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Resource helps you discover new authors you’ll like

A new service at the Sisson Library helps readers who like one author’s books learn about other authors who write in a similar way that should appeal to you.

For example, if you like to read books by Janet Evanovich, we recommend you try other fiction writers like Anthony Bruno, Jennifer Crusie, Marne David Kellogg, Rex Stout and Sarah Strohmeyer.

Multi-colored cards with similar lists that double as bookmarks are available at the library for the 24 most favorite authors of our library patrons. In addition to Evanovich, they are Jane Austen, David Baldacci, Maeve Binchy, Sandra Brown, Dan Brown, Lilian Jackson Braun, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, Jeffrey Deaver, Sue Grafton, Tony Hillerman, Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Larry McMurtry, Fern Michaels, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Anita Shreve, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel and Stuart Woods.

The author read-alike lists posted in the library have been created by NoveList, and there are many more available through our Web site via access to NoveList. Check out NovelList from EBSCO Host, available through the Online Resources link on the home page of our Web site at

Short stories

“Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It” is a collection of 11 short stories by Maile Meloy that are alternately funny, sly, bittersweet and powerfully moving.

Large print

“A Matter of Class” by Mary Balogh is about a self-made gentleman facing a dilemma regarding a marriage offer. “Fired Up” is an Arcane Society novel and book one of the Dreamlight Trilogy by Jayne Ann Krentz. “Two Women” by Marianne Fredriksson explores a remarkable friendship and the secrets that threaten to tear it apart. “Without a Trace” by Lynn Erickson is a romantic suspense story set in Aspen. “Grace” by Richard Paul Evans is the story of a runaway girl and the boy who hides her from a frightening world.

“The Eleventh Man” by Ivan Doig tells of the lives of members of a Montana football team now serving in World War II. “Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safranfoer is a humorous yet heartbreaking tale of a Jewish college student searching for his roots. “Ancient Highway” by Brett Lott is the story of three generations of a single ordinary family facing their own dreams. “Native Speaker” by Chang-rae Lee tells of a Korean American who feels like a perpetual outsider looking at American culture from a distance.


“Foolproof” is a political thriller focusing on voter fraud by Barbara D’Amato, Jeanne M. Dams and Mark Zubro, a collaboration between three major award-winning writers of crime and mystery. “The 13th Hour” by Richard Doetsch is the story of a man given the chance to go back in one-hour increments to prevent a vicious crime from destroying his life. “Deeper Than The Dead” by Tami Hoag explores how four children’s discovery of a partially buried body changes not only their lives but also those of the family and friends of the killer.

Thrillers on CD

“The 13th Hour” by Richard Doetsch and “Deeper Than The Dead” by Tami Hoag, both described above, are also available on CD.


“What To Expect Before You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel is a step-by-step guide to making a baby. “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” by Michael Pollan lays out straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, taken from many different cultures.


“Kiefer Sutherland: Living Dangerously” by Christopher Heard is the biography of an actor who seemed set for superstardom before his private excesses drove him out of control and into jail.

Other nonfiction

“The Age of Wonder” by Richard Holmes is a history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is an odyssey through Africa and Asia meeting extraordinary women struggling against horrific personal human rights violations.

Quotable quote

“A classic is a book which people praise and don’t read.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910), real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American author and humorist.

Thanks to our donors

Our gratitude for generous donations in memory of Don Geiger from Allen and Joan Bader, Bob and Lisa Scott, and Bonnie Hoover.

For books and materials this week, we thank George Barter, Bob Chase, Stan Church, Donna Dawson, Martin Golden, Nancy Green, Addi Greer, Karen Hoch, Bamma Laizure, Brenda Wanket, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Web site

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