Victoria’s December Recommendation

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Victoria is recommending this summer’s runaway hit Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for the gone girlmonth of December.  She says that she “loved the twisted end” to this novel.  Here is a short description pulled from the library catalog: “On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears.  The police immediately suspect Nick.  Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him.  He swears it isn’t true.  A police examination of his computers shows strange searches.  He says they aren’t his.  And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.  So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?”.

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A few months ago, I created an extensive read-a-like list for Gone Girl Click here to link to that list for recommendations to keep you busy reading while you wait for Flynn’s novel!  Joanna also recommended this book back in September.

Joanna’s September Recommendation

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“An absolute page turner!  I could not put this book down.  Just when you think you’ve figured it out, the plot takes a sharp turn in a direction no one could guess.  For those of you on the hold list, hang on, it is worth the wait.”

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Similar Reads (Fiction)

Check out our Weekly Spotlight on Gone Girl Readalikes for a lot more than just three similar fiction reads for this title!

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower (Access to library catalog here!)

2) People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott (Access to library catalog here!)

Rebecca’s July Recommendation

Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Mr. Fox is a book of magical realism and the story of a love triangle.  The three featured characters are St. John, a writer, his wife Daphne, and his muse-made-flesh Mary Foxe.  The book alternates between the story of this love triangle (which is a compelling and slightly twisted story in and of itself) and the stories that take place in between.  While some of these individual stories featured throughout the book may require some literary knowledge, you can also enjoy them as stand alone stories as well.  The basic premise of the novel is that Mary Foxe has come to life from St. John’s imagination.  St. John is a mysoginistic and somewhat selfish writer who has a penchant for killing off his female heroines. Mary grows tired of these activities and challenges St. John to what can only be called a literary battle.  Meanwhile, the love triangle between St. John, his wife Daphne, and his ‘ideal’ becomes more intense as the book progresses.  A beautifully written work of magical realism–I would recommend this novel to those who love stories about stories and those who can appreciate elements of the fantastic amidst the real”.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) 1Q84by Haruki Murakami (Access to library catalog here)

2) Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Pugilist at Rest: Stories by Thom Jones (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Every Tongue Got to Confess by Zora Neale Hurston (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Annotated Brothers Grimm (Access to library catalog here)

3) Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes (Access to library catalog here)

Ellen’s May Recommendation

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be A Better Husband by David Finch

“This book is engaging, surprisingly funny, and provides plenty of food for thought about how we relate to one another, whether we are neurotypical (NT) or have Asperger’s Syndrome”.

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction):

1) Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert (Access to library catalog here)

2) Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger’s by John Elder Robison (Access to library catalog here)

3) Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson’s Disease by Morton Kondracke (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Fiction):

1) Daniel Isn’t Talking by Marti Leimbach (Access to library catalog here)

2) A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards by Ann Bauer (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry (Access to library catalog here)

Kimberly’s February Recommendation

The Odds:  A Love Story by Stewart O’Nan

“Art and Marion are on the brink of marital and financial collapse when they decide to take a last-ditch Valentine’s Day trip to Niagara Falls, scene of their honeymoon 30 years ago.   The backdrop of the Falls, casinos, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and a rolicking Heart Concert (!) offer some fun quirky moments in a book that does a great job of exploring a marriage stretched, but not quite broken.”

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Sam’s January Recommendation

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Review from BookPage: “The unconventional love story marks the arrival of a talented new author. Henry and Clare De Tamble are, by all appearances, a regular Chicago couple. Yet, all is not as it seems. Henry suffers from Chrono-Displacement Disorder, which means that, with no warning, he often disappears, only to resurface in the past or the future—most often at moments of special significance in his life. Thus, he travels backward into Clare’s childhood, where, in a bizarre twist, he encounters her as a six-year-old. Skillfully shifting points of view, the author presents us with the perspectives of both Clare and Henry, with poignant, often hilarious results. As time’s toy, Henry relies upon Clare—the one constant in his life—to keep him grounded. Their marriage, in fact, seems to grow stronger despite his peculiar condition and the strange paradoxes that ensue as a result. This touching, uniquely inventive novel was a national bestseller.”

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Mike’s November Recommendation

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Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

Review from Library Journal: “If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously, read Appointment in Samarra,” insisted Ernest Hemingway of this 1934 title, all the more high praise as it was O’Hara’s first novel. The story follows Julian and Caroline English and the frailty of small-town society. This edition features an introduction by John Updike.

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