Seven Science Fiction and Fantasy Books and One Series Coming to the Big Screen

Some bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels have recently been picked up by film production companies to be made into movies. Now, adaptations are always tricky. Will the screenwriters and actors do the stories justice? Will they leave out parts of the books you find important? You can’t compare the film with the books unless you read the books. So here is a list of several books (and one trilogy) that have been optioned to be made into films. Which of these are you most excited to watch?

LORE by Alexandra Bracken (DB 102852)
PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia Butler (DB 39777, BR 21257)
EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (DB 87691, BR 22136, LB 09082)
KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (DB 102764, BR 24107, LB 13405)
NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (DB 73783, BR 21370)
INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by Victoria Schwab (DB 100901, BR 23467)
PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir (DB 103718, BR 24103, LB 13423)

Broken Earth Trilogy

Start with the first book:

FIFTH SEASON: THE BROKEN EARTH, BOOK 1 by N. K. Jemisin (DB 82240, BR 23399; en español DBG 17462)

Nominees for the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay 2024

The Academy Award (also known by its nickname “Oscar”) for Best Adapted Screenplay is awarded to the best screenplay adapted from previously established material, as determined by Academy member-voters. The most frequently adapted media are novels, but other adapted narrative formats include stage plays, musicals, short stories, TV series, and even other films and film characters. All sequels are also considered adaptations by this standard (based on the story and characters set forth in the original film). The movie Barbie is one of the nominees this year even though it’s not based on a book, but on the characters created by Ruth Handler. So, we’ve included a book about Ruth Handler and the creation of Barbie.

The 96th Academy Awards winners were announced on March 10.

American Fiction

ERASURE by Percival Everett (DB 103402)

Barbie

BARBIE AND RUTH: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS DOLL AND THE WOMAN WHO CREATED HER by Robin Gerber (DB 69491)

Oppenheimer

AMERICAN PROMETHEUS: THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (DB 61087)

Poor Things

POOR THINGS: EPISODES FROM THE EARLY LIFE OF ARCHIBALD MCCANDLESS, M.D., SCOTTISH PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER by Alisdair Gray (DB 38112)

The Zone of Interest

The ZONE OF INTEREST by Martin Amis (BRG 03577)

The Most Magical Time of the Year: Christmas Fantasy Fiction

The December holiday season is fairly magical to begin with, and then you add in these books to take things just one step further. Starting with the original Christmas fantasy tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this list contains Christmas stories with a fantastic twist.

CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens (DB 70685, BR 18852, LB 00573)
DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper (DB 50256, BR 13420, LB 04042)
GREMLINS by George Gipe (DB 20923)
HIDDENSEE: A TALE OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE NUTCRACKER by Gregory Maguire (DB 89905)
HOGFATHER: A NOVEL OF DISCWORLD by Terry Pratchett (DB 52689, BR 22358)
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (DB 76605)
SCANDAL IN BATTERSEA by Mercedes Lackey (DB 98418)
STUPIDEST ANGEL: A HEARTWARMING TALE OF CHRISTMAS TERROR by Christopher Moore (DB 68133)
SUGAR QUEEN by Sarah Addison Allen (DB 67522, BR 18155)

Watched the Hallmark Holiday Movie? Now Read the Book!

Tis the season for holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel! Maybe you’ve heard about the movie from a friend or maybe you’ve already watched it, but you want to see how the book differs from the show? Here are some books that inspired Hallmark Channel holiday movies. We’ve updated it for 2023, and it includes one written by Blake Shelton’s mom, Dorothy Shackleford.

ANGEL TREE by Daphne Benedis-Grab (DB 80225)
CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber (DB 73685, LB 06530)
CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas (DB 72388, DBC 16819)
CHRISTMAS TOWN by Donna Vanliere (DB 86731)
CHRISTMAS TRAIN by David Baldacci (DB 55045, BR 14463, LB 10834)
DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS by Gregory D. Kincaid (DBC 01593)
MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber (DB 80064)
MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber (DB 96769)
MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS by Susan Mallery (DB 83806)
MISTLETOE PROMISE by Richard Paul Evans (DB 80430, BR 20624, LB 08564)
SILVER BELLS: A HOLIDAY TALE by LuAnne Rice (DB 59402, BR 15767)
TIME FOR ME TO COME HOME by Dorothy Shackleford (DBC 24500)
TRADING CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber (DB 73827, BT 13340)

Western Movies and TV Shows

Did you know that the movie High Noon was based on the short story, “The Tin Star”? Did you know that the TV show The Virginian was based on a book that literary experts consider to be the very first Western novel? Did you know that LONESOME DOVE is the second book in a series by Larry McMurtry?

Take the opportunity to read the books that your favorite western shows and films were based on. Who knows what neat insights you’ll gain?

Here is a list of Western books that movies and TV shows were based upon that we have in the TBP collection.

TELEVISION SHOWS

Gunsmoke

DAY OF THE GUNFIGHTER by Joseph A. West (BRC 01270)

Justified

Raylan Givens Series by Elmore Leonard

1.     PRONTO (DB 37320, BR 21514)
2.     RIDING THE RAP (DB 75230, BR 10359)
3.     WHEN THE WOMEN COME OUT TO DANCE: STORIES (DB 55963, BR 14648)
4.     RAYLAN (DB 74284, BR 19487)

Virginian

VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS by Owen Wister (DB 36421, BR 16196, LB 00331)

FILMS

Best of the West Series by Bill Pronzini

1.     BEST OF THE WEST: STORIES THAT INSPIRED CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS (DB 55165)
2.     BEST OF THE WEST II: STORIES THAT INSPIRED CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS (DB 47923)
3.     BEST OF THE WEST III: MORE STORIES THAT INSPIRED CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS (DB 48644)

All the Pretty Horses

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES: THE BORDER TRILOGY, VOLUME I by Cormac McCarthy (DB 34043)

Assassination of Jesse James

ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD, ROBERT FORD by Ron Hansen (DBC 16651, BR 05670)

Big Country

BIG COUNTRY by Don Hamilton (DB 57773)

Dances with Wolves

DANCES WITH WOLVES by Michael Blake (DB 32009)

High Noon

CENTURY OF GREAT WESTERN STORIES includes the short story “The Tin Star” by John W. Cunningham (DB 51381, LB 07487)

Little Big Man

LITTLE BIG MAN by Thomas Berger (DB 32463)

Lonesome Dove

LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry (DB 22959, BR 13696)

MacKenna’s Gold

MACKENNA’S GOLD by Will Henry (DB 34699)

Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE AND A MAN CALLED HORSE, LOST SISTER, THE HANGING TREE by Dorothy M. Johnson (DB 64881)

Missing

LAST RIDE by Tom Eidson (DB 40965, LB 04746)

Open Range

OPEN RANGE MEN by Lauran Paine (DB 32457)

Outlaw Josey Wales

JOSEY WALES: TWO WESTERNS, GONE TO TEXAS AND THE VENGEANCE TRAIL OF JOSEY WALES by Forrest Carter (DB 56451)

Ox-Bow Incident

OX-BOW INCIDENT by Walter Van Tilburg Clark (DB 52564, BR 13679)

Searchers

SEARCHERS by Alan Le May (DB 69294, BRC 00476)
SEARCHERS: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND by Glenn Frankel (DB 76467)

Shane

SHANE by Jack Schaefer (DB 60163, BR 13561)

Shootist

SHOOTIST by Glendon Swarthout (DB 55309, LB 05175)

Stagecoach

CENTURY OF GREAT WESTERN STORIES includes the short story “The Stage to Lordsburg” by Ernest Haycox (DB 51381, LB 07487)

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE by B. Traven (DB 45216, LB 01289)

True Grit

TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis (DB 44219, BR 19212, LB 06837)

Bibliography of American Scientists

Did you know that the recent Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimer was based on a book? Well, it was! It was based on AMERICAN PROMETHEUS by Kai Bird. It even won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2006. This made us wonder, what other great biographies and autobiographies on great American scientists do we have in the TBP collection? So we decided to search the catalog. We even found the autobiography of a scientist who is blind! Here are some of the titles we discovered:

AMERICAN PROMETHEUS: THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Kai Bird (DB 61087)
ARBORNAUT: A LIFE DISCOVERING THE EIGHTH CONTINENT IN THE TREES ABOVE US by Margaret Lowman (DB 104556, LB 13833)
ATOMIC WOMEN: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE SCIENTISTS WHO HELPED CREATE THE NUCLEAR BOMB by Roseanne Montillo (DB 105401)
AVOID BORING PEOPLE: LESSONS FROM A LIFE IN SCIENCE by James Watson (DB 66912)
FROM IMMIGRANT TO INVENTOR: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE SERBIAN-AMERICAN PHYSICIST, CHEMIST AND PIONEER OF ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION AND THE LONG-DISTANCE TELEPHONE LINE by Michael Pupin (DB 98555)
GIRL DECODED: A SCIENTIST’S QUEST TO RECLAIM OUR HUMANITY BY BRINGING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO TECHNOLOGY by Rana El Kaliouby (DB 99895)
HIDDEN FROM HISTORY: THE LIVES OF EIGHT AMERICAN WOMEN SCIENTISTS by Kim K. Zach (DB 58587)
LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren (DB 84436; LB 08952)
POISON SQUAD: ONE CHEMIST’S SINGLE-MINDED CRUSADE FOR FOOD SAFETY AT THE TURN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Deborah Blum (DB 92502)
PRIVILEGED HANDS: A SCIENTIFIC LIFE by Geerat J. Vermeij (DB 42911, BR 10669)
PROVING GROUND: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE SIX WOMEN WHO PROGRAMED THE WORLD’S FIRST MODERN COMPUTER by Kathy Kleiman (DB 115112)
RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS: THE WOMEN WHO PROPELLED US, FROM MISSILES TO THE MOON TO MARS by Nathalia Holt (DB 84440; LB 08653)

Juvenile Nonfiction

ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT: A STORY ABOUT ELLEN SWALLOW RICHARDS by Ethlie Ann Vare (DB 36589)
Grades 2-4.

Watched It on Netflix? Read the Book!

You’ve heard about the Netflix Series or maybe you’ve already watched it, but you want to see how the book differs from the show? Did you finish Season 4 of Stranger Things and need something to tide you over until Season 5 is released? Maybe you watched that documentary and want to see if there is more information to be had on the topic. Here are some books that either inspired or were based on Netflix shows.

DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF by Sheila Williams DBC 15917

Based on the Netflix movie, Juanita, forty-two-year-old Juanita Lewis leaves her dead-end life with her grown, deadbeat children in the Columbus, Ohio projects. Buying a one-way bus ticket to Montana, she finds a fulfilling life as a down-home cook in the Paper Moon diner.

DIAGNOSIS: SOLVING THE MOST BAFFLING MEDICAL MYSTERIES by Lisa Sanders DB 96900

Collection of more than fifty hard-to-crack medical quandaries from the physician-author’s “Diagnosis” column in the New York Times Magazine and now a Netflix series. In each case, the winding path to diagnosis and treatment shows how making the right diagnosis requires expertise, painstaking procedure, and sometimes a little luck. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DUKE AND I: A BRIDGERTON NOVEL by Julia Quinn DB 60504, BR 21413

Simon Basset, the new duke of Hastings, and Daphne Bridgerton stage a courtship to keep society matchmakers at bay. But when the charade becomes all too real for Daphne, Simon must either marry her or risk ruining her reputation and breaking her heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Inspiration for the Netflix series, Bridgerton. 2000.

INDEFENSIBLE by Michael Griesbach DBC 08252

A legal insider’s examination of the Steven Avery murder case in Wisconsin and response to Making a Murderer, the Netflix series about the trial. Some strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

MEATEATER GUIDE TO WILDERNESS SKILLS AND SURVIVAL by Steven Rinella DB 102863

Outdoors expert and host of the Netflix show MeatEater provides advice on surviving in the wilderness. Includes tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations from Rinella and his trusted crew of expert hunters, anglers, emergency room doctors, climbers, paddlers, and wilderness guides. Strong language. 2020.

NADIYA BAKES by Nadiya Hussain DB 104614; BR 23906

Host of the beloved Netflix series Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes and 2015 winner of The Great British Baking Show presents a collection of recipes for baked goods. Categories include cakes, one-pan bakes, no-bake bakes, tarts and pies, desserts, celebration bakes, cookies and bites, breads and buns, and savory bakes. 2020.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: MY YEAR IN A WOMEN’S PRISON by Piper Kerman DB 77538; LB 09162

Upper-middle-class author chronicles her conviction and incarceration in 2003 for drug smuggling and money laundering—crimes she committed ten years earlier after graduating from Smith College. Kerman relates her immersion into prison culture at a minimum-security facility in Connecticut. Basis for the Netflix original series. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

QUEEN’S GAMBIT by Walter S. Tevis DBC 17656, En español: DB 105896

Shy, plain Beth Harmon loses her mother at age eight in Lexington, KY and is sent to an orphanage. Beth is lonely and unhappy, despite the medications given to the children to keep them manageable. One day she discovers the janitor playing a strange game in the basement and they gradually become friends as he teaches her the game of chess. Beth becomes obsessed with the game and at age 16 is competing in national chess competitions. But while she rises in the ranks of the professional circuit, her personal and emotional life suffer. Basis for the 2020 Netflix series. 1983.

STRANGER THINGS: SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Gwenda Bond DB 94103

In this novel based on the Netflix show Stranger Things, it is the summer of 1969 and Indiana college student Terry Ives wants to make a difference in the world. She volunteers to be a test subject for a secret government project, only to uncover a conspiracy. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2019. Prequel to DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (DB 105858)

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?: A BIOGRAPHY by Alan Light DB 83699

Inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone, is an in-depth portrait from a music journalist of the singer and activist Nina Simone (1933-2003). Using archival footage, interviews, and Simone’s diaries, the author examines Simone’s youth in the Jim Crow South, her musical career and civil rights activism, and her reclusive later years in Liberia and Paris. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook 2016.

WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo DB 23512

This black comedy zeroes in on the absurdities of life and the fear of death in contemporary America. Jack Gladney, professor at a small Midwestern college, created the discipline of “Hitler studies” despite the fact that he knows no German. He lives happily with his wife Babette and their assorted children from former marriages. Both share a pervasive dread of death that is justified when a cloud of lethal fumes threatens to engulf their quiet college town. Some strong language. National Book Award for Fiction. 1985.

YOU by Caroline Kepnes DB 80055

Clerk Joe Goldberg is immediately drawn to aspiring writer Beck when she enters his bookstore. He describes the increasingly dangerous steps he takes to get to know her, and to make her his own. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

Staff Pick – WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo, DB 23512


The recent adaptation of WHITE NOISE to the small screen via Netflix has brought renewed interested in this 1985 National Book Award-winning novel. Stylistically complex, Don DeLillo expertly lampoons modern American late 20th century life in this offbeat comedic masterpiece. Talking Book Collection DB 23512.

NLS Annotation This black comedy zeroes in on the absurdities of life and the fear of death in contemporary America. Jack Gladney, professor at a small Midwestern college, created the discipline of “Hitler studies” even though he knows no German. He lives happily with his wife, Babette, and their children from former marriages. Both share a pervasive dread of death that is justified when a cloud of lethal fumes threatens to engulf their quiet college town. Some strong language. National Book Award for Fiction.1985.

If you enjoy satire of American life and the human condition, you might also like Jonathan Franzen’s book FREEDOM (DB 71329).

Watched the Hallmark Holiday Movie? Now Read the Book!

Tis the season for holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel! Maybe you’ve heard about the movie from a friend or maybe you’ve already watched it, but you want to see how the book differs from the show? Here are some books that inspired Hallmark Channel holiday movies.

ANGEL TREE by Daphne Benedis-Grab (DB 80225)

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it; but nobody knows where the tree comes from. This year, four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree. For grades 4-7. 2014.

CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber (DB 73685, LB 06530)

While working in the toy department of a New York City store, Mrs. Miracle meets Holly, who is searching for a robot for her nephew. Mrs. Miracle plays matchmaker for Holly and the store owner’s son Jake. Includes recipes. Sequel to MRS. MIRACLE (DB 70101). Commercial audiobook. A Hallmark Channel Original Movie. 2010.

CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas (DB 72388, DBC 16819)

San Juan Island, Washington. Bachelor Mark Nolan has custody of his late sister’s six-year-old daughter Holly, who hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death. But Holly opens up for toy-store owner Maggie Conroy, a young widow who yearns for companionship, and the three slowly bond. Some descriptions of sex. 2010.

CHRISTMAS TOWN by Donna Vanliere (DB 86731)

Former foster child Lauren Gabriel is not a fan of the Christmas season, but when she witnesses a car accident, she is drawn into the small town of Grandon. She is recruited to help raise money for Glory’s Place—a center for single mothers and families in need. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

CHRISTMAS TRAIN by David Baldacci (DB 55045, BR 14463, LB 10834)

Journalist Tom Langdon takes a cross-country train from the East Coast to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his girlfriend. On the trip he meets a host of zany characters, including one who happens to be his former lover. Sparks fly until Tom’s girlfriend shows up in Chicago. Bestseller. 2002.

DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS by Gregory D. Kincaid (DBC 01593)

Discovering that a local shelter is looking for temporary homes for their dogs over the Christmas holidays, Todd, a developmentally challenged young man, persuades his reluctant family to take in a special canine named Christmas, who teaches an entire community a lesson in the transforming power of love and goodwill. First book in the Christmas Dogs series. Followed by “Christmas with Tucker.” Unrated. 2008.

MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS by Susan Mallery (DB 83806)

Bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug agrees to plan the Christmas wedding for a local groom whose bride is out of town. The bride’s brother, movie star Jonny Blaze, steps in to help, with romantic results. Some descriptions of sex. 2015.

MISTLETOE PROMISE by Richard Paul Evans (DB 80430, BR 20624, LB 08564)

Three years after Elise divorced her husband for cheating, another holiday season rolls around, sending her into a funk. Then Nicholas Derr approaches her in the food court where they both eat and offers a contract in which they pretend to be in a relationship. Neither expects the consequences. Bestseller. A Hallmark Original Movie. 2014.

SILVER BELLS: A HOLIDAY TALE by Luanne Rice (DB 59402, BR 15767)

Widowed Canadian farmer Christopher Byrne journeys to New York City every December to sell Christmas trees. Last year his teenaged son stayed on to pursue a photography career. Manhattan librarian Catherine Tierney buys her trees from Chris and looks out for the boy. Love is soon in the air. 2004.

TRADING CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber (DB 73827, BT 13340)

Widowed Emily Spring of Leavenworth, Washington, swaps houses with Charles Brewster of Boston for Christmas. Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith travels to Leavenworth to visit her and Charles’s brother Ray shows up at the house in Boston. Unexpected romances ensue in both locations. Commercial audiobook. A Hallmark Channel Original Movie. 2011.

Staff Pick — John — A WALK IN THE WOODS: REDISCOVERING AMERICA ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, by Bill Bryson, DB 46519

I recently spent a week in northern Minnesota.  When I wasn’t not-catching fish, listening to loons, or feeding the mosquitoes, I spent quite a bit of time walking in the woods.  It was wonderful.  Breathing air that didn’t taste like car exhaust was different, but I got used to it.

Spending time in nature—whether walking in the woods, puttering in the backyard, or strolling in a park—is good for the body.  And the mind.  And the soul.  Being outdoors activates what’s known as the “happiness effect.”

Even a 15-minute walk in the woods—or on the prairie—helps you relax and offers a much-needed break from the chaos and noise of the “real” world.  John Muir got it right when he said, “of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

Travel writer Bill Bryson takes Muir at his word.  Having hiked a good bit of England, Bryson stumbles upon an outcropping of the Appalachian Trail (AT) near his home in New Hampshire and decides to tackle “the granddaddy of long hikes.”

Stephen Katz, a ne’er-do-well friend from Des Moines, volunteers to accompany Bryson, and the “waddlesome” duo hit the trail at Springer Mountain, Georgia, intent on hiking the Trail’s rugged 2,190 miles to Mount Katahdin, Maine.

it’s immediately clear that they have no business on the AT.  Woefully unprepared for its rigors, they come to their senses in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and abandon the lunacy of hiking the entire Trail.  They hopscotch their way via cab and rental car to Virginia, where they hike a more agreeable stretch of the Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, before suspending their odyssey.

Smitten with the AT, Bryson continues hiking abbreviated stretches of it on his own.  He samples the Trail in Pennsylvania (home of the meanest rattlesnakes on the AT), climbs Kittatinny Mountain, and survives the deceptively deadly slopes of Mount Washington.

Months later, Bryson and Katz resume hiking the AT in the notorious Hundred-Mile Wilderness of Maine.  Katz gets hopelessly lost, and they mercifully decide to call it a hike.  Later, mellowed by cream soda, they conclude that although they didn’t hike the Appalachian Trail, they DID hike the Appalachian Trail.

By turns whimsical, scholarly, cantankerous, and philosophical, Bryson paints a thoughtful portrait of the Appalachian Trail, recounting its curious history and uncertain future.  He mourns the passing of the “massively graceful” American chestnut and marvels at the astounding biological richness of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Bryson even knits together earthquakes, Alaskan glaciers, and swimming pools in Texas.

Like the best guides, Bryson leads us on surprising and offbeat detours.  We glimpse Stonewall Jackson, meet house proud loons, and explore the strange, sad town of Centralia, PA.  We also meet some of the Trail’s abundant wildlife, from hellbender salamanders to “dopily unassuming” moose.

Zoologist Desmond Morris observed that “the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.”  A WALK IN THE WOODS is an invitation to escape that zoo, and Bryson is a worthy companion.  Just don’t get him started on cabbies in Gatlinburg, TN.

 

NLS Annotation: Bryson relates the adventures and misadventures of two totally unfit hikers as he and longtime friend Stephen Katz traverse the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail.  Returning from more than twenty years in Britain, he set out to rediscover his homeland, but the two men find themselves awed by the terrain and stymied by the unfamiliar local culture.  Bestseller.  Some strong language.  1998.

For information about the 2015 movie adaptation, “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178665/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3

Hike back in time and enjoy a June 1998 book talk by Bill Bryson at Olsson’s Books and Records in Washington, DC: https://www.c-span.org/video/?105484-1/walk-woods

An amazing and altogether different real-life tale of hiking the Appalachian Trail is GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, by Ben Montgomery:

Biography of Emma Gatewood (1887-1973), who left her family in Ohio in May 1955, saying only that she was going for a walk.  Four months later she completed a solo hike of the Appalachian Trail, from south to north—the first woman to do so.  Details her trip and subsequent celebrity.  2014.  BR 21504 / DB 80502

Tom Ryan covers heartwarming New England terrain in FOLLOWING ATTICUS: FORTY-EIGHT HIGH PEAKS, ONE LITTLE DOG, AND AN EXTRAORDINARY FRIENDSHIP (DB 74367).

The Appalachian Trail’s treacherous West Coast cousin is the star of WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, by Cheryl Strayed.  (DB 80502).