Books to Movies

The kite runner

Khaled Hosseini.

Action/Adventure, Multicultural Fiction


Freedomland

Richard Price.

Thriller

The celebrated author of Clockers delivers his most compelling and accomplished novel to date. A white woman, her hands gashed and bloody, stumbles into an inner-city emergency room and announces that she has just been carjacked by a black man. But then comes the horrifying twist: Her young son was asleep in the back seat, and he has now disappeared into the night. So begins Richard Price's electrifying new novel, a tale set on the same turf--D...


A good year

Peter Mayle.

Nonfiction


The devil wears Prada

Lauren Weisberger.

Chick Lit

The deliciously witty and delightfully dishy novel about life at a glamorous fashion magazine is now a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.


The notebook

Nicholas Sparks.

Romance


Gone, baby, gone : a novel

Dennis Lehane.

Thriller

Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready, abducted from her bed on a warm, summer night. They meet her stoned-out, strangely apathetic mother, her loving aunt and uncle, the mother's dangerous, drug-addled friends, and two cops who've found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge to come back. Despite enormous public attention, rabid news coverage, and do...


The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Jean-Dominique Bauby ; translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt.

Biography, Nonfiction

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make...


Charlotte Gray : a novel

Sebastian Faulks.

Historical Fiction, Romance

Faulks's first novel since the extraordinary success of Birdsong is written with the same passion, power and breadth of vision. Set in England and France during the darkest days of World War II, Charlotte Gray, like Birdsong, depicts a complex love affair that is both shaped and thwarted by war. It is 1942. London is blacked out, but France is under a greater darkness, as the occupying Nazi forces encroach ever closer in a tense waiting game. C...


Absolute power

David Baldacci.

Action/Adventure, Mystery, Politics, Thriller


Angels & demons

by Dan Brown.

Action/Adventure, Thriller

THE ORIGINAL ROBERT LANGDON THRILLER FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF "THE DA VINCI CODE" An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuri...


Marley and me : love, life, and drywall repair with the world's worst dog

John Grogan.

Nonfiction

John and Jenny had just begun their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.



I am legend

Richard Matheson.

Horror, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Mathesons horrifying tale, the basis for two classic horror films, comes to the big screen once again on December 14, in a new motion picture from Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Will Smith. Somehow immune to the plague that swept the planet, Robert Neville is the last human survivor in what is left of New York City--and maybe the world.


Atonement

Ian McEwan.

Historical Fiction, Romance

In this rich novel by the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel "Amsterdam, " a young girl unwittingly tells a tale that turns her family upside down. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, "Atonement" is at its center a profound--and profoundly moving--exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and the difficulty of absolution. Copyright #169; Libri GmbH. All rights reserved...


Mystic river

Dennis Lehane.

Thriller, Mystery

Sean, Jimmy and Dave were childhood friends. One day one of the boys got into a strange car where something terrible happened that ended their friendship and changed them all forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean works as a homicides detective, Jimmy is an ex-convict, and Dave tries to maintain his demons hidden: demons that make him do terrible things.


The secret life of bees

Sue Monk Kidd.

Chick Lit, Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

Sue Monk Kidd is an extraordinary storyteller. In "The Secret Life of Bees," she explores a young girl's search for the truth about her mother; her courage to tear down racial barriers; and her joy as she claims her place within a community of women. Beautifully written."--Ursula Hegi, author of "The Vision of Emma Blau."


Thank you for smoking

Christopher Buckley.

Politics, Literary Fiction

Nick Naylor likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick says he's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius. He can handle the pressure from the antismoking zealots, but he is less certain about his ne...


The prize winner of Defiance, Ohio : how my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less

Terry Ryan ; foreword by Suze Orman.

Biography

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday ...


Zathura : a space adventure

written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg.

Science Fiction

Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.


We were soldiers once-- and young : Ia Drang, the battle that changed the war in Vietnam

Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway.

Nonfiction

Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young. In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vi...


The pursuit of happyness

Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe and Mim Eichler Rivas.

Biography

Gardner shares the painful yet astounding story of his journey from being the single father of a young son and homeless on the streets of San Francisco to becoming a self-made millionaire.


Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal

Eric Schlosser.

Nonfiction, Cooking

Journalist Schlosser argues that the fast food industry has triggered the growth of malls in America's landscape, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. He discusses facts about food production and preparation, the ingredients and taste-enhancers in the food, the chains' efforts to reel in young, susceptible consumers, and other unsettling facts. Annotation c. Book...