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For Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

If you like quirky, loner characters, or stories of unlikely friendship, this list is for you.

Playlist Tags: genre: Fiction & Literature audience: book clubs topic: readalikes mood: quirky

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Love in Lowercase

A Novel

By Francesc Miralles & Julie Wark
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Length: 5 hours 14 minutes

Love in Lowercase

“A well-written, quirky novel - I can see why this book is a best-seller in several European countries. The characters are eccentric, well-fleshed out and likable. I have to admit that I became quite fond of the main character, a professor of linguistics and German at a University in Spain. This would be a great book to read on a plane or at the beach!”

The Bookloft image Catherine, The Bookloft
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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

By Beth Morrey
Narrated by: Harriet Walter
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

“Missy Carmichael is so very alone now that her husband is gone, her daughter is estranged, and her beloved son and grandson live in Australia. A park visit gone awry opens up her world to new people. She finds solace and family with Bob, a dog foisted on her, and friends who make up a new family. There's laughter, love, and grief. It's a tearjerker of the best kind.”

Blue Willow Bookshop image Valerie, Blue Willow Bookshop
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The Authenticity Project

A Novel

By Clare Pooley
Narrated by: Anna Cordell
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

The Authenticity Project

“The list of books I would put into everyone's hands if I could is rather short, but this one has joined the others there. It's charming and kind in a way you don't get nearly often enough, and the characters are as diverse as they are real and complex. Also just a lovely audiobook.”

Rediscovered Books image Jane, Rediscovered Books
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The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion
Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
Length: 7 hours 32 minutes

The international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s... Read more »

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The Lido

By Libby Page
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The Lido

“What a fun read! Libby Page does a great job telling the story of a small London town pool and the people who make it an important part of their lives. The friendship between Kate and Rosemary, despite their age difference, is so well-developed and plays an integral role in the story. The Lido is a book that every summer reader will enjoy and one that will be great to talk about at book clubs. Very well done, Libby Page!”

Watermark Books image Anna Flynn, Watermark Books
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Convenience Store Woman

By Sayaka Murata & Ginny Tapley Takemori
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 3 hours 21 minutes

Convenience Store Woman

“Keiko loves rules. Having worked a part-time job in a Japanese convenience store for 18 years, she loves having a corporate script to recite, sales goals to reach, and a list of tasks to complete. What she doesn't love - or even understand - are the more complicated rules of society at large. She doesn't want a husband, or children, or a real job. What she does want is a satisfactory answer to the endless personal questions that will allow her to be left alone. Convenience Store Woman is a quirky and hilarious look at society and its misfits, and what happens when we try to bend ourselves to the needs of others.”

The Book Table image Rachel, The Book Table
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A Man Called Ove

A Novel

By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: J. K. Simmons
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

MORE THAN TWO MILLION COPIES SOLD

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life.” —People

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him... Read more »

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

By Hiro Arikawa & Philip Gabriel
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

“The time comes when you’ve just had enough: enough bad news, enough hateful words, enough human suffering, enough gloom and doom. The perfect antidote for those times is The Travelling Cat Chronicles. This exquisitely sized book not only feels good in your hand, but its essence feels good in your brain. Satoru and his cat, Nana, travel miles and miles all over Japan looking for the perfect place for both of them. Both laughter and tears come with this book. It’ll make a cat lover out of even the most ardent resister! Treat yourself to a short reprieve from the world: read this book!”

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

“What a joyous, charming, funny and beautiful celebration of books and the people who love them. There is so much detail in both the wonderful, wide-ranging cast of characters and in the setting. Quirky in the very best sense of the word. I will certainly return to the world of Nina Hill again and again.”

Leah Koch image Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice
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Rules for Visiting

A Novel

By Jessica Francis Kane
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes

Rules for Visiting

“A skillful writer can show how things that seem unrelated are actually intertwined. In this way, Kane quietly reminds us that friendships and plants may be deeply rooted but need tending to bloom completely, that words matter, that going back to their roots may change how we think about what we say, and that a quiet life can be a full one. This gentle book grows on you (the puns just keep coming), but it is a refreshing change from the stresses of our digital age or the angst of so many recent books about contemporary life. Entertaining and erudite, I highly recommend this book.”

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