7 Books to Read Before You See the Movies This Fall

Some of our all-time favorite fiction and nonfiction reads will be having their debuts as films in the next three months. Here's what to enjoy on the page as well as on the screen.

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup

258 pages; Waxkeep Publishing
In the 1840s, Solomon Northup, an African-American man born free in the North, was kidnapped, brought to the South and sold into slavery for a dozen years before he escaped. Yes, the movie version of his autobiography (a best-seller in its day) stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, but as Northup himself wrote, "It has been suggested that an account of my life and fortunes would not be uninteresting to the public." He was not wrong.
— Leigh Newman