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Books to Movies - August

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dark-places-book-coverDark Places by Gillian Flynn
Written before her blockbuster, Gone Girl, Flynn's second thriller tells the story of Libby Day who was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben, and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison for life. Twenty-five years later, a broke and desperate Libby has run through the royalties from her sensational autobiography and so accepts a fee to appear at a gathering of true-crime aficionados. She is shocked to learn that most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still at large. In need of money, she reluctantly agrees to help them reexamine the crime by revisiting the worst moments of her life. But as Libby digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding the murders, her recollections start to unravel and she is forced to question exactly what she saw--or didn't see. Starring Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, the movie opens on August 7.

 

tenthousandsaintsTen Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and boring Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon Straight Edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. With Teddy's half brother, Johnny, and their new friend, Eliza, Jude tries to honor Teddy's memory through his militantly clean lifestyle. But his addiction to Straight Edge has its own dangerous consequences. Set in 1988,  against the excesses of that decade, the AIDS epidemic, and the gentrification of the city, culminating in the infamous Tompkins Square Park riots, the book impressively depicts the late-1980's New York scene. the movie opens on Augst 14 and stars Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld.