Book Spotlight

by Public Service Associate Juliana

One of the many wonderful things about  working at the library is that not only do we give recommendations but we often receive them. My TBR list is always growing, and I’m constantly discovering new authors to read based on what patrons are reading and enjoying. Most recently a patron recommended to me the 2012 novel Heft by Liz Moore. She liked it so much that when she returned it she hoped to find more books written by Moore, as well as read-alike authors and titles. 

Have you experienced something similar? Is there an author or book that really struck a chord with you? The staff here at BPL can help. Come find us. We love these types of questions and conversations. For a truly tailored experience, you might consider signing up for Personalized Picks where we select titles and put them on hold for you.

Maybe Heft will be your next great read. |print / digital audiobook

Psychological Fiction • Character-Driven • Bittersweet

Book Summary “A heartwarming novel about larger-than-life characters and second chances….Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career – if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur – a plea for help – that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.” –from the publisher

Notable Reviews “A stunningly sad and heroically hopeful tale…This is a beautiful novel about relationships of the most makeshift kind.” ―O, The Oprah Magazine 

“In Heft, Liz Moore creates a cast of vulnerable, lonely misfits that will break your heart and then make it soar. What a terrific novel!” ―Ann Hood

Read More by Liz Moore

Read-Alike Authors

| For fans of Donna Tartt and Jennifer Egan

Read-Alike Titles