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Subject: PLase Help! Need recommendations for new author
Date Posted: 1/4/2010 3:32 PM ET
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Hi everyone!

MY daughter and I are avid readers and just finished reading all of Jodi Picoult books. So we need something new to read! Does anyone know of a really good author that is similar to Jodi Picoult? We like drama, mystery and suprise endings. Actually we like all sorts of books! lol

thanks for all your help


Date Posted: 1/4/2010 4:43 PM ET
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If you like Jodi Picoult you should try Michelle Richmond  The Year of the Fog  was excellent.


Date Posted: 1/4/2010 6:57 PM ET
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Some people say Alice Hoffman is a similar writer.  I've read about 6 of JP but only 2 of AH and although there are some similarities in their writing style and the "let's not talk about it issues", I still find them very different...but both excellent.  You might want to go to her site www.alicehoffman.com/  and read a little about each of her novels, then select one you'd both like to try.  Happy reading.


Date Posted: 1/4/2010 9:06 PM ET
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I've only read one Jodi Piccoult book, but I've read several Alice Hoffman books - and IMO they aren't similar.  They both write Women's Fiction and that's where the similarity ends.    Alice Hoffman writes books that feature elements of magical realism.

There is one Alice Hoffman book I think you might like though - The River King.    It's a mystery with a paranormal twist.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:20 AM ET
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Try "The Cage of Stars" or "Theory of Relativety" both are by Jacqueline Mitchard and IMO are very, very good.  I would also suggest the following:

"Family History" by Dani Shapiro

"The Kindness of Strangers" by Katrina Kittle

"All the Numbers" by Judy Larson

"Sea Glass" by Anita Shreve

I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan and thing these books are written very much like her style.  I have also read Alice Hoffman's books and I find them to be really odd.  Good (in some cases) but odd and not at all like Picoults. 

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Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:49 PM ET
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I second Wendy on Katrina Kittle!  Also maybe Testimony by Anita Shreve...

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:23 AM ET
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Shayla - I haven't read Testimony yet.  I think I have it at home...I may have to pull it out and start it soon.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 7:24 AM ET
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 I really enjoy Elizabeth Berg and Ann Patchett.  I also just discovered Sophie Hannah, a British author who wrote a great suspense novel called The Wrong Mother, which had fantastic female characters.

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 8:50 PM ET
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I'd recommend The Lovely Bones if you haven't read it yet

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 9:03 PM ET
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Pieces of My Sister's Life by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah

While My Sister Sleeps and The Secret Bewtween us by Barbara Delinsky

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Date Posted: 2/16/2010 4:19 PM ET
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Read any of Kristin Hannah's books, they are all very good.

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 3:14 PM ET
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I think Chris Bohjalian has a similar style to Jodi Piccoult. I've read Midwives, The Buffalo Soldier and The Double Bind. They were all very good.

Personally, I'm fed up with Jodi Piccoult after Handle with Care!

Lisa Marie

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 9:59 PM ET
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My favorite romance author is Debbie Macomber. She has several very good ~ series. Example: The Cedar Cove Series and the Blossom Series.

I enjoy cozy mysteries by Monica Ferris, Joanne Fluke, Miranda Bliss and Cleo Coyle to name a few ~

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 9:34 AM ET
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I really like Kristin Hannah and Beverly Lewis. I am hooked on their books as much as Jodi Picoult's. I would say Kristin Hannah is the closest but Beverly Lewis' books are very similar just set in Amish Country.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 10:43 AM ET
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Look Again by Lisa Scottoline is one one one has mentioned yet.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 9:19 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/29/2010 1:09 AM ET
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What about Eileen Goudge. I've read a couple and really enjoyed them.

Also you may want to check out this site-


Date Posted: 3/29/2010 1:16 PM ET
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I recently read The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain and enjoyed it very much. I found it comparable to the Jodi Picoult books I've read.

I'm looking forward to reading more books by her!

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 1:25 PM ET
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Wally Lamb. I recently finished I Know This Much Is True and it was AMAZING. One of the best books I've read in a long time. It was 900+ pages in length, and I did not want it to end!! Brilliant! Also, his book about Columbine was awesome (forget the title). I liked She's Come Undone but not as much as his other two.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 7:25 PM ET
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It's funny Monica, but I also love Wally Lamb's books. I read She's Come Undone several times and am thinking about re-reading I Know This Much is True. His new book, The Hour I First Believed, is the book about Columbine. It is a heavy book and I can only read it occasionally.

Lisa, I am also tired of Jodi Picoult.

I love Paullina Simons. Tully was fabulous as was The Bronze Horseman and Lily. Great storyteller.