Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bestseller Read-Alikes for the week of March 19th

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 The Thief: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott. The fifth in the Isaac Bell series set in the early 1910s, begins aboard the ocean liner Mauretania, as two European scientists are rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time, and one of the scientists is killed. As the world teeters on the edge of war, a ruthless German espionage agent has set his sights on the secret the scientists hold, and it is up to Bell to stop him.

Other authors with similar writing styles to Cussler are:

Jack Du Brul, - A frequent co-author of Cussler, Du Brul also writes his own action-packed series featuring geologist Philip Mercer. Havoc, the most recent of the series, has Philip Mercer following the trail of a secret from the Hindenburg to a remote African village.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have been writing together since 1995. Their thrilling novels are always fast-paced and exciting and feature everything from paleontology to hard science, but can be a little darker than Cussler's works. Their popular Pendergast series starts with Relic, a suspenseful murder mystery set in a Natural History Museum. Individually, they have written several books as well. In Mr. Preston's The Codex, a treasure hunter goes missing and his sons set off in search of their father and his fortunes.

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The top two nonfiction books on the bestseller's list are familiar titles. Holding strong at #1 is  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 Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman (find read-alikes for that title here).

Coming in at #3 is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. An investigative reporter for The New York Times, Duhigg seeks to explain the neurological processes behind behaviors, explain how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.

Books similar to The Power of Habit include:

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal - Psychologist Kelly McGonigal provides a step-by-step program for identifying goals, strengthening self-control, and making lifelong changes, whether it's weight loss, financial health, stress reduction, conquering procrastination, being a better parent, or finding your focus.

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori and Rom Brafman - Economist Ori Brafman and his psychologist brother Rom explore the ongoing psychological forces that sabotage rational behavior in our personal and business lives, revealing how such factors as loss aversion, commitment, and the diagnosis bias distort logical thought.

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