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Dear Janet Evanovich by Laura Raphael

Thank you for writing a Stephanie Plum novel every year or so, and a plethora of non-Plum novels in between. Your fans love your humorous asides, your wacky characters, and your hold-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seats plots – nobody else quite elicits the same guffaws of laughter followed quickly by gasps of surprise.

No Delayed gratification Required by Rebecca Howard

I spend a lot of time writing about books that I’ve recently finished.  Many of these titles are newly published, which means that they likely have a long list of holds at the library.  Considering that you might want to check out some titles after reading about them, I thought I’d do an overview of some of my favorite titles that are a little older and less in demand—although no less impressive or enjoyable! All annotations are from NoveList. 

Post-Sandy Disaster Fiction by Nick Abrahamson

It’s rather easy to be drawn to disaster fiction. Writers and poets task themselves with navigating and giving voice to our collective anxieties.  They at once offer clarity and comfort. It’s fiction as cultural critic, as social worker for the collective psyche.  It’s interpreter of events and also a proscription of remedies.  It’s a balance, too.

An Unlikely Read-Alike Pair by Laura Raphael

If you said you loved Zadie Smith’s funny, literary, character-driven novels, an easy read-alike recommendation to make would be E.M. Forster.

Sincerely Yours by Rebecca Howard

I like irony.  Irony is funny.  I’m a fan of David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and The Onion.  I enjoy darkly humorous books, and I’m not opposed to reading novels in which the main character is a terrible human being.  Still, I recognize that there’s a self-protective safety involved in remaining on the outside, looking in and (often) laughing at something.  There’s a certain amount of vulnerability required to express deep emotion about a person or a principle or idea—a vulnerability that is necessary for both the author and reader. 

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