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Early Bird Books: 8 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Movies

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Books and movies have a relationship that’s as old as Hollywood itself. Together, writers and filmmakers have given us everything from great adaptations to huge disappointments, and some truly weird interpretations in between. But that comes with the territory of turning our favorite words into live action pieces of cinema. If you’re a fan of both books and movies, check out these eight books that inspired adaptations. The Color Purple, Alice Walker The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and went on to inspire the classic 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. With apologies to Spielberg, Walker’s novel remains the definitive version of the story. Walker’s book uses a technique that film just can’t accommodate. The…

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‘The Center Will Not Hold’: 24 Joan Didion Quotes That Strike a Nerve

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On the heels of its New York Film Festival premiere, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, The Center Will Not Hold, comes to Netflix on October 27. The film is a retrospect of the literary giant’s career, from her earliest successes to more present-day milestones—like the publication of her National Book Award winner, The Year of Magical Thinking. I saw the documentary during a screening at the film festival earlier this month. At the risk of sounding cliche, I laughed (Didion’s solution to writer’s block is putting manuscripts in the freezer), and I cried (a lot of time is dedicated to her late husband and daughter). For the first time, we get an intimate glimpse at a woman who, for the…

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Dean Koontz, Peter Lerangis, and More Discuss the Power of Words for National Bullying Prevention Month

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October may be the season of Jack-O-Lanterns, candy corn, and ghost stories—but for many, it’s also an opportunity to address a pervasive social issue: bullying. Often a learned and cyclical behavior, bullying affects more than 1 in 5 students in the USA. It’s a statistic that PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has worked tirelessly to reduce since launching their first anti-bullying campaign in 2006. Every October, they educate schools, businesses, and communities across the country about bullying prevention and promoting inclusion. Their efforts span from hosting support walks and online pledges to advocating for improved student protection laws. Books, too, can play a role in the movement by being champions for diverse voices. Such stories can broaden children’s understanding of the world…

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A Bunny’s Tale: Gloria Steinem’s Shocking Exposé That Challenged Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Empire

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After responding to an ad offering “attractive young girls” $200 a week to work at Hugh Hefner’s infamous New York Playboy Club, now-famous feminist, author, and activist, Gloria Steinem, donned the classic Bunny outfit and spent nearly a month working undercover as part of a searing Show Magazine exposé. In her New York Times bestselling book, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Steinem returns readers to that very assignment. In a series of diary-like entries, she reveals an ugly underside of a sexual revolution that Hefner populated with women dressed in revealing costumes and men who ogled them. As she reveals the shocking incidents that followed her hiring in late January of 1963, readers get an up-close look at the outrageous…

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10 Life Lessons From the Peanuts Gang

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On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip was published in nine newspapers across the country. And in the more than 65 years since then, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang have been providing us with heartwarming lessons as told by their legendary creator, Charles M. Schulz. With 17,897 comic strips published in total, it is one of the most influential stories ever written. If you’re a fan of Snoopy and the rest of the gang, then you’ll enjoy the mischievous beagle’s hilarious adventures as he discovers some life lessons that everyone can benefit from learning. 1. When the game gets heated, Snoopy learns to be a gracious loser, appreciative winner, and positive teammate.…

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All the Feels: The First Book That Made You Cry

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Whether or not you’re an easy crier, there’s usually one book that manages to hit you straight in the feels. For some of us at Early Bird Books, The Fault in Our Stars was the first to bring on serious waterworks (we’ll never read John Green on the subway again). For others, it was Bridge to Terabithia or Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass. As for our awesome readers, The Red Fern Grows seems to have broken the majority of your little-kid hearts. In fact, other than tragic relationship stories like The Notebook, most of your first-time tearjerkers featured animals of some sort—Charlotte the spider and Old Yeller the dog, for example. And while you probably can’t say you enjoyed mourning…

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‘Pride and Prejudice’ Gets a Modern Makeover in ABC’s ‘Eligible’

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Last week, ABC committed to a pilot episode of Eligible, an adaptation of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride and Prejudice-inspired bestseller. Two CW alums and I. Marelene King, the showrunner of Pretty Little Liars, will work behind the camera to cast modern magic onto everyone’s favorite literary couple. Premiere date and casting announcements are still forthcoming. via GIPHY Lizzie Bennet and her brooding beau have made several trips to the screen throughout the past few decades. Most famously, Colin Firth played Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries before returning to the role in the more loosely based Bridget Jones’ Diary. Since Keira Knightley’s turn as Lizzie in the 2005 Oscar-nominated film, the Austen classic has also found its way to YouTube before…

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What If the Fate of the World Was in Your Hands?: An Excerpt from the Latest Jack Mars Novel

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In Jack Mars’ non-stop thriller, “Our Sacred Honor,” Luke Stone is once again called upon for a deadly mission. These days, the threat of nuclear war is not an unusual occurrence. And for Luke Stone, curbing that threat is part of the job. In Our Sacred Honor, the sixth book in Jack Mars’ thriller series, the former FBI agent is asked to embark on his boldest mission yet when two countries are at odds. After an Iran-backed terrorist group strikes Israel, the country gives Iran 72 hours to clear out its military bases before Israel takes action. But Iran says that if Israel enters their airspace, they’ll launch a nuclear attack on both Israel and all U.S. bases in the…

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We All Have a Dark Side: 8 Thrillers from Joyce Carol Oates

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Few authors have been as prolific as literary powerhouse Joyce Carol Oates. Since publishing her first book in 1963, she’s written over 40 novels, nabbed every award imaginable, and earned a coveted endorsement from Oprah Winfrey—all the while experimenting with different formats and genres. One such genre is psychological suspense, for which she frequently writes under the nom de plume “Rosamund Smith.” In Oates’ hands, the darkest corners of humanity are brought to life, turning our worst nightmares into page-turners and New York Times bestsellers. From sex and vengeance to murder and obsession, the Joyce Carol Oates books below are a taste of the National Book Award winner’s most chilling works. And if you love them as much as we…

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Before She was a Chef, Julia Child was…a Spy?! A New TV Show Looks at Child’s Early Life

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Before she was a TV chef and cookbook author, Julia Child was a … World War II spy? Yep, you read that right. And in a recent announcement from Deadline, ABC revealed plans for an upcoming dramedy series based on Child’s double life. Helmed by executive producers Benjamin Brand and Adam Goldworm (Aperture Entertainment) and set for weekly one-hour slots, Julia will imagine a fictional scenario in which Child, after finding culinary fame, is drawn back to her career at an intelligence agency. While Child never did return to the world of covert operations, the show will draw from her real-life experiences during World War II. News of Child’s shocking history hit the media back in 2008 when the National…

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Sherman Alexie’s ‘Hymn’ Touches on Politics, Popular Culture and Pain

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this poem by Sherman Alexie, which addresses the current climate of injustice plaguing the United States.  “Hymn” Why do we measure people’s capacity To love by how well they love their progeny? That kind of love is easy. Encoded. Any lion can be devoted To its cubs. Any insect, be it prey Or predator, worships its own DNA. Like the wolf, elephant, bear, and bees, We humans are programmed to love what we conceive. That’s why it’s so shocking when a neighbor Drives his car into a pond and slaughter– Drowns his children. And that’s why we curse The mother who leaves her kids—her hearth— And never returns. That kind…

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Oprah, Reese and Mindy Dazzle in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Wrinkle in Time’

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article about Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. Read on for more! Over the weekend, Disney’s D23 Expo gave us our first glimpse at the upcoming adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The time traveling adventure is being brought life by visionary director Ava DuVernay, who directed the award-winning film Selma (2014). The film boasts an all-star cast, with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling playing the eccentric (and impeccably bedazzled) time travel guides. Fronting the planet-hopping, time-bending action is newcomer Storm Reid as Wrinkle’s kick-butt female heroine, Meg Murry. Additionally, Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw play Meg’s scientist parents. The trailer is…

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Your Next TV Obsession: PBS’ ‘The Great American Read’

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article on the latest and greatest television series on PBS: “The Great American Read.” In an announcement that set our bookish hearts a-flutter, PBS revealed the latest addition to their television line-up: “The Great American Read.” Slated to air throughout the summer of 2018, the show will explore our beloved literary treasures (as chosen, in part, by a committee of literary professionals) as it leads a nationwide search for America’s favorite read. In other words: it’s the bookworm’s answer to the Super Bowl. Kicking things off is a two-hour premiere that will feature notable figures—from famous literati and Hollywood stars to newscasters and sports icons—as they champion the titles that…

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Gentleman Prefer Books: Flirty Marilyn Monroe Reads

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article on the 55th anniversary of Marilyn’s death. We’re turning to the books that reveal the woman behind the glamour who led a troubled, but extraordinary life. In June of 1926, a girl named Norma Jeane was born to an unknown father and flapper mother. Within a span of ten years, she became an orphan—shuffled around the California foster care system. But by the mid-1940s, she started signing contracts with Hollywood’s most famous studios. This marked the end of Norma Jeane, the orphan, and herald the arrival an American icon and sex symbol: Marilyn Monroe. It’s been 55 years since Marilyn died, but time has done nothing to weaken her hold…

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Frightened and Flustered: The Books You Read Too Young

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article about some of your favorite novels as a teenager. Read on for more! A few weeks ago, an Early Bird Books meeting devolved into a passionate discussion about the books we stuffed under our mattresses, read by flashlight, and bought with our weekly allowances. Hilarity ensued. But after realizing our souls were similarly (and eternally) corrupted by Flowers in the Attic, we quickly realized we wanted to hear your answers, too. We were so excited to see your responses—yes, we did read all of them!—and hear about your innocent acts of bookish rebellion. While Judy Blume, VC Andrews, and Peyton Place seemed to have ruffled the most pre-tween feathers, there were a couple…

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9 Inspiring Survival Stories for Fans of Dunkirk

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Like the heroes of the Battle of Dunkirk, these survivors stood their ground in the face of impossible odds. Today, Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated World War 2 drama, Dunkirk, hits the big screen. Based on the real-life battle that took place in May of 1940, the film immortalizes one of history’s most remarkable—and unlikely—survival stories as an entire country bands together to save itself and its people. It’s a battle that New York Times-bestselling author Walter Lord also explores in his book and definitive text on the subject, The Miracle of Dunkirk. Cornered by Nazi forces on the beaches of Northern France, the French and British armies were the only buffer between Western Europe and a catastrophic Axis victory. Surrender…

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