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Books to Screen: Nonfiction to Film
Nonfiction that have had movies or TV shows based on them.
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Title: See No Evil : the True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
Author: Baer, Robert
ISBN: 9781400046843
Notes: In See No Evil, one of the CIA's top field officers of the past quarter century recounts his career running agents in the back alleys of the Middle East. In the process, Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides compelling evidence about how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists. George Clooney stars in "Syriana", which was based on this book.

 
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Title: Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Author: bauby, Jean-Dominique
ISBN: 0307389251
Notes: On December 8 1995, Elle magazine editor-in-chief Bauby suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings but physically paralyzed with the exception of some movement in his head and left eye. Eye movements and blinking a code representing letters of the alphabet became his sole means of communication. It is also how he dictated this warm, sad, and extraordinary memoir. This adaptation stars Javier Bardem.

 
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Title: Class Action: the Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law
Author: Bingham, Clara and Laura Leedy Gansler
ISBN: 0385496133
Notes: This collaboration between a journalist and a lawyer describes in elaborate detail the tortuous path of the first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit, Jenson v. Eveleth Mines. In 1975, the Minnesota mine hired its first four women as the result of a consent decree; Lois Jenson took one of the jobs. Subjected to disgusting and relentless sexual harassment, Jenson went in turn to the company, the union, the state department of human rights, and finally, in 1988, to private counsel. With Title VII expert Paul Sprenger at the helm, the case took another 11 years, as the company's attorneys waged an intense "nuts and sluts" defense, a strategy that cost the mine $15 million. This account was adapted as fiction into the movie "North Country", starring Charlize Theron.

 
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Title: Diane Arbus: a Biography
Author: Bosworth, Patricia
ISBN: 0393326616
Notes: Arbus already had a history of severe depressions and a crumbling marriage by the time she began to take the controversial, technically innovative pictures of dwarfs, nudists and drag queens that won her a reputation as "a photographer of freaks." Bosworth balances the lurid details -- rumors that Arbus had sex with her subjects, that she photographed her own suicide in 1971 -- with a nuanced appraisal of an artist whose images captured the uneasy mood of the 1960s by expressing her personal obsessions. Adapted as "Fur" in 2006, the film stars Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr.

 
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Title: Running With Scissors
Author: Burroughs, Augusten
ISBN: 031242227X
Notes: Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. This memoir was adapted as a film in 2006.

 
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Title: The Secret
Author: Byrne, Rhonda
ISBN: 1582701709
Notes: Rhonda Byrne says the secret is the law of attraction: If you think positively, you become a magnet that pulls everything you want toward you. One of the fastest selling self-help books in history, the DVD, which came out slightly earlier, is also immensely popular.

 
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Title: Capote: a Biography
Author: Clarke, Gerald
ISBN: 0786716614
Notes: From instant celebrity at age 23 to overweight, alcoholic loner in his 50s, Truman Capote streaked across the middle of this century on a comet of genius, self-destruction, and fame. This biography was the basis for the 2005 film "Capote", for which Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Academy Award.

 
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Title: Charlie Wilson's War
Author: Crile, George
ISBN: 0802141242
Notes: Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers' conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam. This adaptation stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

 
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Title: Finding Fish
Author: Fisher, Antwone Q.
ISBN: 0060539860
Notes: Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself. Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born -- first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller. Starring Denzel Washington, this memoir was adapted as the movie "Antwone Fisher" in 2002.

 
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Title: The Pursuit of Happyness
Author: Gardner, Chris
ISBN: 0060744863
Notes: Chris Gardner made a vow that no matter what happened in his life, he'd be a committed father figure to his children. Yet even the most well intentioned would have been excused for breaking that vow if confronted by the challenges that Gardner faced, circumstances that left him and his toddler son homeless, living on the streets of San Francisco. But rather than give up his son, Gardner continued to pursue his dream of becoming a successful stockbroker despite having neither Wall Street experience nor even a college degree. Will Smith and his son Jaden starred in the 2006 movie based on this book.