Dear Diary: Caution! Secrets Ahead…

Psst...I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love to read other people’s diaries. Now before you decide I have a complete lack of manners, let me clarify. What I really mean is that I love to read epistolary novels. These are books written in part, or entirely, in letters, diary entries, emails or other forms of personal correspondence. These stories give us access to a unique, deeply personal point of view and allow us to understand characters' true thoughts and feelings. It’s delightful! Here are several options to get you started on your own snooping (I mean reading) and for even more be sure to check out the list below. 

The Sender

Anonymous letters begin arriving for Coach Cristo after he is diagnosed with cancer, and these messages change not only his life but the lives of those around him as well. Based on a true story.

Letters to Zell

In this funny new take on several classic fairy tales, find out what happens when characters rewrite their own stories instead of following their traditional paths. 

Dear Mr. Knightley

Samantha Moore has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime- a full scholarship to graduate school. There's just one condition: she must regularly write letters to her anonymous donor. 


When your job is to monitor the emails of your colleagues, things are bound to get interesting.

Dear Committee Members

This novel unfolds through a series of letters of recommendation written by a tired, jaded professor with a knack for words. In one word: hilarious. 

The Devourers

When Alok agrees to transcribe an old collection of documents, a dark and beautiful tale of seventeenth century India emerges from the weathered pages. 

Want more? Here is a list of just some of the correspondence themed books available at your library. Come on in and check one out today!

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