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Books to Screen: Fiction on the Big Screen
Books that have had movies based on them.
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Title: PS, I Love You
Author: Ahern, Cecelia
ISBN: 140130916X
Notes: Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed. This adaptation stars Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.

 
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Title: Thank You for Smoking
Author: Buckley, Christopher
ISBN: 0812976525
Notes: Nobody blows smoke like Nick Naylor. He is a spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies - in other words, a flack for cigarette companies, paid to promote their product on talk and news shows. The problem? He is so good at his job, so effortlessly unethical, that he has become a target for both anti-tobacco terrorists and for the FBI. The film adaptation was nominated for two 2007 Golden Globe Awards.

 
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Title: All the King's Men
Author: Casco, Stephen
ISBN: 0156004801
Notes: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this classic book is generally regarded as the finest novel ever written on American politics. It describes the career of Willie Stark, a back-country lawyer whose idealism is overcome by his lust for power. Adapted more than once for film and television, the most recent version stars Jude Law and Sean Penn.

 
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Title: The Dark Is Rising
Author: Cooper, Susan
Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: 9780739360156
Call Number: J
Notes: On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark. The film "The Seeker" is the adaptation of this first book in the series.

 
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Title: The Black Dahlia
Author: Ellroy, James
ISBN: 0446698873
Notes: Based on the true events of the unsolved Black Dahlia case in the 1940's, James Ellroy's crime novel is the first of his L.A. Quartet. The movie based on the book starred Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett.

 
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Title: Casino Royale
Author: Fleming, Ian
ISBN: 014200202X
Notes: In the first of Ian Fleming's tales of 007, Bond finds himself on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "le Chiffre." In the movie version, Casino Royale saw Daniel Craig step into the role of James Bond.

 
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Title: The Last King of Scotland
Author: Foden, Giles
ISBN: 0375703314
Notes: Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the adaptation of Giles Foden's book. A vivid journey to the turbulent heart of 1970s Uganda, this first novel chronicles the strange career of a fictional Scottish physician, Nicholas Garrigan, who serves as the personal doctor and occasional confidante of dictator Idi Amin.

 
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Title: Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: García Márquez, Gabriel
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, (1988)
ISBN: 0394561619
Call Number: FICTION
Notes: Love in the Time of Cholera tells the story of a love triangle between Fermina Daza and her two suitors, Florentino Ariza and Doctor Juvenal Urbino which spans 50 years, from 1880 to 1930. Directed by Mike Newell, this is the first Hollywood adaptation of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel.

 
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Title: The Other Boleyn Girl
Author: Gregory, Philippa
ISBN: 9780743269834
Notes: When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest in her begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands. Starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, the movie adaptation is set to be released in December 2007.

 
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Title: Beowulf
Author: Heaney, Seamus
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2000)
ISBN: 0374111197
Call Number: 829 B45HE
Notes: Beowulf tells of the adventures of Beowulf, a hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. The epic poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. Using a digitally enhanced live action, an adaptation starring Angelina Jolie and Ray Winstone is being released on November 16, 2007.