Thinking about reading the book as well. 12 years a Slave is the most realistic depiction of slavery I have ever seen on screen. Absolutely brilliant and had me in tears. There are many facets of slavery and accounts by former enslaved people that so many are unaware of or refuse to acknowledge. As much as I appreciate the film I was also disappointed by how few I saw in the theater. If you haven’t seen it yet…it is most definitely worth your time.