Need a book to curl up with on a cold afternoon? Got some holiday gift cards to use? Check out the Living Book Club's favorite picks for a cozy winter read.
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The Bone Clocks
If you liked ... "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell
Try ... "The Bone Clocks," Mitchell's newest tour de force. Mitchell is a master storyteller, and he doesn't disappoint here -- this hefty book is actually six interconnected novellas. There are even a few sly shout-outs to "Cloud Atlas" -- let us know if you catch them!
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How to Build a Girl
If you liked ... "Forever" by Judy Blume
Try ... "How to Build a Girl" by Caitlin Moran. "Girl" is Moran's first novel following her excellent collection of essays "How to Be a Woman." It manages to be both sweetly poignant and acerbic, all while remaining effortlessly relatable. Fair warning: Moran doesn't pull punches, so if sharp language isn't for you, steer clear.
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If you liked ... "Scarlett Feather" by Maeve Binchy
Try ... "Nora Webster" by Colm Toibin. Toibin is an excellent crafter of words, and writes lyrical prose about the Irish countryside.
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Hiding in Plain Sight
If you liked ... "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
Try ... "Hiding in Plain Sight" by Nuruddin Farah. If Hosseini's story of family and loss was up your alley, make sure to give this a go. Farah's 12th novel spans countries, demographics, and histories, and is a pseudo-thriller that is boldly political and far-reaching.
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If you liked ... "Bossypants" by Tina Fey
Try ... "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler. A hysterical collection of essays from a very witty lady, Poehler finds herself in the company of Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham with her new book. Poehler is brutally honest, messy, and charmingly laugh-out-loud funny all in one.
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If you liked ... "The Borrower" by Rebecca Makkai
Try ... "Belzhar" by Meg Wolitzer. It wouldn't be a Living Book Club list without at least one YA novel, and we can assure you that "Belzhar" is not to be missed. Wolitzer's first venture into the YA-scape is a book for readers (of any age) who love reading.
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If you liked ... "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
Try ... "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson. Robinson revisits characters and locations from past novels ("Gilead" and "Home") in "Lila," and makes use of quiet prose to describe her characters and their surroundings. This story is by no means fast-paced. It's a perfect pick for a slow, snoozy afternoon.
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If you liked ... "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
Try ... "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. One of our favorite books from this past year, and a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, "Station Eleven" is distinctly more optimistic than "The Road," but still deals with a post-apocalyptic world and a fallout from a virus that knocks out 99 percent of the population.