What she reads if she loves The Americans

what she reads if she loves the Americans

If you are completely hooked on the latest season of The Americans, you will not be able to put these books down!


The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

Nola is a trained soldier working for the U.S. government when her plane crashes and she is confirmed dead. Zig, whose job is helping put deceased soldiers to rest, discovers that Nola is in fact alive. Together they try to uncover a dark scheme branching high up the U.S. military.


The Expats by Chris Pavone

Kate Moore’s life was once very different from the playdates and Paris ski trips that is her new normal. As she hides an unbearable secret from her past, she grows suspicious of an American couple and she realizes her husband is acting strange as well. She is terrified that her past is catching up to her, which will threaten her carefully constructed life.


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré

The Turks have taken over and pushed George into retirement. But when a pretty defector accuses a Soviet mole as having penetrated the highest levels of British Intelligence, George recognizes his nemesis. Together the two set a trap to catch the traitor.


Circle of Treason by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille

This is the story of the “Ames Mole Hunt” told exclusively by the two CIA team members who were tasked with uncovering which of their coworkers was a Soviet spy. Aldrich Ames was one of the most destructive spies in U.S. history, and this is the tale of how he was identified and caught.


The Charm School by Nelson DeMille

A U.S. prisoner of war escaped a Russian operation called “The Charm School,” which was a place where American POWs are forced to teach young KGB agents how to model U.S. citizens and infiltrate the country. Three Americans risk it all to bring down the operation.


You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt

As young children, best friends Jenny and Sarah write to the Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace as Cold War tensions escalate in 1980’s America. Jenny’s letter gets her an invite to the USSR, she becomes a media sensation, and the friendship between the girls turns icy. Shortly after, Jenny and her parents die in a plane crash. Ten years later, Sarah is informed that the crash and their death may have been a hoax and she sets off to the former Soviet Union to investigate.


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France leaving best friends stranded in enemy territory. One is captured by the Gestapo and given two options: confess or face grisly consequences. She weaves an intricate confession, but will it be enough?


Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell

On February 10, 1962, three men were exchanged between the American and Soviet superpowers. Who were they and what brought them all to Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge that night?

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Courtney Paasch

Courtney Paasch is a book enthusiast and has been known to spend full days in the library. She worked as a digital producer at Cronkite News where she fell in love with digital media and website design. Courtney loves to find creative and innovative ways to push social media campaigns and draw reader engagement. Her favorite thing to do on a day off is load up her Jeep with her wife and two rescue dogs, Jaxson and Rosie and head out on an adventure.

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