Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bestseller Read-Alikes for the Week of March 5

Can’t wait to get your hands on the latest best-seller, but the hold list is too long? To tide you over, every week we’ll offer similar titles and authors to the week’s fiction and nonfiction best sellers.


This week's #1 fiction bestseller is Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.The best selling author's latest follows Edward Warren, who has been living in Thailand for five years, who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. Edward receives a frantic phone call, and is told that his father lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Once again, Picoult delves into the emotionally-charged dynamics of families, the secrets they keep and difficult choices that they must make. 

Other authors with similar writing styles to Picoult are:

Chris A. Bohjalian - Like Picoult,  Bohjalian writes books where his sympathetic characters face complex challenges. Some of his novels have a historical setting or include more elements of a mystery novel. Try Midwives, an Oprah Book Club selection, or Trans-Sister Radio, which covers questions of sexuality, gender, love, and family.

Anita Shreve - Shreve's novels focus on the emotional landscapes of her characters as they face challenges in their relationships both from unexpected disasters and the deeper questions of trust and communication. Newlyweds living in Kenya, Geraldine and Patrick of A Change in Altitude struggle to overcome a devastating mountain climbing accident.

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This week’s #1 nonfiction bestseller is again American Sniper by Chris Kyle (click here for read-alikes for that book from last week). Number 2 on the the list this week is Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think by Peter Diamandis. Diamandis - Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation - proposes that the current exponential progress of technology in certain fields will allow us to easily provide for the needs of all people within the near future, and profiles some of today's most promising advances toward that end.

Books similar to Abundance include:

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley - The New York Times bestselling author offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.

This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future, edited by John Brockman - "What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?" This is the question John Brockman posed to more than 100 of the world's most influential minds. Exhilarating, visionary, sometimes frightening, but always fascinating, their responses provide an eye-opening road map of our near future.

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