Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What To Do Once You've Read All of ____'s Books

If you're at a loss because you've finished all the recent books written by your favorite authors, find a new one to try with NoveList's author read-alike essays. (You can get to NoveList from the library home page; click on Remote Databases and log in. Click on EBSCO, then NoveList).

Search for the author you love and see if a "Author Read-alike" tab appears above your search results. (Warning: not every author has a read-alike essay in NoveList). I tried looking up Richard Russo, someone whose books are very sought after at BHPL. Joyce Saricks wrote a wonderful essay recommending Michael Chabon, Anne Tyler, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Malone and K. C. Constantine as possibilities for Russo fans.

Another author whose fans wipe out the shelves at BHPL is Jodi Picoult. Kaite Mediatore's NoveList essay suggests Chris Bohjalian as Picoult's closest match, with Jacquelyn Mitchard another strong choice for Picoultites. Also she recommended Luanne Rice, Ann Hood and Sue Miller.

Do any of your favorite authors' books have something in common? If you have any author pairings to recommend, let us know in the comments.

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