Shelf Life Blog

02/12/2016 - 10:25am
If you like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

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02/11/2016 - 2:09am
The Man on the Washing Machine by Susan Cox

The Man on the Washing Machine, by Susan Cox, is a fun, page-turning addition to the “cozy” mystery genre. It’s the kind of novel that’s easy to read and a good break from heavier, longer books. The writing reminds me of Agatha Christie and the Murder, She Wrote television series.

02/05/2016 - 2:36pm
If you like 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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.

11/22/63 by Stephen King: If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be what you hoped? Jake Epping, 35, teaches high school English in Lisbon Falls, Maine, and cries reading the brain-damaged janitor's story of a childhood Halloween massacre by their drunken father. On his deathbed, pal Al divulges a secret portal to 1958 in his diner back pantry, and enlists Jake to prevent the 11/22/1963 Dallas assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Under the alias George Amberson, our hero joins the cigarette-hazed full-flavored world of Elvis rock'n'roll, racial discrimination, and freeway gas-guzzlers without seat belts. Will Jake lurk in impoverished immigrant slums beside troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald, or share small-town friendliness with beautiful high school librarian Sadie Dunhill, the love of his life?

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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.  (catalog description)

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

A science experiment goes wrong, giving everyone a glimpse of the future. One man learns a rival will steal his wife, another that he will win a lottery, a third that he will be murdered and has 20 years to find the killer. A look at the repercussions of knowing the future.  (catalog description)

02/24/2016 - 2:55pm
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen

Joyce Sidman’s and Rick Allen’s Winter Bees & Other Poems expresses in verse the wonders of wintertime while teaching about what is going on while the world is frozen. The poems themselves are delightful for young readers as they look out at the forest through the animals’ eyes:

02/02/2016 - 2:03am
Gift From the Sea

In 1955, Anne Morrow Lindbergh penned what has become one of the most inspirational books in the 20th century, Gift from the Sea. Drawing from her years of marriage and motherhood, as well as her work as a writer, Mrs. Lindbergh writes of the various stages of a woman’s life, comparing them to the different seashells she finds on the beach of her vacation cottage. Each shell, each stage, has its assets and drawbacks, but the thread of continuity is what it means to be a woman and how to approach each stage without losing one’s self.  

04/25/2016 - 2:08pm
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

When a blizzard buries her hometown of Geoppolis, it’s up to tough tractor Katy to switch from pushing a bulldozer to pushing a snowplow.

01/26/2016 - 9:45am
The Atlas of Mysterious Places edited by Jennifer Westwood

The Atlas of Mysterious Places is filled with wonder, adventure, and amazing photographs. A perfect book for an armchair explorer and dreamer, especially during these winter nights, it conjures landscapes of civilizations waiting to be rediscovered.

01/22/2016 - 10:52am
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson: "Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?" (Book summary)


If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, you may also like these titles for the wit, beauty of the language, and the great characters:

An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
A sixty-ish widower misses the companionship of a wife, but has absolutely no desire for dating.

Cutting For Stone by A. Verghese
An Indian nun has an affair with a British surgeon.  Their twin sons grow up in Ethiopia, and fall in love with the same woman.

01/21/2016 - 8:44am
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Carter and Sadie Kane are brother and sister, but since they barely get to see each other, it’s awkward every time they do. It’s been years since their mom’s tragic, mysterious death, and now 12-year-old Sadie lives with her grandparents in England and goes to private school while 14-year-old Carter travels the world with his dad, a famous Egyptologist.

Sadie’s a rebel, and Carter’s the grounded one, and each one thinks the other has it easier. But this winter visit is beyond awkward. It’s downright dangerous. The Kane family’s troubles are far from over, and Carter and Sadie will have to learn to rely on each other as their magical legacies are revealed.

01/20/2016 - 11:21am
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater is used to being the smartest person in the room. Some would even call him a genius. Even in the world of elite private schools, Quentin is bored out of his mind, finding his only escape in the fictional world of Fillory. Fillory is a fantasy realm existing in a series of books from his childhood, books which years later still resonate with him as a young adult. Quentin’s ho-hum existence is interrupted and forever changed when he is spontaneously transported to Brakebills University, a school for people like Quentin who have the potential to perform magic, real magic.

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