8 Books to Read for New and Upcoming TV Shows

Want to be ahead of the curve? Check out these books from the Library before they become TV shows!

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Show

Hulu | April 26, 2017 | Read up on it

The Book

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….


American Gods

The Show

Starz | April 2017 | Read up on it

The Book

American Gods

by Neil Gaiman

FIC GAI

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.


A Brief History of Seven Killings

The Show

HBO | TBD | Read up on it

The Book

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by Marlon James

FIC JAM

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years. Spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters — assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts — A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 70s, to the crack wars in 80s New York, to aradically altered Jamaica in the 90s.


Emerald City

The Show

NBC | January 6, 2017 | Read up on it

The Book

OZ: The Complete Collection, Vol 1-5

by L. Frank Baum

FIC BAU

After Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion follow the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz, new characters — including wooden Jack Pumpkinhead, mechanical Tik-Tok, kind Shaggy Man and beautiful Princess Ozma — are introduced in Frank Baum’s imaginative, mysterious world, full of cruel Growleywogs, chatty Rigmaroles, Munchkins and mermaids.


Iron Fist

The Show

Netflix | March 17, 2017 | Read up on it

The Book

The Immortal Iron Fist: Complete Collection

by Matt Fraction

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Orphaned as a child and raised in the lost city of K’un-Lun, Danny Rand returned to America as the mystical martial artist Iron Fist – but all his kung fu skills can’t help him find his place in the modern world. After learning that the legacy of the Iron Fist holds more secrets than he ever dreamed, Danny is invited to fight in a tournament against the Immortal Weapons. At stake is the life of his friend, the legacy of his father and mentor…and the future of K’un-Lun!


I Love Dick

The Show

Amazon | Pilot: August 2016 | Season: TBD | Read up on it

The Book

I Love Dick

by Chris Kraus

FIC KRA

In 1994 a married, failed independent filmmaker, turning forty, falls in love with a well-known theorist and endeavors to seduce him with the help of her husband. But when the theorist refuses to answer her letters, the husband and wife continue the correspondence for each other instead, imagining the fling the wife wishes to have with Dick. What follows is a breathless pursuit that takes the woman across America and away from her husband and far beyond her original infatuation into a discovery of the transformative power of first person narrative. I Love Dick is a manifesto for a new kind of feminist who isn’t afraid to burn through her own narcissism in order to assume responsibility for herself and for all the injustice in world and it’s a book you won’t put down until the author’s final, heroic acts of self-revelation and transformation.


Anne of Green Gables

The Show

Netflix | TBD | Read up on it

The Book

Anne of Green Gables

by L.M. Montgomery

FIC MON

Orphaned Anne has always dreamed of having a real home and family. When she is accidently sent to Green Gables Farm to live with Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbert, she immediately knows that this will be home. But will the Cuthberts feel the same? Incurably romantic, insatiably curious, and endlessly talkative, Anne must find her way into the hearts of the residents of Avonlea–and not without some adventures along the way “Anne of Green Gables” is an enduring children’s classic, loved by adults and children alike.


Z: The Beginning of Everything

The Show

Amazon | Pilot: November 5, 2015 | Series: January 27, 2017 | Read up on it

The Book

Zelda: A Biography

by Nancy Milford

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Zelda Sayre started out as a Southern beauty, became an international wonder, and died by fire in a madhouse. With her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, she moved in a golden aura of excitement, romance, and promise. The epitome of the Jazz Age, they rode the crest of the era to its collapse and their own.

As a result of years of exhaustive research, Nancy Milford brings alive the tormented, elusive personality of Zelda and clarifies as never before her relationship with Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent.


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