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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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  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    A Story of Violent Faith

    by Jon Krakauer ...
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. Now an the acclaimed FX limited series streaming on HULU.“Fantastic.... Right up there with In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song.” —San Francisco ChronicleDefying both civil authorities and the . ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Tokyo Vice

    An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

    A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist who "pulls the curtain back on ... [an] element of Japanese society that few Westerners ever see" (San Francisco Examiner). Now a Max Original Series on HBO MaxJake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Devotion

    An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

    by Adam Makos ...
    **THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • From America’s “forgotten war” in Korea comes an unforgettable tale of courage by the author of A Higher Call.“In the spirit of Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes Devotion.”—Associated Press • “Aerial drama at its best—fast, powerful, and moving.”—Erik Larson**Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    by Michael Lewis ...
    The #1 New York Times bestseller: "It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it's essential reading."-Graydon Carter, Vanity FairThe real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Mindhunter

    Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

    Now a Netflix original seriesDiscover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, ... Read more

    $13.99 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

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    by J. D. Vance ...
    THE#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IS NOW A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD AND STARRING AMY ADAMS, GLENN CLOSE, AND GABRIEL BASSO**"You will not read a more important book about America this year.**"—The Economist"A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal**"Essential reading."—David Brooks,**New York TimesHillbilly Elegy is a passionate ... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • I Heard You Paint Houses

    Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

    New York Times Bestseller — #1 True Crime BestsellerThe inspiration for the major motion picture, THE IRISHMAN.“The best Mafia book I ever read, and believe me, I read them all.” — Steven Van Zandt“Charles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery.” — Professor Arthur Sloane, author of Hoffa“Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is ... ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Operation Mincemeat

    How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

    by Ben Macintyre ...
    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM STARRING COLIN FIRTH • The “brilliant and almost absurdly entertaining” (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker) true story of the most successful—and certainly the strangest—deception carried out in World War II, from the acclaimed author of The Spy and the Traitor“Pure catnip to fans of World War II thrillers and a lot of fun for everyone else.”—Joseph ... Read more

    $8.99 USD


    A True Story and Other Lies

    Truth and lies are two sides of the same coin. But who's flipping it? A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of nonfiction from one of the world's leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself.Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, ... Read more

    $12.99 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

    $12.99 USD

  • Lion (Movie Tie-In)

    **First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • A Beautiful Mind

    by Sylvia Nasar ...
    **Also an Academy Award–winning film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly—directed by Ron Howard**The powerful, dramatic biography of math genius John Nash, who overcame serious mental illness and schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.“How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Seven Years in Tibet

    In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet. Harrer was traveling in India when the Second World War erupted. He was subsequently seized and imprisoned by British authorities. After several attempts, he escaped and crossed the rugged, frozen Himalayas, surviving by duping government ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Tiger Woods

    “A confident and substantial book...It has torque and velocity...It makes a sweet sound, like a well-struck golf ball. I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry, and moving in almost equal measure. It’s a big American story.” —*The New York Times***Based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life—many of whom have never spoken about him ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • All the President's Men

    50th Anniversary Edition—With a new foreword on what Watergate means today.“The work that brought down a presidency...perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history” (Time)—from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Final Days.The most devastating political detective story of the century: two Washington Post reporters, whose brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation . ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Catch and Kill

    Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

    by Ronan Farrow ...
    **Now an HBO documentary series streaming on HBO Max.One of the Best Books of the Year**Time * NPR * Washington Post * Bloomberg News * Chicago Tribune * Chicago Public Library * Fortune * Los Angeles Times * E! New... ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • High School

    NOW AN 8-EPISODE FREEVEE TELEVISION SERIES! — From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings.High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Unbreakable Boy

    A Father's Fear, a Son's Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love

    The Unbreakable Boy is the raucously tender story of the life of a teenage boy with a rare brittle-bone disease who joyfully embraces life's tragedies and triumphs--and the inspiring story of how his father was transformed through their journey together.Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Wild

    From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • Orange Is the New Black

    My Year in a Women's Prison

    by Piper Kerman ...
    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESWith a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith ... Read more

    $12.99 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

    $14.99 USD

  • In Cold Blood

    by Truman Capote ...
    series Vintage International
    National BestsellerOn November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Lost City of Z

    A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    by David Grann ...
    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction that unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century—the story of the legendary British explorer who ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization and never returned.“Suspenseful…rollicking.” —The New York TimesIn 1925, Percy Fawcett went ... Read more

    $12.99 USD