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Recommended Authors & Read-Alikes
There are a number of authors we turn to again and again when trying to find a great new read for one of our customers. The below list contains one sample book from each, though any and all are recommended.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Cat's eye /
Cat's eye
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Atwood is a virtuoso. Her books are equally riveting and accomplished whether she’s writing historical fiction (Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin), dystopian fiction (Oryx and Crake, The Handmaid’s Tale), realistic fiction, or short stories. Cat’s Eye, a favorite, brilliantly captures the cruelty that is too often part of young girls’ friendships, and the fact that what one girl thinks of another can shape her choices for the rest of her life.
Adult Fiction ATWOOD
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Cover Art: Talk before sleep : a novel /
Talk before sleep : a novel
Berg, Elizabeth
Interested in reading about women's lives and relationships? Berg's everywoman characters often find themselves in situations which require them to discover their inner strength and self-worth due to challenges like spousal betrayal or terminal illness. If you like Berg, you can also try Ann Hood, Luanne Rice, Elinor Lipman, Anna Quindlen, or Jeanne Ray.
Adult Fiction BERG
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Cover Art: The Romanov prophecy : a novel /
The Romanov prophecy : a novel
Berry, Steve, 1955-
Did you enjoy The Da Vinci Code? Looking for something similar? In this and other novels, Berry mixes suspense and history to create thrilling, fast-paced reads.
Adult Fiction BERRY
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Cover Art: The law of similars : a novel /
The law of similars : a novel
Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Like Jodi Picoult? Try Chris Bohjalian, another New England author who favors close examination of hot button issues in small town settings.
Adult Fiction BOHJALIAN
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Cover Art: The lady and the unicorn /
The lady and the unicorn
Chevalier, Tracy
Enjoy fiction steeped in history and art? Chevalier's works contain vibrantly detailed settings, a rich sense of history, the enduring allure of art, and the magic of good storytelling. If you like Chevalier, you can also try Susan Vreeland, Sarah Dunant, Harriet Scott Chessman, Margaret Forster, and Penelope Fitzgerald.
Adult Fiction CHEVALI
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Cover Art: Undead and unwed /
Undead and unwed
Davidson, MaryJanice
Love vampires? Love shoes? Love the Twin Cities? Then Mary Janice Davidson’s “Undead” series is for you. Follow the adventures and mishaps of Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires beginning with Undead and Unwed and continuing on through Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated all the way to the sixth book, Undead and Uneasy. Ms. Davidson also writes young adult novels and romantic fiction.
Adult Fiction DAVIDSO
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Cover Art: Malinche /
Malinche
Esquivel, Laura, 1950-
Like the romantic and magical writing style of Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia-Marquez? Esquivel’s novels are full of passion, fascinating cultural history, and endearing characters.
Adult Fiction ESQUIVE
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Cover Art: Killer heat : a novel /
Killer heat : a novel
Fairstein, Linda A.
Fans of Lisa Scottoline may also appreciate Linda Fairstein's scrappy, unrelenting investigator Alexandra (Alex) Cooper. Set in the urban backdrop of New York City, her books also feature a wealth of medical and legal details.
Adult Fiction FAIRSTE
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Cover Art: The Eyre affair : a novel /
The Eyre affair : a novel
Fforde, Jasper
Join literary detective Thursday Next as she romps through some of the greatest fiction ever written. Start with “The Eyre Affair” which Fforde himself describes as "a literary detective thriller with romantic overtones, mad inventor uncles, aunts trapped in Wordsworth poems, global multinationals, scheming evildoers, an excursion inside the novel of Jane Eyre, dodos, knight-errant-time-traveling fathers and the answer to the eternal question: 'Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?'"
Adult Fiction FFORDE
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Cover Art: Firefly Lane /
Firefly Lane
Hannah, Kristin
Kristin Hannah practiced law in Seattle before becoming a full-time writer. She is a gifted author who writes about the tension that women feel in their lives--the pull between work and motherhood, between building a relationship and being strong on their own. This realistic look at the world is part of what draws her readers to her books and her characters.
Adult Fiction HANNAH
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Cover Art: The girl with no shadow : a novel /
The girl with no shadow : a novel
Harris, Joanne, 1964-
Interested in great characters, strong narratives and complex plots? Try one of the "gastroromances" by Harris (Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, and The Girl With No Shadow) or others such as Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, Gentlemen & Players, and Sleep, Pale Sister.
Adult Fiction HARRIS
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Cover Art: The new woman /
The new woman
Hassler, Jon.
Enjoy books with real characters that are quirky and funny yet seem down-to-earth and ambitious? Read everything by John Irving, Alice Hoffman, and Richard Russo? Check out Jon Hassler’s Staggerford series set in a small town in Minnesota.
Adult Fiction HASSLER
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Cover Art: The poisonwood Bible : a novel /
The poisonwood Bible : a novel
Kingsolver, Barbara.
An exquisite storyteller, Barbara Kingsolver's other books include Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees, Prodigal Summer, and, most recently, the nonfiction work Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Adult Fiction KINGSOL
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Cover Art: The constant gardener : a novel /
The constant gardener : a novel
Le Carre, John, 1931-
Considered the master of the serious spy novel, Le Carré writes sophisticated novels full of political and psychological intrigue. His books are thoughtful and character-driven with less emphasis on action. Titles include The Constant Gardener, The Night Manager, The Little Drummer Girl, and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Author read-alikes include Graham Greene, Len Deighton, Ward Just, Alan Furst, and Daniel Silva.
Adult Fiction LE CARRE
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Cover Art: Enduring love : a novel /
Enduring love : a novel
McEwan, Ian
Ian McEwan writes books that are haunting, eloquent, and precise investigations of how discrete events loom large in the human psyche. His novels are probing and philosophical, featuring suspenseful plot lines and subjects of contemporary relevance that readers will remember and reflect on long after finishing.
Adult Fiction MCEWAN
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Cover Art: Falling boy /
Falling boy
McGhee, Alison, 1960-
Local writer Alison McGhee is the author of several critically acclaimed novels for adults. Known for tackling the deep matters of the soul and the struggles of heart, she often asks, “What joys and sorrows lie beneath the surface of the faces we present to the world?”
Adult Fiction MCGHEE
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Cover Art: The senator's wife /
The senator's wife
Miller, Sue, 1943-
If you like the provocative, issue-oriented stories of women as told by Anita Shreve, try Sue Miller. Miller's works also have strong characters, storylines in the past and present, and elegant, evocative prose similar to Shreve's style.
Adult Fiction MILLER
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Cover Art: The stupidest angel : a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror /
The stupidest angel : a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror
Moore, Christopher, 1957-
Be careful if you pick up one Christopher Moore book--you may just want to read them all. People nearby will want to know what you’re reading because guaranteed, you’ll be laughing out loud. Moore does not shy away from topics or issues, and although irreverent, all his books are heavily researched. Nicholas Sparks wrote, “Christopher Moore writes novels that are not only hilarious, but fun to read as well. He is an author at the top of his craft.” We at the Eden Prairie Library couldn’t agree more. We recommend starting with “The Stupidest Angel” or “Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.”
Adult Fiction MOORE
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Cover Art: Master and commander /
Master and commander
O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000
Interested in historical naval adventure? O’Brian’s works are full of meticulous research, detailed descriptions, intricate plots, and moral and social issues. Readers interested in naval adventures might also like to try Philip McCutchan, Victor Suthren, C. S. Forester, Richard Woodman, Alexander Kent, Arturo Perez-Reverte, or Dewey Lambdin. Bernard Cornwell may also be of interest with his historical military adventures.
Adult Fiction O'BRIAN
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Cover Art: Captain Alatriste /
Captain Alatriste
Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Read everything by Patrick O'Brian? Looking for more historical fiction on the high seas? Intrigue, honor, war, and the sword are the subjects of Perez-Reverte's fast-paced "Captain Alatriste" novels, set in 17th century Spain.
Adult Fiction PEREZ-REV
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Cover Art: Buckingham Palace gardens : a novel /
Buckingham Palace gardens : a novel
Perry, Anne
Interested in detail-rich mysteries that explore the harsh underside of Victorian society? Perry offers the reader a wealth of historical information, rich character detail, and social commentary of 19th century England. Start her series when you’re in the mood for a mystery that slowly unfolds. Author read-alikes include Caleb Carr for his late 19th century mysteries set in New York City and Val McDermid for her atmospheric tales set in the present day.
Adult Fiction PERRY
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Cover Art: Katharine of Aragon : a novel /
Katharine of Aragon : a novel
Plaidy, Jean, 1906-1993
Before there was Phillippa Gregory there was Jean Plaidy, one of the best-known authors of historical fiction of the 20th century. If you love the character-rich feel of Gregory's novels, try Plaidy.
Adult Fiction PLAIDY
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Cover Art: The weight of water /
The weight of water
Shreve, Anita
Appreciate stories that delve into women's lives? Shreve writes elegant, haunting tales of passion: provocative stories of characters placed in extreme situations and forced to recover their lives. Also of interest may be the works of Elizabeth Berg, Alice Hoffman, Sue Miller, and Jodi Picoult.
Adult Fiction SHREVE
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Cover Art: Gardenias /
Gardenias
Sullivan, Faith.
Sullivan says about her writing, "The novels I write, whether comic or serious, deal with the oftentimes subtle, unconscious, evolving image women have of themselves--women who do not ordinarily or consciously perceive themselves as feminist, but whose perspectives and expectations have been radically, irrevocably altered by feminist politics and the mid-century emergence of the female work force."
Adult Fiction SULLIVA
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Cover Art: The bonesetter's daughter /
The bonesetter's daughter
Tan, Amy
Amy Tan gives a unique voice to the generational and cultural hurdles between mothers and daughters.
Adult Fiction TAN
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Cover Art: Monkeewrench /
Monkeewrench
Tracy, P. J.
Written by a mother/daughter writing team, Tracy's sizzling thrillers focus on four quirky characters that are partners in a Minneapolis based crime-fighting firm called Monkeewrench. These books are guaranteed to keep you reading long into the night. The first book in the series is Monkeewrench, followed by Live Bait, Dead Run, and Snow Blind.
Adult Fiction TRACY
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Cover Art: Big Stone Gap : a novel /
Big Stone Gap : a novel
Trigiani, Adriana
Looking for a humorous and heartwarming read featuring strong, intelligent women? Try the Big Stone Gap series (Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon) or Rococo, The Queen of the Big Time and Lucia, Lucia. Readers who enjoy romance fiction, gentle reads, and works with a strong sense of place should try Trigiani. Author read-alikes include Fannie Flagg, Billie Letts, Jennifer Haigh, and Lorna Landvik.
Adult Fiction TRIGIANI
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Cover Art: Pecking order : a novel /
Pecking order : a novel
Tyree, Omar
Tyree is one of the most popular authors of contemporary African-American fiction writing today. His honest portrayal of black life in America in more than a dozen novels has earned a loyal readership. Romantic intrigue is included in his books but not in a traditional way. His writing is laid-back and direct and the straightforward prose helps move events at a quick pace. Author read-alikes include E. Lynn Harris for focus on relationships, Travis Hunter for men’s perspectives in relationships, and Karen E. Quinones Miller for realistic characters and relationships.
Adult Fiction TYREE
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Cover Art: The passion of Artemisia /
The passion of Artemisia
Vreeland, Susan
Susan Vreeland’s stunning novels delve into the themes of art, history and the lives of women. Author read-alikes include Tracy Chevalier, Sarah Dunant, and Harriet Scott Chessman.
Adult Fiction VREELAND
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Cover Art: Big money /
Big money
Wodehouse, P. G. 1881-1975
Like gentle reads about small town life like those by Jan Karon or Fannie Flagg? Try P.G. Wodehouse novels, filled with eccentric English village characters and layers of humorous complications that all lead to a happy ending.
Adult Fiction WODEHOU
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On Jun 10, 2009 at 5:11, Cynthia Green wrote:
Could you recommend authors similar to Chris Bohjalian?
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