Michele Brown

If You Like "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel ...

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The Life of Pi is the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. "Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?" (Book Description)

If you liked The Life of Pi, here are a few titles that you may find equally thought-provoking:

Creation by Gore Vidal
Cyrus Spitama provides insights into the ancient world of the 5th century B.C. in which many of our modern philosophical, political, and scientific ideas were created. Cyrus is brought up in the Persian court and undertakes a diplomatic mission that takes him to India and China. His search for meaning brings him in contact with Buddha, Confucius, and Socrates. (What Do I Read Next?)

 

Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
Visualizing a village, a hotel or an apartment building as a microcosm of society is not a new concept to writers, but few have invested their fiction with such luminous language, insight into character and grasp of cultural construct as Suri does in his debut. The inhabitants of a small apartment building in Bombay are motivated by concerns ranging from social status to spiritual transcendence while their alcoholic houseboy, Vishnu, lies dying on the staircase landing. During a span of 24 hours, Vishnu's body becomes the fulcrum for a series of crises, some tragic, some farcical, that reflect both the folly and nobility of human conduct....By turns charming and funny, searing and poignant, dramatic and farcical, this fluid novel is an irresistible blend of realism, mysticism and religious metaphor, a parable of the universal conditions of human life. (Nicole Aragi, Publishers Weekly)

If You Like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams ...

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If you liked  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, outrageous humor may be the draw.
If so, you may want to try one of the books listed below:

The Philosophical Strangler by Eric Flint 
Greyboar's professional career as an assassin for hire falls prey to his penchant for philosophy as moral qualms intervene to cause disaster in even the simplest tasks. The latest fantasy by the author of 1632 features an angst-ridden hero, a fast-talking side-kick, fast-paced action, and bawdy humor. Though sometimes the comedy misses the mark,
Flint tells a multilayered tale of camaraderie in the face of misadventure with apologies to the great philosophers. (Library Journal)

The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo 
Raunchy, uproarious silliness in the time-honored sf tradition of alternative history. (Library Journal) Features 19th century stories of Queen Victoria, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Hottentots in Massachusets.

 

 

General OneFile! Whuzzat?

General OneFile is not the Commander of the Allied Forces or the latest comic book character, but it is a supreme superhero: General OneFile is an awesome database of magazine and newspaper articles about anything and everything you may want or need to know. With about 97 million entries originally published from 1980 to the present day, I daresay you’ll find something pertinent to any search you undertake. For instance:

Want a recipe for ohagi (Japanese sticky rice balls with red bean paste) or yeatelt wett (an Ethiopian winter vegetable medley)?
            General OneFile serves it up!
 
Want a political cartoon from the Reagan era?
            Print one free from General OneFile!
 
Want a children’s review of the latest picture book to hit the best seller list?
            Read it on General OneFile!
 
Want to know what the experts say about investing in this economy?
            General OneFile keeps you current!
 
Want the latest Hollywood gossip?
            General OneFile has it covered!
 

If You Like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

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Eat, Pray, Love "presents the memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience and wholeness."

There have been some wonderful books with the theme of self-discovery through travel, as in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Their journeys have been life changing for them and perhaps also for the reader.


Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez.
This classic won the 1986 National Book Award. This book is based on a number of extended trips the author made into the Arctic region. His descriptions of the flora and fauna not only evoke the northern landscape, but give a true sense of the Arctic's importance to the health of our planet. More than twenty years after its publication this book has an even more important message for us.

 

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
A wild and fun travel narrative focusing on Horwitz's adventures sailing on a recreation of Captain's Cook's ship. Like Eat, Pray, Love it is well written and a lot of fun to read.

 


 

Value Line Now Online at Your Library

Manage your investments with information from our newest online database, Value Line - Expanded Library Edition.  All you need is a CRRL library card and access to the internet from anywhere in the world! 

Value Line includes a weekly online presentation of their Investment Survey, full-page reports with analyst commentaries, Timeliness™, Safety™ , and Technical™ ranks on over 3,500 large, small, and mid cap size companies, information and rankings on an additional 4,500 companies and three-to-five year projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.

Need more info?  Try the Morningstar Investment Research Center, another online database of stock and mutual fund research, data, and analysis.  You can even track your own portfolio! 

Need a tutorial?  Our librarians can give you a half hour demonstration and answer your questions through our Training on Demand service.  Call the Reference Desk at your branch to book your librarian. 

If You Like Books by Kurt Vonnegut or Jonathan Safran Foer...

If you like books such as those written by Kurt Vonnegut or Jonathan Safran Foer, satirical, with "beautiful and intriguing use of language," here are some suggestions:

TC Boyle - The Road to Wellville

If you like books by Victoria Thompson...

If you like books by Victoria Johnson, you may like these suggestions. Here are some other historical mystery series, most of which can be described as novels of manners, with strong period details, and relationships which grow despite societal class distinctions. Enjoy!

Cordelia Frances Biddle - Martha Beale/Thomas Kelman series

The Flu Bug Bites Back

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the social scene, the bad news hits. That shot in your arm wasn't such a shot in the arm. In recent years, the doctors who designed the vaccine had to make a decision as to which strain to fight, Panama flu or Fujian flu. From their data, it looked like Panama would continue to grow strong and the beginnings of the Fujian strain would peter out.

If you like historical fiction...

Thanks for e-mailing us for a Book Match. You did not give a title or author for a match, but just noted that you wanted historical fiction.

There are many types of historical fiction, and you may want to give us more specifics so we can narrow down the choices! But, here are a few general resources that may be helpful to you:

Historical Fiction Booklists

Historical Novels Database

If you liked "Don't Eat This Book" by Morgan Spurlock...

Thanks for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock
Regional Library. You asked for a book similar to Morgan Spurlock's
Don't Eat This Book. If you are looking for books on the same topic, you may like:

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric
Schlosser
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm
between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled
American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges,