Plus What’s Trending on Likewise This Week
|Hello there! Today we’re hitting the road with characters real and imagined, studying up on deadly institutions, and checking in on the top titles this week on Likewise.|
| ||The Bookends|
|Gothic Academic Thrillers|
|In The Bookends, we pick an exciting new release and pair it with an older title readers will also love. This week, young women with unhappy pasts seek solace in hallowed academic settings but find themselves drawn into deadly mysteries instead.|
|The Cloisters |
|Ann takes a summer internship at The Cloisters, a museum renowned for its medieval collections. She’s assigned to a group of scholars working on tarot cards and the occult, and as the tight knit group spins out of control, Ann goes with it.|
|Catherine House |
|Ines Murillo arrives at the mysterious Catherine House prepared to give up all of her connections to the outside world, as required by the school’s strict code of conduct, but suspect scientific experiments and cult-like activities make her question her decision—and her sanity.|
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| ||Ask a Librarian|
|I’m looking for books with the main character traveling to various locations in the United States. Fiction or nonfiction is fine. Got any suggestions? - Anne|
|Hi, Anne! Maybe the only thing more American than apple pie is hitting the road, so there’s a long tradition of road trip stories in American literature with plenty for you to choose from.|
John Steinbeck set the gold standard for books with travel at their heart; his 1939 Pulitzer and National Book Award winner The Grapes of Wrath is arguably the greatest road trip novel of all time. His memoir Travels with Charley chronicles a 1960 trip across the country with his poodle; it’s lighter than the saga of the Joad family but no less moving.
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A plethora of writers have followed in Steinbeck’s tire tracks, and readers can find road trip stories in every genre from romance to horror. Other classics of the genre include Keroauc’s Beat classic On the Road and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a memoir about an epic motorcycle trip. Since you didn’t specify genre, I stuck to realistic fiction and nonfiction with my suggestions.
Here are three great US-set stories with a protagonist on the move:
|Lincoln Highway |
|Released from a juvenile work camp and reunited with his younger brother in Nebraska, 18-year-old Emmett Watson plans to head to California, but two work camp stowaways derail his plans and send Emmet and Billy on a cross-country goose chase instead.|
|Buttermilk Graffiti |
|Chef and restaurateur Edward Lee spent two years traveling the country to explore how American cuisine has evolved in the 21st century, and he chronicled that trip and the recipes that came out of it.|
|America for Beginners |
|A Bengali widow, her Bangladeshi guide, and an out-of-work young actress embark on a trip from New York to California to find out what happened to the woman’s son after his father exiled him from the family.|
|Meet the Librarian|
Emily Calkins has worked at public libraries across the US. Tell her what you’re looking for!
| ||Guess The Writer|
- This author co-owns a bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee.
- She became friends with Tom Hanks’ assistant when he narrated the audiobook of one of her novels; their friendship inspired the title essay in her most recent book.
- Her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, inspired a 1998 movie of the same name.
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Every review of Rob Delaney’s new memoir is a flat-out rave, from The Guardian, which called it “overwhelmingly moving” to The New York Times, which says it “deserves the highest admiration.”
|A Heart That Works |
|Comedian and actor Rob Delaney recounts the death of his youngest son from cancer when Henry was just two years old.|
|The Conversation Starter|
Lucy Score’s contemporary romance is generating buzz on Likewise this week. Mia-Angelica Raymundo says, “The length of this book intimidated me at first…but once I gave it a chance I was hooked! It had love. It had drama. It had comedy. It had mystery…but it all came together so well. I gave this 5 ⭐!”
|Things We Never Got Over |
|When her twin sister disappears and leaves Naomi caring for a niece she didn’t know she had in a town where she knows no one. Local bad-boy barber Knox steps in to help Naomi get back on her feet and, despite his distaste for drama, falls hard for bubbly Naomi.|
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