Yes, we’re still binge watching. And yes, TV and movies just seem to keep getting better! Perhaps that’s because so many are based on the books we love. From documentaries to blockbuster movies and everything in between, there are some fantastic adaptations of wonderful books heading to screen near you. We’ve compiled a few that we’re most excited to see this spring below. Browse the list and avoid the dreaded, “So, what should we watch?” question for a few more weeks!
Looking for more to watch? Check out our fall recap.
Documentary based on The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre
An unprecedented history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter—fiction writers with no formal training in psychology—and how it insinuated itself into our boardrooms, classrooms, and beyond.
Now on HBO Max
My Salinger Year
Movie based on the memoir by Joanna Rakoff
A keenly observed and irresistibly funny story about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing. Now a major motion picture starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley.
Now available on your favorite video on demand platform
Movie based on the novel by Nico Walker
A young medic returns from deployment in Iraq to two things: the woman he loves, and the opioid crisis sweeping across the Midwest. Now a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and directed by the Russo Brothers.
Now available on Apple TV+
Things Heard and Seen
Movie based on All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
A dark, riveting, beautifully written story that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder. Now a major motion picture starring Amanda Seyfried and James Norton.
Coming to Netflix April 1
Documentary featuring Mary Dearborn, author of Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway, the iconic literary figure considered one of the greatest American writers and among the first to live and work at the treacherous nexus of art and celebrity, is the subject of an upcoming three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
Coming to PBS April 5-7
When My Time Comes
Documentary based on the book by Diane Rehm
Spurred on by the death of her husband, the Peabody-award-winning journalist crosses the country to take an in-depth look at medical aid in dying. She speaks to people on all sides of the issue, uncovering the pros and cons, the facts and the misinformation surrounding this controversial practice that is now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. The result is both moving and informative—an eye-opening documentary that is sure to provoke strong reactions and thoughtful conversations among viewers of all ages and backgrounds.
Coming to PBS April 7
Documentary based on the book by James and Deborah Fallows
In their bestselling book Our Towns, legendary journalists James and Deborah Fallows travel America for five years, looking at how small towns and cities respond to setbacks.
In 2018, Oscar-nominees Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan teamed up with them to make a panoramic yet intimate feature documentary for HBO about Americans creatively confronting the biggest issues of our time. The film calls special attention to the power of localism, and the growing social movement of people who choose to live in these towns.
Coming soon to HBO
The Handmaid’s Tale
Series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood
An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.
Season 4 is coming to Hulu April 28
The Underground Railroad
Series based on the novel by Colson Whitehead
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles the adventures of Cora, a young enslaved woman, as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Soon to be a series directed by Barry Jenkins.
Coming to Amazon Prime Video May 14