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Books on TV: Nonfiction

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Books on TV is here again! This post focuses on TV shows that are based off of nonfiction books. While the books are true stories with factual information, the shows do have some fictional elements. However, the shows still have truth and accuracy in the historical events depicted, the time periods represented, and the life stories of the characters. Take a look at the list below and check out the shows and/or books with your FRVPLD library card today!


Cover art for season 1 of Boardwalk Empire



Boardwalk Empire: Set during the prohibition era, this show follows Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (based on Enoch L. Johnson), a political boss and racketeer that controls Atlantic City. His relationship with mobsters and political contacts causes the Federal Government to take an interest in him. This show is based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson.





Cover art for season 1 of Call the Midwife



Call the Midwife: This series follows midwife Jenny Lee, as well as the other midwives, nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent. The stories in this series show how the ensemble of characters must cope with the medical problems in London’s East End in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This show is based on the trilogy of memoirs by Jennifer Worth.





Cover art for season 1 of Friday Night Lights



Friday Night Lights: Eric Taylor is promoted to Head Coach of the Dillon High School football team, the pride and joy of small-town Dillon, Texas. He must build the team into champions, while also dealing with political and social issues and challenges in his family life. This show is based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger.





Cover art for season 1 of Turn: Washington's Spies



TURN: Washington’s Spies: This show tells the story of Abraham Woodhull, a farmer from Setauket, New York, and some of his childhood friends who all become part of the Culper Ring. The Culper Ring is the secret group of spies who work for General George Washington and the Continental Army. This show is based on the book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose.