Archive for the ‘Book to Movie’ Category

Book to Movie – Invisible Woman

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Invisible Woman (click here for Sony Classics trailer), starring Ralph Fiennes (who also directed) and Felicity Jones as Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan, opened December 25.

The film is based on the book, The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin (Find this book in our collection).

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:  “Now a major motion picture directed by Ralph Fiennes, co-starring Fiennes and Felicity Jones with Michelle Fairley, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Tom Hollander: the unforgettable story of Charles Dickens’s mistress Nelly Ternan, and of the secret relationship that linked them.

When Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857, she was 18: a professional actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep. He was 45: a literary legend, a national treasure, married with ten children. This meeting sparked a love affair that lasted over a decade, destroying Dickens’s marriage and ending with Nelly’s near-disappearance from the public record. In this remarkable work of biography, Claire Tomalin rescues Nelly from obscurity, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place in history, but also giving us a compelling and truthful account of the great Victorian novelist. Through Dickens’s diaries, correspondence, address books, and photographs, Tomalin is able to reconstruct the relationship between Charles and Nelly, bringing it to vivid life. The result is a riveting literary detective story—and a portrait of a singular woman.” – (Random House, Inc.)



Book to Movie – Lone Survivor

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Both Tina Brown and Glenn Beck called Lone Survivor, based on the 2007 bestseller by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (Find the book in our catalog) one of the best war movies ever. The promo for the movie is bringing new attention to the book.  It went back onto the 12/8/13 NYT Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers list.  The movie is due out for limited release on December 25, 2013 and general release in January 2014.

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:  “Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors. A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates’ heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.” (Little Brown & Co)


Short Story to Movie – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Planned for release on Christmas Day 2013 is Ben Stiller’s  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (see clips), adapted from James Thurber’s short story. The most famous of Thurber’s stories, it first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and was first collected in his book My World and Welcome to It. It has since been reprinted in James Thurber: Writings and Drawings, and is one of the most frequently anthologized short stories in American literature. The story is considered one of Thurber’s “acknowledged masterpieces”. It was made into a 1947 movie of the same name, with Danny Kaye in the title role, though the movie is very different from the original story.


Book to TV – Flowers in the Attic

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

V. C. Andrews’ 1979 novel, Flowers in the Attic (Find this book in our catalog) has been adapted as a Lifetime movie, to air on January 18. Ellen Burstyn is cast in the role of the evil matriarch.

Click here for trailers.

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:


“The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives — a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.

Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in their grandparents’ fancy mansion. The children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there are a few things that Momma hasn’t told them.

She hasn’t told them that their grandmother considers them “devil’s spawn” who should never have been born. She hasn’t told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn’t told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it’s only for a few days….

Then the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother, and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only strength — a love that is almost stronger than death.” (Simon and Schuster)


Book to Movie – The Book Thief

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Click here for the official international trailer that has been released for The Book Thief (official site), a Fox 2000 film based on Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel. The film, directed by Brian Percival directed and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse and Ben Schnetzer, was released domestically November 8.  The official website includes a book discussion guide.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Find this book in our catalog).  “It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.”(Random House, Inc.)




Book to Movie – 12 Years a Slave

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Indiewire reported that Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years a Slave, based on the book by Solomon Northup, took this year’s Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award. The movie, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams and Michael Fassbender, has been “drawing nothing short of rave reviews.” Indiewire wrote.

Here’s what it says about the book, 12 Years a Slave, in our catalog:

“Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.” (Penguin Putnam)




Book to Movie – Austenland, Opens August 16

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The first trailer has been released for the movie Austenland, adapted from the novel, Austenland by Shannon Hall (Find the book in our catalog). Indiewire reported that the project, “looks like a pretty cutesy, girls-night-out kinda flick…” Austenland opens August 16.

This is what it says about the book in our catalog:  “Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen–or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?”- (McMillan Palgrave)


Books to TV – Cedar Grove

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Actress Andie MacDowell will star as Judge Olivia Lockhart in the upcoming Hallmark TV series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on the series of best selling books set in a small town in Washington state.

Three books in the series were re-released in May in preparation for the two-hour TV premiere which airs July 20 :

204 Rosewood Lane (Find in our catalog).  “Grace, a seemingly reserved librarian, shows the town of Cedar Cove what she is truly made of when her husband mysteriously vanishes, forcing her to call upon her inner strength and courage to help her two daughters deal with his disappearance.”



16 Lighthouse Road (Find in our catalog).  “Family court judge Olivia Lockhart becomes front page news when she refuses to grant a divorce to a naval officer and his wife after the the death of their baby, and discovers the lives of her family and friends to be increasingly complex.” – (Baker & Taylor)



311 Pelican Court (Find in our catalog).  “Follows Rosie and Jack Cox in Cedar Cove, Washington, who must come to terms with their divorce, as well as their unusual custody arrangement, and learn the true meaning of love, family, and community.” – (Baker & Taylor)



Check our catalog for other books in the Cedar Cove series.


Orange is the New Black

Monday, June 24th, 2013

A trailer has been released for Orange Is the New Black, a Netflix original series adapted from the memoir, Orange Is the New Black: my year in a women’s prison, by Piper Kerman (Find the book in our catalog). Netflix debuts the entire 13-episode first season on July 11. The cast includes Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Michelle Hurst and Kate Mulgrew.

Here’s what it says about the memoir in our catalog:  “When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she’d committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.

Kerman spent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she met a surprising and varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. In Orange Is the New Black, Kerman tells the story of those long months locked up in a place with its own codes of behavior and arbitrary hierarchies, where a practical joke is as common as an unprovoked fight, and where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated.

Revealing, moving, and enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a unique perspective on the criminal justice system, the reasons we send so many people to prison, and what happens to them when they’re there.” (Random House, Inc.)


World War Z – book to movie

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z premiered in New York last night.  The movie is adapted from the novel, World War Z: an oral history of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Find in our catalog).

From our catalog:  “The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”