How to find new authors you will like

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

Do you have a favorite author, but would like to branch out and read the work of other writers if it is similar? You can find a read-alike author using the NoveList database available free through your library’s website.

Examples for mysteries: If you like Nevada Barr, try Deborah Crombie, Karen Kijewski and Jessica Speart. If you like C.J. Box, try Ivan Doig, Steve Hamilton, William Kent Krueger and Michael McGarrity. If you like Lilian Jackson Braun, try Nancy Atherton, Marian Babson, M.C. Beaton, Rita Mae Brown and Garrison Keillor. If you like Tony Hillerman, try Rudolfo, Margaret Coel, James D. Doss, Sharyn McCrumb or Aimee and David Thurlo.

Examples of suspense: If you like David Baldacci, try Stephen Cannell, Michael Connelly, James Grippando, John Grisham and Kyle Mills. If you like Dan Brown, try John Case, Michael Crichton, Margaret George, Katherine Neville, Daniel Silva and Barbara Wood. If you like Michael Connelly, try Richard Barrre, James Elroy, John Harvey, Jeremiah Healy and Ian Rankin.

Examples of women’s fiction: If you like Maeve Binchy, try Lynne Hinton, Eva Ibbotson, Rosamunde Pitcher and Sarah Woodhouse. If you like Fern Michaels, try Catherine Anderson, Debbie Macomber, Luanne Rice, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel. If you like Anita Shreve, try George Eliot, Robert Goddard, Sue Miller, Jodi Picoult and Kate Wilhelm.

Examples of adventure: If you like Clive Cussler, try Ted Bell, Lincoln Child, Jack B. Du Brul, Ian Fleming, Douglas Preston, Matthew Reilly and James Rollins. If you like Tom Clancy, try Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, R.J. Pineiro, David Poyer and Joe Weber.

From the Sisson Library website, go to “Online Resources” on the left side navigation menu and click on NoveList. Enter your library card number and four-digit PIN.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. More formal sessions requiring advance registration are Skype on Wednesday, July 31, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. when you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer, and Excel Basics on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. when you will learn to open and create a new worksheet, basic formatting, creating simple formulas and more.

Free tweens and teen program

Save the date for a Percy Jackson party on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. celebrating Book 2, “Sea of Monsters,” with games, trivia, snacks and more. This event is for tweens and teens (fourth through 12th grades).


“The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown chronicles nine working-class Americans and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. “Eleven Rings” by Phil Jackson is a memoir by this legendary coach who won 11 NBA championships. “The Astronaut Wives Club” by Lily Koppel is a behind-the-scenes look at the women behind the men on the moon. “Carnivore” by Dillard Johnson tells of an American soldier credited with more than 2,600 kills in action.

Books on CD

“Earth Afire” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the second book in this science fiction series. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman tells of a middle-aged man returning to a mystery at his home in England. “The Son” by Phillipp Meyer tells of a family in the newly established Republic of Texas.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Eye of God” by James Rollins is the latest in the Sigma Force mystery series. “The Shadow Tracer” by Meg Gardiner is a thriller about a woman’s desperate hunt to save her daughter’s life. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson follows the investigation of the murder of two honeymooners.

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“Blood Storm” by Bill Brooks is a John Henry Cole western.

“Black Horse Creek” by Charles G. West, “The Long Hitch” by Michael Zimmer, “Train’s Trust” by Max Brand and “Beyond the Law” by Wayne D. Overholser also are westerns. “Bombshell” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller. “One Heart to Win” by Johanna Lindsey is a western romance. “True Love” by Jude Deveraux is a mystery set in Nantucket. “The Lemon Orchard” by Luanne Rice is a mystery set in Malibu. “Heart Like Mine” by Amy Hatvany is a mystery romance. “Choke Point” by Ridley Pearson is the latest in the Risk Agent mystery series.

Other new novels

“The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” by Andrew Sean Greer follows a woman cycling between her own time and alternate lives in another. “TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann is a soaring story that spans continents and centuries. “The Son” by Philipp Meyer tells of a family in the newly established Republic of Texas. “The City” by Stella Gemmell is a dark epic fantasy novel about a war-torn civilization. “Sisterland” by Curtis Sittenfeld is about two identical twins with psychic abilities. “Beautiful Day” by Elin Hilderbrand tells of a family coming to a wedding with their lives in disarray.


“The Other Sister” is a romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton. “Easy Living” is a rags-to-riches comedy. “Armored” is an action thriller starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. “In Bruges” is an action comedy starring Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes. “Liam” tells of a seven-year-old boy growing up in Liverpool. “The Postman” is an R-rated film starring Kevin Costner. “The Eagle” is an action adventure set in second-century Britain. “Seven” is a thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. “Buddy” is a family adventure from Jim Henson Pictures. “Emmanuel’s Gift” is the inspirational true story of a disabled orphan from Ghana. “Vicar Dibley” the first BBC comedy series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Bamma Laisure, Nancy Migiuto, Scott Rubin, Mary Webb and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.” — Oprah, American media maven and philanthropist, in the July 2013 issue of Oprah magazine.


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This story was posted on July 25, 2013.