Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Best Seller Read-Alikes for the Week of July 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.


At the #1 spot for fiction this week is Janet Evanovich's latest, Wicked Business. The second book in the Lizzie and Diesel Wicked series (after Wicked Appetite), finds pastry chef Lizzie and her parter Diesel investigating the murder of a visiting Harvard English professor. Discovering that the professor had been seeking an ancient and powerful relic - the Luxuria Stone - they quickly begin their own search, as malevolent forces compete for ownership Stone. Evanovich's trademark humor is woven throughout the tale, as well as heightened romantic tension between Lizzie and Diesel.

Books with similar styles to Evanovich and the Wicked series include:

Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye - Launching Dead End Dating, a Manhattan-based matchmaking service, in order to help pay for her cosmetics obsession, fashionable vampire Lil Marchette decides that Francis Deville, a geeky vampire, will make a terrific first client, but her plans for Francis soon take a back seat to gorgeous bounty hunter Ty Bonner, in New York to chase down a serial killer.

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson - After being killed in a car accident, fashion savvy Betsy Taylor becomes one of the undead and, with the help of her newfound friends, the lure of designer shoes, and a sexy vampire, must destroy a dark enemy and fulfill her destiny as the prophesied vampire queen.

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There hasn't been much movement at the top of the nonfiction best seller's list. This week's #1 nonfiction book is again The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein and you can find read-likes for that book here. Glenn Beck is still holidng the #2 spot with  Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say (see that read alike list here) and at #3 this week is Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found the Pacific Crest Trail, which has also been selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Sarah did a great spotlight post for the book when it was selected, and here are some highlights:

Wild is an inspirational, lyrically descriptive story of grief, hiking, and personal growth. After her mother's sudden death from cancer, Ms. Strayed's life fell apart. On impulse, she decides to challenge herself by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs 2,650 miles from the Mexican border of California to the Canadian border of Washington.

Other books similar to Wild include:

Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman - When children's author Rita Golden Gelman is confronted by a divorce and an empty nest, she impulsively sets out for Mexico, starting her decades long journey from home to home around the world.

The Cactus Eaters by Dan White - Dan White and his girlfriend Melissa leave their jobs at a Connecticut newspaper to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail. Mr. White writes with humor and honesty about their misadventures, neither was an experienced hiker, though his transformation is somewhat less inspiring than Ms. Strayed's.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (917.40443 BRY) - Mr. Bryson is known his witty travel writing. In A Walk in the Woods, he tells of his journey along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, along with local trivia, natural history, and more. Mr. Bryson is a more experienced hiker than some of the others he meets along the trail, but this is also a less difficult trail.

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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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