Filming the 1950s: 19 Big Screen Adaptations for Fans of Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

Shelf RenewalAudiences and critics can’t stop talking about the beautiful new movie based on Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel, BrooklynFans of books set in the 1950s might enjoy these other mid-century tales that have been transposed onto the big screen.



BrooklynBastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison

Chocolat, by Joanne Harris

Cool Hand Luke, by Donn Pearce

Different Seasons (“The Body”), by Stephen King

Flags of Our Fathers, by James Bradley

The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Irving

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

L. A. Confidential, by James Ellroy

Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby, Jr.

The Last Picture Show, by Larry McMurtry

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, by Terry Ryan

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates

Rocket Boys, by Homer H. Hickam

Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson

The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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