The biography First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (Simon & Schuster, paperback, $18) by James R. Hansen is the basis for the movie First Man. Ryan Gosling plays Armstrong, and Claire Foy, known for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, plays his wife in this insider's view into the early space program, due in theaters October 12.
Angie Thomas's powerful YA novel, The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray, $17.99), focuses on Starr, a girl caught between two worlds--her poor urban neighborhood and the wealthy, mostly white private school she attends on a scholarship. Starr's life shatters when police shoot her childhood friend, Khalil, in front of her. Young actress Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) stars in the movie adaptation, due out October 19.
Garrard Conley's candid and heartrending memoir, Boy Erased (Riverhead, $27), tells his story of growing up gay in a religious household. Sent to a conversion program his freshman year of college, Conley must come to terms with his true self. His stirring journey hits the big screen November 2, starring Nicole Kidman as his mother, Russell Crowe as his father and accomplished young actor Lucas Hedges as Conley.
Stieg Larsson made a global splash with his political techno-thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, and fans around the world mourned his death. Thankfully, author David Lagercrantz took over the reins to continue the series with The Girl in the Spider's Web (Vintage Crime, paperback, $9.99), another fast-paced thriller. Its movie adaption hits theaters on November 9, starring Claire Foy (she's been busy!) as kick-ass hacker Lisbeth. --Suzan L. Jackson, freelance writer and blogger at Book by Book