Books about Books

The Eyre affair : a novel

Jasper Fforde.

Science Fiction

Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acher...


The witches' hammer

Jane Stanton Hitchcock.

Thriller




The City of Dreaming Books

by Optimus Yarnspinner ; translated from the Zamonian and illustrated by Walter Moers, whose German text was translated into English by John Brownjohn.

Fantasy



The thirteenth tale : a novel

Diane Setterfield.

Literary Fiction, Mystery


The reading group : a novel

by Elizabeth Noble.

Chick Lit

The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other's lives. Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, a good book and a glass of wine-Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly, and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their differences in back...


The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction


The ladies' lending library : a novel

Janice Kulyk Keefer.

Chick Lit

Richly evocative and beautifully told, "The Ladies' Lending Library" features voices that are instantly believable, desires that are familiar and values that are shifting under the sands of summer ("Owen Sound Sun Times" [Ontario]).


Haroun and the sea of stories

Salman Rushdie.

Action/Adventure

Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as Gulliver's Travels , Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz . In this captivating adaptation for the stage, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories. On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on...


Literacy and longing in L.A.

Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack.

Chick Lit

Bibliophiles have reason to rejoice in this delightful debut about a woman's quest to find the perfect read for every imperfect moment in her life.


The camel bookmobile : [a novel]

Masha Hamilton.

Action/Adventure

Reminiscent of "Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Camel Bookmobile" is a captivating novel about a young American woman who leaves her everyday life behind, to bring the joy of reading to a small African village.


People of the book : a novel

Geraldine Brooks.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

"In 1996, a rare book expert is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of a mysterious, beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain and recently saved from destruction during the shelling of Sarajevo's libraries. When Hanna Heath, a caustic Aussie loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book's ancient binding - an insect-wing fragment, wine stains, salt crys...


Inkheart

Cornelia Funke ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell.

Action/Adventure

One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called "Inkheart," and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.


Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books

Azar Nafisi.

Biography, Nonfiction, Multicultural Fiction

We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative ...


The book thief

by Markus Zusak

Historical Fiction

It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With t...


The Jane Austen book club

Karen Joy Fowler.

Chick Lit, Romance

The Extraordinary "New York Times" Bestseller In California's central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealin...


The history of love

[compiled by Jennifer Christiansen].

Romance, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. But it wasn't always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradu...


The night bookmobile

Audrey Niffenegger.

Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Audrey Niffenegger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry , has crafted her first graphic novel after the success of her two critically acclaimed "novels-in-pictures ." First serialized as a weekly column in the UK's Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ev...


The Nostradamus prophecies

Mario Reading.

Thriller, Action/Adventure, Mystery

An ancient secret...A deadly conspiracy. For reader's of Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar, or the works of Dan Brown, this high-octane commercial thriller tells of a hunt for the lost prophecies of Nostradamus and the two men who will do anything to discover their secrets. Nostradamus wrote a thousand prophecies. Only 942 have survived. What happened to the missing quatrains? What secrets did they contain to make it necessary for them to remain ...


Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books

Azar Nafisi.

Biography, Nonfiction, Multicultural Fiction

We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative ...


People of the book : a novel

Geraldine Brooks.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

"In 1996, a rare book expert is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of a mysterious, beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain and recently saved from destruction during the shelling of Sarajevo's libraries. When Hanna Heath, a caustic Aussie loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book's ancient binding - an insect-wing fragment, wine stains, salt crys...