A Pre-Holiday Quiz; UPDATE

UPDATE: We’ve received several correct answers — these are all based on movies. However, we are looking for a more SPECIFIC answer!

HINT: These movies based on books are tied together by a person who will receive a major award on Jan. 22

To take your mind off all you have to do between now and tomorrow’s feast, we offer the following quiz.

Below is a list of books. If they were in a display, what would tie them together (other than the obvious)?

Bonus question: Why would this display be particularly relevant right now?

Please try to answer without the aid of reference books or Google (in this case, we DON’T want you to cite a source!)


  • Austen, Jane, Emma
  • Chabon, Michael, Wonder Boys
  • Condon, Richard, The Manchurian Candidate
  • Connelly, Joe, Bringing Out the Dead
  • Cunningham, Michael, The Hours
  • Erian, Alicia, Towelhead
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Goldsmith, Olivia, The First Wives Club
  • Gregory, Philippa,  The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Grisham, John, The Firm
  • Heller, Zoe,  Notes on a Scandal
  • Irving, Washington,  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Kureishi, Hanif,  Venus
  • Larsson, Stieg,  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Levin, Ira,  The Stepford Wives
  • McCarthy, Cormac,  Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men
  • Portis, Charles, True Grit
  • Price, Richard,  Freedomland
  • Russo, Robert,  Nobody’s Fool
  • Sinclair, Upton, Oil!
  • Tidyman, Ernest, Shaft
  • Yates, Richard,  Revolutionary Road


  • Bayley, John, Elegy for Iris
  • Goldsmith, Barbara,  Little Gloria… Happy at Last
  • Gordon, Barbara,  I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can
  • Harr, Jonathan, A Civil Action
  • Lewis, Michael,  Moneyball
  • McCourt, Frank, Angela’s Ashes
  • Mezrich, Ben,  Accidental Billionaires
  • Powell, Julie,  Julie & Julia
  • Rawicz, Slavomir,  The Long Walk
  • Schiff, Stacy,  Cleopatra
  • Waizkin, Fred, Searching for Bobby Fischer


  • Dahl, Roald, Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

10 Responses to “A Pre-Holiday Quiz; UPDATE”

  1. Katie D. Says:

    1. “Saw the movie? Read the book!”

    2. Harry Potter

  2. Ann Chambers Theis Says:

    Books to Movies – Katie beat me to it!

  3. Amber Says:

    1. Don’t Judge a Book by Its Movie!

    2. It’s the start of awards season?

  4. Adrienne Says:

    Need something to watch, er read, over the holiday?

  5. Adrienne Says:

    Need something to watch, er read, over the holidays? Also the slew of book based movie out or about to open?

  6. Barbara L. Says:

    First books?

  7. Rebecca Says:

    Well, they’ve all been turned into movies, but I also think these are the authors’ first books.

  8. JanetB Says:

    Books to Movies. Stepford Wives was not Ira Levin’s first book.

  9. J.P. Says:

    Scott Rudin was the producer of many of the movies based on these books and he’s receiving the Selznick Award at the PGAs on January 22.

  10. Sallie Says: