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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: August Recommendations for Adults

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Recommendations for Adults


Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson - The fourth in the Walt Longmire mystery series finds the Wyoming sheriff confronting two dead bodies and one very troubling clue. Why does the dead Vietnamese woman have a photo of him taken during his tour of duty in Vietnam 40 years ago? The absorbing plot, compelling characters, humor and psychological depth put this series in a league of its own.

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen - Leo, a psychiatrist is convinced that his much younger wife has been replaced by an exact replica. Like a true scientist, he devises whimsical and startling ways to prove this and discover who she really is. For readers who enjoy dark comedy with a twist, this debut novel will challenge and delight.

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir - Historical fiction fans will enjoy Weir's nuanced perspective on the early life of Elizabeth I from childhood to her coronation. Weir lends her considerable historical knowledge to the well known cast of characters and events that made young Elizabeth's world a proper training ground for a future queen.

The Likeness by Tana French - Edgar-winner French blurs the boundaries between victim and cop, memory and fantasy, in this stunning sequel to her debut, In the Woods. In a small town outside of Dublin, Detective Cassie Maddox discovers a murder victim who looks just like her and is using her undercover alias.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski - Edgar's story begins on a farm in rural Wisconsin where his quest for the truth about his father's unexpected death takes him and his dogs on a dangerous odyssey. A coming of age story and wilderness epic told by a master storyteller.


Best Recipes Classic Series from Cook’s Illlustrated, 5 v. by Editors of Cook's Illustrated - The best dishes from Cook’s Illustrated test kitchens are collected here in 5 volumes: American, Cover & Bake, Chicken, Meat, and Vegetables. The easy to read and follow recipes come with equipment ratings, detailed explanations for procedures, and the science of the process—all the features we’ve come to love about Cook's Illustrated.

Homo Politicus: The Strange and Barbaric Tribes of the Beltway by Dana Milbank - "Milbank's lacerating wit mows down the pompous, the stupid, and the corrupt among Democrats, Republicans, reporters, and bureaucrats by naming names. Every appalling anecdote in this book is, alas, true." –Powell's Books.

This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation by Barbara Ehrenreich - Witty, biting, and hilarious, Ehrenreich's second work of satirical commentary skewers the super rich for their narcissistic indulgences during one of the cruelest decades in memory, the 2000s. She examines a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Predictably Irrational: the Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely - Why do we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate making the same mistakes over and over? From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, Ariely explains how to break through these systematic patterns of thought to make better decisions. Predictably Irrational will change the way we interact with the world—one small decision at a time.

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers by Amy Sutherland - While observing exotic animal trainers for her acclaimed book Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, journalist Amy Sutherland had an epiphany: what if she used these training techniques with the human animals in her own life—namely her dear husband, Scott? In this lively and perceptive book, Sutherland tells how she took the trainers' lessons home.


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