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Meg Raymond

05/26/2017 - 12:41pm
Cover to Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Some people find faith in a blinding flash, like Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus. For others, this can be a lifelong journey.  Share the various roads followed (and destinations found!) on the these spiritual journeys of finding and losing faith, returning to church, searching for meaning or experiencing profound spirituality outside of organized religion in the updated booklist, Soul Searching.

05/22/2017 - 10:09am
If you like Alice and Wonderland (And You're an Adult)

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

You want adult books that have the same feeling as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. You like the nonsensical bits, the otherworldly settings, and Alice with her curiosity and sense of adventure.

05/11/2017 - 9:27am
Mrs. Kennedy and Me cover

Our spring book selection is Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hill.

From 1960 until 1964, Mr. Hill was the U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy. Initially he resisted this assignment. He had been loyal to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was facing an incoming opposition party. Mrs. Kennedy had rejected her first Secret Service agent. If she okayed Hill, he would have to take the assignment or end his career.

04/21/2017 - 8:20am
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. (catalog summary)

You wanted a match to Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. Some other titles that have some elements of family dysfunction include:

After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman


After I’m Gone
by Laura Lippman

Set in the past and the present, it tells the story of five women whose lives are changed forever when the man they love mysteriously disappears. (catalog summary)

 

01/09/2017 - 12:34pm
Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Eva is born to a chef and a waitress. Her mother runs off with a sommelier when she’s a baby. Her father is determined to raise her on his own and nourish her the best way he knows—with food. She grows up surrounded by the foods of her native Minnesota and eventually becomes the reclusive but famous chef for a secretive and very, very exclusive pop-up supper club.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is charming, slightly off-beat, and might even make you want to taste Scandinavian lutefisk.

11/14/2016 - 8:21am
Cover to Revenge by Stephen Fry

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." I always thought this meant that if you waited until you cooled off the need for exacting revenge would lessen or maybe go away altogether. I guess I'm just way too naïve and forgiving because, when I actually looked up the meaning of the phrase, it seems to mean to wait until the person who wronged you has forgotten all about it, and thus your revenge will be in cold blood—and all the sweeter. Who knew?  

10/20/2016 - 3:33pm

I recently had to get 12 stitches in my leg. It was mesmerizing to watch! But for some reason, nobody wanted to see the pictures I took of the bloody gash or the resulting row of neat black stitches.

I grew up with a nurse mom and a nuclear physicist dad, so our dinnertime conversations were often scientific discourse about what happened in surgery or the emergency room. I didn't realize that this wasn't normal until I horrified some of my playmates with stories they found unbearably gruesome.

In college, I was a serials check-in clerk for the medical library and was fascinated by some of the medical journals. I couldn't wait to look at the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report!

If you find medical history fascinating, look at some of the books on my Medical Mysteries and Maladies booklist.  

10/19/2016 - 2:52pm
If you like The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
To save his own marriage, a middle-aged man takes inspiration from his in-law's enduring love. (catalog summary)



You asked for inspirational fiction and said that you enjoyed The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. With that in mind, I'd make the following suggestions:



Angel Light
 by Andrew Greeley
In an engaging if opportunistic plundering of publishing trends, Greeley unites angels and the Internet in a saccharine tale based on the Old Testament's Book of Tobias. Narrator Toby Tobin, a young Chicagoan, is a computer hacker who stands to inherit $10 million from his late great-uncle if he can travel to the Emerald Isle and marry his gorgeous cousin Sara Anne without revealing to her the conditions of the will. Toby proves a reluctant romancer until he's contacted in cyberspace by his guardian angel, a seraph named Raphael who persuades him to make the journey. (catalog summary)



 


The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
How does love survive and thrive in the long term? In Edinburgh, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love, get married, have children. But this is their story after the first flush of infatuation. As Rabih and Kirsten reform their ideals under the pressures of an average existance, they discover that love is a skill that needs to be learned, and not just experienced. (catalog summary)



 

 

10/19/2016 - 2:22pm
If you like heart-pounding, non-stop action books

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

I love heart-pounding, non-stop action books, too. These types of books can range from laugh-out-loud funny to seriously gruesome. Some suggestions for you:

Acts of Revision by Martyn Bedford
For most first novelists, having a manu-script plucked from the slush pile is only a dream, but it really happened to Bedford. His novel, which has since been sold in nine countries, features a solitary bachelor who decides to right the wrongs done to him by a string of harshly judgmental teachers through "acts of revision"—that is, murder. (Library Journal)



The Charm School
by Nelson DeMille
A KGB enterprise called "The Charm School" eventually involves three Americans: "Sam Hollis, an Air Force office, who will fly one last covert mission into the center of a mad experiment; Lisa Rhodes, an embassy liaison, who will see her political hopes and ideals brutally tested; and Seth Alevy, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station, who will find his intricate dance of destiny and death reaching its devastating conclusion. (catalog summary)






The Death and Life of Bobby Z.
by Don Winslow
A Mexican drug lord offers to free a DEA agent in return for an American gangster who is in jail in Thailand. In fact the gangster is dead, but the Mexican does not know this. Convicted killer Tim Kearney is offered his freedom by the DEA if he will impersonate the gangster and Kearney jumps at the opportunity, only to discover the Mexican wanted the gangster free so he could kill him. (catalog summary)

 

 

10/19/2016 - 2:02pm
If you like I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation. (catalog summary)
 

You stated that you liked "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb and like the "inspirational fiction" genre. There are many books that deal with difficult or emotional topics, but in an ultimately uplifting and/or redemptive manner. Some suggestions:



The Deep End of the Ocean
by Jacquelyn Mitchard 
By her own admission, Beth Cappadora is a rather haphazard mother and wife. Still, her family is reasonably happy and her career as a photographer relatively satisfying. In a few short minutes in a crowded hotel lobby, Beth's world changes forever. Her two-year-old son, Ben, left in the care of older brother Vincent, disappears. Despite the efforts of police and friends, the search for Ben fails, and Beth retreats into grief. Emotionally abandoning her other children and her husband, she spends the next nine years in self-absorbed brooding, unmoved by either the increasing delinquency of Vincent or her husband's demands for change. Ben's miraculous return results more in shock than joy and initially drives the family further apart. (catalog summary)
 



The Hour I First Believed
by Wally Lamb
Relocating to a family farm in Connecticut after surviving the Columbine school shootings, Caelum and Maureen discover a cache of family memorabilia dating back five generations, which reveals to Caelum unexpected truths about painful past events. (catalog summary)

 

 

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