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Upcoming Films Based on Books

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With all the hype surrounding the film release of The Help this week, it made me wonder what other books will be released as movies within the next year.  Here are a few, in case you want to check out the books before seeing the films (click on the book title to check availability at NPL):

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, A Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever  is author Benjamin Mee's story of buying and running a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside.  The movie version, starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, shifts the setting to the U.S. and opens December 23.

Another upcoming film that switches from the book location of the U.K. to the setting of the U.S. is I Don’t Know How She Does It, based on the novel by Allison Pearson.  It stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Kate Reddy, who juggles her career, motherhood and being the happily married wife of an out-of-work architect, played by Greg Kinnear. The movie opens September 16.

Michael Lewis’ bestseller, Moneyball, hits the big screen on September 23. It’s the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Brad Pitt stars as Beane with a supporting cast that includes Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

A few others of note: Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy (11/18), We Need to Talk About Kevin (9/28), and the American film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (12/21).  Happy reading…and viewing!

 Lori Siegel, Reader Services