2014 Books to Movies

Alan Turing: the Enigma

Andrew Hodges
921 Turing Hod

"It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution, Andrew Hodges's acclaimed book captures both the inner and outer drama of Turing's life." The coming film, The Imitation Game, will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing (November 21).

All you need is kill

Hiroshi Sakurazaka
SF Sakuraz

"When the alien mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya (Tom Cruise) is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armour called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. Things change, though, when he meets a female fighter (Emily Blunt)" (June 6).

Before I go to sleep

S.J. Watson

“A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her” (September 12).

The Best of Me

Nicholas Sparks

“Two former high school sweethearts return to their hometown for the funeral of a mentor and confront the choices they have made since they last met” (October 17).

Devil's Knot : the true story of the West Memphis Three

Mark Leveritt
364.1523 Lev

"In 1993 after the murders of three eight-year-old boys, police in West Memphis, Arkansas charged three teenagers—alleged members of a satanic cult—with the killings. Despite the witch-hunt atmosphere of the trials, and a case which included stunning investigative blunders, a confession riddled with errors, and an absence of physical evidence linking any of the accused to the crime, the teenagers were convicted...and all three remained in prison until their unprecedented release in August 2011" This is a dramatization of the story, previously seen in the series of award-winning Paradise Lost documentaries (May 9).


Veronica Roth
Y Roth
Series: Divergent trilogy ; 1

“In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice (Shailene Woodley), the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself” (March 21).

Every Secret Thing

Laura Lippman
MYS Lippman

"Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families" (TBA).

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green
Y Green

“Sixteen-year-old Hazel (Shailene Woodley), a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.” This is the first of the Indianapolis author's books to be adapted to film (June 6).

The Giver

Lois Lowry
Y Lowry; J Lowry
Series: Lowry, Lois. Giver quartet ; 1.

“Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver (Jeff Bridges). The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back” (August 15).

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

“When a woman (Rosmund Pike) goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband (Ben Affleck), desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.” Directed by David Fincher. (October 3).

Heaven is for Real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back

Todd Burpo
133.9013 Bur

"Burpo (Greg Kinnear), a Wesleyan pastor in rural Nebraska, recounts the story of his son’s mystic vision of heaven while the youngster was suffering from a near-fatal illness in the spring of 2003. Through the course of the work, Burpo recalls conversations he had with his son about what heaven was like” (April 16).

The Hobbit, or There and back again

J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien; Y Tolkien; J Tolkien

“Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.” This is the final of three film parts of the book (December 17).


Joe Hill

“In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.” The book’s author is the son of famed (horror) novelist Stephen King (TBA).

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Richard C. Morais

“A story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.” Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey (August 8).

If I Stay

Gayle Forman
Y Forman

"While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia (Chloë Moretz), a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death" (August 22).

Inherent Vice

Thomas Pynchon

“In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.” Directed and Adapted by Paul Thomas Anderson with a sprawling ensemble cast lead by Joaquin Phoenix. This is first Pynchon book ever adapted to film (December 12).

Labor Day

Joyce Maynard

“As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother (Kate Winslet) show kindness to a stranger (Josh Brolin) with a terrible secret.” (January 31)

The late romances

William Shakespeare
822.33 Sha

A modern retelling of the Shakespeare play Cymbeline, where “Imogen and Leonatus secretly marry against the will of her father, King Cymbeline, and remain true to one another through separation, deceit, and war.” Directed and Adapted by Michael Almereyda (TBA).

A Long Way Down

Nick Hornby

“Four people (Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette) meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.”  From the author of High Fidelity and About a Boy (July 11).

The Maze Runner

James Dashner
Y Dashner
Series: Maze runner trilogy; 1

“Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape” (September 19).

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter
940.531 Eds

“A special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.” George Clooney directs and stars with an ensemble cast. (February 7)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Frank Miller
GN Miller
Series: Miller, Frank, 1957- Sin City ; 2.

“Stuck with nothing but a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, Dwight (Josh Brolin)'s thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And then Ava (Eva Green) calls” (August 22).

Then they came for me: a family's story of love, captivity, and survival

Maziar Bahari & Aimee Molloy
921 Bahari Bah

“A journalist (Gael Garcia Bernal) is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.” Jon Stewart took his recent extended leave from The Daily Show to direct his adaptation of this book entitled Rosewater (TBA).

This is where I leave you

Jonathan Tropper

"Dysfunctional siblings who aren't used to observing their Jewish faith are forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems" (September 12).

Unbroken:  a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

Laura Hillenbrand
940.5472 Hil

“A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.” Adapted by the Coen Bros. (among others), directed by Angelina Jolie (December 25).

Vampire Academy

Richelle Mead
Y Mead
Series: Vampire Academy; 1

“St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger.” Adapted by the writer of Heathers (February 14).

Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed
800.92 Strayed Str

“A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman (Reese Witherspoon) reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again” (December 5).

Winter's Tale

Mark Helprin

“One night in winter, a man attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side of New York City. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her” (February 14).