As Heated as Miracle Whip vs. Mayo

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Is there any debate more committed, more divisive, more heated than book versus movie? Sure, there’s dog versus cat, mountains versus seaside, toilet paper hung over versus under, Miracle Whip versus mayo, and Democr . . . er, let’s skip that one, shall we? It’s not just readers and viewers who dish on the pros and cons of the issue. You can find exhaustive coverage in blogs, pop culture sites, and mainstream media. Authors themselves often weigh in on movie adaptations of their work, including Stephen King, a man never at a loss for words. After a screening of Stand by Me, he reached out to director Rob Reiner and said, “That’s the best film ever made out of anything I’ve written, which isn’t saying much. But you’ve really captured my story.” Alternately, his hatred for Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of The Shining is well documented.

Get ready for the next iteration of book versus movie and those readers who devoured the Outlander, Handmaid’s Tale, and Game of Thrones series and other sensations, with large print titles from Thorndike Press. So much more than simply a larger font size, large print delivers countless benefits—a literacy tool for struggling young readers, a respite for anyone needing a break from digital devices, and an easy-on-the-eyes solution for seniors. Whether you’re continuing with curbside service and outreach programs or slowly reopening your doors, order these critically lauded titles to build a buzz in your community.

Nomadland by award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder. Releasing on Hulu and in select theaters on February 19.

While folks may debate the merits of book versus movie, critics have unanimously given high praise to both formats of this powerhouse title. Named one of New York Times Book Review’s 100 Most Notable Books and a prize winner at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals, Nomadland follows a low-cost labor pool largely made up of transient older adults. Casualties of the Great Recession, these nomads have taken to the open road in RVs and modified vans. Referring to themselves as “houseless,” not “homeless,” they migrate from seasonal crop work to low-wage warehouse jobs as they build communities of love and support.   

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, author of seven international bestselling novels, including another book-to-movie favorite, Big Little Lies. Releasing on Hulu this year.

There were plenty of plot-twisting characters in Big Little Lies, and Moriaty’s new offering follows suit. Spending 10 days at a remote health and wellness resort, nine strangers gather for various reasons—knowing that hard work lies ahead to address their emotional issues. Weight loss, life reboots, emotional trauma, and broken hearts are just some of the matters they hope to resolve with mindfulness and meditation. But one by one, they begin to wonder if Tranquillum House is the answer to what ails them or a source of additional anxiety and turmoil.  

While we may think obsessive book versus movie debates are a relatively new phenomena, consider Little Women. Published in two parts, 1868‒1869, there are an astounding seven movie versions to contemplate, the first appearing in 1917 and the latest in 2019. You’ll need a spreadsheet to monitor opinions on all those choices—not to mention the perennial debate over best versus worst sister! Browse new offerings from Thorndike Press to spark lively modern-day debates on titles that will also be long remembered. 

Check out nearly 30 large print book-to-movie titles from Thorndike Press, including Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty, and young adult titles, such as The Fault in Our Stars.

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