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Lipsky, David, 1965-
Rolling Stone reporter Lipsky accompanied David Foster Wallace for 5 days on a book tour promoting the novel Infinite Jest. The conversations between the men take place as Wallace is on the brink of international fame--and facing the reality that his life has changed forever. The film title is The End of the Tour and will be released in July.
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Nadeau, Barbie Latza.
American student Amanda Knox is accused of murder in Italy. The film, titled The Face of an Angel, will be released in June 2015.
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Tóibín, Colm, 1955-
Unable to find work in Ireland, Ellis Lacey comes to New York where she finds employment and love but she is torn between her new life in America and her family back home. The film version of Colm Tóibín's award-winning novel will be released in November 2015.
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Collins, Suzanne.
After their defiant victory at the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta are forced by the government to suppress the rebellion that they have inspired.
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Smith, Tom Rob.
Set in Stalin era Soviet Union, an idealistic police officer investigates a series of child murders that his supervisors deny even exist.
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Flynn, Gillian, 1971-
As a child, Libby Day witnessed the murders of her mother and sisters and testified that her brother was responsible. Now 25 years later, Libby is approached by a club that investigates notorious crimes. They are convinced that her brother is innocent. Libby agrees to work with them and as she revisits the past begins to realize that she doesn't really know what happened on the fateful night.
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Philbrick, Nathaniel.
The true story of The Essex, an American whaleship which sunk thousands of kilometres from land after an encounter with a whale. The crew were able to gather some supplies and boarded 3 small open boats and began a harrowing journey to South America and inspired Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.
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Stedman, M. L.
A lighthouse keeper and his wife decide to keep a baby who has washed up on shore in a rowboat with a dead man. The movie will be released in December 2015.
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Weir, Andy.
An astronaut with limited supplies must figure out a way to survive and communicate with Earth after he is stranded on Mars.
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Andrews, Jesse.
Socially awkward Greg has joined every group in his high school in an effort to mix in while staying invisible. His only friend is his co-worker, Earl. When Greg's mother forces him to become friends with Rachel, a girl with leukemia, his world changes dramatically.
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Green, John, 1977- author.
Quentin Jacobs is shocked when the girl he is secretly in love with, sneaks into his room one night and asks him to help her get revenge on people who have hurt her. When she disappears the next day, Q investigates to find out what has happened to her.
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Cullin, Mitch, 1968-
Sherlock Holmes, a frail 93-year-old, has retired to Sussex where he lives in isolation with his memories and bees. The movie, titled Mr. Holmes, will be released in July, 2015.
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Bryson, Bill.
Travel writer Bryson decides to hike the length of the Appalacian trail but can only find one person willing to go with him--a high school friend who is out of shape and completely unprepared for the 2000 mile trek.