Read-Alikes for ‘Run, Rose, Run' by Dolly Parton & James Patterson | LibraryReads

LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson.

Run, Rose, Run, by Dolly Parton & James Patterson (Little, Brown), is the top holds title of the week (3/7/22). LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

The pairing of Dolly Parton and James Patterson marks the most recent collaboration of author and celebrity to land on bookshelves. Patterson knows how to make a plot work and Parton writes close to home here, in a story about a singer-songwriter and the music industry. Parton has released a studio album as a companion to the novel.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine)

Appeared on the June 2021 LibraryReads list

“Four celebrity children of Mick Riva, a famous singer, throw a massive party that ends in a fire and leaves family secrets exposed. Reid skillfully goes back and forth in time to fill in the background story of the entire Riva family, beautifully bringing each character to life.”—Cathy Branciforte, Ramsey Free Public Library, Ramsey, NJ

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin (Berkley)

Appeared on the May 2020 LibraryReads list

“Claire is a musician whose former band became famous without her. She takes a gig singing nursery rhymes for a playgroup, and her life takes a couple of sharp lefts from there! For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Elizabeth Berg.”—Danielle Hansard, Westland Public Library, Westland, MI

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (37 Ink: Atria; LJ starred review)

Selected by the LibraryReads Advisory Board

DEBUT Going way beyond the typical sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll scenario, this story about performing duo Opal Jewel and Nev Charles, and the genre of pop culture music writing, is a deep plunge into their world. Opal, who is Black, is a native of Detroit, while Nev is a white red-haired fellow from Britain. He chooses Opal as his musical partner after seeing her incredible energy and passion in a Detroit club. The duo’s struggle for success is well-documented (the novel is structured as oral history, with a journalist interviewing the principal characters and their family, friends, and fans), but even more engaging and important are Opal’s thoughts and actions concerning politics, history, and race relations. She is a champion for people who have suffered discrimination, bullying, and marginalization, and she is fierce and sticks to her convictions, no matter the consequences to her career. VERDICT The characters seem so real that readers will find themselves searching the internet, hoping to find that Opal and Nev are actual people. Walton has penned a true wonder of a debut novel, bringing real events into her story. Walton has a true storytelling voice, and her writing is impeccable. —Reviewed by Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia Community P.L., OH 


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