Reading Guides: Films Based On Books

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Films based on books

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Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the first floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

Suggested Titles

12 Years a Slave / Solomon Northup --- MEDIA PN1997 .A153 2014 Library Owns Book
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive.

The 13th Warrior (Eaters of the Dead) / Michael Crichton --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
After being warned by a fortune-teller that their fight against legendary creatures is doomed to failure unless they have a 13th warrior, a travelling ambassador is given no choice but to join a group of fierce fighters.

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared / Jonas Jonasson -- MEDIA PN1997.2.A12 2015
When Allan lands in a nursing home, he refuses to celebrate his 100th birthday and instead escapes out a window to embark on a journey that involves a suitcase of cash and a gang of criminals.

2001: A Space Odyssey / Arthur C. Clark --- MEDIA PN1997 .A138 1994 Library Owns Book
Allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe, and the universe's reaction to humanity.

Adaptation (The Orchid Thief) / Susan Orlean --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
Blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche, "New Yorker" journalist Susan Orlean, Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. As Charlie struggles to adapt a best-selling book, he writes himself into the movie plot.

African Queen / C. S. Forester -- MEDIA PN1997.A355 2010
In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1870's.

All Quiet on the Western Front / Erich Remarque --- MEDIA PN1997 .A45 1999 Library Owns Book
A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.

All the King's Men / Robert Penn Warren --- MEDIA PN1997 .A45 2001 Library Owns Book
A political demagogue governor of a Southern State believes that every man has his price and that the end justifies the means. Based on the life of Huey Pierce Long, governor of Louisiana and senator.

All the President's Men / Carl Bernstein --- MEDIA PN1997 .A45 2006 Library Owns Book
The true story of how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered the White House involvement in the Watergate break in.

American Sniper by Chris Kyle --- MEDIA PN1997.2.A44 2015 Library Owns Book
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. 

Animal Farm / George Orwell --- MEDIA PR6029.R8 A74 2004 Library Owns Book
A group of farm animals successfully revolt against their cruel human owner, only to be enslaved anew by the unscrupulous pig Napolean, whose slogan is "all animals are equal but some animals more equal than others."

Apocalypse Now (Heart of Darkness) / Joseph Conrad --- MEDIA PN1997.A66 1999 Library Owns Book
A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.

Apollo 13 (Lost Moon) / Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time, and the odds, to bring them home.

Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford / Ron Hansen --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A8738 2008
Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal and is being hunted by the law in 10 states. He’s also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. No one knows of Robert Ford, at least not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He befriends Jesse and rides with his gang. And if that doesn’t bring Ford fame, he will have to find a deadlier way. Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession.

A Beautiful Mind / Sylvia Nasar --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B438 2002 Library Owns Book
Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.

Ben-Hur / Lew Wallace --- MEDIA PN1997 .B456 2005 Library Owns Book
Judah Ben-Hur is a young Jewish nobleman from a prominent family who is reunited with his childhood friend Messala. Messala returns to Judea as a Roman tribune. There is a genuine friendship between the two men, yet the clash of their cultures drives a wedge between them. That wedge finally drives Messala to banish Judah to the slave galleys and sends his mother and his sister to prison. From that point forward, Judah's life becomes a quest: a quest to survive and a quest for vengeance.

Black Hawk Down / Mark Bowden --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B5335 2006
Details the near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. The resulting action lead to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen.

Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) / Philip K. Dick --- MEDIA PN1997.B53 1999 Library Owns Book
Los Angeles, 2019: Deckard, an expert "blade runner," must identify and execute four replicants, genetically engineered beings virtually identical to humans, which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty.

Blind Side by Michael Lewis --- MEDIA PN1997.2.B55 2010   Library Owns Book
Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

Born on the Fourth of July / Ron Kovic --- MEDIA PN1997 .B67 2000 Library Owns Book
A true story of innocence lost and courage found. Ron Kovic a young volunteer for the Vietnam War changed from being a zealous teen to an embittered veteran, paralyzed from the mid-chest down. He returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.

Breakfast at Tiffany's / Truman Capote --- MEDIA PN1997 .B741 2009 Library Owns Book
Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. Her next-door neighbor, a writer, is "sponsored" by a wealthy patroness. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy; seeing just how romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of the film.

The Bridge On the River Kwai / Pierre Boulle --- MEDIA PN1997 .B75 2000 Library Owns Book
British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.

Bringing Up Baby / Hagar Wilde --- MEDIA PN1997 .B75 2005
An heiress determined to catch a zoologist uses her pet leopard, Baby, to get his attention.

Charlie Wilson's War / George Crile --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson was best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he was a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story.

The Cider House Rules / John Irving --- MEDIA PN1997 .C494 1999 Library Owns Book
Tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs. Homer has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of an orphanage in rural Maine and has been groomed by its proprietor to be his successor. But Homer falls in love and strikes out on his own.

Cimarron / Edna Ferber --- MEDIA PN1997 .C564 2006 Library Owns Book
Epic western about the Cravat family settling the Oklahoma prairie. Yancy Cravat is a newspaperman and lawyer who helps found the town of Osage. An adventurer, he finds town-life stifling and seeks his thrills even further into the frontier. His wife ends up becoming a town leader when his absences leave her no other choice.

A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime.

Coal Miner's Daughter / Loretta Lynn --- Classroom Collection
The story of Loretta Lynn, who rose from the poverty-stricken Appalachian area to become one of the biggest country singers of all time.

Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
Inman, a young Confederate soldier, who is injured during the explosive 1864 battle of Petersburg, Virginia, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada awaits him. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby, who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting and colorful characters.

The Color Purple / Alice Walker ---MEDIA PN1997 .C656 2007 Library Owns Book
An uneducated woman living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him and forced to marry a brutal man she calls "Mister" is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive.

Crazy Heart / Thomas Cobb --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C73 2010
The powerful story of a country music star's rocky road to redemption. Bad Blake is a boozy, broken-down singer who reaches for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music. But will Bad's hard-livin' ways and crazy heart cost him his last chance at a comeback?

Cross Creek / Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings --- MEDIA PN1997 .C767 2002 Library Owns Book
After ten years as a frustrated newspaper reporter and unsuccessful author of fiction, Marjorie Rawlings turns her back on financial security and takes up residence in the Florida Everglades. In this remote and untamed portion of central Florida, Rawlings is inspired to create a gallery of unforgettable characters and to produce critically-acclaimed best sellers.

Dances With Wolves / Michael Blake --- MEDIA PN1997 .D362 2006
Sent to protect a U.S. outpost on the desolate frontier, Lt. John Dunbar finds himself alone in the vast wilderness. Befriending the very people he's sent to protect the outpost from, the Sioux Indians, Dunbar slowly comes to revere those he once feared. But when the encroaching U.S. Army threatens to overrun the Sioux, he is forced to make a choice—one that will forever change his destiny and that of a proud and defiant nation.

Dead Man Walking / Helen Prejean --- MEDIA PN1997 .D4336 1999 Library Owns Book
Tells the story of convicted killer Matthew Poncelet and Sister Helen Prejean, his spiritual advisor, and the journey they undertake in search of the truth.

Disclosure / Michael Crichton --- MEDIA PN1997 .D5398 1997 Library Owns Book
When an executive in a large company resists the advances of his new boss who is also a former love, she charges him with sexual harassment. Suddenly his marriage and his career are at risk, and his struggle to extricate himself leads to the exposure of an executive conspiracy.

Doctor Zhivago / Boris Pasternak --- MEDIA PN1997 .D63 2001 Library Owns Book
A poet and surgeon, husband and lover finds his life disrupted by war. It alters the lives of many, including Tonya, the gentle woman he marries and Lara, the woman he cannot forget.

Double Indemnity / James M. Cain --- MEDIA PN1997 .D6835 2006
A calculating wife encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff. As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband's murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager. It's a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this heart-pounding Academy Award-nominated masterpiece.

Emma / Jane Austen --- MEDIA PN1997 .E46 2011 Library Owns Book
Emma Woodhouse is a young woman who, having engineered the marriage of her companion, turns her attention toward making a match for the local vicar and her new protégée, Harriet Smith. Her one voice of reason and restraint is Mr. Knightley, who has known her since she was a child and who watches her behaviour with wry amusement and sometimes with real anger. Emma presides over the small provincial world of Highbury with enthusiasm, but she will find it is all too easy to confuse good intentions with self-gratification.

The English Patient / Michael Ondaatje --- MEDIA PN1997 .E6399 2004 Library Owns Book
At the end of World War II, a mysterious, horribly burned man who claims not to remember his name, known only as the "English patient," lies near death in an Italian villa. He is cared for by a quietly desperate young nurse, Hana, herself a victim of the war. With her at the villa are Kip, a young Sikh bomb-disposal expert, and a shadowy thief with bandaged hands named Caravaggio. The key to the burned man's past may lie in his commonplace book, a volume of Herodotus, and its intimations of the sacred whirlwind of a great, mysterious, passionate, and tragically doomed love, which trapped two unsuspecting people, forever.

Far from the Madding Crowd / Thomas Hardy --- MEDIA PN1997.2.F37 2015 Library Owns Book
A headstrong young heiress is pursued by three suitors: a strapping farmer, a dashing soldier & a prosperous older bachelor.

Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggression into therapeutic "fight clubs", an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Fighting Caravans / Zane Grey --- MEDIA PN1997 .F54 2005
Welcome to the Civil War where fighting caravans of freight wagons struggle to make their way west, fighting enemies at every turn. A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders. Meanwhile, his two crusty companions try to save him from falling in love with the hot-tempered French maiden who is determined to make her way west alone.

Flicka (My Friend Flicka) by Mary O’Hara --- MEDIA PS3529.H34 F653 2006
Katy dreams of filling her father’s shoes by taking over their ranch, while her father wants better for her. When she finds and tries to tame a wild horse, she learns how alike she and this stallion truly are.

Forrest Gump / Winston Groom --- MEDIA PN1997 .F6745 2006
The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950s through the 1970s including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions.

Ghost World / Daniel Clowes --- MEDIA PN1997 .G56 2002
While their classmates head for college, Enid and Rebecca focus their energies on tormenting those around them! From a goofy convenience store clerk to an eccentric art teacher, these two saboteurs wreak havoc on all who cross their paths. But when they zero in on an oddball loner looking for Miss Right, their seemingly innocent meddling threatens to shatter one of their hearts ... and their lifelong friendship!

Girl With a Pearl Earring / Tracy Chevalier --- MEDIA PS3553.H4367 .G55 2004 Library Owns Book
17-year-old Griet must work to support her family, so she becomes a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer, where she attracts the master painter's attention. He is commissioned to paint Griet, and the result is one of the greatest paintings ever created.

The Godfather / Mario Puzo --- MEDIA PN1997 .G62 2004 Library Owns Book
The Corleone Family nearly falls from power in America but rises to observe the passage of rites from father to son. There is a balance between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged.

Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn --- MEDIA PN1997.2.G66 2015 Library Owns Book
On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone With the Wind / Margaret Mitchell --- MEDIA PN1997 .G588 2004 Library Owns Book
Focuses on the life and loves of the beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara. The story begins on the O'Hara's Georgia plantation of Tara in antebellum days and moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck --- MEDIA PN1997 .G737 2004 Library Owns Book
The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.

The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G738 2013 and MEDIA PN1997 .G7866 2003 Library Owns Book
In 1920s Long Island, a mysterious American millionaire's efforts to recapture the sweetheart of his youth result in tragedy.

Harry Potter. Years 1-6 / J.K. Rowling --- MEDIA PN1997.2.H382 2009Library Owns Book
Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling's book about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers, he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers.

The Hours / Michael Cunningham --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, Mrs. Dalloway, under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.

House of Sand and Fog / Andre Dubus --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .H687 2003 Library Owns Book
Kathy gets evicted from her home for failing to pay a tax she never should have been charged to pay in the first place. The house is swiftly put up for auction and bought by a former military officer from Iran named Behrani. When legal efforts fail her, Kathy turns to a sympathetic cop who wants out of a loveless marriage and who is willing to step over legal boundaries if it might give him the fresh start he is so badly craving.

Howards End / E.M. Forester --- MEDIA PN1997 .H69 1998 Library Owns Book
Tells the story of the idealistic, independent and highly educated Schlegel sisters and their tangled relationships with a rich businessman and his family, and with an unhappily married young bank clerk.

In the Heat of the Night / John Ball --- MEDIA PN1997 .I53 2008
A black homicide expert is asked to help solve the murder of a wealthy businessman in a small town.

Innocents, The / Turn of the Screw by Henry James --- MEDIA PN1997.I56 2014Library Owns Book
An emotionally fragile governess comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges.

Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C65 2014 Library Owns Book
Friendless, orphaned Jane Eyre takes a job as governess to a lively French girl. In time, she finds herself in love with the child's guardian. When she saves him from a fire, she finds that there are many secrets to learn...secrets that could destroy her happiness.

The Killing Fields (The Death and Life of Dith Pran) / Sydney Schanberg --- MEDIA PN1997 .K55 2001
Dith Pran is an aide, translator and friend of a journalist who is covering the war in Cambodia. He is eventually exiled to the labor camps in Cambodia's countryside, where he endures four years of starvation, torture and war before escaping to Thailand.

The King and I (Anna and the King of Siam) / Margaret Landon --- MEDIA PN1997 .K56 1999 Library Owns Book
An English schoolteacher finds herself at odds with the King when she is the teacher at the royal court in the 1860s.

Kramer vs. Kramer / Avery Corman --- MEDIA PN1997 .K73 2001
When his wife walks out, Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns and she wants her son back.

The Last King of Scotland / Giles Foden --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L378 2007
It is the 1970s, and newly minted Scottish doctor Nick Garrigan, driven by an anywhere-but-here restlessness, hightails it out to Uganda looking for adventure and the opportunity to do some real good. In a trice, new-minted dictator Idi Amin—a bit of a nut for all things Scottish—shanghais Nick into being his personal physician. Unfortunately, behind Amin's charmingly charismatic glow, things are going wrong. What began as comedy ends up as a bad dream, a cautionary tale about the dark corners into which political—and youthful—naivete can lead.

The Last of the Mohicans / James Fenimore Cooper --- MEDIA PN1997 .L37 1999 Library Owns Book
The love of Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a British colonel, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies in colonial America.

The Last Picture Show / Larry McMurtry --- MEDIA PN1997 .L377 1999 Library Owns Book
A bittersweet drama of the social and sexual mores in small-town 1950s Texas.

The Last Temptation of Christ / Nikos Kazantzakis --- MEDIA PN1997 .L3798 2012 Library Owns Book
In this controversial movie Jesus, as both fully human and fully divine, is viewed in this film free of sin but subject to all temptations, including sexual ones.

Like Water for Chocolate = Como Agua Para Chocolate / Laura Esquivel --- MEDIA PQ7298.15.S638 C66132 2000 Library Owns Book
Romantic fantasy set in Mexico during the early 20th century. A young couple is blocked from marrying by the demands of the young woman's cold and selfish mother. To be near his love, the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.

Lord of the Flies / William Golding --- MEDIA PN1997 .L673 2001 Library Owns Book
Thirty English schoolboys are stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the "next" war. With no adults present, they quickly turn into savages.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King / J.R.R. Tolkien --- MEDIA PN1997.2 L63 2004
Frodo makes his way through the darkness to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Aragon learns of his destiny as the true King and the others prepare for a massive battle that will determine the fate of Middle-Earth.

The Maltese Falcon / Dashiell Hammett --- MEDIA PN1997 .M358 2000 Library Owns Book
After the death of his partner, San Francisco private eye Sam Spade is dragged into a quest for a priceless statuette.

Mary Poppins / P.L. Travers --- MEDIA PN1997.M37 2013Library Owns Book
Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert, the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game, and every day into a 'Jolly Holiday.'

M*A*S*H / Richard Hooker --- MEDIA PN1997 .M37 2005
Three Korean War Army surgeons adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

Midnight Cowboy / James Leo Herlihy --- MEDIA PN1997 .M526 2006
Joe Buck moves to New York from Texas to make his fortune servicing women. Instead, he's conned into partnering up with small-time hustler Ratso Rizzo. Living together on the tattered edges of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond that helps them transcend their cruel existence.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil / John Berendt --- MEDIA PN1997 .M527 1998 Library Owns Book
When the affable host of an elegant Christmas party shoots a man to death, his friends discover secrets that make them less eager to help with his courtroom defense.

Million Dollar Baby (Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner) / F.X. Toole --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M55 2005
Frankie is a former boxing manager, who initially refuses to train Maggie due to her gender and age. With her talent and his coaching the spirited young fighter rises through the ranks of women's boxing, and the pair form a touching bond in the process.

Mystic River / Dennis Lehane --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M97 2004
Boston childhood friends Jimmy, Sean and Dave are reunited after a brutal murder. Reformed convict Jimmy and his devoted wife Annabeth find out that their teenage daughter Katie has been beaten and killed. Jimmy's old friend Sean is the homicide detective assigned to the case. Jimmy gets his relatives, the Savage brothers to conduct their own investigation. Jimmy and Sean soon suspect their old pal Dave, who now lives a quiet life, but harbors some disturbing secrets of his own.

The Name of the Rose / Umberto Eco --- MEDIA PN1997 .N36 2004 Library Owns Book
One monk has fallen from a tower, another is found head-first in a vat of pigs' blood. Visiting Brother William of Baskerville, investigating the deaths, discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith. He must find the connection between the hidden literature and the killings before innocent people are burned at the stake.

No Country for Old Men / Cormac McCarthy --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .N6 2008 Library Owns Book
Llewelyn Moss stumbles onto a drug deal gone monumentally wrong while hunting in the parched Texas scrubland near the Mexico border. A satchel filled with $2 million seems to be a ship finally arrived, and he dreams of moving his wife Carla Jean out of the trailer park and into the good life. It isn't long before he's being tracked by Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic "debt collector." Sheriff Bell sets out to find Llewelyn, not so much for the propriety of recovering the money but to protect one of his citizens from Chigurh, an evil like nothing Bell has ever seen. The border is a hard land, yet Bell finds that the reflexive murders Chigurh inflicts upon others transforms the lonely vistas, somber deserts, and austere mountains into something horrendous—into no country for old men—or for young ones.

Nowhere in Africa / Stefanie Zweig --- MEDIA PN1997.2.N57 2003 Library Owns Book
True tale of a Jewish family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 and learn to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya.

Of Human Bondage / Somerset Maugham --- MEDIA PN1997.O34 2001 Library Owns Book
The story of the ill-fated romance between a well-to-do club-footed medical student and a vulgar waitress.

Of Mice and Men / John Steinbeck --- MEDIA PN1997 .O455 2005 Library Owns Book
In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Ken Kesey --- MEDIA PN1997 .O54 1997 Library Owns Book
The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.

The Onion Field / Joseph Wambaugh --- MEDIA PN1997 .O55 2002 Library Owns Book
A true story about a case that changed LAPD policies forever. Two plainclothes LAPD officers were abducted and one was brutally executed; the other escaped. The criminals managed to drag the justice process on for years.

Ordinary People / Judith Guest --- MEDIA PN1997 .O69 2001 Library Owns Book
The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.

Out of Africa / Isak Dinesen --- MEDIA PN1997 .O9763 2000 Library Owns Book
The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya (British East Africa) in 1914. An epic romance of love and loss.

The Outsiders / S. E. Hinton --- MEDIA PN1997 .O98 2005 Library Owns Book
Coming of age movie set in Tulsa Oklahoma in the mid sixties.

A Passage to India / E. M. Forster --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
While on a trip in 1928 to visit her son, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her son's fiancée, becomes appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the ruling British government. Later, they befriend a native Indian who, over-stepping the accepted norms of his culture, invites the two ladies on an excursion. In a strange turn of events, he is accused of attempting to rape the young woman.

The Pianist / Wladyslow Szpilman --- MEDIA PN1997 .P513 2003
Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis.

Picnic at Hanging Rock / Joan Lindsey --- MEDIA PR8268.I5 P53 2014
Set at the turn of the twentieth century, the film concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. Valentine's Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society.

Place in the Sun (An American Tragedy) / Theodore Dreiser --- MEDIA PN1997.P523 2001 Library Owns Book
A poor young man is determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite. A factory girl's dark secret threatens his professional and romantic prospects.

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen --- MEDIA PR4034 .P75 2001 Library Owns Book
Elizabeth Bennett is a strong-willed yet sensible young woman, the second of five sisters. She has a long-suffering but loving clerical father, and a scatterbrained mother anxious to marry them off as soon as possible—to wealthy young gentlemen. At a local ball, she encounters one such, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, whom she finds arrogant, cold, and rude. Her older sister Jane falls in love with Darcy's best friend Mr. Bingley, while youngest sister Lydia flirts with anyone in a military uniform. Lizzie finds herself fighting off the attentions of the unctuous Mr. Collins and quite taken by the charming Mr. Wickham—who also happens to be an enemy of Mr. Darcy. However, as the characters succumb in many ways to pride and prejudice, Lizzie learns that not all is quite as it seems...and that Mr. Darcy might not be so disagreeable after all.

Raging Bull / Jake La Motta --- MEDIA PN1997 .R2253 2005
Jake La Motta is a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. His brother Joey falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, while fifteen-year-old Vickie becomes Jake's wife and most prized trophy. The same anger that drives Jake in the ring, ultimately drives him to beat his wife and brother, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage.

Re-animator / H.P. Lovecraft – MEDIA PN1997 .R336 2007
Herbert West is obsessed with the idea of bringing the dead back to life. Experimenting with a glowing green fluid, he successfully reanimates dead tissue. However, the dead are uncontrollable and difficult to subdue.

The Reader / Bernhard Schlink --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .R43 2009 Library Owns Book
The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces.

Rebecca / Daphne DuMaurier --- MEDIA PN1997 .R43 2008 Library Owns Book
A vacationing young lady meets, falls in love with, and marries handsome and wealthy widower Maxim de Winter. He takes his new bride home to his estate, Manderley. But the new Mrs. de Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of Maxim's late wife, Rebecca, who still rules from beyond the grave.

The Right Stuff / Tom Wolfe --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
The true story of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton—the seven men chosen for the Mercury Project manned space flight program in the U.S.

A Room With a View / E. M. Forster --- MEDIA PR6011.O58 R6 2004 Library Owns Book
Set in the early 1900s. Tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch. Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil.

Roots / Alex Haley --- MEDIA PN1992.77 .R6687 2007 Library Owns Book
Follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga begins with Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family is depicted up until the Civil War, when Kunte Kinte's grandson gains his emancipation.

Schindler's List / Thomas Keneally --- MEDIA PN1997 .S362 2004 Library Owns Book
The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands.

Sense and Sensibility / Jane Austen --- MEDIA PR4035 .S42 1999 Library Owns Book
Tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune.

Seven Years in Tibet / Heinrich Harrier --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S48 2005 Library Owns Book
Heinrich Harrer is an Austrian national and a Nazi sympathizer. He leaves Austria in 1939 to climb a mountain in the Himalayas. Through a series of circumstances (including POW camp), he and fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter become the only two foreigners in the Tibetan holy city of Lhasa. There, Heinrich's life changes forever as he becomes friends with the young Dalai Lama.

Shawshank Redemption ("Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption") / Stephen King -- MEDIA PN1997.S529 2004 Library Owns Book
City banker Andy Dufresne arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders, he received a double life sentence. Within the confines of the prison, Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison "fixer" Red. He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison's guards, as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes.

The Shining / Stephen King --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
A writer and his family are snowbound in a hotel and are haunted by either the hotel itself or the writer's dementia.

The Silence of the Lambs / Thomas Harris --- MEDIA PN1997 .S55 2001 Library Owns Book
A psychopath is murdering young women across the Midwest. Believing that it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling to interview a demented prisoner, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter is willing to provide clues to the killer's actions if Clarice will feed his morbid curiosity by telling him about her own complicated life.

Slumdog Millionaire (Q & A) / Vikas Swarup --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S565 2009
Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" When the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up.

Smoke Signals (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven) / Sherman Alexie --- MEDIA PN1997 .S665 2011 Library Owns Book
Depicts two young Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who leave their small town to retrieve the remains of Victor’s father.

Smooth Talk (Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been) / Joyce Carol Oates --- MEDIA PS3565.A8 S66 2004
Connie is a 15-year-od girl with two things on her mind, boys and how she looks, and she meets a man during the summer.

Snow Falling On Cedars / David Guterson --- Classroom Collection Library Owns Book
A murder trial has upset the quiet community of San Piedro, and now this tranquil village has become the center of controversy. For a local reporter the trial strikes home when he finds his ex-lover is linked to the case.

Sophie's Choice / William Styron --- MEDIA PN1997 .S67 1999 Library Owns Book
A drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn revolves around Sophie, a Polish Catholic beauty who survived Auschwitz, her lover, Nathan, and Stingo, a would-be writer. As the three grow closer, Stingo discovers the captivating and moving truths that each harbors.

Sounder / William Howard Armstrong --- MEDIA PS3551.R483S695 2002 Library Owns Book
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder.

Spartacus / Howard Fast --- MEDIA PN1997 .S654 1998 Library Owns Book
Spartacus is the bold gladiator slave who leads a massive slave revolt against Imperial Rome in this epic true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom.

Still Alice / Lisa Genova --- MEDIA PN1997.2.S85 2015
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Terms of Endearment / Larry McMurtry --- MEDIA PN1997 .T468 2006 Library Owns Book
A comedy-drama about the evolving 30+ year relationship between a mother and daughter.

Tess / (Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman) Thomas Hardy --- MEDIA PR4748.A21 P64 2014 Library Owns Book
A strong-willed peasant girl is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge.

The Theory of Everything (Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen) / Jane Hawking -- MEDIA PN1997.2.T446 2015
The story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science.

There Will Be Blood (Oil) / Upton Sinclair --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T44 2008 Library Owns Book
After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

To Die For / Joyce Maynard --- MEDIA PN1997 .T623 1995
In a small town in New Hampshire, a media sensation erupts over a murder case against Suzanne Stone, in which she is accused of persuading teenagers to kill her husband, Larry Maretto. Obsessed with becoming a TV personality, she viewed her husband's desire for children as an impediment to her career.

To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee --- MEDIA PN1997 .T6 2005 Library Owns Book
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him—except the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.

Tsotsi / Athol Fugard --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T7857 2006
A young criminal finds a surprise in the backseat of a car he has stolen, which both complicates and enriches his life. In Tsotsi-Taal with English subtitles.

The Unbearable Lightness of being / Milan Kundera --- MEDIA PN1997 .U523 2006 Library Owns Book
Set in Czechoslovakia in the 1960’s, the story revolves around a young doctor who has a way with women and an aversion to politics. He suddenly finds himself caught up in his country’s political turmoil and in a crisis of commitment with the women in his life.

We Were Soldiers (We Were Soldiers Once...And Young) / Harold G. Moore --- MEDIA PN1997 .W424 2002 Library Owns Book
Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life.

Where the Wild Things Are / Maurice Sendak --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W44 2010 Library Owns Book
Max has an active imagination, who will throw a fit if others don't go along with what he wants. Following an incident with his sister Claire and her friends, Max throws a tantrum when his mother pays more attention to her boyfriend than to him and runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including Carol who has the same temperament as Max. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.

Winter's Bone / Daniel Woodrell --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W56 2010 Library Owns Book
Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails to find him, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions, and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

Wizard of Oz (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) / L. Frank Baum --- MEDIA PN1997 .W59 2005 Library Owns Book
When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog, Toto, and starts to run away. A tornado appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return home, she begins to travel to the city of Oz where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the all-mighty Wizard of Oz will help them, but they have to get to the Emerald City before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.

The Wolf of Wall Street / Jordan Belfort --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W65 2014
Sex. Money. Power. Drugs. Brace yourself for an outrageous true story from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Jordan Belfort, a young stockbroker, is hungry for fame and glory in New York City, where corruption is king and more is never enough.

The World According to Garp / John Irving --- MEDIA PN1997 .W6722 2001 Library Owns Book
The story of T. S. Garp, a man whose life is filled with strange assortment of characters, some violent, some humourous, and some of which reappear at oddly coincidental times. An ironic statement about life in America during these anxious and casually destructive times.

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