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Meg Raymond

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)

 

 

10/19/2016 - 1:37pm
If you like Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey

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Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey 
Once Upon A Time...in a rustic Missiissippi tavern, a beautiful exiled princess was forced to dance for the pleasure of others--unaware of her regal birthright...and infuriated by a magnificent golden-eyed devil who crossed an ocean to possess her. (catalog summary)
 

Here are some other fairy tale romances you may enjoy:
 




Beauty
 by Susan Wilson
Disfigured by a rare genetic disease, mystery writer Leland Crompton lives as a recluse in New Hampshire, but agrees to have his portrait painted by Alix Miller. In the long hours that follow, Alix discovers a remarkable man in Lee—a man she could come to love. (catalog summary)

 

 



Beauty and the Werewolf
 by Mercedes Lackey
The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella vows to escape the usual pitfalls. She dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman. On the way home she's attacked by a wolf—who turns out to be a cursed nobleman! Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh—when he isn't howling at the moon. (catalog summary)

 

10/11/2016 - 11:24am
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone cover

In 2001, J.K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) wrote a book called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This November, the movie Fantastic Beasts opens—the first of a planned trilogy.  

10/11/2016 - 10:14am
If you like A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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.

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose. (catalog summary)
 

If you liked A Dog's Purpose, you may want to check out our booklist called "No, No, Bad Dog!" (it also includes non-fiction titles).  These books are wonderful tales of "man's best friend."

You might try these fiction titles for a little laughter, maybe a few tears, but always a good "tale."



The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver. (catalog summary)

 


 



Dog: A Short Novel
by Michelle Herman
Dog is about how a person constructs a life for herself, about the bits and pieces that make up a life as one goes along, and about the possibility of goodness, always, among those pieces—the possibility of love, and grace. (catalog summary)

 

 

10/10/2016 - 1:41pm
If you like Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley
In a world where darkness threatens, there is Sunshine...Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her family's busy and popular café in downtown New Arcadia, needed a place to get away from all the noise and confusion-of the clientele and her family. Just for a few hours. Just to be able to hear herself think. She knew about the Others, of course. Everyone did. And several of her family's best regular customer. (catalog summary)

 

If you enjoyed Sunshine, check out these other titles as well:


The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L Howard
Horst Cabal has risen from the dead. Again. Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to meet, is resurrected by an occult conspiracy that wants him as a general in a monstrous army. Their plan: to create a country of horrors, a supernatural homeland. As Horst sees the lengths to which they are prepared to go and the evil they cultivate, he realizes that he cannot fight them alone. What he really needs on his side is a sarcastic, amoral, heavily armed necromancer. As luck would have it, this exactly describes his brother. (catalog summary) 

 

 


A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
The author of the national bestsellers "Fluke" and "The Stupidest Angel" returns with this absurdly outrageous, howlingly funny, scathingly satiric novel about a neurotic, just-widowed father of a newborn whose life takes a really weird detour. (catalog summary)

 

10/05/2016 - 10:59am
If you like The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
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 Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Abandoned as a tiny girl on a ship headed for Australia, Nell Andrews sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. (catalog summary)
 
If you like The Forgotten Garden, you may also like these titles:
 


The Alphabet Sisters
by Monica McInerney
As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven't spoken in years-ever since Bett's fiancé deserted her to marry the younger Carrie. Now Lola is turning eighty and she is determined to reunite the girls for a blowout bash. And no one ever says no to Lola. (catalog summary)
 


 


Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris
When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago. But the past and present are inextricably entwined, particularly in a scrapbook of recipes and memories that Framboise has inherited from her mother. And soon Framboise will realize that the journal also contains the key to the tragedy that indelibly marked that summer of her ninth year...(catalog summary)
 
 

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