Great Reads

Just a Thought -- Readlikes for "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

On the waiting list for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn? You’re not alone! Every once in a while, a book takes us by surprise with its sudden popularity and the waiting lists skyrocket! We are buying multiple extra copies to make the wait time shorter, but if you’re looking for something fun to read in the meantime, we have some suggestions for you! Gone Girl is a twisty, complex thriller with unreliable narrators, slowly unraveling layers of deceit, and an unrelentingly suspenseful tone.  If that sounds good to you, you might like one of the following titles, all of which share some of these characteristics!

 

Barr, Nevada.  13 ½

LaPlante, Alice.  Turn of Mind

Lehane, Denis.  Shutter Island

Lippmann, Laura.  What the Dead Know

Lupton, Rosamund.  Sister

Unger, Lisa.  Black Out

Walters, Minette.  The Breaker

Watson, S.J.  Before I Go to Sleep

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Just a Thought -- New Additions to the Book Club Collection

Our Book Club Collection is a very popular offering, not only with book clubs but with all readers looking for a good book into which they can really sink their teeth.  In order to keep it fresh and as useful to our readers as possible, we update frequently, adding new and exciting titles! Since we have a renovation to the Adult Services Department on the horizon (see this page for more information) we thought it would be the perfect time to step up the pace and add more fresh fiction and nonfiction than usual.  We've already added three titles, with three more on the way; and we will be adding another six this fall.  So keep your eyes peeled and watch this space; we'll let you know as soon as the new books come in!  But in the meantime, here are the three we've already added:

 

Bryson, Bill.  At Home (non-fiction, 643.1 B916)

Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars

Lupton, Rosamund.  Sister

 

 

Just a Thought -- Teen Books for Adults

Given the enduring popularity of Harry Potter and Twilight and the newer Hunger Games craze, not to mention the movie version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit due out this winter, it seems that more and more adult readers are crossing the generation gap and reading books originally intended for young adults—also known as teens. We already put together a list of great teen books for adult readers a few years ago (which you can find here) but it seemed like it might be time for an update! So while you’re waiting for the new Daniel Silva book or trying to get your mitts on Gone Girl, why not head on over to the YA shelves and try out one of these cross-over picks?

 

Armstrong, Kelley.    The Gathering

Cabot, Meg.     Abandon

Clare, Cassandra.    City of Bones

Condie, Ally.     Matched

Green, John.     The Fault in Our Stars

McBride, Lish.     Hold me Closer, Necromancer

Nix, Garth.    A Confusion of Princes

Ostlere, Kathy.     Karma

Reichs, Kathy.     Virals

Yolen, Jane.     Snow in Summer

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Child, Lee. Worth Dying For

Lone wolf drifter Jack Reacher gets caught up in a local mess when he stops at a motel in a small, isolated Nebraska town. What starts with Reacher driving a doctor out to treat a battered wife with a nose-bleed soon escalates as Reacher finds out that the abusive husband is the scion of the Duncan clan, a local family which has the rest of the town under its thumb and has been effectively running a miniature dictatorship for decades. Everyone in the area depends on the Duncans to ship out their crops come harvest time, and the Duncans have been milking that power to the point that no one dares to speak or act against them.  No one but Reacher, that is. Former military cop that he is, Reacher has the skills and the inclination to deal with crooks like the Duncans, and when representatives of the Duncans’ OTHER clients show up to find out what’s delaying their shipments, Reacher takes them on, too.

Violent, fast-paced, and light on the moralizing, Worth Dying For is a movie-ready romp. Jack Reacher doesn’t overthink his do-gooding; he just does what needs to be done and if a lot of people get killed in the process, so be it. It’s always the bad guys who die, anyway.

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Stott, Rebecca. Darwin's Ghosts

After the publication of his seminal The Origin of Species, Darwin was chastised by his fellows for not discussing the many thinkers and scientists who had entertained similar evolutionary ideas and hypotheses before him. Thus, in the third edition of his work, Darwin wrote up a preface entitled “An Historical Sketch” to fill that gap. But his preface was just what he called it…a sketch, little more than a list of names with very little background or information.  Stott here remedies that lack, delving deeply into the historical record to provide brief but information-rich biographies of some of the great thinkers who preceded Darwin’s theory of natural selection. She begins with Aristotle, who, while exiled to the island of Lesbos, undertook one of the first large-scale biological surveys of the rich sea life to be found there. From there, Stott covers other such luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci; 9th century Islamic polymath al-Jahiz; French scientists Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon; Georges Cuvier; Darwin’s contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace; and Darwin’s own grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, among others.  In the process, Stott conclusively demonstrates that, while evolution itself was still a controversial idea and one which ruined or nearly ruined the lives and careers of many of its early proponents, it was an idea whose time had come by the time Darwin’s book was published. His work was not done in a vacuum, building as it did on a long and rich intellectual history; The Origin of Species merely provided the most fully conceptualized theory and the only one which provided an observable, viable method by which evolution occurred—natural selection.

Fascinating, well-researched, and never dry, Darwin’s Ghosts is a treasure-trove for both those already interested in the topic and those coming to this history for the first time. Recommended.

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