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HBO’s “Watchmen,” an adaptation of one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time, was ignored by the Golden Globe voters but not by the Emmys.

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The book: This 1999 noir novel by Jonathan Lethem centers on Tourette's-afflicted detective Lionel Essrog. The book gleefully twisted the genre's penchant for intricate mysteries with detours into Zen Buddhism, corporate misbehavior and elderly mobsters.

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The book: Long before Macavity, Bombalurina and Old Deuteronomy became Twitter-famous in the trailer revealing this film's surreal jump from Broadway to the big screen, these characters lived in the "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." T.S. Eliot wrote the collection of poems to his godchildren. Published in 1939, the book has been praised for its whimsical look at cat psychology as well as an occasional satire of 1930s London.

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Apparently set 15 years after Offred's climb into a van, the sequel to Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is told by three female characters. Little more about the novel is known yet, and it's likely to be one of the most talked-about books of fall. Hulu's adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale" recently aired its third season and will return for a fourth. (Doubleday; Nov. 10) 

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