spent 40 years nurturing his career, Joan’s desire to pursue her own writing, and her own life, becomes undeniable. As she spends the plane trip remembering their life together, the true extent of her sacrifices becomes all the more apparent.


On a flight to Helsinki to support her husband as he receives a distinguished international literary award, Joan Castleman realizes her marriage is over. Having spent 40 years nurturing his career, Joan’s desire to pursue her own writing, and her own life, becomes undeniable. As she spends the plane trip remembering their life together, the true extent of her sacrifices becomes all the more apparent.


Fitzgerald, Penelope.

Florence Green has opened a bookstore in Hardborough. A small, quaint store that hopes to brighten the lives of her customers and, perhaps, turn a small profit. But when she manages to do well, her success disturbs the other local business owners, setting off a series of unfortunate events that may not all be accidental.


Waters, Sarah, 1966-

Hundreds Hall, which has housed the Ayres family for over two hundred years, has seen better days. When Faraday, the local country doctor, visits to tend to the Ayreses maid, he befriends the family and tries to help them out of their financial straits. But the Ayreses cannot part with their old ways and soon strange and inexplicable events begin to haunt the family. Are they going mad or is Hundreds Hall reacting to their changing circumstances?


Bracken, Alexandra.

After surviving the mysterious sickness that killed most of the children in America, Ruby is sent to live in Thurmond, a harsh government camp. There, she and the other survivors are locked away from a world afraid of them and their new abilities. But everything changed when she turned sixteen. Now, Ruby and a small group of kids are on the run, hoping to find refuge in the only safe haven left.


 

 

 

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