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Further Recommendations

After completing a great book, sometimes it's hard to find a satisfying follow up. Let us help. Each of our "further reading" pages provides a number of knowledgeable recommendations for what to read after you've enjoyed one of our bestsellers.

The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank


Come to MeCome to Me by Amy Bloom
Girl's Guide readers who vicariously shared in Jane's relationships will appreciate Amy Bloom's complex exploration of love. In her collection of short stories entitled Come to Me, Bloom provocatively draws relationships that are alarming, joyful, unconventional, and up to the reader to judge or embrace. The characters are human; their ways of relating to one another reflect and betray precisely that. Come to Me is a National Book Award finalist. Two of the stories in it, Love is Not a Pie and Silver Water won "Best American Short Story" in 1991 and 1992, respectively.

Bridget Jones's DiaryBridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Though the accusations that The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing is a thin spin-off of Bridget Jones's Diary are not necessarily true, Helen Fielding's book is the work most mentioned in the Girl's Guide reviews. Bridget Jones's Diary is a bitingly humorous series of hopes, dreams, and neuroses that belong to a thirtysomething single woman. Fielding created Bridget Jones as a newspaper column and later fashioned the plot after Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Fielding's heroine is bright, witty, and ridiculous enough to cause readers of her Diary laugh out loud.

Animal HusbandryAnimal Husbandry by Laura Zigman
Were they ever to meet, Laura Zigman's Jane might caution Bank's soul-searching, mate seeking Jane against falling too quickly for Mr. Right – on the grounds that he's only in the market for New Cow and will most likely dump her once she becomes Old Cow – and that disguising herself as New Cow is really ineffective. In Animal Husbandry, Jane Goodall (no, not "the" Jane Goodall) gets suddenly dumped by Ray after he's said the "L" word and after she has broken her lease. Jane turns her grief into an anthropological study and plans to go public with her results.

Birds of AmericaBirds of America by Lorrie Moore
Not long ago, Lorrie Moore was also considered "one of the most promising writers of her generation." But with the publication of her latest collection, Birds of America, Moore has left that "promising" moniker behind. With each new book her work continues to mature and deepen. The wise and sophisticated stories in this collection have firmly established Lorrie Moore as one of the very best contemporary American fiction writers – period. Fans of Melissa Bank will appreciate Moore's much celebrated playful wit. But Moore's stories have a richness of character and depth of insight Ms. Bank has yet to achieve – though she does indeed show promise.

Local GirlsLocal Girls by Alice Hoffman
There are a number of striking parallels between The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing and Alice Hoffman's Local Girls. Published in the same year, each book is a breezy collection of interwoven stories that roughly follow a woman's coming-of-age years on the Eastern Seaboard. The books are also similar in style; both Bank and Hoffman strike a delicate balance between witty one liners and a perceptive, bittersweet evaluation of human relationships.


The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson


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