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If you like Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

If you like Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

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Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
A 28-year-old recluse with a unique allergy to physical contact with other people is forced to reenter the world after her mother's death, finding friendship with a 10-year-old troubled boy, and love with his adoptive father. (catalog summary)

If you like the family drama and love story intertwined with Close Enough to Touch, check out these book titles.


Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Be Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reclusive literary legend M. M. 'Mimi' Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies, with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she's put to work right away-as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer's eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. (catalog summary)

 



The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca SchiffThe Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff
A New Yorker, trying not to be jaded, accompanies a cash-strapped pot grower to a "Clothing Optional Resort" in California. A nerdy high schooler has her first sexual experience at geology camp. A young woman fundraises for a social-media savvy cancer patient whose circle of supporters grows increasingly obsessive. A college student, the night of her father's funeral, watches an old video of her Bat Mitzvah, hypnotized by the image of the girl she used to be. Frank and irreverent, this collection offers a singular view of growing up—or not—and finding love—or not—in today's ever-uncertain landscape. How to form lasting connections in a world saturated by insincerity and ennui? How to transcend the indignities of middle school? How to build a strong sense of self while also trying to figure out online dating? In its bone-dry sense of humor, its pithy observations, and its thrilling ability to unmask the most revealing moments of human interaction, no matter how fleeting, this book announces a new talent to be reckoned with. (catalog summary)
 



Before I Go by Colleen Oakley


Before I Go
by Colleen Oakley

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant "Cancerversary" with her husband, Jack, to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it's an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. She's terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but helpless husband when she's no longer there to take care of him. The solution: she has to find him another wife. (catalog summary)


 



Everything, Everything by  Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
by  Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster. (catalog summary)

 



Fear Nothing by Dean R. Koontz

Fear Nothing
by Dean R. Koontz

Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you've ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can—the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night—for it is only at night that he is free. Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered strangeness of Moonlight Bay and its residents. (catalog summary)

 



Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany

Heart Like Mine
by Amy Hatvany

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. After meeting Victor Hansen, a divorced father of two, Grace decides she could learn to be an excellent part-time step mom. How hard could it be, since the kids live with their mother, Kelli? At thirteen Ava Hansen has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother. Ava still has hope that her parents would get back together and they could be a family again. After Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly of mysterious circumstances. Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli's life than they ever knew. (catalog summary)


 



A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery
A Million Little Things
by Susan Mallery

Zoe Saldivar is more than just single—she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation. Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated--her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all. (catalog summary)

 



Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after a loss. (catalog summary)