Some books captivate our collective interest with such force that we remember and re-read them for years. For fresh yet familiar tales related to some of our all-time favorites, pick up one of these fantastic read-alikes!
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides / The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
For lovers of Middlesex, another story of those who occupy the undefined in-between spaces of our society: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a contemporary tale set in India, with an engaging narrative and delightfully complex and human characters. A gripping, emotional read sure to hold you to the last words.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon / The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine
Dogs are great because they only want one thing: the happiness of those they love. Kathryn Erskine weaves childlike faith in the universe into a beautiful, touching story that will leave you smiling and teary-eyed. This book is the kind of magic that makes you feel things.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng / Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
We don’t get to choose our family, and we certainly can’t control them. These characters and relationships are all as complicated as life is, and twice as messy. We never know how strong the bonds of blood are until they’re tested by fire.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal / Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Food is the foundation of all things Human. Aside from literally keeping us alive, our meals and munchings follow throughout our whole lives - every forkful a defining moment. These leading ladies are mixed up, a bit of a mess, and highly relatable. Who are we, if not what we eat?
Educated by Tara Westover / The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
There isn’t a script for childhood, but it’s probably not supposed to go like this. What do you do when your family is more “dis” than “function” - and maybe a little bit dangerous? Home is not a haven for these real-world children, who must face the choice between staying and surviving.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding / Beauty Queen by LIbba Bray
In William Golding’s classic story, he explores the inner nature of upper-crust British private school boys and reveals a savage, bloodthirsty coldness at their heart. In Libba Bray’s take on the twisted tale a plane full of teenage American beauty pageant contestants crash land on a deserted island, build themselves a utopia, and then save the world. #girlpower
Contributed by Katt Sutton