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Book-to-Screen on Trials of Bookshop Ownership

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If you have read The Bookshop (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Penelope Fitzgerald, you will want to see the movie to answer some questions: How can a movie portray a book’s delicately described inner states? How can subtle emotions and flitting feelings be shown on the screen? And if you have seen the movie, you will want to read the book, if only to learn more about what is going on in its characters’ minds. In fact, this book and movie is just about the perfect pair for book clubs that enjoy reading and viewing before discussing a particular title. Read the book, see the movie, and compare and contrast. Director of the movie, Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”) took some…

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