BEA; The Great Read Alike

The Great Read Alike:

If You Like This… You’ll LOVE That!

Tuesday, May 24th | 10:00-11:00 a.m.| Rm. 1E16

titles discussed:


Kaite Stover (Kansas City Public Library)

If you like:

The American Heiress, Daisy Goodwin, St. Martin’s Press, 6/21/2011


Then try:

The Golden Prince, Rebecca Dean

Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age, Amanda Mackenzie Stuart



Upstairs Downstairs

Gosford Park


Discuss this in the book group:

The Buccaneers, Edith Wharton

If you like: 

The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst, Knopf, 10/11/2011


Then try:

The Vanishing Moon, Joseph Coulson

The House at Riverton, Kate Morton

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh



A Room with a View

Discuss this in the book group:

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro


If you like:

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, 6/26/2011


Then try:

The Paris Wife, Paula McLain

Loving Frank, Nancy Horan

Ghost Light, Joseph O’Connor



La Vie En Rose



Discuss this in the book group:

Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland



Lesa Holstine (Velma Teague Branch Library)

If you like:

Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny, Minotaur, 8/2/2011


Then try:           

One Was a Soldier, Julia Spencer-Fleming

The Cold Dish, Craig Johnson

Among the Departed, Vicki Delany


If you like:

Sizzling Sixteen, Janet Evanovich, Random House, 6/29/2011


Then try:

Lucky Stiff, Deborah Coonts

Sticky Fingers, Nancy Martin

Liar, Liar, K.J. Larsen


If you like:

Crunch Time, Diane Mott Davidson, Morrow, 4/5/2011


Then try:

The Long Quiche Goodbye, Avery Aames

State of the Onion, Julie Hyzy

Devil’s Food Cake Murder, Joanne Fluke


If you like:

Sherlock Holmes/Dr.Watson pairing, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin pairing, Rex Stout


Then try:

John Ceepak/Danny Boyle pairing: Tilt-A-Whirl, Chris Grabenstein


Robin Beerbower (Salem Public Library)

If you’re looking forward to:

Before I Go to Sleep, S. J. Watson , Harper, 6/14/2011


Then try:

Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane

Replay, Ken Grimwood


If you’re looking forward to:

Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante, Atlantic Monthly Press, 6/13/2011


Then try:

Still Alice, Lisa Genova

Elephants Can Remember, Agatha Christie


If you’re looking forward to:

The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, Marcus Sakey , Dutton, 6/9/2011


Then try:

On Borrowed Time, David Rosenfelt


If you’re looking forward to:

The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson, Harper, 7/20/2011


Then try:

The 13th Tale, Diane Setterfield

Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier


Also try these movies: 


Flight Plan

The Others

50 First Dates


You’ll also love these thrillers with boffo endings:

Sister, Rosamund Lupton

13th Hour, Richard Doetsch

The Poison Tree, Erin Kelly

Into the Blue, Robert Goddard

Step to the Graveyard Easy, Bill Pronzini


Psychological novels with a literary bent:

A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick

Gentlemen and Players, Joanne Harris

Atonement, Ian McEwan

Double Bind, Chris Bohjalian


Straight thrillers:

anything by Harlen Coben

anything by Linwood Barclay (The Accident)

Love You More, Lisa Gardner

Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon

Long Gone, Alafair Burke

The Edge, Jeffery Deaver


More creepy gothic goodness:

anything by Kate Morton

Ghost Writer and The Séance, John Harwood

The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters

Bride of Pendorric, Victoria Holt

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

Women’s fiction with a novel twist, try:

Last Letter from Your Lover, JoJo Moyes


And a few more movies: 

The Adjustment Bureau






The Town

Source Code


Shayera Tangri (Porter Ranch Branch Public Library)


If you like:

Contemporary Romance (Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz)


Then try:

The Sweetest Thing, Jill Shalvis, Forever, 4/1/2011

A Lot Like Love, Julie James, Berkley, 3/1/2011

Good Girls Don’t, by Victoria Dahl, 8/30/2011


If you like:

Historical Romance (Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn)


Then Try:

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart, Sarah Maclean, Avon, 4/26/2011

Follow My Lead, Nate Noble, Berkley Sensation, 5/3/2011

The Soldier, Grace Burrowes, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 6/1/2011

If You Give A Girl a Viscount, Kieran Kramer, St, Martin’s, 11/1/2011


If you like:

Paranormal Romance (Sherrilyn Kenyon and MaryJanice Davidson)


Then try:

Second Grave on the Left, Darynda Jones, St. Martin’s, 8/16/2011

Heart of Steel, by Meljean Brook, Berkley Trade, 11/1/2011

Heartless, by Gail Garriger, Orbit, 6/28/2011


Stephanie Chase (Multnomah County Library)


If you like:

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, 9/13/2011 (historical/gothic)


Then try:

The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke

Drood, Dan Simmons

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine



If you like:

Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tor, 6/7/2011 (classic with a twist)


Then try:

Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jenna Starborn, Sharon Shinn

The Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon

Passion Play, Beth Bernobich

Soulless and the other titles in “The Parasol Protectorate” series, Gail Carriger

Chocolat, Joanne Harris



If you like:

The Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allen, Bantam, 3/22/2011 (chick lit… with magic)


Then try:

Previous Sarah Addison Allen titles

Before Ever After, Samantha Sotto

The Other Life, Ellen Meister

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender

Practical Magic, The Red Garden, and other titles, Alice Hoffman

The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obrecht (literary fiction with a bent of myth)

The Post-Birthday World, Lionel Shriver



If you like:

The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan, Knopf, 7/12/2011 (Twilight for grownups)


Then try:

The Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris

The Passage, Justin Cronin

Discovery of Witches, Deb Harkness


Also recommend urban fantasy titles for patrons who aren’t squeamish about sex:

Laurell K Hamilton

Patricia Briggs

Sherrilyn Kenyon