Most folks know Yann Tiersen as the guy who scored Améliea breathtaking soundtrack equal parts romantic, reflective and whimsical. Tiersen’s work is atmospheric, bittersweet and as likely to make you think as enchant you.

If you like Yann Tiersen, you might like slightly quirky books where many wonders, melancholy, yearning and eccentric characters or peculiar structure abound.

If you like Yann Tiersen, try these books…

Delicacy book coverThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

At 9 years old, Rose realizes she can taste the emotions of those that make her food. Her mother’s cake tastes like despair. If you liked the movie (or book) Chocolat, you’ll probably like Bender’s take on magical realist cooking.

Delicacy – David Foenkinos

Natalie is a young widow. She lost her husband after only 7 years of marriage – and to her surprise – after an expanse of loneliness, she starts to fall in love with Markus, her stumbling co-worker. This fast-paced, offbeat, French romance – featuring miniature chapters and lists everywhere – was made into a movie that stars Audrey Tautou.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman’s NEWEST BOOK! Fire! Coney Island! Freak shows! A mysterious disappearance!

::epic lovebeams shoot out of eyeholes::

Coralie stars as the “mermaid girl” in her father’s Coney Island curiosity museum. There’s a 100-year-old turtle, a wolfman, and…a photographer who Coralie falls in love with – only he is possibly involved with another young woman’s disappearance.

The Living and the Dead – JasonLiving and the Dead book cover

…A rueful romance set during a zombie apocalypse via the minimalistic art of Jason. LOVE.

The Boy Detective Fails – Joe Meno

Billy Argo, boy detective, has a breakdown after his sister (and partner in detection) commits suicide. At 30, Billy has spent 10 years in a mental institution. An awkward pickpocket and two weirdo neighborhood kids help Billy as he searches for why his sister took her life

If you like epic structural fun, Meno is a master of post-modern formatting.

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And geez, if you only know Tiersen for his Amélie work. GO LISTEN TO HIS NEWER ALUBMS. Seriously smalls, there’s some Twin Peaks went to Paris shit on his 2013 release, Everything’s Calm. Here and there it does go all whispery French lounge…which doesn’t really do it for me, unless it’s whispery Gomez French…or perhaps someone rasping Cocteau in my ear or Baudelaire at my breasts…There are women who inspire you with the desire to conquer them and to take your pleasure of them; but this one fills you only with the desire to die slowly beneath her gaze.” 

But have a listen. Absolutely worth it.

What other books would you recommend to someone who liked Yann Tiersen?