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Stranger than fiction: movies & TV shows inspired by true stories

Whether these are stories you recognize or ones that are completely new, these reality-inspired reads will give you a new take on events as they actually happened.
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  • Masters of the Air

    America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    The inspiration for the major Apple TV+ series, streaming now!The riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II and the young men who flew the bombers that helped beat the Nazis and liberate Europe, brilliantly told by historian and World War II expert Donald L. Miller. The Masters of the Air streaming series stars Austin Butler and Callum Turner, and is produced by Tom Hanks ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Stamped from the Beginning

    The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

    The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America -- it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Dopesick

    Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

    by Beth Macy ...
    Journalist Beth Macy's definitive account of America's opioid epidemic "masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference" (New York Times) -- from the boardroom to the courtroom and into the living rooms of Americans.In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Caste

    The Origins of Our Discontents

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York TimesThe Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Hidden Figures

    The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

    The #1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Society of the Snow

    The Definitive Account of the World’s Greatest Survival Story

    by Pablo Vierci ...
    Translated by Jennie Erikson ...
    NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX FILMIt was 13 October 1972. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, carrying a team of young rugby players, their families and friends, took off for the very last time. A deadly miscalculation saw F571 crash directly into the Andean mountains to devastating consequences: the body of the plane broke violently into two, its floor torn to smithereens; seats flew out of the air taking ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    by David Grann ...
    **#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."—New York Magazine • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NOW A MARTIN SCORSESE PICTURE“A shocking whodunit…What more could fans of true-crime ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • How to Blow Up a Pipeline

    by Andreas Malm ...
    Property will cost us the earthThe science on climate change has been clear for a very long time now. Yet despite decades of appeals, mass street protests, petition campaigns, and peaceful demonstrations, we are still facing a booming fossil fuel industry, rising seas, rising emission levels, and a rising temperature. With the stakes so high, why haven't we moved beyond peaceful protest?In this ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Boys in the Boat

    Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    **Now a Major Motion Picture Directed by George ClooneyThe #1 New York Times–bestselling story about the American Olympic rowing triumph in Nazi Germany—from the author of Facing the Mountain.**For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • American Prometheus

    The Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture OPPENHEIMER

    THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE OPPENHEIMER • "A riveting account of one of history’s most essential and paradoxical figures.”—Christopher Nolan#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • The definitive biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Assassination of Fred Hampton

    How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

    by Jeffrey Haas ...
    Read the story behind the award-winning film Judas and the Black MessiahOn December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton's fiancÉe. Deborah Johnson described how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed.She heard one officer say, "He's still alive." She then heard two shots. A second officer said, "He's good and ... Read more

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  • Elvis and Me

    The inspiration for the major motion picture Priscilla directed by Sofia Coppola, this New York Times bestseller reveals the intimate story of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, told by the woman who lived it.Decades after his death, millions of fans continue to worship Elvis the legend. But very few knew him as Elvis the man. Here in her own words, Priscilla Presley tells the story of their ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Capote's Women

    A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era

    **DON’T MISS FX’s FEUD: CAPOTE VS. THE SWANS—THE ORIGINAL SERIES BASED ON THE BESTSELLING BOOK—NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON HULU!New York Times bestselling author Laurence Leamer reveals the complex web of relationships and scandalous true stories behind Truman Capote's never-published final novel, Answered Prayers—the dark secrets, tragic glamour, and Capote's ultimate betrayal of the group of ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • This Is Going to Hurt

    Secret Diaries of a Young Doctor

    by Adam Kay ...
    Now an AMC+ series starring Ben WhishawThe acclaimed multimillion-copy bestseller, This Is Going to Hurt is Adam Kay’s equally "blisteringly funny" (Boston Globe) and “heartbreaking” (New Yorker) secret diaries of his years as a young doctor.Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Practice to Deceive

    by Ann Rule ...
    This New York Times bestseller—from “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) and the author of The Stranger Beside Me—is a shocking tale of greed, sex, scandal, and murder on an isolated and eerie island in the Pacific Northwest. The basis for the Lifetime movie event Circle of Deception.With more than 50 million copies of her books in print—from her chilling personal account of knowing ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Maid

    Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

    "A single mother's personal, unflinching look at America's class divide (Barack Obama)," this New York Times bestselling memoir is the inspiration for the Netflix limited series, hailed by Rolling Stone as "a great one."At 28, Stephanie Land's dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer quickly dissolved when a summer fling turned into an unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • She Said

    Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

    **The instant New York Times bestseller."An instant classic of investigative journalism...‘All the President’s Men’ for the Me Too era." — Carlos Lozada, The Washington PostFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $8.99 USD

  • Evidence of Love

    A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs

    The “fascinating” true story behind the HBO Max and Hulu series about Texas housewife Candy Montgomery and the bizarre murder that shocked a community (Los Angeles Times Book Review).Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Dirt

    Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL MOVIE STARRING MACHINE GUN KELLY, DANIEL WEBBER, DOUGLAS BOOTH, AND IWAN RHEON, DIRECTED BY JEFF TREMAINE.Celebrate thirty years of the world's most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors' edition of The Dirt—the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mötley Crüe. Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Dynasty

    by Jeff Benedict ...
    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Now a 10-part docuseries on Apple TV+From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tiger Woods comes the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots—the greatest sports dynasty of the 21st century.**It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • The 1619 Project

    A New Origin Story

    **#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.“[A] groundbreaking compendium . . . bracing and urgent . . . This collection is an extraordinary update to an ongoing project of vital truth-telling.”—Esquire**NOW AN EMMY ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

    How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

    Series series The Swedish Art of Living & Dying Series
    *The basis for the wonderfully funny and moving TV series developed by Amy Poehler and Scout Productions*A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Rogue Heroes

    The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

    by Ben Macintyre ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incredible untold story of World War II’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by the modern master of wartime intrigue—now a limited series on Epix!“Reads like a mashup of The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape, with a sprinkling of Ocean’s 11 thrown in for good measure.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • “Rogue... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Tiny Beautiful Things

    Advice from Dear Sugar (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick)

    NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES •NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK • An anniversary edition of the bestselling collection of "Dear Sugar" advice columns written by the author of #1 bestseller Wild—featuring a new preface and six additional columns.For more than a decade, thousands of people have sought advice from Dear Sugar—the pseudonym of bestselling author Cheryl Strayed—first ... Read more

    $13.99 USD