Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bestseller Read-Alikes for the week of April 2nd

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 book on the fiction bestsellers list is Stay Close by Harlan Coben. In Coben's latest stand-alone thriller, three people are living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, and will find that the past doesn't always fade away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past after all.

Other authors with similar writing styles to Coben include:

Stuart Woods -One of the mystery/thriller genre's best writers, Woods writes engrossing page-turners that are often cinematic in scope. Plots center around criminal or political investigations and feature twists, turns, betrayals and non-stop action. Usually set in the South, his novels are rich in dialogue. Try Under the Lake (1999).

Robert Crais - Another best-selling mystery author, Crais writes both series and stand-alone novels. His stand-alone novels are often filled with high-stakes tension, cinematic action sequences,unexpected plot-twists and memorable lead characters. Try Hostage (2001).

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This week's #1 nonfiction book is Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. In his latest book, journalist Lehrer examines the science of creativity and explains how it involves distinct thought processes that can be tapped by anyone, revealing the practices of successful companies and creative individuals while considering how to use scientific principles to increase creativity. Lehrer's other books Proust was a Neuroscientist (2007) and How We Decide (2009) are similar explorations into the workings of the human mind.

Other books similar to Imagine include:

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnman - Psychologist Kahnman draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision making to reveal the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson - TED lecturer Robinson offers his views on understanding creative thinking in education and business. He argues that people and organizations everywhere are dealing with problems that originate in schools and universities and that many people leave education with no idea at all of their real creative abilities. Robinson then calls for radically different approaches to leadership and teaching.

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If you'd like more recommendations, stop by the Recommendations Desk on the first floor, check out NoveList Plus on the library's website, or visit W. 11th & Bluff next week for more reading suggestions. Or submit a Personal Recommendations request, and we'll create a reading list just for you!

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