The best-selling book that applies complex economic principles to unexpected subjects comes to theaters this month with the theatrical release of Freakonomics. A cooperative venture by several well-regarded documentary directors, the new film is expected to renew interest in a book that has already fascinated millions of readers. Co-authors Steven D. Levitt, an economist, and Stephen J. Dubner, a journalist, use economic theories to examine issues ranging from drug use to cheating on standardized tests, and the result is both informative and entertaining. Check out a copy of the book before (or after) you see Freakonomics: The Movie.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s haunting sixth novel comes to the big screen on September 15 with the release of Never Let Me Go, a film whose cast includes Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield as three doomed students at an eerie British boarding school. Charlotte Rampling plays the school’s stern headmistress.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s debut memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, recounting her travels around the globe in an attempt to mend her newly broken heart, enamored readers the world over. This bona fide publishing blockbuster spent 158 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and earned lengthy library holds across the country.
On August 13, mega-star Julia Roberts graces the screen as Liz Gilbert, trekking through Italy, India and Bali on a journey of enlightenment and empowerment. Poised to follow in the book’s footsteps, this film is guaranteed to be one of summer’s hottest hits.