A Hollywood-Inspired Reading List

October 27, 2014 8:00 AM

Books form the basis of countless Hollywood films and you’ll have no shortage of big screen adaptations to choose from during this year’s Oscar season and throughout 2015. Here’s your guide to titles from our sister company Simon & Schuster that are getting the Hollywood treatment. Be the first to say that the book was better than the movie!

The Homesman
By Glendon Swarthout

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Starring Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, and John Lithgow,  captures the devastating realities of pioneer life through the eyes of Mary Bee Cuddy, an unforgettable frontier woman. The Homesman premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released stateside on November 7. There is already considerable Oscar buzz around Hilary Swank’s unforgettable performance in the lead role. You can watch the trailer here.

Still Alice 
By Lisa Genova

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Alice Howland is a fifty-year-old cognitive psychology professor at Harvard with grown children and a happy marriage when she finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Julianne Moore is already rumored to be at the forefront of this year’s Oscar race for her devastating portrayal of Alice as she is left unable to continue in her career, take care of herself, or even recognize her loved ones. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart, Still Alice will be released on December 5th in New York and Los Angeles, and will be expanded to theaters around the country in January.

The Light Between Oceans
By M. L. Stedman

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1920s Australia: A lighthouse keeper and his wife rescue a baby from a boat that washes ashore and raise her as their own. Mesmerizing and beautifully written, The Light Between Oceans sweeps us away with compelling characters seeking to find their north star in a world where there is no right answer. Starring Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, and Alicia Vikander, this lush period drama has no release date yet.

Forever, Interrupted
By Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Weaving together the beginnings of a whirlwind romance and its tragic aftermath, Forever, Interrupted is the story of a young woman who, just a week after her elopement, faces the sudden loss of her new husband and the unexpected bond she forms with her mother-in-law. Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, has been cast in the lead role.

The Dovekeepers
By Alice Hoffman

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Set nearly 2,000 years ago during one of the most significant events in Jewish history—the infamous siege of Masada in which 900 Jews held out against the Roman Army in a remote, mountainous fortress for nearly two years—The Dovekeepers is a is a tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful women whose lives intersect during this desperate struggle for survival. Starring NCIS star Cote de Pablo, Sam Neill, Kathryn Prescott, and Diego Boneta, The Dovekeepers will air on CBS in the spring of 2015.