If You Liked Big Little Lies, Try These...

By Lynn Ann Lobash, Associate Director, Readers Services and Engagement
May 29, 2018

This summer at The New York Public Library, Reading Is Lit.

Everything starts with a great story! If you love pop culture hits like Big Little Lies, you can go even deeper by reading the books that inspired the shows and discovering more great titles that strike similar chords. Meet unforgettable characters and explore new authors with these expert recommendations from our librarians.

If you’re in New York, use your library card to get these books, the HBO shows, and everything NYPL has to offer! Borrow books and ebooks, download digital media, access online databases, and more. Visit nypl.org/librarycard for more information and to apply for your card. You can also get these books on your smartphone with our free e-reader app, SimplyE.

If you’re outside the New York area, the Library still has a lot of offer. Browse our recommendations online and find a library near you to check out these books and more.

Big Little Lies

For fans of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, here are more stories of suburban malaise and drama: 


Adultery by Paulo Coelho

A woman tries to work through her midlife apathy by having an affair.

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates [ebook]

The Wheelers' seemingly idyllic life falls apart after a move to Connecticut. 

Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman [ebook]

The story of a stay-at-home mom living in a snarky, gossip-filled small town.

The Slap

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

At a barbeque in a Melbourne suburb, a man slaps the child of another couple, triggering an escalating series of consequences.

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides [ebook]

A group of suburban neighborhood boys piece together the events leading to the suicides of the Lisbon girls. 

Summer is the perfect time to discover the power of reading. This year, the New York Public Library is partnering with HBO to spotlight great stories and introduce readers to their new favorites. With over 55 million items in its collections, The New York Public Library is one of three public library systems providing New Yorkers with free access to books, online resources, and programming.  

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Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!