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Books that became Movies


“St. Elmo”

by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Evans finished her celebrated novel St. Elmo at the home of her aunt, Mary Howard Jones. She published St. Elmo in 1866. Within four months it sold a million copies. It featured sexual tension between the protagonist St. Elmo, who was cynical, and the heroine Edna Earl, who was beautiful and devout. So popular was this novel that it inspired the naming of towns, hotels, steamboats, and a cigar brand. It was Augusta Evans' most famous novel. St. Elmo was adapted for both the stage and screen. It ranks as one of the most popular novels of the 19th century. Purchase

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

by Harper Lee
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Purchase

“Paper Moon” based on the novel “Addie Pray”

by Joe David Brown
A novel to love and recommend...'A faultlessly engineered escape machine that can transport willing passengers to an enchanting world...All you have to do is believe in an eleven-year-old grafter and her presumptive father, who rattle around the Southland in the year 1935, bilking widows, Alabama peanut farmers and even used-car dealers out of hard Depression currency. It isn't hard to believe in Addie Pray, because Joe David Brown cons the reader almost immediately with his slick story-telling and easy charm. Purchase

“Full Metal Jacket” based on the novel “The Short Timers”

by Gustav Hasford
Vietnam, 1968. A nightmarish landscape blackened by napalm and littered with once-human debris. Where victories are measured in mountains of corpses and ordinary men are transformed into obsessive executioners. This is the brutally honest story of Cpl. Joker and his battle-hardened company, survivors of months of unimaginable horror--the crazy-tough and phony-brave, religiously counting the days until their release from the green prison of combat. But they all know one unspoken truth--that even though they're on their way out, their last few hours in Nam could become their last hours on earth. Purchase

“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”

by Fannie Flagg (2012 winner of the Harper Lee Award)
The remarkable novel of two Southern friendships. Purchase

“Forrest Gump”

by Winston Groom (2011 winner of the Harper Lee Award)
Six foot six, 242 pounds, and possessed of a scant IQ of 70, Forrest Gump is the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this classic comic tale. His early life may seem inauspicious, but when the University of Alabama’s football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, it sets him on an unbelievable path that will transform him from Vietnam hero to world-class Ping-Pong player, from wrestler to entrepreneur. With a voice all his own, Forrest is telling all in a madcap romp through three decades of American history. Purchase

“Big Fish”

by Daniel Wallace
In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father—this indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats, and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous. Purchase

“Crazy in Alabama”

by Mark Childress (2014 winner of the Harper Lee Award)
Comic and tragic, unique and outlandish, CRAZY IN ALABAMA is the story of two journeys--Lucille's from Industry, Alabama, to Los Angeles, to star on 'THE BEVERLY HILL BILLIES' and her 12-year-old nephew Peejoe's, who is about to discover two kinds of Southern justice, and what that means about the stories he's heard and the people he knows. Purchase