The debate between movies being the mirror of the society or vice versa might never have a final winner. However, there are some characters in the society who, if mirrored on the big screen, can be a source of inspiration for many. If books are the sources of movies, here are 6 Books Based on True Story which would do wonders if made into a movie.
Educated by Tara Westover
Hailing from rural Idaho, grew up preparing for the death to come, Westover grew up home schooled with the concept of anti-doctor and repeatedly bullied by her brother. She chose education to be her escape. The memoir sums up Westover’s life from Mormonism to going against her family to join Cambridge. Westover writes about what she has gone through may seem ‘transformation’ to some and some might call it ‘betrayal’. In the last line of her book, she writes “ I call it an education”.
End of Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood by Jan Redford
The book is a wonderful combination of adventure, introspection, and independence. The narrative focuses on Redford’s struggles to make her own way in mountains and eventually in life. She divorces her husband in middle age and carries the responsibilities of her children single-handedly. Having lived as a mother and a wife all her life, she later chooses to quit her teaching career to pursue writing.
A Girl With a Knife by Amy Thielen
A Girl With a Knife is a food memoir filled with midwestern humor (from where Amy comes from), inspired by her grandmother’s tales, searching her culinary roots. As the book begins, the author is working with a high-end restaurant in New York and more she spent her time in complex dishes more she realizes how her Midwestern culinary heritage is interlinked. The book is about delicious discoveries and filled with sensory pictures to paint food wonderfully in your mind’s eyes.
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrice Khan- Cullors and Asha Bandele
A powerful and empowering memoir about what it means to be a black woman in America. While Patrisse is condemned as a terrorist and a threat to America, these women found a hashtag that gave birth to the movement, against the injustices inflicted upon people of black and brown skin. This book uses the authors’ pain to provide a voice to the black people who are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. This book is a true account of survival, struggles, strength, and courage shown by these women.
Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller
Set up in New York City, Mandy newly divorced welcomes her new job and enjoys all the glitz and glamour her life offers. But her book is not about all the starry affairs but the dark secrets underneath. The book is filled with countless failed romances, hookups, alcoholism and various blackout nights. The instances seem to be unique and universal at the same time. The book has been appreciated widely among ladies because of its raw and honest descriptions.
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
A memoir about a dying mother who is diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. The book is not dull or sad rather full of joy. She writes beautifully about everything that mattered to her. Through her work, she tries to teach how to enjoy the good times while appreciating the bad ones for the lesson they have been. Her work is an optimistic take on life and celebrates the beauty of friendship, family, and motherhood.
Till these books are finding their ways to directors, you can pick these from your nearby bookstore and meet the inspiring men and women behind these books.
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Author: Suman Das
Suman is a literature student and she likes prose more than verse; happy soul. She writes mostly on literary fiction.