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

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Recommendations for Adults


Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill - The fifth installment in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, the coroner/detective returns to the Hmong for an exorcism of a chief's daughter. Political satire, romance, broad humor, and supernatural interference make for a delightful murder mystery.

The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardner - Stephen King has called her the "next suspense superstar." Forensic psychiatrist, Jo Becket, is hired by SFPD to apply her skills at psychological autopsy to discover why San Francisco's A-list citizens have been the victims of suicide and murder.

The Fire by Katherine Neville - The story that began in The Eight continues and this time Alexandra's mother has become a pawn in the deadliest game ever played. Blending exquisite prose and captivating history with nonstop suspense, Neville again weaves an unforgettable story of peril, action, and intrigue.

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent - The author is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier, the first women to be hanged as a witch at the Salem Witch Trials. Kent recreates the lives of Martha and her daughter Sarah who together faced mob hysteria, interrogation, and imprisonment. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

Yesterday's Weather by Anne Enright - Once a land entrenched in family and tradition, Enright presents a series of deeply moving glimpses into a rapidly changing Ireland and ways in which people cope. Sharp, tender, never predictable, the sum of these stories is a rich tapestry of people struggling to find contentment with one another—and with themselves.


Dry Storeroom No. 1 by Richard Fortey - "All our lives are collections curated through memory." With elegant and illuminating narrative, Fortey takes the reader behind-the-scenes at London's Natural History Museum, introducing the extraordinary people whose meticulous research and driving passions helped to create the timeless experiences of wonder that fill this unique place.

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins - The prizewinning foreign correspondent for the New York Times, Filkins covers the war against Islamic fundamentalism with compassion for the people who have lived through the horror. As in all classic war literature, the stories transcend time and place through a fearless adherence to emotional truth in a situations that defy understanding.

A FreeWheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties by Suze Rotolo - Suze Rotolo writes firsthand about the immensely creative and fertile years of the 1960s, just before the circus was in full swing and Bob Dylan became the anointed ringmaster. It chronicles the back-story of Greenwich Village in the early days of the folk music explosion, their four years together, and her life after Dylan. Her approach is sensitive, discreet and affectionate, an honest look at a great love affair.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel - In mapping the social world where tomorrow's men are made, Kimmel offers a view into the minds and times of America's sons, brothers, and boyfriends, and works toward redefining what it means to be a man today—and tomorrow. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, to stay true to themselves, and to travel safely through Guyland, emerging as responsible and fully formed men of integrity and honor.

The Way of the World by Ronald Suskind - From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. For anyone hoping to exercise truly informed consent and begin the process of restoring the values and hope—along with the moral clarity and earned optimism—at the heart of the American tradition, The Way of the World is a must-read.


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