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

Friday, October 31, 2008

November Recommendations for Adults


Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell - A stunning stand-alone novel from the national-bestselling author who has "raised the standard for psychological thrillers" (Chicago Tribune). In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods, but only one comes back. Now, 20 years later, Josh is coming home—bone by bone.

Crazy Loco Love by Victor Villasenor - From America's most beloved Mexican-American writer comes this compelling memoir of his adolescent search for meaning and identity. Growing up on his parents' ranch in North San Diego County, Villasenor's teenage years were marked by a painful quest to find a place for himself in a world he didn't fit into. A powerful portrait of a young boy on the path to manhood in the shadow of his influential father, Crazy Loco Love adds a new chapter to the grand tradition of coming-of-age.

The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine M. Lopez - Having lost their mother, the four Gabaldon sisters, named Bette Davis, Loretta Young, Rita Hayworth, and Sophia Loren by their deceased mother, are raised by their elderly Pueblo housekeeper Fermina. As the girls grow into women, they learn the truth about their mysterious caretaker, her legacy, and a family secret. An award-winning author, Lopez explores the delicate threads that knit family generations together.

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran - A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty's royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the former queen, Nefertiti, wife of the heretical pharaoh Akhenaten. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But all this changes when she is married at the age of thirteen to the future Pharaoh, Ramses the Great.

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar - Nidali, born in Boston to a Palestinian father and Egyptian-Greek mother, narrates her story from her childhood in Kuwait, her rebellious teenage years in Egypt, to her family's last home in Texas. Nidali tells the story of her eccentric nomadic family with humor and an irresistible joie de vive.


American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steve Rinella - Rinella's erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a quirky blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. Both a captivating narrative and a book of environmental and historical significance, American Buffalo tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed - "I wanted to tell the story of this family in a way not done before so that readers can see slave people as individuals," Gordon-Reed says in the NYT interview. Joseph Ellis, a Jefferson scholar who had been wary of the claims about Hemings before the DNA tests, called Ms. Gordon-Reed's book "the best study of a slave family ever written." ~excerpt from Mary Dudziak, Legal History Blog.

Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazi’s Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower - Drawing on an unprecedented variety of sources, Mazower reveals how the Nazis designed, maintained, and ultimately lost their European empire and offers a chilling vision of the world Hitler would have made had he won the war.

In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African-Americans Reclaimed Their Past by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Prominent African-American scholar looks back into the furthest reaches of African-American ancestry to tell a riveting story by way of profiling 16 extraordinary achievers and weaving together their personal, dramatic narratives.

Lewis Carroll In Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life by Robin Wilson - Just when we thought we knew everything about Lewis Carroll, here comes a highly original biography that will appeal to Alice fans everywhere. An engaging look at the incredible genius of one of mathematics' and literature's most enigmatic minds.


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