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

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September Recommendations for Adults


American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld - Sittenfeld's third novel accepts the challenge of showing how a nice mid-Western girl and registered Democrat came to marry into a powerful Republican family. The fine storytelling falters in the end, unable to sustain the suspension of disbelief, but well worth considering for a group read.

An Expert in Murder: A Josephine Tey Mystery by Nicola Upson - Fans of Golden Age of murder mysteries will enjoy Tey's debut as the detective/playwright who investigates the murder of a young woman while overseeing the final week for her hit play Richard of Bordeaux. Set in 1934 London when the play was performed, the realistic details of the actors lives is drawn from Upson's interviews with the actual cast.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer - A Guernsey farmer finds Juliet Ashton's name in a book and thus begins a correspondence. The literary society began during the German occupation as a way to divert the Germans from clandestine feasts of prohibited foods. Through letters exchanged with the island's inhabitants, Ashton learns of the islanders' resistance, sabotage, and acts of heroism.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - A serial killer is loose in 12th century Cambridge. In desperation, King Henry II summons a Master of the Art of Death and gets a Mistress instead. With accurate historical details, medieval forensics, engaging characters and horrific murders, it’s irresistible.

The Shack by William P. Young - Mack's youngest daughter, Missy, is abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, Mack receives a note—apparently from God—inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he goes and walks back into his darkest nightmare. Find why this book is intriguing readers around the world.


Black Wave: A Family’s Adventure at Sea and the Disaster that Saved Them by John Silverwood - To escape the humdrum of life in Southern California, a man, his wife, and four young children decide to set sail across the high seas and embark on the adventure of a lifetime—one that will change them forever.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman - Pharmaceutical companies, managed care, and medical training all contribute to how physicians automatically think. Groopman shows how patients can interact with doctors to avoid misdiagnoses.

The Life of the Skies by Jonathan Rosen - A mixture of memoir, nature writing, history, and philosophy, The Life of the Skies is an illuminating look at the complex relationship humans have with their flying counterparts—and a history of America viewed on the wing.

The 12 Best Foods Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes Featuring the World’s Healthiest Foods by Dana Jacobi - From an award-winning food writer and chef comes a breakthrough cookbook that identifies 12 micronutrient-rich foods that can help protect against major disease and, with over 250 recipes, shows how to turn them into mouthwatering dishes.

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin - This harrowing memoir recounts a journalist's return to visit his elderly parents in Zimbabwe during the upheaval of Mugabe's dictatorship, where he uncovers family secrets about their loyalty to the area.


Blogger Gail L said...

New from Alexandar McCall Smith:
The UK's Daily Telegraph has serialized McCall Smith's latest novel, Corduroy Mansions. For access information go to
or the culture section of

September 22, 2008 at 8:45 AM  

Blogger Gail L said...

Dexter Filkins: Original Essay
In The Forever War, prize-winning New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins chronicles a remarkable chain of events that begins with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continues with the attacks of 9/11, and moves on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read Filkins's original essay for
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September 25, 2008 at 9:01 AM  

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