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

Monday, March 2, 2009

March Recommendations for Adults


Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories by Lauren Groff - Following the publication of Groff's first novel, The Monsters of Templeton (2008), comes this collection of nine short stories, six of which have never been published. The richly conceived, finely detailed stories offer portraits of smart, daring women. In the title story, an unconventional woman reporter fleeing the Nazis in rural France must make a questionable bargain to secure a safe passage. Vivid tales from a gifted young writer who continues to surprise. (excerpt from Booklist)

Dream House by Valerie Laken - When Kate and Stuart Kinzler buy a run-down, historic house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they're looking for a decent remodeling investment and a little space in which to rekindle their troubled marriage. Instead they discover that their home was the scene of a terrible crime many years ago. When a mysterious man begins lurking around the yard, they are forced to confront their home's dangerous past. The stranger has returned to his own childhood home in search of something they may never fully understand.

Drood: A Novel by Dan Simmons - Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), Drood explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, Drood is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly - "After reading her novel, Galway Bay, you might wonder if Mary Pat Kelly knows everything about 19th century Ireland, the Great Famine, and the emigrant experience in America. But it's her exploration of the human heart that moves you. Against landscapes beautiful and bleak she brings her characters to unforgettable life. As they say in Ireland, 'Take your ease with this book.' You'll need time for laughter and tears and pure magic." (--Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes )

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids in 1940s Seattle, Henry and Keiko forge a youthful bond of friendship and innocent love that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. But after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept. An extraordinary story about hope and commitment set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history.


I’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore - Wilmore, winner of an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work in creating The Bernie Mac Show, is currently the Senior Black Correspondent to The Daily Show. Gathered together here for the first time, are his Black Thoughts bringing a satiric yet sensitive perspective on diverse topics ranging from UFOs, Black Jesus, Black Weathermen, and Black History Month. Provocative and entertaining.

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming - Award wining author Fleming has created an enthralling joint biography of our greatest president and his complex wife in the form of a scrapbook using photographs, letters, engravings, and even cartoons, along with a fascinating text. Share an intimate look at the extraordinary lives of Abraham and Mary, from their disparate childhoods and tumultuous courtship, through the agony of the Civil War, to the loss of three of their children, and finally their own tragic deaths. Perfect for reluctant readers as well as history lovers.

The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio: How to Build and Grow a Panic-Proof Investment Portfolio by David Gardner and Tom Gardner - In this groundbreaking guide to building a portfolio, acclaimed stock pickers and Internet pioneers David and Tom Gardner lay bare the simple philosophy that they have used to help millions of individual investors outfox Wall Street professionals. Sound, sensible investment advice for building, growing, and defending an individual portfolio, one investment strategy at a time. Learn to think like an investor about looking for a first stock, dividend investing, blue-chip bargains, small-cap treasures, international investing, and community-based online tools that are revolutionizing stock selection and asset allocation. Learn essential strategies from the masters.

Pet Food Politics by Marion Nestle - The pet food recall scandal of 2007 was just the tip of the iceberg which lead to an investigation of foreign suppliers (China) to major pet food manufacturers (Purina, Natura, Hills and many more, Compared to Sinclair's The Jungle, public health professor Nestle uncovers a similar situation where profit driven decision and poor government oversight killed and endangered the lives of cats, dog, and farm animals nationwide. Investigative journalism at its best.

The Washington's of Wessyington Plantation: Stories of My Families Journey to Freedom by John Baker, Jr. - After learning that his maternal great-great grandparents had been slaves on the largest tobacco plantation in late 18th century America, Baker launched into a thirty year research project that uncovered a treasure trove of historical documents and oral histories. He has not only written his own family's story but included the history of hundreds of slaves and their descendants now numbering in the thousands throughout the United States. More than one hundred rare photographs and portraits of African Americans who were slaves on the plantation bring this compelling American history to life.


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