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If you're like me and you love to read books that are being or have been turned into movies, hoopla Digital has a variety of titles to explore!
The best part about titles on hoopla is that there is never a wait or hold time. Simply download the book and start reading today - then when you're done, watch the movie to see how it compares!
In 1997, Charles Frazier's debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for 61 weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies.
Wounded and disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely and keenly moving.
The film version stars Hollywood heavyweights Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her role.
If you're craving adventure, travel or some female empowerment (or maybe all three), check out Robyn Davidson's autobiography recounting her journey walking the 1,700 miles of desolate landscape between Alice Springs and the Indian Ocean. Tracks is the beautifully written, compelling true story of the author's journey across Australia and the love/hate relationships she develops along the way: with the country's Red Centre; with aboriginal culture; with a handsome photographer; and especially with her lovable and cranky camels, Bub, Dookie, Goliath, and Zeleika.
The film adaptation stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver and includes beautiful scenery throughout Australia.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Two teenage boys are in for a tremendous shock when they crash a party where the girls are far more than they appear! When Enn, a shy teenager in 70s London, meets the beautiful and rebellious Zan at a party, they set in motion the ultimate showdown between their rivaling worlds and test the limits of how far they will go for true love.
From Neil Gaiman-one of the most celebrated authors of our time-and award-winning artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, this sumptuous graphic novel is not to be missed! The movie stars Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp.
The Cider House Rules
An American classic first published in 1985 by William Morrow and adapted into an award-winning film, The Cider House Rules is among John Irving's most beloved novels. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.
The film won two Academy Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor) and stars Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd and Michael Caine.
Sneaker Century and Sneakerheadz
Several of the titles featured above are pretty serious - so if you're looking for something a little lighter, I recommend first reading Sneaker Century and then following it up with the film Sneakerheadz. The documentary isn't based on the eBook here, but the two share the same subject and were released in the same year.
About Sneaker Century - Explores the sneaker frontier from their earliest history to their future-recycled shoes, earth-friendly initiatives and high-fashion statements. Get ready to speed through the Sneaker Century!
About Sneakerheadz - An in-depth look into the exploding subculture of sneaker collecting and the widespread influence it has had on popular culture around the world.