Now showing at a library near you: Books set to hit the big screen

By Manhattan Public Library

In the coming weeks and months, several books that have been favorites at Manhattan Public Library have been made into films and will be coming to a theater near you! Some of these films are:

“The Hundred Foot Journey” Release: Aug. 8


Staring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, this film tells how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian restaurant and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. It is a fable that is a testament to the inevitability of destiny, based on the book by Richard Morais.


“Before I Go to Sleep”

Release: Aug. 12


Based on the book by S.J. Watson, “Before I Go to Sleep” stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight — and the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.


“The Giver”

Release: Aug. 16


Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift, “The Giver”  is based on the dystopian novel by Lois Lowery. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.


“If I Stay”

Release: Aug. 22


Starring Chloe Grace Moretz is the story of Mia, a talented young cellist who is involved in a horrific car accident and must decide if she wants to stay and face the pain of the aftermath of the accident or escape a life of pain. Based on the Young Adult book by Gayle Forman


“Life of Crime”

Release: Aug. 29


Starring Tim Robbins and Jennifer Aniston, “Life of Crime” is based on the book “The Switch” by Elmore Leonard. Convicts kidnap the wife of a real estate developer, but their plan hits a snag when he decides he doesn’t want his wife back and refuses to pay the ransom.


“This is Where I Leave You”

Release: Sept. 12


Based on the book by Jonathan Tropper,  it stars Jason Bateman and Tina Fey . It is a hilarious account of family relationships in the dysfunctional Foxman family, gathered together after the death of their father.

“Gone Girl”

Release: Oct. 3


Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl” is another novel by Gillian Flynn made into a highly anticipated film this fall. Nick and Amy Dunne celebrate their fifth anniversary when Amy disappears. Nick appears guilty, but did he really kill his wife? Filled with suspense and twists and turns, this film is due to be released October 3.


“The Best of Me”

Release: Oct. 17


“The Best of me” is a film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as high school sweethearts who reunite years later when they both return to their home town.


Full December


There are several more highly anticipated films in December, including “Unbroken,” the true story of athlete Louis Zamperini and his incredible story of survival and resilience in World War II.

There’s also the final episode in the trilogy of “The Hobbit, titled “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” starring Martin Freeman and Orlando Bloom (December 17), and the adaptation of “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed, a powerful, blazingly honest memoir.

“Wild” is the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again, starring Reese Witherspoon (December 5).




When a film based on a book is released, the popularity of the book also increases, so if you would like to read any of these books before seeing the film, please feel free to check out our catalog and get your name on the waiting list-so you can decide if the book or the film is better (it’s usually the book!)


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