Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Pairs


My library has a fun display this month. As shown in the photo above, pairs of books are rubber-banded together because they have a common bond.

One of them I knew.  One was an outright gimme.  Most of them had me scratching my head; I guess I'm not as well-read as I thought.

I've listed all the pairs below. Bookworms of the readus maximus persuasion, help me out:  How many do you know?

The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Forrest Gump - Winston Groom

Where the Heart is - Billie Letts
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder - Rebecca Wells

The Client - John Grisham
The Best Defense - Kate Wilhelm

The Father Brown Omnibus - G.K. Chesterson
Rest in Pieces - Ralph McInerny

The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Taliesin - Stephen R. Lawhead

Cold Days - Jim Butcher
Black Magic Sanction - Kim Harrison

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene

A Man to Die For - Eileen Dreyer
Tell No Lies - Julie Compton

Doc Holliday's Gone - Jane Candia Coleman
Doc - Mary Doria Russell

The Boat - Lothar-Gunther Buchheim
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy

The Next Big Thing - Johanna Edwards
Jemima - Jane Green

The Black Flower - Howard Bahr
Soul Catcher - Michael White

The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans
A River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean

Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
The Last Victim - Jason Moss

Enchantments - Kathryn Harrison
The Winter Palace - Eva Stachniak

Hickok & Cody - Matt Braun
Aces & Eights - Loren D. Estleman

Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
River God - Wilbur Smith

The Book of Fate - Brad Meltzer
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
How to Make an American Quilt - Whitney Otto

Here's a pair with common bonds that occurred to me earlier this year:

The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier

How many did you get? Have you got ideas for more pairs? Finally, is there anything on the list that I should run right out and read, or run right out and avoid?

2 comments:

Unruly Reader said...

Oh, I'm loving this idea! Great display.

However... I am slightly (more than slightly) horrified of the pairing of Norman Maclean and Nicholas Evans. A River Runs Through It is a gorgeous thing that still stops me in my tracks when I think of it. I'll refrain from commenting about that Evans book.

Susan Bybee said...

What's the connection, Unruly???