Of the movies based on books opening today, the one likely to pull ahead at the box office is Disney’s take on Secretariat, the race horse who set records in the 1970’s that still stand today. As the NYT review puts it, the movie “sticks to the Disney gospel that life means following your dreams.” The movie was “suggested by” William Nack’s book Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, which has been on the extended NYT Paperback Non-fiction list for the past two weeks.

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William Nack
Retail Price: $16.99
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Hyperion – (2010-08-31)
ISBN / EAN: 1401324010 / 9781401324018

The NYT says of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, also opening today and based on the book by Ned Vizzini, “For a movie set in a psychiatric hospital…[it’s] disarmingly gentle, sweet and whimsical.”

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Ned Vizzini
Retail Price: $9.99
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH – (2010-08-31)
ISBN / EAN: 1423141911 / 9781423141914

Also opening, but only in NYC and LA is Tamara Drewe, based on the graphic novel by British cartoonist Posy Simmonds. In turn, it is roughly based on thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. The NYT‘s A.O Scott finds it only “moderately diverting.”

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Tamara Drewe
Posy Simmonds
Retail Price: $16.95
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books – (2008-10-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0547154127 / 9780547154121

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