Stephen Brock of Switzer Library’s media services section says there are many options for getting prepared for the inevitable “Was the movie better than the book?” question as the fall/winter 2014 film season is now under way.

Here, he points to the various print and electronic editions of stories in the Cobb County Public Library System turned into five new and upcoming movies:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1    Now Playing

If you cannot wait to find out what happens next to Katniss, Peeta, and the other citizens of Panem, check out the book “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins in print, large print book, book on CD, Playaway digital player, and downloadable Overdrive audiobook from the library. What are the Hunger Games and mockingjays? Check out the first two books, “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire,” as well as the first two films by the same name to get your answers. All of these are available from the Cobb County Public Library System.


Wild    December 5

WildCherylStrayedReese Witherspoon produced and stars in this adaptation of the inspiring memoir of Cheryl Strayed which details her physical and emotional journey along the 1,100 mile long Pacific Coast Trail in the wake of losing her mother. The arduous solo hike breaks her down as she reels from tragedy and builds herself back up again. The library offers many ways to delve into her story, such as an eBook or eAudiobook through Overdrive, hardback book, large print book, or book on CD. Don’t miss out on this uplifting tale!

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies    December 17

The middle film in the Hobbit trilogy ended with a cliffhanger. What will befall Lake Town and the men and dwarves there as Smaug the Terrible descends upon them in a fiery mood of vengeance? Will Gandalf escape the lair of Sauron in time to lend aid to the free peoples of Middle-Earth? Will elves, dwarves, and men fight amongst themselves for the riches of the Lonely Mountain or unite against a greater foe? The answer to all of these questions can be found in the pages of the magical tale “The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again” by J.R.R. Tolkien. There are several versions in print at the library with a variety of wonderful illustrations as well as a copy in Spanish, book on CD, and eBook or eAudiobook from Overdrive.

American Sniper    December 25

In this film Bradley Cooper portrays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who holds the record for the most confirmed sniper kills in United States military history. Check out his memoir, “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, and Jim DeFelice, which spans his 10 year tour as a sniper and is a gripping account of modern battle. It will rank among the greatest war memoirs in American history. Much of the focus is on the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Ramadi, and Baghdad as Kyle protected Marines, SEALS, and Army soldiers, and also includes first-person accounts from his wife discussing the strain of war on their marriage and family. The library has the book, book on CD, and eAudiobook from Overdrive available for you to check out.

Unbroken    December 25

UnbrokenThe film “Unbroken” also debuts on Christmas Day and features American WWII veteran and 1936 Olympic runner Louis Zamperini. The film is based upon the award-winning book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand and relates the story of a doomed flight and a tiny raft as it drifts into the unknown with the constant threat of capture by the Japanese Navy imminent. Zamperini is pushed to the limits of endurance but answers with ingenuity, hope, resolve, and humor. This is a must-read and a potential must-see film of the holiday season. The library owns this title as a book, large print book, book on CD, eBook and eAudiobook from Overdrive.

The Book First, Then the Movie