Read it First: At Home Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Books made to film adaptations

Movie theaters may be closed and many films delayed, but fear not! There is an abundance of book to film adaptations to be found on Kanopy, Overdrive, Digitalia Film and hoopla, our streaming services. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring a selection of these films on Read it First: At Home Edition.

Watch and Read at Home

Book cover for The Bookshop
The Bookshop
Fitzgerald, Penelope.

Florence Green has opened a bookstore in Hardborough. A small, quaint store that hopes to brighten the lives of her customers and, perhaps, turn a small profit. But when she manages to do well, her success disturbs the other local business owners, setting off a series of unfortunate events that may not all be accidental.

Book cover for The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Sestero, Greg

A movie based off a book about a movie. The Room was an underground classic written, directed, and produced by Tommy Wiseau. With seemingly no knowledge of filmmaking and a confusingly abundant supply of funds, Wiseau created what has been referred to as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Greg Sestero, a former classmate and friend of Wiseau’s, provides a first hand account of this cinematic feat.

Book cover for Disobedience
Alderman, Naomi

Ronit Krushka escaped the tight knit and all encompassing Orthodox Jewish community of her youth, but her father’s death draws her back home for one last visit. There she reunites with the childhood crush that forced her to turn away from the community many years before.

Book cover for Into the Forest
Into the Forest
Hegland, Jean

A near future tale of two sisters abandoned in their remote Northern California home during a frightening collapse of society. As things fall apart both near and far, they must decide who they are and how they fit into this new world. Jean Hegland's Into the Forest draws the reader into a world where we must relearn the meaning of humanity

Book cover for A Man Called Ove: A Novel
A Man Called Ove: A Novel
Backman, Fredrik

The local grump must contend with new extroverted neighbours whose exuberance threatens to bring him out of his shell and reintroduce him to the world and all its wonders. Fredrick Backman's A Man Called Ove was hailed as an instant classic upon its publication.

Book cover for The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Danforth, Emily M.

After her parents are killed in a car crash, Cameron is sent to live with her conservative aunt and grandmother in Montana. Though she desperately tries to suppress her burgeoning sexuality and remain invisible in this traditional community, she finds beautiful Coley Taylor impossible to ignore. When Cameron and Coley strike up a relationship, her aunt sends her away to God’s Promise, a gay re-education camp. There, Cameron must defy the camp counselors and her loved ones in order to remain true to herself.

Book cover for A Slight Trick of the Mind: A Novel
A Slight Trick of the Mind: A Novel
Cullin, Mitch

Mitch Cullin's novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind, explores the life of an elderly Sherlock Holmes as he lives out his later years tending bees in Sussex. Frail and forgetful, the famed genius begins to increasingly rely on his housekeeper's teenage son. As he bonds with this young man, Holmes reminisces about his past and revisits two cases which may hold answers to his current predicament.

Book cover for Papillon
Charriere, Henri

The (possibly) true story of Henri Charrière, a man who escaped the penal colony of French Guiana after enduring innumerable hardships. This tale has everything; forced labor, daring open water escapes, treacherous quicksand, cannibalism and, possibly, a grain of truth in it all. Many contend that, although Charrière did indeed spend time in French Guiana, much of his account is greatly exaggerated. Either way, it makes for a riveting story.

Book cover for The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon

The true story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. When James Murray began the overwhelming task of compiling a comprehensive dictionary, he turned to scores of volunteer researchers to help him document the English language. One such volunteer was Dr. W.V. Minor, a Civil War veteran and a resident of an asylum for the criminally insane. Minor ended up contributing over 10,000 entries to the venerable dictionary and forging a friendship with Murray that would last the rest of his life.

Book cover for Under the Skin
Under the Skin
Faber, Michel

In Michel Faber's modern horror story Under the Skin, an otherworldly woman picks up male hitchhikers on the isolated highways of Scotland.