Film and Book Pairs

Did the movie get it right? Watch the film and then learn more about the circumstances portrayed in the drama with a book from the Lititz Public Library.

The Bronte Cabinet : Three Lives in Nine ObjectsTo Walk Invisible (2016)
The Bronte sisters face a bleak future with their ailing father and troubled brother until Charlotte suggests publishing their writings.
The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz
Victorian literature scholar illuminates the complex and fascinating lives of the Bronte sisters through the things they wore, stitched, wrote on and inscribed.

The Mummy of Tutankhamun (2017)
A chance meeting transformed a penniless archeologist into a household name following his discovery of a pharaoh’s tomb.
The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King by James Patterson
An investigation into the death of King Tut uses forensic clues and the writings of Howard Carter to conclude that the boy-king did not die of natural causes.

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)
The first conscientious objector to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor saved seventy-five men during the bloody WWII battle in Okinawa.
Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 by Max Hastings
A chronicle of the final year in the Pacific war offers portraits of key figures and events in the effort to defeat Japan.

Buster : The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand LivesMegan Leavey (2017)
A young Marine Corporal’s unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Buster: The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives by RAF Police Flight Sergeant Will Barrow
An English springer spaniel served five tours of duty in three theatres of war, performing heroic feats like sniffing out explosive vests that led to the arrests of suicide bombers.

A Royal Night Out (2016)
During the celebration at the end of WWII in Europe, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret leave the confines of Buckingham Palace and evade their chaperones to join the events.
Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret by Anne Edwards
Behind the palace gates, the royal sisters displayed unique personalities and symptoms of sibling rivalry.

Race (2016)
Jesse Owen’s quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history culminates at the 1936 Olympics, where he faced off against the Nazi vision of Aryan supremacy.
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap
A look at the accomplishments of Owens at the 1936 Olympics presents a personal portrait with details of the intrigue and political schemes that took place.

The Billion Dollar Spy : A True Story of Cold War Espionage and BetrayalBridge of Spies (2016)
A Brooklyn lawyer is thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman
An engineer in a Soviet military design bureau used his high-level access to hand over technical secrets to the US for more than twenty years.

Jackie (2016)
In the days immediately following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the First Lady struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy.
Five Days in November by Clint Hill
A motorcade secret service agent shares stories behind the five days surrounding the assassination of JFK.

The Founder (2017)
Impressed by a hamburger operation in 1950s Southern California, a salesman from Illinois sees franchise potential.
Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it Away by Lisa Napoli
Ray Kroc presided over the transformation of a fast-food stand into an international brand while his third wife risked her marriage and reputation to promote controversial causes.

Victoria and Abdul (2017)
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Victoria and Abdul: The Extraordinary True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu
During the last years of her reign, Queen Victoria met a humble servant waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee, forming a bond that created a scandal in the royal household.

January 5, 2018