This is a neat weekly feature over at a blog I really enjoy, The Broke and the Bookish. They read books similar to some that I've been reviewing, and they're fun and they write well. Totally worth checking out.
Top Ten Books to Read If You Like Lilyhammer
Lilyhammer is a little more obscure than other shows, but I love love love it! Hubby watches it with me too. It's a Netflix original, so you'll only see it there. The plot follows a guy, Frank Tagliano, who is ex-mob. He ratted on The Family and entered Witness Protection. After living his whole life in the mob in Brooklyn, he's now settling into the much more relaxed lifestyle of Lilyhammer, Norway.
1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo, of course!
2. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. This book is 100% Norwegian (author + setting) and will give you a good grasp of the cold, sometimes solitary setting.
3. Days in the History of Silence by Merethe Lindstrom. Another 100% Norwegian book. This one deals with a husband/wife relationship. At one point in the show, Frank has a relationship with a lovely woman.
4. Police by Jo Nesbo. Another 100% Norwegian book, this one deals with Norwegian police... you can imagine that the Lilyhammer police department is a little curious about Frank and his activities about town.
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. This book has both a nightclub and a little mob in it! Frank owns a Norwegian nightclub called The Flamingo.
6. Public Enemies by Bryan Burrough. Non-fiction book about 1920s and 1930s organized crime families.
7. The Baby-Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips & Advice on First-Year Maintenance by Louis Borgenicht & Joe Borgenicht. Yup: Frank is a new dad to twins!
8. Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abagnale. Non-fiction about another man who reinvents himself, as Frank did when he relocated to Norway.
9. Lonely Planet Norway by Anthony Ham. All about Norway and what to do when you get there!
10. Donnie Brasco by Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley. Non-fiction look into an organized crime family network.
What about you? Do you have a favorite TV show with complimentary books?