8 Best Books Like A Gentleman In Moscow Update 05/2022

Books Like A Gentleman In Moscow

In Our Bones by Pernell Plath Meier

In Our Bones by Pernell Plath Meier

Unflinching examination of one woman’s journey during the period when democracy fails and authoritarianism takes hold.

After an assault in her adolescence shatters Lauren’s idyllic Minnesota childhood, she retreats into her own head as the United States falls apart around her. Hers was the last generation to come of age before the economic collapse that occurred following the Corona pandemic in the late 1980s. The government has been taken over by extremists, incompetents, and con men who tear the country apart while clinging to power in the midst of a roiling climate of chaos and confusion. After falling for the wrong guy, Lauren gets sucked into the commotion. Her search for love and security is frustrated when Bryan’s obsession with White Sharia and growing ties to a racist patriot militia group turns him distant and abusive. Lauren is concerned for the well-being of her biracial niece and nephew. The fate of Lauren and her nephew hangs in the balance. Lauren’s family is in jeopardy, and she must fight to keep them safe in a world where morality and values are constantly being questioned.

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

An international best-seller, this novel explores the depths of our shared humanity to shed light on life, love, and literature. One of Europe’s biggest literary blockbusters in the last five years, Night Train to Lisbon is an astonishing novel, a compelling exploration of consciousness, the ability of language to define our very selves, and the possibility of truly understanding another person in the book. After a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman, Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius decides to leave his old life behind and embark on a new one. Amadeu de Prado, a (fictional) Portuguese doctor and essayist whose writings explore themes of loneliness, mortality, death, friendship, love, and loyalty, is the author of the book he brings with him on the night train to Lisbon. Gregorius becomes engrossed in the stories he reads, and he can’t stop thinking about the author’s life. As he speaks to those who were involved in Prado’s life, his investigation takes him all over Lisbon. As the story progresses, a picture of an extraordinary man emerges—a doctor and poet who defied Salazar’s dictatorship.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

“Writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times) and New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove brings us a funny story about an attempted bank burglary that never happened, and eight strangers who discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

There aren’t many situations where an open house becomes a life or death situation, but this open house was no exception when an attempted criminal broke in and kidnapped all of its residents. They begin to open up and reveal long-hidden truths as the pressure mounts on them.

In the first place, we have Zara, a well-to-do bank executive whose life was turned upside-down by a tragic event. To right an old wrong, she’s become fixated on attending open houses to see how everyday people live. When Roger and Anna-Lena aren’t looking for fixer-uppers, they’re secretly trying to hide their own failing marriage from their children. What worries Julia and Ro the most about their future together is that they can’t come up with a solution to any problem. Another elderly victim is Estelle, a woman in her eighties who is unimpressed by a masked robber brandishing a gun in her direction. Estelle hasn’t been to the apartment to view it for her daughter, and her husband hasn’t been outside parking the car, despite the story she tells them all.

Tensions rise as police surround the building and live broadcasts of the hostage situation are shown on television. Going out to face police or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people will soon be a decision that must be made.

With “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People’s whimsical plot serves up unforgettable insights into the human condition and a gentle reminder to be compassionate to all of the anxious people we encounter every day..

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

There is a library between life and death, and the shelves in that library go on and on. In every book, you have the opportunity to experience a different kind of life. To see what would have happened if you had made different decisions. Is there anything you would have done differently if you could go back in time and undo your mistakes?

The author of international bestsellers Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time returns with a spellbinding novel about the importance of making the right choices throughout one’s life.

There is an infinite library out beyond the edge of the universe, each book telling the story of a different reality. Your life story is told in one book, while a second book explains what your life could have been if you’d made a different decision at any point. What if you could go to the library and see for yourself what your life might have been like? Is any one of these other lives truly better than my current one?

In Matt Haig’s new novel, The Midnight Library, Nora Seed is confronted with this dilemma. As she journeys through the Midnight Library, she must decide what is truly rewarding in life and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Red War (Mitch Rapp, #17) by Kyle Mills

When Russia’s terminally ill leader threatens to launch a full-scale war with NATO, Mitch Rapp, the #1 New York Times bestselling series, races to stop him.

Maxim Krupin, the Russian president, discovers that he has an inoperable brain tumor, but he refuses to step down. Ses first priority is the elimination of any potential enemies within his own country, be they alive or dead. As his illness worsens, however, he will need a more dramatic diversion—a war with the Western powers.

Irene Kennedy, the director of the CIA, realizes that the United States is dealing with a foe who has nothing to lose after learning of Krupin’s condition. We must send Mitch Rapp on an impossible mission to Russia if we are going to avoid a conflict that could kill millions of people. A man many consider to be the most powerful in the world is being hunted by the entire security apparatus of the Kremlin.

Averting a global conflict is the only way to achieve victory. A conflict that neither Russia nor the United States will be able to survive if Rapp’s mission is discovered.

“Mitch Rapp continues to be among the best of the best in the world of black-ops thrillers” Booklist gave the book a “A” star review.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Cyril Conroy’s family rises from poverty to great wealth after the Second World War thanks to a combination of good fortune and a single smart investment. The Dutch House, a sprawling estate in the suburbs of Philadelphia, is his first purchase. The house, which he built as a surprise for his wife, has the unintended consequence of destroying everything he holds dear.

As Maeve, Danny’s older sister, and their stepmother are exiled from their childhood home by their stepmother, the story is told by Danny. In the wake of their parents’ emigration from poverty, the two affluent siblings are forced to rely on each other. Both their lives and their futures are threatened by this unbreakable bond between them.

The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two intelligent people who are unable to overcome their past. No matter how successful they appear to be, Danny and Maeve can only be happy when they’re with each other. Over and over again in their adult lives, they recount the familiar tale of what they’ve lost. As a result, when the siblings are finally forced to confront those who abandoned them, their relationship is put to the test.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Anna, a thirteen-year-old orphan, lives among a group of women who earn their living by embroidering priests’ robes inside the fortified city walls of Constantinople. After learning to read in this ancient city, famed for its libraries, Anna discovers a book, the story of Aethon, who wishes to be transformed into a bird so that he can fly to an idealistic paradise in the sky. As the walls of Constantinople are bombarded in the great siege, she reads this to her ailing sister. Omeir, a village boy conscripted into the invading army with his beloved oxen, stands outside the walls. His and Anna’s paths will eventually cross.

The story of Aethon’s story has been preserved through the ages, and it is now being performed by five young actors in a library in Idaho, where an octogenarian named Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, is rehearsing it. Seymour, a troubled, idealistic teen, planted a bomb in the library. Another siege has been launched. The story of Aethon was told to Konstance by her father on the interstellar spaceship Argos in the not-too-distant future. She has never stepped foot on ours. “

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

One of Kate Quinn’s most compelling new historical novels brings together a real-life female spy from France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her missing cousin in 1947 in a mesmerizing tale of bravery and rebirth.

1947: Charlie St. Clair, an American college student, is pregnant, single, and about to be kicked out of her prim and proper family in the wake of World War II’s devastation. The possibility that her long-lost cousin Rose, who went missing in Nazi-occupied France, is still alive haunts her. That’s why, when Charlie’s parents tell her that she’ll have her “little problem” taken care of in Europe, Charlie breaks free and sets out for London in search of her cousin.

When Eve Gardiner was just a year into the Great War, she was desperate to get involved in the battle against the Germans and was unexpectedly assigned as a spy. Situated in enemy-occupied France, she receives her training from “Queen of Spies” Lili, code name Alice, the captivating “queen of spies,” who oversees a massive underground network of spies.

The betrayal that ultimately tore the Alice Network apart thirty years later still haunts Eve, who now spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London home. That is, until a young American enters the scene, calling out an unknown first name and setting them on a course to discover the truth, no matter how far it takes them.

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