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Your Plano Public Library staff are virtually recommending our latest favorite reads, and below is the list of these titles, with additional read-alikes you can checkout on Overdrive and the Libby app.
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Me and Marvin Gardens by A. S. King
Genre: juvenile fiction, juvenile literature
Description from Overdrive: Obe Devlin has problems. His family’s farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy has abandoned him. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn’t like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the nearby creek, in the last wild patch left, picking up trash and looking for animal tracks. One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags… No one has seen a creature like this before. The animal—Marvin Gardens—becomes Obe’s best friend and biggest secret. But to keep him safe from the developers and Tommy and his friends, Obe must make a decision that might change everything.
Me and Marvin Gardens Read-alikes
I’ve Been Thinking… by Maria Shriver
Recommended by: Tenille at Haggard Library, available as an eBook
Genre: new age, self-improvement, nonfiction
Description from Overdrive: As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field—a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion—a place of joy.
I’ve Been Thinking… Read-alikes
Author P. G. Wodehouse
Recommended by: Erik at Davis Library
Genre: fiction, humor, literature
From Encyclopedia Britannica: P.G. Wodehouse, in full Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, English-born comic novelist, short-story writer, lyricist, and playwright, best known as the creator of Jeeves, the supreme “gentleman’s gentleman.” He wrote more than 90 books and more than 20 film scripts and collaborated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies.
Titles include: The Code of the Woosters and others
P. G. Wodehouse Read-alikes
红楼夢 Dream of the Red Chamber by 曹雪芹 (Cao Xueqin)
Recommended by: Amy C. at Davis Library, available as a print book in two volumes
Genre: Chinese literature
Description from Encyclopedia Britannica: The novel is a blend of realism and romance, psychological motivation and fate, daily life and supernatural occurrences. A series of episodes rather than a strongly plotted work, it details the decline of the Jia family, composed of two main branches, with a proliferation of kinsmen and servants.
Dream of the Red Chamber Read-alikes
Author David Sedaris
Recommended by: Sarah O. at Haggard Library
Genre: nonfiction, literature, humor
From Encyclopedia Britannica: David Sedaris, in full David Raymond Sedaris, American humorist and essayist best known for his sardonic autobiographical stories and social commentary, which appeared on the radio and in numerous best-selling books.
Titles include: Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall/Live for Your Listening Pleasure and others