Plano Reads: Book Selfies, Episode 12

Your Plano Public Library staff are virtually recommending their latest favorite reads.

Below is the list of these titles, with additional read-alikes you can checkout on Overdrive and the Libby app.

See all Book Selfies posts here.



Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Recommended by: Cathe S. at Schimelpfenig Library, available as an eBook and an eAudiobook

Genre: Memoir

Description: Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. In this memoir, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.

Save Me the Plums Read-alikes

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters


The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey

Recommended by: Meredith D. at Harrington Library, available as eBooks and eAudiobooks

Genre: Science Fiction

Description from Novelist:  This sweeping, fast-paced space opera series follows humanity’s attempts to colonize beyond the solar system, where they face hostile aliens, dangerous biological elements, and the nefarious political forces controlling Earth’s economy. Often led by spaceship captain Jim Holden, Expanse also features a compelling ensemble cast and draws together elements of military science fiction and noir detective stories.

The Expanse Read-alikes

The Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton

Foreigner universe by C. J. Cherryh

Zones of Thought series by Vernor Vinge


Chinese Read-alongs

Recommended by: Amy C. at Davis Library, available as eBooks

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Description:  Read-Along titles are children’s eBooks that include narration.

Chinese Read-along Read-alikes

English Read-alongs

Spanish Read-alongs


Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Recommended by: Jackie A., available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Genre: Memoir

Description: A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, sharing never before told, deeply personal stories of growing up gay, transforming pain into positivity, and embracing what makes you gorgeously different.

Over the Top Read-alikes

Too Much is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood by Andrew Rannells

Naturally Tan by Tan France

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Recommended by: Amanda M. at Haggard Library, available as an eBook and an eAudiobook

Genre: Fiction

Description from Novelist: A curmudgeon hides beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior a terrible personal loss while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

A Man Called Ove Read-alikes

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

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