Tuesday, January 12, 2016


What is the buzz about the best movies of 2015? Which will be the big award winners?  And which are the ones where you read the book and then saw the movie? Let’s take a look at some of those books in the Monrovia Public Library collection that were made into films this past year.

A terrific survival story, The Martian by Andy Weir is about an astronaut who is accidentally left on Mars and must use his ingenuity and knowledge of science to live. The fascinating novel is mostly written as journal entries that describe Mark Watney’s attempts to create water, grow food and to make contact with earth so he can return home. 

He Named Me Malala is a documentary related to the autobiography I Am Malala, about the teenager who defied the Taliban in Pakistan by speaking out in support of education for girls. Shot in the head while riding the bus to school, Malala Yousafzai recovered and used the world stage to speak out on the rights of females. The book is inspirational and compelling.

Both book and movie of The Big Short take a very hard-to-understand topic, the recent financial crash, and explain it in an informative and darkly humorous way. Author Michael Lewis, whose sports books Moneyball and The Blindside were also made into films, writes offbeat page-turners.

A surprise movie hit, the very wonderful Brooklyn is author Colm Toibin’s novel about a young Irish woman who leaves 1950s Ireland to find a future in the United States. Returning to the Emerald Isle after a family tragedy, young Ellis realizes that she has a new home and returns to America. Insightful and romantic, this is a gentle read.

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