Fiction Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is once again #1 on the best sellers list. Sarah wrote a great read-alike for Flynn, which you can find here. At #2 and striking a far different note is Debbie Macomber's latest, The Inn at Rose Harbor. A spin-off of her popular Cedar Cove novels, is set in the same small town, but focused on a youngish widow named Jo Marie Rose who has purchased the bed-and-breakfast of the title. Her first guests, Abby and Josh, bring with them their own troubles and, as their stories intertwine, both the guests and Jo Marie are given hopeful new beginnings.
Authors similar to Debbie Macomber include:
Jan Karon's Mitford series, has a strong inspirational message. In a small town setting, Karon explores her characters' lives with humor and grace, and offers emotionally satisfying solutions as well as domestic pleasures and endearing characters. The series begins with At Home in Mitford, which introduces Episcopalian Father Timothy Kavanaugh, his congregation, and his comical dog.
Robyn Carr writes contemporary romances and love stories that are character driven. Her stories are bittersweet, heartwarming and dramatic. Start with Virgin River, the first in her Virgin River series. Arriving in the remote mountain town of Virgin River in response to an ad, recently widowed Melinda realizes that she has made a mistake, until she finds an abandoned baby on her porch and lets a former Marine into her heart.
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Marking its 92nd week on the best sellers list, Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption is back at number one, and you can find read-alikes for that title here. At number two is The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein and you can find read-alike here. At number three is a memoir by Hope Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer team, Solo: A Memoir of Hope. Solo reveals how she has repeatedly triumphed over adversity, from her childhood in Richland, Washington, to the realization of her dreams of being a world-class soccer player.
Other books similar to Solo include:
In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir by Amanda Beard (Biog. Beard) - Seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard describes her battles with depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse in spite of her successful career, recounting how she hid her struggles from her loved ones before seeking help and finding renewal in the birth of her son.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Biog. Walls) - The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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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!