Books Made Into Movies

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About a Boy. Nick Hornby.
A tale about a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor who pretends to be a single dad to meet divorced women, and the bright but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old he befriends. Fic Hornby, N./DVD Fic About 

The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje.
With beauty and intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's unsettling and Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II. Fic Ondaatje, M./DVD Fic English 

Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini.
An unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and a servant's son in Afghanistan is at the heart of this epic story of betrayal and redemption. Fic Hosseini, K./DVD Fic Kite 

L.A. Confidential. James Ellroy.
Three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire, a tabloid journalist, and the chief of detectives fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor in 1950's Los Angeles. Fic Ellroy, J./DVD Fic L.A. 

Namesake. Jhumpa Lahiri.
This Indian American saga finely captures the immigrant experience, from the clash of cultures, conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Fic Lahiri, J./DVD Fic Namesake 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ken Kesey.
The unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, including the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and the freedom-loving inmate McMurphy. Fic Kesey, K./DVD Fic One 

Out of Sight. Elmore Leonard.
A funny and sexy tale of bank robber Jack Foley, who busts out of jail and falls in love with the federal marshal in charge of catching him. Fic Leonard, E./VIDEO Fic Out

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure, the 'good parts'. Goldman, William.
Return to a time when men were men and swamps were fire swamps, full of quicksand and rodents of unusual size, and the most beautiful woman in the world was named... Buttercup? Fic Goldman, W./DVD Fic Princess. 

The Talented Mr. Ripley. Patricia Highsmith.
The making of Tom Ripley, a debonair confidence man with a talent for self-invention and calculated murder. First in a series. Fic Highsmith, P./ VIDEO Fic Talented 

Thank You for Smoking. Christopher Buckley.
A charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco struggles with the demands of thriving at his job and acting as a good role model for his son. Fic Buckley, C./DVD Fic Thank

All the President’s Men. Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward.
In the most devastating political detective story of the century, the two reporters whose investigation smashed the Watergate scandal wide open, tell the behind-the-scenes details. 973.924 Bernstein/DVD Fic All 

Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Jean-Dominique Bauby.
After suffering a stroke that paralyzed his entire body except his left eye, Bauby, the French editor of Elle magazine, uses that eye to blink out his eloquent and affecting memoir. B Bauby/DVD FR Fic Diving 

Friday Night Lights. H.G. Bissinger.
In Odessa, Texas, where high school football is a town obsession, Coach Gary Gaines and the Permian High School Panthers work hard while struggling with life issues and the overwhelming pressure of the town's expectations. 796.3326 Bissinger/DVD Fic Friday
Into the Wild. Jon Krakauer.
Freshly graduated from college, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure, and wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. B McCandless/DVD Fic Into
Julie & Julia. Julie Powell./ My Life in France. Julia Child.
Powell escapes the doldrums by cooking every recipe in Julia Child's classic "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". Child and her husband, Paul, embrace life and fine cuisine during their years in France. B Powell & B Child/DVD Fic Julie
Lost Moon: the Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13. Jim Lovell.
"Houston, we've got a problem." This riveting book puts the reader right in the spacecraft during one of the worst disasters and astonishing triumphs in the history of space exploration. 629.454 Lovell/DVD Fic Apollo 

Motorcycle Diaries. Ernesto Guevara. 
This chronicle of the Ernesto “Che” Guevara's seven-month motorcycle journey throughout South America reveals the beginning of his transformation into a dedicated revolutionary. 918 Guevara/DVD Fic Motorcycle
Searching for Bobby Fischer. Fred Waitzkin.
The fascinating story of Fred Waitzkin and his son Josh, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he wins the national championship. 794.1092 Waitzkin/DVD Fic Searching 

Under the Tuscan Sun. Frances Mayes.
A just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will change her life for the better. Along the way she finds that sometimes what seems like a mistake is really a blessing. 945.5 Mayes/DVD Fic Under