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Subject: Got books turned movie on your shelf? Highlight them here!
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:38 AM ET
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List your books on yur shelf that have been or are being turned into movies (good or bad!)

Subject: The Inredibles - A Step into reading book
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:48 AM ET
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The Incredible Dash (The Incredibles Step into Reading, Step 3)

AFTER BEING FORCED to live normal human lives, the Incredibles have the chance to rediscover their superhuman abilities. But will these superheroes learn to work together as a family to defeat evil? Find out in this action-packed Step 3 reader based on the hit film, The Incredibles.

“I’ve seen Step into Readings appeal to all ages. . . . The built-in levels and high-interest titles engage a variety of learners with different learning styles.”—Franky Murphy, second, fourth, and sixth grade teacher.

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The Runaway Jury :: John Grisham

Skipping Christmas :: John Grisham

Pearl Harbor :: Randall Wallace

Hannibal :: Thomas Harris

RED DRAGON :: Thomas Harris

A Walk to Remember :: Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook :: Nicholas Sparks

Jurassic Park :: Michael Crichton

What Dreams May Come :: Richard Matheson

The Man in the Iron Mask (Tor Classics) :: Alexandre Dumas

Holy monkey!  I had no idea I had so many.  And that's not including the Danielle Steele's

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Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:16 AM ET
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I'm not sure if some of the dean koontz books I have listed were made into movies or not and there are several Mary Higgins Clark that could have been a tv movie or something

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A #1 New York Times bestseller, Mitchard's suspenseful and moving novel is now available in trade paperback

Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story--a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, The Deep End of the Ocean imagines every mother's worst nightmare--the disappearance of a child--as it explores a family's struggle to endure, even against extraordinary odds. Filled with compassion, humor, and brilliant observations about the texture of real life, here is a story of rare power, one that will touch readers' hearts and make them celebrate the emotions that make us all one.



Here is the timeless tale of a heroic knight fighting for his kingdom--and a fierce dragon who joins his crusade. The amazing special effects, created by the team who brought us Jurassic Park, will draw audiences to the theater. But it is the story itself that will capture their hearts. The movie from Universal Pictures stars Dennis Quaid and Sean Connery.



Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Author: Todd Strasser
Intrepid inventor Wayne Szalinski accidentally zaps his infant son with an enlarging ray, and now the family must come up with ingenious ways to meet the baby's "growing" needs. Scheduled for release in July, the film stars Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, and Lloyd Bridges. Illustrated with full-color stills



A River Runs through It and Other Stories
Author: Norman Maclean
From its first magnificent sentence, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing", to the last, "I am haunted by waters", A River Runs Through It is an American classic.

Based on Norman Maclean's childhood experiences, the title novella has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time; it captivates readers with vivid descriptions of life along Montana's Big Blackfoot River and its near magical blend of fly fishing with the troubling affections of the heart.

The paperback edition is now available with an evocative new cover by acclaimed Montana painter Russell Chatham.

"A masterpiece. . . . This is more than stunning fiction: It is a lyric record of a time and a life, shining with Maclean's special gift for calling the reader's attention to arts of all kinds--the arts that work in nature, in personality, in social intercourse, in fly-fishing."--Kenneth M. Pierce, Village Voice

Norman Maclean (1902-90), woodsman, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, grew up in the Western Rocky Mountains of Montana and worked for many years in logging camps and for the United States Forestry Service before beginning his academic career. He retired from the University of Chicago in 1973

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Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:33 AM ET
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Mystic River by Dennis Lehane:

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.

Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do terrible things. When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy, who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave, who came home the night Jimmy's daughter died covered in someone else's blood.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:34 AM ET
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I have "Timeline" by Michael Crichton.  A good time travel novel!

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival--six hundred years ago. . . .

I didn't see the movie, though...


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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

A depressed section of Monterey, California, known as Cannery Row from its string of now-empty canning plants is the backdrop for an offbeat romantic comedy about a pair of mismatched lovers. Doc is a lonely marine biologist (and former baseball star) who supplies specimens for science labs and classrooms. Suzy is a scrappy drifter who can't even succeed as a prostitute because of her abrasive manner. When the two get together, it's fireworks, though not the romantic kind. Not to worry, everything is in the hands of Cannery Row's resident guardian angels, Mack and the boys, a band of drunken derelicts whose hearts are in the right place, even though their brains are not.

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

The story of young men growing up facing hard times where they have little going for them. Two opposing groups, the Greasers and the Socs, continually fight against each other and their "turf".

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Stephen King's second novel,'Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart -- and the insular evils of small-town America.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:47 AM ET
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Bee Season :: Myla Goldberg

In Her Shoes :: Jennifer Weiner

The Mermaid Chair :: Sue Monk Kidd (Lifetime movie, does that count?)

Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics :: Anonymous, Joe Klein

Smilla's Sense of Snow :: Peter Hoeg

Snow Falling on Cedars :: David Guterson

The Sweet Hereafter: A Novel :: Russell Banks

Good gravy, I didn't think I had that many either.  Cool idea for a topic!

Vicky....I loved the book Timeline but thought the movie was a stinker...just like another one of Crichton's called The Sphere---great book, poor flick.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:52 AM ET
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Michelle, I've heard that about both the Timeline and Sphere movies...but I really did enjoy both books.  I love time travel anyway, and Crichton made it seem doable! 

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I really enjoyed the books too, Vicky.  I love his writing style!

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I have the following:

Batman: Forever Movie Adaptation (comic book)     http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781563891991-Batman+Forever+Movie+Adaptation

Message In a Bottle       http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780446606813-Message+in+a+Bottle

The Nanny Diaries      http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780312291631-The+Nanny+Diaries

Skipping Christmas     http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780385505833-Skipping+Christmas


Date Posted: 4/15/2008 10:57 AM ET
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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is another laugh-out-loud look at the life of 90's Everywoman Bridget Jones. Picking up where the blockbuster bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary left off, The Edge of Reason finds Bridget ensconced in an up and down relationship with Mark Darcy, whom she finally decided to give a chance at the end of the first book. Bridget's best Singleton pals Jude and Shaz are on hand to dispense advise about men and relationships culled from the pages of GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT and KEEPING THE LOVE YOU FIND, with unfortunate results. And Bridget's Smug Married friend Magda still mixes phone calls with friends with instructions shouted at her kids: "Bridget, hi! I was just ringing to say in the potty! Do it in the potty!" Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason has all the charm and hearty laughs that made Diary such a smash.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:20 AM ET
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I have Bridget Jones' Diary - the book is funnier than the movie, I think!

And also the House of Sand and Fog -

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Niccolo is a recovering alcoholic and addict whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills--and what it represents to each of them--and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge on an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.

It was a good movie, I thought!

I just checked my shelf, and I have more than I thought!

Battlefield Earth - the worst movie ever, but the book was actually readable! 

Under the Tuscan Sun - cute movie, beautifully written book. Made me want to pack my suitcase right then

The Far Side of the World - Master and Commander

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - this was a tv movie in Britain, but they didn't get Precious right. The actress wasn't fat enough!!

Memoirs of a Geisha



In fact, half my shelf is books that have been made into movies!

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Michelle...I sent you a PM!

Subject: Thank you for starting this!
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:51 AM ET
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For the Love of the Game another Costner movie I really enjoyed.  So, I bought the audio.  I did not finish it.  I didn't like it.  I know, I know, this is NOT how we sell our books.  But what the hey.

It is on cassette, with a really great intro by the author's son (author is dead).  And if you order it, because I didn't like it, I will buddy you back one of your credits!


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The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols

ISBN-13: 9780345344465
ISBN-10: 0345344464
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2/12/1987
Book Type: Paperback
Book Description:

Joe Mondragon, thirty-six, is a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, who slammed his battered pickup to a stop one day, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into an arid patch of ground. Then, illegally, he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began John Nichols' classic tale of the little guy against the big guy -- THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR.
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:37 PM ET
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Shopgirl by Steve Martin

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells


Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:39 PM ET
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I also have:

The Hours

A Good Year

The Joy Luck Club

The Celestine Prophecy

A Map of the World

The Onion Field

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Dead Man Walking

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier's death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him--men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.

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I think these were made into movies:

  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  • Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
  • Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
  • Runaway Jury by John Grisham
  • Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (I added this because I forgot it was a movie)

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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare�s King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.


The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

With all the media hype, does this one need a blurb???  ;-)

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Pay it Forward

It all started with the social studies teacher's extra-credit assignment: come up with a plan to change the world for the better, and do it. Twelve-year-old Trevor McKinney began by doing something good for three people. But instead of paying him back, he asked them to "pay it forward" by doing a favor for three more people, who in turn would help three others, and so on, each act a link in a chain of human kindness.

And no one -- not his teacher, his mom, or anyone in his small California town -- could ever have dreamed of how far Trevor's plan would go.