In the aftermath of the election, I read that Americans flooded movie theaters last weekend. A bit of escape? A desire to turn to other topics? I’m not sure, but I decided to feature some recent books whose film adaptations are releasing soon.
The movie Arrival is based on a short story by Ted Chiang called Story of Your Life. It can be found in The big book of science fiction : the ultimate collection. If you are interested in extraterrestrials in general, you might also pick up Ben Mezrich’s The 37th Parallel: the secret truth behind America's UFO highway. I’m reading it right now and even as a UFO nonbeliever, I’m finding it compelling and unsettling. Mezrich’s niche is investigative nonfiction books. They include such well-known titles as Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires: the founding of Facebook : a tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal.
Also at the theater is Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them. Based on the Harry Potter books, you can place your holds on the screenplay here. This is the first screenplay in the franchise written by the author and Variety is reporting this film is quite a bit darker than the Potter movies. It sounds like you might not want to bring the little ones.
And, to warm your heart as we head into the holiday season, try A street cat named Bob : and how he saved my life by James Bowen. The film of the same name releases on November 18th. It’s a true story about a London street musician and the life-transforming cat he adopts.