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Hulu & Netflix Adaptations To Fill You Up This November

Whether you celebrate this month’s holiday of Thanksgiving or not, the cold season brings us a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, warm clothes, and of course enough book content to fill your plate ten times over! So round the family up, and enjoy these amazing adaptations Netflix and Hulu have to offer.

Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!




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  • Margaret Atwood: A Word After a Word After a Word is Power (2019 Documentary) – November 19th, Hulu
  • Vita & Virginia (2019 Film) – based on the story of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (November 22, Hulu)




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A group of friends toasting. To books? Possibly.

Booze & Books(tr): 7 Delicious Book & Beer Pairings

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be changing it up with a booze-book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be paring classic books with soon-to-be-classic beer. So, friends, read up & drink up. By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

1. Lord of the Flies – Natty Light


'Lord of the Flies' William Golding & Natty Light Images Via AMazon & Thrillist


Lord of the Flies is about a classroom full of boys getting trapped together and resorting to savagery, which sounds to me like just about every frat party I’ve ever attended. The parallels don’t end there: we can assume they didn’t have a wide variety of beverage options. And that’s what Natty Light is: not your top pick, what happens to be there, preferable to cannibalism.





'Less Than Zero' and Brett, Yeast, & Helles

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Let’s get real: Less Than Zero pairs well with just about any intoxicating substance, both because that’s what the book is all about and because you might need a buzz to handle some of this violence and apathy. A disturbing tale of debauchery and indifference, Less Than Zero warns that the only thing you might want to have in common with these characters is a drink (or more). By the time the book reaches its horrific conclusion, you’ll have reached the bottom of the bottle.


3. anna karenina – baby daddy


'Anna Karenina' & Baby Daddy

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Unlike poor Anna, let’s hope that this Baby Daddy isn’t the reason for your untimely demise. Actually, let’s just say we hope a Baby Daddy is the only thing you and Anna have in common. Just remember that too much of a good thing is definitely, definitely a bad thing… especially if the ‘good’ thing is an extra-marital affair, in which case, it probably wasn’t that good of a thing to begin with.


4. 1984 – THE TRUTH


'1984' & The Truth

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The truth is that 1984 wasn’t that far off, and that would be a good punch line for a joke if it were a joke at all. Flying Dog’s  concept behind this popular beer is unabashed capitalism: “Full Disclosure: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share. Sometimes the truth hurts. But most often, it’s damn refreshing.”  Is this less a concept and more a statement of fact? Sure. But the idea of psychological manipulation and control is prevalent throughout 1984, making it an excellent pair. Also, this drink is as strong as you’ll want it to be.




'The Road' & Sit Down Son

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“Sit down, son,” is possibly what The Road’s unnamed father said to his unnamed son as he explained that he would, potentially, one day shoot himself with one of the family’s two rounds of ammo to avoid being eaten by cannibals. Let’s hope that this experience (that of having a beer and knowing that you’ll never force anyone to strip naked at gunpoint) is much more enjoyable.




'The Hobbit' Dragon & Yumyums

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The Hobbit pairs perfectly with this fun, fruity ale, a comforting yet sweet taste to remind you of all your nostalgic feelings towards Tolkien’s beloved series. The beer also comes in an unusual color: a particularly vivid pink sure to remind you of summer days and the beautiful sweep of that New Zealand landscape. Hobbits pretty much live to chill with their friends, and why shouldn’t you? Crack one of these open and get (lit)erary. No one would stop you from adding some pipeweed.




'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' & Death Before Disco

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Although Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas was released in the 1970s (so, before disco, you may note) it was actually written during the 1960s. The novel depicts an intense spiritual death, the end of the hippie zeitgeist and the senseless space between generations. While the novel contains little actual death, it’s filled with an annihilation of ideas, from hotel rooms to fast cars—American symbols broken open to reveal the ugliness inside. There was plenty of death after and during disco, too, but little of it has captured so vividly. I’ll drink to that.


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Hunter S. Thompson in yellow glasses, smoking.

8 Times Hunter S. Thompson Revolutionized Literary History

Hunter S. Thompson remains one of the wildest figures in all of literary history. His extensive writing (‘The Rum Diaries,’ ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’), debauched lifestyle, famous friends, and the founding of ‘gonzo journalism’ made him an icon.


In honor of the literary legend’s 80th birthday, we’ve put together eight of his most iconic feats!


1. He shaved Johnny Depp’s head for the movie of his book ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.’


Thompson wearing a miner's hat shaves Johnny Depp's head

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Hunter himself shaved Johnny Depp’s head in preparation for the actor’s role as Thompson’s alter-ego Raoul Duke in Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas. “I didn’t look in the mirror at all. I was in mortal fear,” said Depp of the experience. “Hunter had a mining light… on his head, we were in his kitchen – and yeah, he shaved my hair.”


2. The Red Shark from ‘Fear and Loathing…’ actually belonged to him!


Red convertible from Fear and Loathing film

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In Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, the ‘Red Shark,’ a 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible, belonged to Hunter S. Thompson. Many of the costumes worn by Depp were also taken directly from Thompson’s own closet! 


3. To improve his writing, he typed out F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” from start to finish several times. 


Thompson sitting at his typewriter looking at camera

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While working at Time, he did the same with Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.


4. His idea of a joke led Jack Nicholson to call the FBI!


Hunter S. Thompson points a gun at the camera while wearing a winter hat

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On the night of Nicholson’s birthday, Thompson left a raw elk heart on his doorstep. The heart bled under the door. He then set off a high-powered spotlight, fired a gun, and played a recording of animal cries through an amplifier to awaken the family. Nicholson, fearing a deranged stalker, phoned the FBI while his terrified family hid in the cellar.


5. He wasn’t through with the Nicholsons!


Hunter S. Thompson making a face at the camera

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Thompson later sent Jack’s nine-year-old daughter Lorraine a grotesquely graphic model of a rat caught in a trap along with the following note that read: “Dear Lorraine. This will teach you a lesson about trusting men which will be valuable later in life. You’re welcome, Uncle Hunter.”


6. He referred to himself as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.


Hunter S. Thompson smoking, looking upwards

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He began doing this after purchasing a mail-order doctorate in Divinity.


7. He lived and rode with Hell’s Angels for over a year. 


Hunter S. Thompson on a motorcycle

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Thompson was the founder of ‘Gonzo journalism,’  a style of journalism without objectivity, wherein the writer engages and lives with their subjects. His work on the Hell’s Angels, as discussed in a January 7, 1967 NY Times article, dove deep into a world  titled “On the Wild Side,” “presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never dare encounter.”


Of his experience, Thompson said, “I was no longer sure whether I was doing research on the Hell’s Angels or being slowly absorbed by them.”


8. He requested that his ashes be shot out of a 153-foot canon.


Hunter S. Thompson's ashes being shot from a canon

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His ashes were blasted from a cannon mounted inside a 53-foot-high sculpture of the ‘gonzo fist’ symbol, which was mounted on a 100-foot pillar, making the monument 153 feet high.


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