Liz and Gianna are two of a dying breed--traveling sales reps for book publishers--who sell books in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and the Deep South. Since we're constantly on the road hawking books, we must find ways to amuse ourselves. So here we've decided to share our anecdotes, adventures, favorite books, and efforts in making the world (or at least these few states) a more literate place to inhabit.
I've been noticing a trend over the last few months when perusing the search queries that led to our little blog. Among things like "hot lesbians" (oh, the joys of sharing a blog with Gianna) and "cover of Old Yeller," there are a huge number of people out there in Book Land looking for books similar to Gillian Flynn's breakout psychological thriller Gone Girl. We, of course, love Gillian Flynn and her books. If you're looking for Gone Girl-esque reads, don't overlook Flynn's other novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. I decided to ask our group of experts--some of the booksellers across our territories--for some other options. I'm sure they've been fielding this question for months now, so we're going to steal their ideas and smear them all over the web (or at least to the web surfers looking for "Liesl Von Trapp" and "cute naked girls"...not necessarily together). A friendly reminder: shopping at these bookstores keep these booksellers employed and keep the expert recommendations coming. Say thank you by shopping at your local bookstore. It makes a difference.
One of our booksellers, Ashanti, read and loved Gone Girl,
and I asked her what she'd recommend to someone who enjoyed that book.
She said that she thinks she may love it for different reasons than most
people, but she did say she was reading I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan at the
same time as she read Gone Girl, and felt that the two books complimented
each other nicely. She said she would also recommend Gillian Flynn's other
books, or something by Stephen King - she feels The Shining has a
I recommend John
Fowles The Collector. It has a similar format and tone to Gone Girl - it's half
told from the point of view of a kidnapper & half from entries in the
kidnapped woman's diary. You hear the same story from two dramatically
different points of view, and they're both fascinating to follow. It's Fowles'
first novel that he wrote relatively young in the mid-sixties. Amazing writing
- reads like a thriller but is obviously a literary novel. [I love this book. It's the stuff of nightmares and refers back to Shakespeare's The Tempest. Great read.]
The End Of Everything by Megan
Abbott- Abbott takes noir to new areas with the story of a 13 year-old girl in
80's suburban Detroit looking into the disapearance of her friend and
learning more secrets than she should. A strong, complex, beautifully disturbing
look at people ruled by thier desires and emotions.
Valerie and the staff at Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, Texas I'd love to share but we can't think of anything like that hot mess. We'd love to know what other booksellers think!