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13 Nonfiction Books To Read Before They Become Movies This Year

It seems like you can't see a movie lately without hearing about it's paperback counterpart first. And you know what? I love it. As an avid bookworm, I love to see hardworking authors having the opportunity to turn their work loose on the masses as a film. Though it's often more common for fiction novels to be turned into movies, there are plenty of nonfiction books to read before they become movies too.

Although it might be a little easier to turn fiction into film, considering there's a bit more leeway involved, nonfiction deserves its time on the big screen just as much as fictional stories do. True stories can often times impact you even more than an escape into fiction can, if you give them the chance. Even if you're not a huge fan of nonfiction, you'll want to brush up on the following books before they get turned into movies, because they're going to knock your socks off. Whether your tastes are geared toward comedy, or you prefer thrillers, or even if you're looking for a heart-wrenching family drama, the stories below cover nearly every genre your heart could ever desire. So hit the bookstore, because you'll want to know how these stories end before they hit the big screen.

1. 'Miracles From Heaven' by Christy Beam

Annabel Beam has spent most of her childhood indoors and ill. When one day she's well enough to play outside with her sisters, she falls out of a tree, bumps her head, and visits heaven. Inexplicably cured from her ailments, Miracles From Heaven tells Annabel's tale.

Release Date: March 16, 2016

2. 'Same Kind Of Different As Me' by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent

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An art dealer develops an unlikely friendship with a homeless man in Same Kind of Different As Me.  The story unfolds between the two men as they discover that friendship between two men of different upbringing can be difficult, and find what it takes to cultivate such a friendship over the years. Through pain and betrayal, an unexpected bond forms, and a life changing love shines through.

Release Date: April 29, 2016

3. 'Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates' by Mike and Dave Stangle

Reckless, hilarious, all-American brosefs Mike and Dave Stangle are constant disappointments to their family. So it's only natural that they are asked ot bring respectable dates to their sisters wedding. But when they put an ad out on Craigslist for the big event, hilarity ensues in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Release Date: July 8, 2016

4. 'Brain On Fire' by Susannah Cahalan

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Susannah Cahalan is 24 years old when she wakes up in a hospital bed unable to speak or move with no memory of how she got there. Labeled a psychotic break, Brain on Fire tells Cahalan's unbelievably story as she fights to find out what's going on inside her brain, and how she's going to survive it.

Release Date: TBD

5. 'It's What I Do' by Lynsey Addario

In this story of pursuing relentless truth, It's What I Do showcases war photographer Lynsey Addario's journey, one conflict at a time. Jennifer Lawrence will star as Addario.

Release Date: TBD

6. 'The Operators' by Michael Hastings

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After journalist Michael Hastings takes a trip to visit General McChrystal in 2010, hearing legends about he and his staff letting off steam, partying til dawn, and openly bashing their current administration, his article went to print and set off a domino effect like no one had ever seen. Picking up where his article left off, The Operators takes readers from patrol missions to late-night drinking sessions and everywhere behind the scenes, painting a portrait of a slightly scary regime of American wartime, and how those in charge are playing the game.

Release Date: TBD on Netflix

7. 'The Queen Of Katwe' by Tim Crothers

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Phiona is from the slums of Katwe, and she has an immense talent. Discovering herself and what it means to be empowered through a game as unlikely as chess, The Queen of Katwe chronicles this young girl's tale to the top in one of the world's most unstable countries.

Release Date: TBD

8. 'Dead Wake' by Erik Larson

Capturing the electric drama of one of the greatest disasters in history, Dead Wake tells the story of the Lusitania, and the elaborate details of the characters on board, before and after the tragedy.

Release Date: TBD

9. 'The Devil In The White City' by Erik Larson

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Looping together the true story of the 1893 World's Fair, and the serial killer that used the fair as his killing grounds, The Devil in the White City, will be brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese.

Release Date: TBD

10. 'The Lost City of Z' by David Grann

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The legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett took to the Amazon in search of a lost city and never returned. Countless expeditions perished in search of the same city, The Lost City of Z, leaving many to wonder about its existence.

Release Date: TBD

11. 'Struck By Genius' by Jason Padgett

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After a violent mugging, Jason Padgett's world turns upside down in more ways than one. In the first documented case of acquiring a savant syndrome, Struck By Genius recounts Padgett's tale as a medical marvel, and how he rises above the struggles of his new life along the way. Channing Tatum will produce.

Release Date: TBD

12. 'The Psychopath Test' by Jon Ronson

Exploring the broad industry of mental health, mental health professionals, and the mass media, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry will star Scarlett Johansson.

Release Date: TBD

13. 'The Glass Castle' by Jeanette Walls

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With incredible prose and even more incredible generosity and tenderness, The Glass Castle tells a story of courage, love, and family. When the lives of her parents become so severely dysfunctional that she and her four siblings have to raise themselves, support one another, and somehow come to terms with the idea that their family is not like other families.

Release Date: TBD