EW Staff
July 17, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Julie & Julia
Julie Powell
Pick up Powell’s delectable memoir — about her attempts to cook 524 Julia Child recipes in the span of one year — before you head to the multiplex to see Aug. 7’s Amy Adams-Meryl Streep adaptation. A forewarning: Hunger may be a side effect to reading this foodie-friendly tale.

The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
Sorry, you can’t hop in a DeLorean and transport yourself to Aug. 14 to see the Time Traveler’s film adaptation. But you can hop to the bookstore to read Niffenegger’s critical darling about a librarian who finds love while traveling through time.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Rebecca Miller
Before you see Robin Wright Penn play the title character on the big screen this October, delve inside the life of Pippa Lee via Miller’s novel about a woman forced into a retirement community.

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