This installment of Awesome Authors covers one of my all-time favorites, John Grisham. I give partial credit to him for leading me to pursue my Paralegal Studies degree, and developing my initial interest in the field of law. I aspire to own all of his books, someday! I need to pre-order his newest book, Camino Island.
He’s smart, sharp, and he writes really good books!
The Pelican Brief (1992)
This was the first Grisham book I read. My own copy is well-loved. I tend to re-read it at least once or twice every year.
The movie adaptation (1993) is one of my absolute favorites! Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington were perfect co-stars.
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006)
This book sparks the clearest memory for me – I stumbled upon it in high school, at the Chesapeake library, probably right after it was published. I love true crime stories, so I remember flying through it. I have my own copy, so I’ll probably re-read it at some point in the near future.
The Whistler (2016)
You can check out my review of Grisham’s latest work here:
A Time to Kill (1989)
I don’t remember when I first read it, but I didn’t realize it was his first novel until much later!
Theodore Boone series (2010-present)
I have some catching up to do, but I’ve read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010), and Theodore Boone: The Abduction (2011) thus far. I found both of them at the Chesapeake libraries, and I’m working on getting copies of all six books.
I need to read Theodore Boone: The Accused (2012), Theodore Boone: The Activist (2013), Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (2015), and Theodore Boone: The Scandal (2016).
Theo is a good kid, and Grisham is a decent writer for kids!
A large number of Grisham’s novels / original works have been adapted for the screen:
- The Firm (1993 film, 2011-2012 TV series)
- The Pelican Brief (1993)
- The Client (1994 film, 1995-1996 TV series)
- The Chamber (1996)
- A Time to Kill (1996 film, 2011 stage play)
- The Rainmaker (1997)
- The Gingerbread Man (manuscript, 1998)
- A Painted House (2003 TV movie)
- Runaway Jury (2003)
- The Street Lawyer (2003 TV pilot)
- Mickey (2004)
- Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks, 2004)
- The Associate (TBA)
- The Testament (TBA)
- Calico Joe (TBA)
He’s also published four collections of short stories, and three works of non-fiction.
What about you? Have you read any of John Grisham’s books?
Come back in late April for another installment of Awesome Authors!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂