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9 Mystery Novels and Series Featuring Ernest Hemingway

9 Mystery Novels and Series Featuring Ernest Hemingway

What a Character! In a recent post, I touched briefly on Hemingway’s influence on crime fiction and shared three books whose plots are derived from a real-life unsolved Hemingway mystery. But Hemingway, whose life story often reads like fiction, has served another purpose for mystery novelists seeking inspiration: Many of them have decided to use […]

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

The Curious Case of the Hemingway MacGuffin Ernest Hemingway may not have written mystery fiction, but you can blame him for a lot of it. It’s possible that, after Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, no other author has had as much influence on the way would-be tough guys punctuate their crime fiction. (You know. What […]

UNCLE VANYA Readalikes
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UNCLE VANYA Readalikes

In Uncle Vanya—one of Anton Chekhov’s four masterpiece plays—an aging professor, Serebryakov, and his young, beautiful wife, Yelena, reside in their country estate, which is run by the Serebryakov’s daughter, Sonya, and his first wife’s brother, Vanya. A doctor, Astrov, visits the family, and although Sonya longs for him, he—like Vanya—pines for Yelena. As the whole clan […]

Scary Indiana: Crime Fiction from the Crossroads of America

Scary Indiana: Crime Fiction from the Crossroads of America

Maybe it was Tuesday’s hotly contested Republican primary in the Hoosier state. Or maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t been able to get Rowdy Yates’ Bring Me the Head of Yorkie Goodman out of my head (which, fortunately, is still attached to my shoulders). Either way, I’ve been thinking about Indiana, and given that it’s Mystery […]

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Pushing Daisies

Mysteries on the Small Screen: Pushing Daisies

Title: Pushing Daisies Starring: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, and Kristin Chenoweth First aired: October 2007–June 2009 (ABC) Where you can watch it: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play The facts are these . . . This short-lived but well-loved series stars Lee Pace as Ned, an adorable pie shop owner with the ability to resurrect […]

For Fans of Lilac Girls, 15 More Unforgettable WWII Reads

For Fans of Lilac Girls, 15 More Unforgettable WWII Reads

Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls is all the buzz, with book groups and individual readers fascinated by the way the horrors of WWII brought out both the best an the worst in people. Be prepared to help patrons discover other stories of faith, fear, and courage in the face of unimaginable cruelty.   All the Light We Cannot See, […]

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Backlist Read-Alikes for Movie Buffs

Backlist Read-Alikes for Movie Buffs

Pop culture connoisseurs need look no further than their library to find books that match the mood and feel of what they’ve been watching on the big screen. From books about panda bears to dating, you can find it in the stacks.     For fans of Deadpoool’s violence and dark humor: Beat the Reaper, by Josh […]

More Mother-Daughter Discoveries for Fans of Elizabeth Strout’s I Am Lucy Barton

More Mother-Daughter Discoveries for Fans of Elizabeth Strout’s I Am Lucy Barton

As in her powerful debut, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, mines the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, exploring the cracks and crevices where unconditional love can hide. Readers who can’t get enough perspective on these complex relationships will enjoy these moving explorations. And Now You Can Go, by Vendela […]

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An Improv Trick for Holiday Handselling: The Old, “Yes, And”

An Improv Trick for Holiday Handselling: The Old, “Yes, And”

This time of year, our patrons come in convinced that their family members will also crave some well-deserved alone time and they’ll have hours and hours of uninterrupted reading time. And, hey, it’s a season of goodwill towards mankind—so, it could happen. When they ask if you have the latest New York Times bestseller, tell them […]

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Giving Voice to Mental Illness: Challenger Deep and Beyond

Giving Voice to Mental Illness: Challenger Deep and Beyond

It’s not unusual these days for a YA novel to cross over and become a must-read title for adults. Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award winner, Challenger Deep (2015), stands out because the otherwordly adventure it describes isn’t a dystopian adrenaline-fest—it’s the story a schizophrenic teen begins to live inside. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: “1 in 5 adults […]

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