From time to time, fellow bluestockings ask us, “I really liked this book. Do you carry something similar?” So today, as we put the finishing touches on Bas Bleu’s 2018 Book a Month packages (they are so good, y’all), we compiled a list of “books recommending books.” The titles in these pairings aren’t exactly alike: Yes, some have similar plots or subject matter, but others are kindred spirits in terms of character, theme, or mood. We hope you’ll find something new you’ll enjoy! (All of the suggested “try this” titles are available for purchase on our website. Just click on the book cover.)

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Fans of Mrs. Mike, about a city girl from Boston who moves to the wilds of Canada and marries a Mountie, can snag a special edition of the beloved 1947 novel (specially bound with Mrs. Mike’s sequel, The Search for Joyful) when our 2018 Book a Month selections debut in October. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss Tisha, the heartwarming and adventurous tale of nineteen-year-old Anne Hobbs, who traveled to a remote corner of Alaska in 1927 to become a schoolteacher in the hardscrabble mining community of Chicken.

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Unlike Agatha Christie’s classic, this atmospheric whodunit from the 1930s does allow its players to leave the train. But fans of that setting-driven tale will relish this murder mystery starring an eclectic cast of characters stranded together in an unusual location.

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Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was queen for less than two years before she was executed. The charges: treason and adultery. The truth: more complicated than you might think.

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Jane Austen is certainly a tough act to follow, but fans of the gentle Fanny Price may recognize a kindred spirit in the plucky, eponymous orphan at the heart of this historical novel about a young woman forging her path and finding her place in a makeshift family.

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The Nazi plunder of fine art during World War II has come to the forefront of news and culture in recent years, but the Nazi theft and destruction of tens of millions of books is less well-known, in part because books are considered less economically valuable. But their significance is unmistakable in Anders Rydell’s engrossing account of what happened when the Third Reich set out to exterminate entire populations and their literary cultures.

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Both Maisie Dobbs and the eminently capable Kate Shackleton served as nurses during World War I, and both have sacrificed men they love to that terrible conflict. But that’s not the only reason we think these two amateur detectives would get on wonderfully; both are smart, perceptive women who put their intellect to good use in these mysteries that are rich in time and place.

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The lives of Henrietta Lacks—the black woman whose cancer cells became one of the most important cell lines in medical research—and George and Willie Muse—two albino African-American brothers lured away from their home by the unscrupulous Ringling Brothers—are different in so many ways. Yet all three were victims of racial injustice in America. Unlike Lacks, the Muse brothers found some justice during their lifetimes, thanks to the fierce advocacy of their mother.

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Daphne du Maurier’s classic 1938 novel about the effect the first Mrs. Maxim de Winter has upon the second is a psychological thriller that defies expectations. The same can be said for Du Maurier’s later novel (1951) about a young man who suspects his cousin’s widow of murder, but finds himself inextricably drawn into her web of mystery and seduction.

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As Americans, it’s easy to forget how present World War II was for English civilians doing their part to stand fast against the Nazi juggernaut bearing down upon their homes. While the island of Guernsey was occupied by Germans, both of these epistolary novels offer atmospheric accounts of what life might have been like for the women and children left behind by their soldiering men…yet who faced dangers and dramas of their own.

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