Hadley’s March Recommendation

The Dinner by Herman KochThe Dinner by Herman Koch

“The Dinner is at times a biting, humorous satire and at other times makes the reader cringe from its honesty. This dark, fast-paced novel about social norms and familial bonds is already a bestseller in its native Netherlands and across Europe. It was recently released in the US and is receiving a lot of hype- including jacket endorsements from popular American authors such as Gillian Flynn and Scott Smith. Get your name on the hold list now!”

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

Present Value by Sabin Willett

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

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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!)

Julia’s August Recommendation(s)

Julia had two recommendations to share for the month of August. Both are posted because one is the audiobook version of a book that Blaise recommended back in march.  Check both of these out!

Audiobook version of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

“I have been laughing out loud–even while stuck in summer construction traffic–thanks to Mindy Kaling’s reading of her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). In a series of short and often hilarious personal essays, Kaling details her journey to becoming a “quadruple threat” as writer, director, producer, and actor on NBC’s The Office.”

Read about it or request the audiobook from the catalog!

3Similar Listens (Nonfiction Audiobooks)

1) Bossypants by Tina Fey (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Seriously?…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (Access to library catalog here!)

3) I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Listens (Fiction Audiobooks)

1) Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (Access to library catalog here!)

2) A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen (Access to library catalog here!)

And here is Julia’s 2nd Recommendation for August….

In The Woods by Tana French

“The first in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, this book was a thoroughly engrossing read for a lazy summer afternoon. In fact, I could not put it down and stayed up until the wee hours to finish it. A child’s murder in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Dublin revives the
memory of two children who went missing twenty years in the woods near the same neighborhood. French provides not only a great mystery, but also mesmerizing psychological portraits of her characters. Broken Harbor, the latest book in this series, was just released.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Bent Road by Lori Roy (Access to library catalog here!)

2) The End of Everything by Megan Abbott (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Lost Night by Rachel Howard (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Midnight in Peking by Paul French (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Pointing From the Grave by Samantha Weinberg (Access to library catalog here!)

Laona’s July Recommendation

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

“Here is the book description: ‘Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth, in a tale set against a backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse’. This novel is, without doubt, one of the best I have read thus far in 2012.  Starboard Sea is an examination of a young man’s foray into the risks and pleasures of adulthood.  At times tragic, at other times hopeful, Jason’s story is full of poignancy, painful self-discovery, and reminders how complicated this journey to adulthood can be.  Although this novel is most definitely not a ‘beach read’, this haunting novel, complete with unforgettable descriptions of sailing, is not to be missed”.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1)  The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Access to library catalog here)

2) Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (Access to library catalog here)

3) A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Boys of Winter by Wayne R. Coffey (Access to library catalog here)

3) Our Guys by Bernard Lefkowitz (Access to library catalog here)

Julia’s July Recommendation

Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

This psychological thriller provided just what I was looking for in a summer read: a page turner until the very end! The twists keep coming throughout the book, which is set in London and features DC Lacey Flint investigating a Jack-the-Ripper copycat killer.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1)  The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi (Access to library catalog here)

2) The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen (Access to library catalog here)

3) Breakdown by Sara Paretsky (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston (Access to library catalog here)

2) Journey Into Darkness by John Douglas (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr (Access to library catalog here)

Hadley’s October Recommendation

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Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain

“In honor of Halloween and our Big Read featuring Edgar Allan Poe, I went with something scary this month. I really enjoy this series, which is set in Portland, and centers on a female serial killer, a male detective, and a female reporter. I won’t reveal much, but this series is fast paced and has featured some great twists and turns along the way. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers or psychological suspense…but not for the faint of heart as there are some graphically described crime scenes. Evil at Heart is the third book in the series, after Heartsick and Sweetheart.

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