Books into film

Right, we’ve got all the books in stock so read them first before you see the film. Or see the film first ….

Out already is  Wild – a memoir by Cheryl Strayed– the inspirational story of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail – from the Mojave Desert to the forests of Washington State – to recover from recent events in her life. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl as she faces dangerous wildlife, extreme weather and solitude to piece her life back together

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais  is the story of a chef from humble beginnings in Mumbai who moves with his family to Paris where he conquers the world of French haute cuisine. The film adaptation features Helen Mirren and Om Puri. August

 The Giver is based Lois Lowry’s 1993 Newbery Award Winning children’s novel about a utopian society without war, suffering, pain, difference or choice. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to learn from the Giver (Jeff Bridges) to experience the sensations of the real world. Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes and Meryl Streep are also in it.

 If I Stay by Gayle Forman is based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name, the movie takes you along as Mia, a shy 17-year-old cellist who, following an automobile crash, has an outer body experience. While in a coma, she watches as friends and family gather at her bedside and has to decide whether she wants to live a life far different than she imagined, or slip away and die.  

 New York Times #1 best-selling author Gillian Flynn has two books being adapted for film.  Dark Places stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Corey Stoll, Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks. A thriller which follows Libby Day (Theron) as she searches for the killer of her mother and two sisters from twenty-five years earlier. September  

The second is Gone Girl  Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, Sela Ward, and Tyler Perry star.  Amy Dunne (Pike) disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband Nick’s (Affleck) strange and erratic behavior makes him a suspect…. October 

 Maze Runner  by James Dashner The Hunger Games fans will like this. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is dropped off in a rural community of boys after his memory has been erased. He soon learns they’re all trapped in a maze and must work together to escape. Thrilling action. September

 This is Where I Leave You  by Jonathan Tropper is a very funny story with Jason Bateman about four siblings who are summoned home and forced to live under one roof for the first time in years to mourn the death of their father. Dysfunctional relationships, old grudges, revealed secrets and a surprise ending. December

 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) was a larger than life character who died at the age of 97 in 2014. From humble beginnings and once a delinquent , he became an exceptional runner who competed in the Berlin Olympics. In World War II he’s an airman and in ’43, his bomber crashes into the Pacific. He survives, and for 47 days drifts 2,000 miles across the Pacific in a small raft – only to be rescued by the Japanese and thrown into a series of brutal prison camps where he stays for over two years. Yet, he again survives. A story of  optimism and resilience . December