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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. December 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming this December:



Ruthie Carmichael and her daughter Rita, who have always lived from paycheck to paycheck,  decide to hit the road and try their luck somewhere new. When their car breaks down in the small town of Fat River, it seems they may have finally found a steady place to call home. But this newfound stability is threatened when the financial crisis hits. All We Had is a realistic portrayal of trying to get by in small town America.

See the official trailer here

Release Date - December 9, 2016


25 years after their divorce, Susan Morrow receives an unexpected communication from her ex-husband, Edward, in the form of his finally completed book. Split between the plot of Edward's story and Susan's recollections of their marriage, Austin Wright's Tony and Susan is a thriller that discusses the impact of the reader on a work of fiction and vice versa. 

Watch the official trailer here

Release Date - December 9, 2016


Walter Stackhouse is your classic noir protagonist. Having fallen in love with another woman, he finds himself imagining ever more grisly ways to do away with his wife. But no one is more shocked when she turns up dead at the bottom of a cliff. Now the number one suspect in her suspicious death, everything Walter holds dear is threatened. Patricia Highsmith's The Blunderer will remind you to be careful of what you wish.

See the trailer and learn more about the story here

Release Date - December 16, 2016


It was 12:07am the first time the monster came calling. When the yew tree sprouted legs and grabbed Conor out of his bed, he was sure it was all a dream. But then there were the yew needles all over his bedroom floor. And the monster returned night after night. Conor isn’t afraid though, he knows there are worse things than monsters. Like watching your mother suffer and waste away. Like having to confront her imminent loss. Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is a powerful blend of illustration and text that shows the strength one needs to handle grief. 

Watch the trailer and read more about the film here

Release Date - December 23, 2016

A man kneels on the ground with his hands tied behind his back. Movie poster.

In Shusaku Endo's Silence, Jesuit Portuguese missionary, Sebastiao Rodrigues, travels to 17th century Japan to check on the local priest Ferreira who has reportedly abandoned the Church. It is a time of great prosecution for Christians in Japan and young Rodrigues must contend with physical and spiritual torture in defense of his faith and fellow believers.

See the trailer here

Release Date - December 23, 2016


Live By Night's Joe Coughlin never wanted to follow in the footsteps of his police captain father. Instead, he worked his way up through the criminal world of 1920's Boston. Now in the employ of one of the city's biggest crime bosses, he's determined to make the most of it. But Joe may risk it all when he falls in love with the boss' girl. An epic thriller that follows one man's descent into a dangerous world of crime.


Watch the trailer here


Release Date - December 25, 2016

Stay tuned to see what other great books are headed for the silver screen