Never Judge a Book by Its Movie: Part II (The Sequel)
Suggestions from Our Readers
(Updated December 2003)
Wow! There seem to be many of you movie buff/ bookworms out there. Since the mini-bibliography Never Judge a Book by Its Moviewent out, we have had a steady stream of replies, requests, and suggestions for other good books turned into movies. So, get set for Part II, the sequel, which contains suggestions from Wolfner patrons as compiled by Suzy Higgins, Reader Advisor.
To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through our OPAC. Happy Reading!
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon.
RC 46020, BR 11480.
Anna Leonowens, a Welsh widow hired in 1862 to be governess to the children and concubines of the King of Siam, found the contrasts between the exotic Orient and Victorian Great Britain striking. Landon recounts Leonowen's five years of adventures and confrontations. This book inspired the Broadway musical and the movie The King and I (DV 62) .
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, and 101st Airborne by Stephen Ambrose.
Not exactly a movie, but it is a highly acclaimed mini-series on HBO. Drawing on journals, letters, and interviews with veterans of Easy Company, the author tells the story of the combat rifle unit that parachuted into France early on D-Day. And, despite hardships and casualties, E Company was responsible for the capture of Hitler's Bavarian retreat at war's end. Contains some strong language.
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon.
This is a droll play about a young married couple living blissfully in a drafty, fifth-floor walk-up in New York, until their first quarrel. Contains some strong language.
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
RC 50061, BR 11086.
This is the story of a happy-go-lucky colony of bums on the Monterey, California, waterfront and their friends. They include Lee Chong, the Chinese grocer; Doc, the philosopher; Dora Flood, the sporting-house owner; and Henri, the painter. Doc owns a biological laboratory in Monterey, California, and he hires several waterfront bums to help him catch frogs for research. But the party following the expedition erupts in a destructive melee. The men then try to make it up to Doc with interesting results.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
RC 48063, BR 11980.
A satiric novel about the mad adventures of Captain Yossarian, a bomber pilot based in Italy during World War 2, who desperately tries to avoid flying bombing missions. Contains explicit descriptions of sex.
Cujo by Stephen King.
RC 17301, BR 4981.
Cujo is a 200-pound Saint Bernard, the beloved pet of the Joe Cambers family in a small town in Maine. One day Cujo pursues a rabbit into a cave and is bitten by a rabid bat. Circumstances conspire to conceal his growing illness, until a shocking succession of bloody deaths terrorizes everyone around, including the Cambers. Contains strong language.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
RC 33082, BR 11427.
A romantic Civil War epic in which Scarlet O' Hara, a forceful and ruthless heroine, and Rhett Butler, a war profiteer, play out their tempestuous love affair against the background of the war-torn South. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 230.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
RC 24285, BR 10149.
Seventeenth-century tragic drama. A young prince tries to avenge his father's murder. Hamlet's uncle seduced Hamlet's mother, killed Hamlet's father, and usurped Hamlet's claim to the throne. But Hamlet's own melancholic, irresolute temperament inhibits decisive action and contributes to further calamities.
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King.
Five interconnected stories about a set of youngsters from the 1960s, followed through 1999. In the first tale, when an elderly boarder regretfully imparts special sight to 11-year-old Bobby Garfield, the boy is shocked to glimpse his mother's private side. Contains some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
Heaven's Prisoners by James Lee Burke.
Ex-New Orleans cop Dave and his wife, Annie, are fishing on the gulf when a small plane crashes nearby. The plane's passengers are Nicaraguan refugees attempting to enter the United States illegally, and they all perish except a young girl whom Dave rescues. This encounter lands Dave and Annie in the midst of an immigration squabble and then a drug war. Contains some strong language and some descriptions of sex
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
RC 48978, BR 11595.
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit that wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of 13 homeless dwarves on a quest. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo, alone and unaided, who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside. Prequel to the Lord of the Rings series. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 302.
Hondo by Louis L'Amour.
He was a man etched by the desert's howling winds, a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the mind of the Apache and ways of staying alive. She was a woman raising a young son alone on a remote Arizona ranch. Between Hondo Lane and Angie Lowe was the warrior Vittoro, whose people were preparing to rise in war against the white men. Now the pioneer woman, the gunman, and the Apache warrior are caught in a drama of love, war, and honor.
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans.
RC 41402, BR 11816.
After being hit by a truck, 13-year-old Grace MacLean loses her leg and her horse, Pilgrim, is also injured both mentally and physically. Grace's mother, magazine editor Annie Graves, learns of a horse whisperer, Tom Booker, who might be able to restore Pilgrim. In hopes that he will also help Grace, Annie takes both of them to his ranch in Montana. Contains strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy.
RC 21513, BR 7205.
The entire crew of Red October, a new Soviet missile submarine under the command of Marko Ramius, is defecting to the United States. Most of the Russian navy is sent to the United States Atlantic coast to find and destroy the submarine. Jack Ryan, a CIA data analyst, gets the job of making contact with Ramius, and the United States mobilizes all its resources to protect our shores and the submarine. Contains some strong language. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 53.
Intensity by Dean Koontz.
After a troubled childhood, psychology major Chyna Shepherd avoids friendship until she meets classmate Laura Templeton. But when she arrives for a weekend at Laura's parents' vineyard, the unthinkable happens: Laura's family is murdered as Chyna hides under the bed. Outraged, Chyna stows away aboard the killer's motor home and plots her revenge as he drives down the highway. Contains strong language and violence.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
RC 32018, BR 9345.
Something is terribly wrong at Jurassic Park on a remote island off the coast of Costa Rica. Visitors and residents are being attacked by strange-looking animals that maul them and leave behind a sticky saliva. In reality, dinosaurs, cloned and raised by a genetic engineering firm, have escaped. Consultants are brought in to solve the problem, but soon everyone is running for dear life. Contains some strong language. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 142.
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy.
Los Angeles, 1953. Six innocent people have been gunned down at an all-night diner. Three policemen arrive to investigate: Ed Exley, goaded by his father's success on the force, and burning to eclipse him; Bud White, witness to his mother's murder, a time bomb with a badge; and Jack Vincennes, former addict, and shake-down artist who works celebrities. Worse yet, these three see themselves as rivals. Their own rage mirrors that of the killers they seek. And they are all players in a game without rules or survivors. Contains violence, strong language and descriptions of sex. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 239.
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye.
RC 47462, BR 13919.
As Captain Rayford Steele pilots a plane across the Atlantic, his senior flight attendant, Hattie Durham, gives him the shocking news that half the passengers have disappeared. Before long, he learns that people are missing all over the world. Rayford, his daughter, and several others form the Tribulation Force to fight the Antichrist.
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield.
In the Depression year of 1931, on the golf links at Krewe Island off Savannah's windswept shore, two legends of the game, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, meet for a mesmerizing 36-hole showdown. Another golfer will also compete. He is a troubled local war hero, once a champion, who comes with his mentor and caddie, the mysterious Bagger Vance. Sage and charismatic, it is Vance who will ultimately guide the match, for he holds the secret of the Authentic Swing. And he alone can show his protégé the way back to glory.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
RC 16746, BR 13157.
The story of a comic and sad affair between middle-aged Humbert, and a 12-year-old nymphet, whom he calls Lolita. Desiring this precocious girl, he marries her mother. After the mysterious death of his wife, he and Lolita embark upon a transcontinental journey during which he yields himself fully to his obsession. Contains some descriptions of sex and some violence.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
RC 22959, BR 13696.
A 3,000-mile cattle drive, from the banks of the Rio Grande to Montana's Big Sky country, is the setting for this vivid epic which describes the developing American West and the ranchers, cowboys, prostitutes, and adventurers who attempt to make a new life for themselves in its vast reaches. Contains strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex.
The Lost World by Michael Crichton.
RC 41160, BR 10243.
Sequel to Jurassic Park (RC 32018, BR 9345). It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park. Six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end. The dinosaurs have been destroyed, the park dismantled, and the island indefinitely closed to the public. Now, however, there are rumors that something has survived. Contains strong language and some violence.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
RC 23336, BR 11765.
Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for this Shakespeare comedy. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a mix-up of desire and enchantment.
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon.
A comedy about a divorced sportswriter who asks a friend, also being sued for divorce, to share an apartment. Unfortunately, the sportswriter, who is a compulsive slob, discovers that his friend is a neurotic housekeeper.
The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks.
Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are responsible for the safety of Queen Amidala, whose planet is under attack by the Trade Federation. Their mission brings them to Tatooine, where they meet Anakin Skywalker, a young slave with extraordinary instincts, who dreams of becoming a Jedi knight. Star Wars, Episode 1. Contains some violence.
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier.
RC 48914, BR 12354.
Rebecca, the glamorous mistress of the great English estate, Manderley, died only eight months before Maxim de Winter brought his young and timid second wife to live there. They are deeply in love, but Rebecca's haunting memory still lingers on at Manderley. Little by little, mystery, intrigue and violence eventually reveal the circumstances surrounding Rebecca's death.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
RC 23638, BR 10102.
After becoming an orphan, ill-tempered and neglected Mary is sent to live on an uncle's huge estate where she meets an equally wretched, invalid cousin. Together they conspire to restore a locked secret garden while her cousin regains his health and his father's affection.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles.
RC 23642, BR 8835.
Published in 1949, this is a macabre tale about Kit and Port, a young American couple who, with Tunner, another American, are on a visit to Africa after World War 2. As the trio drifts across the deserts, entering cities only occasionally, their inability to comprehend the alien cultures they encounter mirrors their personal psychological frailty. Contains some violence and some strong language.
Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz.
Los Angeles journalist Joe Carpenter is devastated by the loss of his wife and two daughters, who died in a plane crash. A year later, Carpenter is shocked to meet a mysterious woman who claims to have been on that flight. She appears to bring great joy to the crash victims' loved ones, but then they each inexplicably kill themselves. Contains violence.
Sophie's Choice by William Styron.
RC 13812, BR 4142.
Stingo moves into a cheap Brooklyn rooming house where he meets unstable Nathan and his gorgeous lover Sophie, a Polish Catholic who somehow survived the Holocaust. Stingo, who feels unrequited love for Sophie, becomes her confidant as she faces the horrors of her past, especially the years she worked for the Commandant of Auschwitz. Contains strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 202.
Sphinx by Robin Cook.
RC 13808, BR 4107.
Mesmerized by an ancient statue in a Cairo antique shop, a young Harvard Egyptologist believes she has discovered the key to a dazzling new find. Her frenzied attempts to unlock the mysterious Curse of the Pharaohs trap her in a web of intrigue, corruption, and murder. Contains some strong language.
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
RC 46212, BR 11535.
A recently widowed southern belle visits her bohemian sister and lusty brother-in-law in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Seeking the lost gentility of her early life, she faces a mental breakdown because of the insensitivity of those around her.
True Grit by Charles Portis.
Mattie Ross is only 14 when a coward named Tom Chaney guns her Papa down in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Being the eldest of the family and a girl of true grit she sets off to avenge her father's death. Mattie outsmarts the hard-bitten men of the Wild West with her quick wit, her sharp tongue and her unflinching courage. Also available as a descriptive video, DV 121.
White Palace by Glenn Savan.
Max, a 27-year-old advertising man, has been mourning his dead wife for two years. When he meets Nora, a 40-year-old waitress, his first thoughts are that they have nothing in common. Opposites attract, however, and a rambunctious love affair is underway until Nora observes during a celebration dinner that Max is ashamed of her. Contains strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.