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Judge a Book By Its Movie
Once in a great while, a fantastic book becomes a fantastic movie, each bringing its own artistic merit to the table. These titles are worth reading and watching.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: The diving bell and the butterfly /
The diving bell and the butterfly
Bauby, Jean-Dominique, 1952-1997.
Haunting, gorgeous French film of 2007.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 B323
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Cover Art: All the president's men /
All the president's men
Bernstein, Carl, 1944-
Real-life story of the investigative reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal; it stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
Adult Nonfiction Book 364.13 B
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Cover Art: Ghost world /
Ghost world
Clowes, Daniel.
Little-seen, but brilliant film starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson.
Adult Nonfiction Book 741.5973 C
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Cover Art: The hours /
The hours
Cunningham, Michael, 1952-
Character-driven novel, style-driven film, both surprising, moving and well-crafted.
Adult Fiction CUNNING
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Cover Art: Fantastic Mr. Fox /
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Dahl, Roald
Children's Fiction DAHL
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Cover Art: L.A. confidential /
L.A. confidential
Ellroy, James, 1948-
Marries Hollywood glamour of the 1950s and a hard-hitting story of corruption and greed that could take place today.
Adult Fiction ELLROY
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Cover Art: A room with a view /
A room with a view
Forster, E. M. 1879-1970.
Merchant-Ivory at their best.
Adult Fiction FORSTER
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Cover Art: The tin drum.
The tin drum.
Grass, Gunter, 1927-
Gruesome, ugly and unapologetic story of Germany before World War II. Both book and film are jolting and unforgettable.
Adult Nonfiction Book
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Cover Art: Ordinary people /
Ordinary people
Guest, Judith.
A heartbreaking family drama that won Best Picture in 1980 and starred Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore.
Adult Fiction GUEST
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Cover Art: The Maltese falcon /
The Maltese falcon
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
One of many memorable Hammett adaptations from the 1940s, this one starred Humphrey Bogart.
Adult Fiction HAMMETT
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Cover Art: About a boy /
About a boy
Hornby, Nick.
Hugh Grant's finest performance and best movie, imho.
Adult Fiction HORNBY
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Cover Art: Babe : the gallant pig /
Babe : the gallant pig
King-Smith, Dick.
Better known as Babe, a Best Picture nominee of 1995. That'll do, Pig!
Children's Fiction KING-SMIT
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Cover Art: Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy /
Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy
Le Carre, John, 1931-
Check out both the Alec Guinness mini-series and the recent film with Gary Oldman.
Adult Fiction LE CARR
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Cover Art: Lolita /
Lolita
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.
The Stanley Kubrick version, that is.
Adult Fiction NABOKOV
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Cover Art: The orchid thief /
The orchid thief
Orlean, Susan.
In the masterful film Adaptation, Nicholas Cage is seeking to adapt this book; Meryl Streep plays a fictional Susan Orlean.
Adult Nonfiction Book 635.93415 O
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Cover Art: Election : a novel /
Election : a novel
Perrotta, Tom, 1961-
Black comedy magic starring Matthew Broderick and a truly fabulous Reese Witherspoon about a school election for Student Body President.
Adult Fiction PERROTT
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Cover Art: Persepolis /
Persepolis
Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
Animated to match the graphic novel, this film is extraordinary in its artistic presentation of a bleak political picture.
Adult Nonfiction Book 741.5944 S
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Cover Art: The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures /
The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures
Selznick, Brian
Or Hugo, a Best Picture nominee last year.
Children's Fiction SELZNIC
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