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Check It Out: Start reading your favorite films from digital collection

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Days are blurring into weeks, weeks into months. It’s like we’re stuck in limbo, wondering when life will return to normal . I keep coming back to reading because no matter what else is going on, reading is reassuring.

It’s also been a great time to re-watch some of my favorite movies, many of which are based on books. While I can’t tell you to visit your local library and check out the books listed below, I can guide you to their digital counterparts. There are many other books-turned-into-movies available through OverDrive, so be sure to visit www.fvrl.org to take a look. You might be able to start reading your favorite film today.

• “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Deborah Moggach (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

• “Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink” by Anthony McCarten (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

• “Double Indemnity” by James M. Cain (available in eBook format).

• “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

• “Jaws” by Peter Benchley (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

• “The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War” by Neil Sheehan (available in eBook format).

In this case the movie I’m referring to is “The Post” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep who portray Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post and Katharine Graham, the newspaper’s publisher. It’s the story of the Post’s decision to publish the controversial Pentagon Papers, classified documents tracing the United States government’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

• “Robin” by Dave Itzkoff (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

The film “Bird Cage” starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane is one of my all-time favorite movies. It makes me happy every time I watch it even while I continue to mourn the loss of Robin Williams. The French play that “Bird Cage” was based on, “La Cage aux Folles” by Jean Poiret, is not available through OverDrive, but this biography of Williams by Dave Itzkoff is, and it’s worth checking out.

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