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Author Read-Alikes    
Jean M. Auel Dick Francis Elizabeth Peters
Jane Austen Diana Gabaldon Jodi Picoult
Elizabeth Berg Dorothy Gilman Anne Rice
Maeve Binchy Sue Grafton Nicholas Sparks
Agatha Christie John Grisham Danielle Steel
Tom Clancy Carl Hiaasen Amy Tan
Mary Higgins Clark Jan Karon Anne Tyler
Patricia Cornwell Stephen King Stuart Woods
Clive Cussler Louis L'Amour  
Janet Evanovich James Patterson  
     
Title Read-Alikes    
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
 
Notable Books for Adults
2014 List 2013 List 2012 List
     

 

If you like... Jean M. Auel
You might enjoy these other authors:
Stephen Baxter- Silverhair Judith Redman Robbins- Sun Priestess
Bernard Cornwell- Stonehenge, 2000 B.C. William Sarabande
John Darnton- Neanderthal Linda Lay Shuler
Kathleen O'Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear James Alexander Thom
Sue Harrison Elizabeth Marshall Thomas- Reindeer Moon
Cecelia Holland- Pillar of the Sky Joan Wolf
Morgan Llywelyn- The Horse Goddess Barbara Wood- The Blessing Stone, Sacred Ground

 

If you like... Jane Austen
You might enjoy these other authors:
Joan Aiken Jane Feather Patrick O'Brian
Stephanie Barron Georgette Heyer Patricia Veryan
Charlotte Bronte Karleen Koen  
George Eliot Elinor Lipman  

 

If you like... Elizabeth Berg
You might enjoy these other authors:
Kaye Gibbons Elinor Lipman Jeanne Ray
Beth Richardson Gutcheon Sue Miller Anne Tyler
Kristin Hannah Jacquelyn Mitchard  
Alice Hoffman Anna Quindlen  

 

If you like... Maeve Binchy
You might enjoy these other authors:

Jacqueline Briskin

Eva Ibbotson

Anne Rivers Siddons

Catherine Cookson

Edna O’Brien

Joanna Trollope

R. F. Delderfield

Rosamunde Pilcher

Phyllis A. Whitney

J. Lynne Hinton

Belva Plain

 

 

If you like... Agatha Christie
You might enjoy these other authors:
Nancy Atherton- Aunt Dimity series P. D. James
M. C. Beaton- Agatha Raisin series Michael Pearce- Mamur Zapt series
Marjorie Eccles Ruth Rendell
Martha Grimes Dorothy L. Sayers
Carolyn G. Hart- Henrie O series  

 

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If you liked... Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code
You might enjoy these other books:
The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
The Genesis Code by John Case
The Assassini by Thomas Gifford
The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Book of Q by Jonathan Rabb
The Confessor by Daniel Silva
The Prophetess by Barbara Wood

 

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If you liked... Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring
You might enjoy these other books:
I Am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto
Golden Tulip by Rosalind Laker
Canaletto and the Case of the Westminster Bridge by Janet Laurence
The Serpent Garden by Judith Merkle Riley
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
The Passion of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland

 

If you like... Tom Clancy
You might enjoy these other authors:
Dale Brown Vince Flynn David Poyer
Stephen Coonts Ken Follett Patrick Robinson
Harold Coyle David Hagberg Craig Thomas
Clive Cussler Jack Higgins  

 

If you like... Mary Higgins Clark
You might enjoy these other authors:
Sandra Brown Lisa Gardner Judith Kelman
Carol Higgins Clark Tami Hoag Elizabeth Lowell
Catherine Coulter Iris Johansen Barbara Michaels
Joy Fielding Faye Kellerman Karen Robards

 

If you like... Patricia Cornwell
You might enjoy these other authors:
Edna Buchanan Jeffery Deaver Sarah Lovett
Carol Higgins Clark Aaron J. Elkins Sharyn McCrumb
Michael Connelly Linda A. Fairstein Kathy Reichs
Robin Cook Tess Gerritsen Stephen W. White

 

If you like... Clive Cussler
You might enjoy these other authors:
Dale Brown Ian Fleming Robert Ludlum
Tom Clancy Ken Follett Matthew Reilly
Bernard Cornwell Brian Freemantle James Rollins
Nelson DeMille Jack Higgins  

 

If you like... Janet Evanovich
You might enjoy these other authors:
Linda Barnes- Carlotta Carlyle series Stuart M. Kaminsky
Lawrence Block Karen Kijewski- Kat Colorado series
Jennifer Crusie Gillian Roberts- Amanda Pepper series
Linda A. Fairstein- Alexandra Cooper series Sarah Strohmeyer- Bubbles Yablonsky series
Carl Hiaasen Donald E. Westlake- Dortmunder series

 

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If you liked... Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary
You might enjoy these other books:
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Until the Real Thing Comes Along by Elizabeth Berg
Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell
Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
Simply Divine by Wendy Holden
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes
"Shopaholic" books by Sophie Kinsella

 

If you like... Dick Francis
You might enjoy these other authors:

Len Deighton

Jonathan Gash Philip McCutchan
Stephen Dobyns Gerald Hammond

Nancy Pickard

Daniel Easterman Richard Herman

Gerald Seymour

John Francome

Jack Higgins

Randy Wayne White

Brian Freemantle Tony Hillerman  

 

If you like... Diana Gabaldon
You might enjoy these other authors:

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Roberta Gellis

Sharon Kay Penman

Jude Deveraux

Cecelia Holland

Eugenia Riley

Sara Donati

Katherine Kurtz

Judith Merkle Riley

Barbara Erskine

Linda Lael Miller

 

J. Suzanne Frank

Karen Marie Moning

 

 

If you like... Dorothy Gilman
You might enjoy these other authors:

Heron Carvic

Carolyn Hart

Rosamunde Pilcher

Agatha Christie

Susan Isaacs

Cynthia Riggs

Jill Churchill

Alexander McCall Smith

Mary Stewart

Diane Mott Davidson

Elizabeth Peters

 

 

If you like... Sue Grafton
You might enjoy these other authors:
Linda Barnes Sara Paretsky- V.I. Warshawski mysteries
Nevada Barr- Anna Pigeon mysteries Julie Smith- Skip Langdon mysteries
Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum mysteries Dana Stabenow
Laurie R. King Kate Wilhelm- Barbara Holloway mysteries
Marcia Muller- Sharon McCone mysteries  

 

If you like... John Grisham
You might enjoy these other authors:
David Baldacci Steve Martini Perri O'Shaughnessy
William Bernhardt Brad Meltzer Lisa Scottoline
James Grippando Richard North Patterson Robert Tanenbaum
John T. Lescroart Nancy Taylor Rosenberg Scott Turow



If you like... Carl Hiaasen
You might enjoy these other authors:
Dave Barry James W. Hall Laurence Shames
Edna Buchanan Elmore Leonard Donald E. Westlake
Tim Dorsey Christopher Moore Randy Wayne White
Janet Evanovich Tom Robbins  

 

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If you liked... Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner
You might enjoy these other books:
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus
The Warlord's Son by Dan Fesperman
The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

 

If you like... Jan Karon
You might enjoy these other authors:
Jennifer Chiaverini Catherine Marshall Miss Read
Fannie Flagg L.M. Montgomery Ann B. Ross
Grace Livingston Hill Janette Oke Adriana Trigiani
Emilie Baker Loring Rosamunde Pilcher  

 

If you like... Stephen King
You might enjoy these other authors:
Clive Barker Douglas J. Preston &
Lincoln Child
Peter Straub
Joe Hill Whitley Strieber
Dean R. Koontz Anne Rice F. Paul Wilson
Ira Levin John Saul  
David L. Lindsey Dan Simmons  

 

If you like... Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins's Left Behind Series
You might enjoy these other books:

Birth of an Age by James BeauSeigneur

The Stand by Stephen King

Acts of God by James BeauSeigneur

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Messiah Stones by Irving Benig

 

Showdown by Ted Dekker

Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti

Day of Confession by Allan Folsom

The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg

 

If you like... Louis L'Amour
You might enjoy these other authors:

Clifford Blair

Zane Grey

Lauran Paine

Max Brand

Tony Hillerman

Luke Short

Don Coldsmith

Terry C. Johnston

Richard S. Wheeler

Robert J. Conley

Douglas C. Jones

 

Loren D. Estleman

Elmer Kelton

 

 

book cover image of The Time Traveler's Wife If you liked... Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife
You might enjoy these other books:
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
Crooked River Burning by Mark Winegardner

 

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If you liked... Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander
You might enjoy these other books:
Sharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester
The Blooding of the Guns by Alexander Fullerton
The French Admiral by Dewey Lambdin
Sloop of War by Alexander Kent
The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Battle by Patrick Rambaud
Kydd: A Novel by Julian Stockwin

 

If you like... James Patterson
You might enjoy these other authors:
Lee Child Jeffrey Deaver Phillip Margolin
Harlan Coben Greg Iles Ridley Pearson
Michael Connelly John Katzenbach John Sandford
Patricia Cornwell Andrew Klavan Stuart Woods

 

If you like... Elizabeth Peters
You might enjoy these other authors:

M. C. Beaton- Agatha Raisin series

Carolyn Hart

Simon Brett- Mrs. Pargeter series & Fethering series

Laurie R. King- Mary Russell series

Fiona Buckley- Ursula Blanchard series

Charlotte MacLeod

Dorothy Cannell- Ellie Haskell series

Sharyn McCrumb- Elizabeth MacPherson series

Amanda Cross- Kate Fansler series

Sharan Newman- Catherine LeVendeur series

Lindsey Davis- Marcus Didius Falco series

Robin Page- Kate Sheridan series

Carola Dunn- Daisy Dalrymple series

Michael Pearce- Mamur Zapt series

Kathy Lynn Emerson- Susanna Appleton series

Elliott Roosevelt- Eleanor Roosevelt series

Dorothy Gilman- Mrs. Pollifax series

Amanda Quick

H. Rider Haggard- King Solomon's Mines

Phyllis Whitney

Dashiel Hammett- The Thin Man

 

 

If you like... Jodi Picoult
You might enjoy these other authors:
Elizabeth Berg Alice Hoffman Luanne Rice
Christopher A. Bohjalian Sue Miller Anita Shreve
Rosellen Brown Jacquelyn Mitchard  
Diane Chamberlain Anna Quindlen  

 

If you like... Anne Rice
You might enjoy these other books:

Donna Boyd

Charlaine Harris

John Saul

Tananarive Due

Tom Holland

Darren Shan

Christine Feehan

Jeanne Kalogridis

Peter Straub

Barbara Hambly

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Whitley Strieber

Laurell K. Hamilton

Tanith Lee

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

 

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If you liked... Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones
You might enjoy these other books:
The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

 

If you like... Nicholas Sparks
You might enjoy these other authors:
Maeve Binchy Catherine Ryan Hyde Anne Rivers Siddons
Richard Paul Evans Terry Kay Robert James Waller
Dorothy Garlock James Michael Pratt  
Emily Grayson Luanne Rice  

 

If you like... Danielle Steel
You might enjoy these other authors:
Elizabeth Adler Cynthia Freeman Nora Roberts
Barbara Taylor Bradford Eileen Goudge LaVyrle Spencer
Barbara Delinsky Fern Michaels Katherine Stone
Jude Deveraux Belva Plain  

 

If you like... Amy Tan
You might enjoy these other books:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Spring Moon by Bette Lord

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Philippe Mason

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Eating Chinese Food Naked by Mei Ng

 

If you liked... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
You might enjoy these other books:
Shannara series by Terry Brooks
The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass
Lord of Isles series by David Drake
Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
Sword of Shadows series by J.V. Jones
Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

 

 

If you like... Anne Tyler
You might enjoy these other authors:
Pat Conroy Alice Hoffman Joanna Trollope
Gail Godwin John Irving Alice Walker
Mary Gordon Barbara Kingsolver Eudora Welty
Jane Hamilton Jane Smiley  

 

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If you liked... Rebecca Wells' Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
You might enjoy these other books:

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

The Three Miss Margarets by Louis Shaffer

World of Pies by Karen Stolz

Quite a Year for Plums by Bailey White

 

If you like... Stuart Woods
You might enjoy these other authors:
Jeffrey Archer James W. Hall Lawrence Sanders
David Baldacci Brad Meltzer Sidney Sheldon
Stephen J. Cannell David Morrell  
Michael Connelly Robert B. Parker  

 


Notable Books for Adults
The Notable Books Council of the American Library Association creates an annual list of very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader. The following titles are selections from that list, which the library owns.

2014 List
Fiction

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The nuances and challenges of race, emigration and cultural identification are explored through the lives of two Nigerian lovers.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
What would happen if death were just a new beginning?

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
A bittersweet fable of modern Haiti told in luminous prose.

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey
The fragmented and unsettling perspective of a man grappling with mental illness.

Enon by Paul Harding
A father struggles with the accidental death of his 15 year-old daughter. Grief on paper.

Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
Around the world with a charmingly unreliable narrator in this coming-of-age tale.

The Dinner by Herman Koch
If they sat next to us in a restaurant, we would do well to simply study our forks.

Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
An affirmation of life amidst the chaos of war-torn Chechnya.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
A taut psychological drama of slow-burning anger.

Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Tokyo meets Sunnyvale and British Columbia through a purple gel pen, a tsunami and a Hello Kitty lunchbox with a side of quantum physics.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A terrorist bomb blows apart a 13-year-old boy's world.

 
Nonfiction

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
A biography of place viewed through some of its most enigmatic and iconic historical figures.

Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Baruma
A fresh look at the aftermath of World War II challenges the traditional, heroic narrative.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Eight oarsman and their coxswain struggle to overcome the choppy waters and the hardships of the Great Depression in their pursuit of glory.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
After Hurricane Katrina, systematic failures lead to morally ambiguous decisions.

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
Wherever you go, you are here.

Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn
The Man in Black in full color.

Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
Apricots and Alzheimer's come together in a meditation on how lives are created and sustained through story.

 

2013 List
Fiction

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
Yunior, a smooth-talking Dominican, explores the complexity of love, fidelity and cultural identity in these inventive, uncompromising stories.

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Two aging African-American musicians return to Berlin to find their friend, a jazz trumpeter arrested in Nazi-occupied France.

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
In a nod to Godot, an American salesman is in Saudi Arabia to close a deal which may salvage his way of life.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
On the Ojibwe reservation, Oop hunts for his mother’s attacker and learns that law does not always provide justice.

Canada by Richard Ford
The twin teenage children of once upstanding citizens who rob a bank are left to fend for themselves. The murders come later, in Saskatchewan.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Bravo Squad was caught live on camera in a firefight. Now temporarily stateside, they are being exploited in a hyped-up victory tour.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
A man, his dog, his airplane and a will to survive in post-apocalyptic Colorado.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
In a surreal sortie to a world of fabricated reality, Pak Jun Do is forced to become many people by the North Korean government.

 
Nonfiction

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo 
Documents the lives of the slum dwellers of Annawadi, whose work as garbage pickers barely keeps them alive.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Compelling arguments for why we should turn down the volume.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
Illuminates one man’s quest to document and preserve the culture of indigenous American tribes.

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt
Why something instead of nothing?

Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars by Paul Ingrassia
From the Model T to the Prius, we are what we drive.

 

2012 List
Fiction

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A 60-something retiree living near London searches through his memories to discern what role, if any, he may have played in a decades-old tragedy.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
A darkly comic and quixotic quest western tale about two brothers whose divergent world views are presented in sparkling prose and originality.
 
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
Poetic novelization of the author’s struggle to cope with his young wife’s accidental death.
 
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach  
One man’s failure to attain perfection on the baseball field reveals the pain and beauty that life offers in this psychologically astute novel.
 
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
After the death of her beloved grandfather, a young doctor navigates family history, folklore and love across ethnic barriers in a war-torn country.
 
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
In an adulthood marred by family dysfunction, an author who dislikes Shakespeare reluctantly finds himself in possession of the Bard’s lost gem.  Or does he?
 
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
An inventive story set in an alligator theme-park navigates boundaries between childhood and adulthood, imagination and reality, in an American landscape both familiar and surreal.
 
Nonfiction

The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
Beautifully wrought memoir chronicles the 17-year estrangement of the author and her homeless, schizophrenic mother and the painful reunion that brings them together.

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
This comprehensive study, a melodious interplay between science and literature, documents the transmission of human knowledge from the talking drums to the Internet.
 
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Meditation on the power of literature, examining how a medieval book hunter’s serendipitous discovery of an ancient prose poem provides a theoretical bridge to the Renaissance.
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
An Olympic runner's physical and inner strength is tested by the experience and aftermath of a plane crash, 42 days at sea and Japanese imprisonment.  
 
Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
Polymath and public intellectual displays his considerable range and biting wit in these thoughtful, incisive pieces that provoke and challenge.
 
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Entertaining look at the complexities and oddities that characterize our mental processes from the only psychologist ever to have won the Nobel Prize for Economics.
 
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
Definitive work on his life and transformation from petty thief to charismatic leader of during the turbulent civil rights era.
 
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard
Era of great corruption and change in U.S. history is illuminated through the tragic story of two men – one destined for greatness, the other a madman.
 
Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhatha Mukherjee
The history of these diseases and their treatment is examined through the stories of those seeking to discover a cure and the individuals affected.