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Books You Should Read Before Watching the Movie or TV Show

This year is full of TV shows and movies that are inspired by the best source (in our humble opinion)—books! Now’s your chance to read the books below before everyone starts talking about them.

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    AMORALMAN Book Cover Picture
    AMORALMAN Book Cover Picture

    AMORALMAN

    by Derek DelGaudio

    A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of nonfiction from one of the world’s leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself.
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    AMORALMAN Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Last Duel Book Cover Picture
    The Last Duel Book Cover Picture

    The Last Duel

    by Eric Jager

    The gripping true story of the “duel to end all duels” in medieval France that pits a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight’s beautiful young wife, soon to be a major motion picture.
    The Last Duel Book Cover Picture
    The Last Duel Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Dune Book Cover Picture
    Dune Book Cover Picture

    Dune

    by Frank Herbert

    Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…
    Dune Book Cover Picture
    Dune Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $40.00

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    The World to Come Book Cover Picture
    The World to Come Book Cover Picture

    The World to Come

    by Jim Shepard

    Bursting with wicked humor and driven by an incomparable understanding of what it means to be human, The World to Come is the inimitable work of “the most ambitious story writer in America” (The Daily Beast).
    The World to Come Book Cover Picture
    The World to Come Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Lady Sings the Blues Book Cover Picture
    Lady Sings the Blues Book Cover Picture

    Lady Sings the Blues

    by Billie Holiday and William Dufty

    The fiercely honest, no-holds-barred memoir of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation—a fiftieth-anniversary edition updated with stunning new photos, a revised discography, and an insightful foreword by music writer David Ritz.
    Lady Sings the Blues Book Cover Picture
    Lady Sings the Blues Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Movie Tie-In)

    by August Wilson

    The time is 1927. The place is a run-down recording studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the legendary blues singer, is due to arrive with her entourage to cut new sides of old favorites. Waiting for her are her Black musician sidemen, the white owner of the record company, and her white manager. What goes down in the session to come is more than music. It is a riveting portrayal of black rage, of racism, of the self-hate that racism breeds, and of racial exploitation.
    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $13.00

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    My Salinger Year Book Cover Picture
    My Salinger Year Book Cover Picture

    My Salinger Year

    by Joanna Rakoff

    A keenly observed and irresistibly funny memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing.
    My Salinger Year Book Cover Picture
    My Salinger Year Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Foundation Book Cover Picture
    Foundation Book Cover Picture

    Foundation

    by Isaac Asimov

    For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humanity, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls this sanctuary the Foundation.
    Foundation Book Cover Picture
    Foundation Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Last Letter from Your Lover Book Cover Picture
    The Last Letter from Your Lover Book Cover Picture

    The Last Letter from Your Lover

    by Jojo Moyes

    It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.  Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper’s archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too.
    The Last Letter from Your Lover Book Cover Picture
    The Last Letter from Your Lover Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

    The Underground Railroad

    by Colson Whitehead

    With multiple accolades under its belt (including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Underground Railroad is now set to be a limited series on Amazon, directed by Barry Jenkins. In this story, the Underground Railroad isn’t a metaphorical escape route—it’s a literal network of tunnels and trains underneath the earth. Cora is a young slave who partners up with Caesar, a new slave to her plantation, to escape via the railroad.
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    You Love Me Book Cover Picture
    You Love Me Book Cover Picture

    You Love Me

    by Caroline Kepnes

    The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show—a compulsively readable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy bookseller . . . Joe Goldberg.
    You Love Me Book Cover Picture
    You Love Me Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Tokyo Vice Book Cover Picture
    Tokyo Vice Book Cover Picture

    Tokyo Vice

    by Jake Adelstein

    A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist.
    Tokyo Vice Book Cover Picture
    Tokyo Vice Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief Book Cover Picture
    Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief Book Cover Picture

    Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief

    by Maurice Leblanc

    The poor and the innocent have nothing to fear from Lupin; often they profit from his spontaneous generosity. The rich and powerful, and the detective who tries to spoil his fun, however, must beware. They are the target of Lupin’s mischief. With plans that frequently evolve into elaborate plots, Lupin is a gentleman burglar turned detective, and the most entertaining criminal genius in literature.
    Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief Book Cover Picture
    Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition)

    by Diana Gabaldon

    Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Pursuit of Love Book Cover Picture
    The Pursuit of Love Book Cover Picture

    The Pursuit of Love

    by Nancy Mitford

    Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric.
    The Pursuit of Love Book Cover Picture
    The Pursuit of Love Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    The Good Lord Bird (TV Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
    The Good Lord Bird (TV Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

    The Good Lord Bird (TV Tie-in)

    by James McBride

    From the bestselling author of Deacon King Kong (an Oprah Book Club pick) and The Color of Water comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.
    The Good Lord Bird (TV Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
    The Good Lord Bird (TV Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture
    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

    Station Eleven

    by Emily St. John Mandel

    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. 
    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture
    Station Eleven Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Munich Book Cover Picture
    Munich Book Cover Picture

    Munich

    by Robert Harris

    From the best-selling author of V2 and Fatherland–a WWII-era spy thriller set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938. Soon to be a Netflix film.
    Munich Book Cover Picture
    Munich Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    All Things Cease to Appear Book Cover Picture
    All Things Cease to Appear Book Cover Picture

    All Things Cease to Appear

    by Elizabeth Brundage

    “This literary thriller’s complex narrative involves a cursed house, an unsolved murder and impeccable writing.” —The New York Times Book Review   The basis for the Netflix Film Things Heard and Seen
    All Things Cease to Appear Book Cover Picture
    All Things Cease to Appear Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Our Towns Book Cover Picture
    Our Towns Book Cover Picture

    Our Towns

    by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

    For five years, James and Deborah Fallows have traveled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level.
    Our Towns Book Cover Picture
    Our Towns Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Cherry (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
    Cherry (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

    Cherry (Movie Tie-in)

    by Nico Walker

    Now a major motion picture from Apple TV+ starring Tom Holland, Cherry is a raw, unsparing, and incredibly timely novel about the horrors of war, the harrowing effects of addiction, and the rush of robbing banks. In theaters on February 26, 2021 and exclusively on Apple TV+ March 12.
    Cherry (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture
    Cherry (Movie Tie-in) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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