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Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films and their adapted books

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 screens big and small and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This July

Book cover of American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Bird, Kai

Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s American Prometheus is the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb. From his early life to his pivotal role in the creation of the nuclear atom bomb and his concerns over its use, American Prometheus is a deeply researched look at the man behind the Manhattan Project. Titled Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s cinematic adaptation will hit the big screen on July 21.

Book cover of Happiness for beginners
Happiness for Beginners
Center, Katherine

When a newly divorced woman is convinced to sign up for a wilderness survival course, everything goes wrong. There’s the unexpected blizzard, the painful blisters, and the annoying, and annoyingly attractive, boy. Katherine Center’s Happiness for Beginners is a heartwarming tale of finding one’s strength in the hardest of times. Starring Ellie Kemper, the Netflix adaptation will premiere on July 27.

[No trailer for this film at the time of publication.]

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Empanada loca
Mark, Aaron

Aaron Mark’s play Empanada Loca, inspired by the tale of Sweeney Todd, is one woman’s story of unjust imprisonment, sketchy employment, and the truth behind what goes into the food at a local empanada shop that led her to flee to an abandoned subway tunnel. The Amazon series adaptation, titled The Horror of Dolores Roach, will star Justina Machado and premiere on July 7.