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

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Recommendations for Adults


The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman - History professor Nat Turnbull searches for missing World War II archives on the White Rose, an anti-Hitler movement active in Switzerland and Germany in the 1940s. He soon crosses paths with a ruthless German arms merchant who may be the key to recovering these documents. Rumor has it that the archives contain a spymaster’s horde of wartime secrets. Someone has taken desperate measures to ensure that the deceptions, betrayals, blackmail, and hidden identities stay in the shadows. A masterful blend of historical detail and spy thriller.

John the Revelator by Peter Murphy - John and Jamey are inseparable, their friendship anchored by a mutual inclination for mischief. But when their teenage high jinks crash into the adult world, complications ensue and choices must be made. A tender and refreshingly unsentimental coming of age story set in gentle rolling hills of southeast Ireland.

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan - In the magic realism of fable, two rival families contend with spirits and spells, prophets and demons, a wicked mother-in-law, feuding siblings, graves in the garden, and dark secrets through three generations. A masterful first novel, the true to life characters will appeal to lovers of literary fiction and fantasy.

Perfect Little Ladies by Abby Drake - Elinor Young’s perfect life with her perfect husband and gorgeously perfect children is about to end. Someone has found out about her afternoon trysts with the perfect politician and is attempting to blackmaili her. But what are friends for if not helping you track down extortionists? Fans of the Desperate Housewives genre will enjoy the cheeky and delightfully campy unraveling of more than one lady’s secret.

Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan - Raymond Chandler and James Cain fans will enjoy this updated noir mystery. The editor of the “literary crime” magazine, Gray Streets, is murdered and one of the magazine’s editors, and a newcomer in town, becomes the prime suspect. But circumstances are not what they seem, the plot takes many surprising twists and turns as the relationships between the stable of writers associated with the magazine are brought to light. Dolan poses the question: would you kill to write a best-seller?


Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? by Ellen Gordon Reeves - But seriously, any job-seeker will find this book indispensible. Reeves covers all the important points of giving good interview, including the seldom discussed dilemma of what to wear to a phone interview. Short and to the point.

The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder and the Birth of the American Mafia by Mike Dash - Before the Five Families consolidated their power in New York there was Guiseppe Morello, a.k.a :The Clutch Hand”. Born in Corleone, Sicily, where he established himself as an expert counterfeiter, he came to the U.S. in the early 20th century eventually settling in New York’s Little Italy where he continued his career in crime soon branching out into real estate schemes. By 1928 he was well established as the “boss of all bosses” until his assassination by a rival in 1930. Dash goes where no researcher has gone before, the formation of the American branch of the Mafia between 1892 and 1930. A great story well told.

The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview Before It Begins by Dan Burns - Burns has provided employment placement services to Fortune 500 companies for over a decade, his advice is simply that first impressions win jobs. He’ll take you through the steps to prepare for the interview, how to handle the first crucial 60 seconds, what to do in the following 60 minutes of the interview, how to close, and the appropriate follow-up. Burns’ advice will help you fine tune your appearance and performance.

In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the President They Protect by Ronald Kessler - Already best-seller and with good reason, award-winning journalist Kessler conducted exclusive interviews with more that 100 current and former Secret Service agents about their jobs, revealing untold stories and acts of heroism. With fly-on-the-wall perspective, he captures the never before revealed drama and tension that characterizes the elite corps of agents who put their lives in the line of fire.

Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson - The heat of summer is waning and it’s time to return to baking. Schreiber heads Oregon’s Dept. of Agriculture Farm-to-School program and is an advocate for family farms. Richardson founded the small batch bakery, Baker & Spice. This cookbook reflects their commitment to using local seasonally appropriate produce in heritage cooking. Organized by season, these traditional American favorites incorporate simple updates like the pear bread pudding made with brioche. Uncomplicated and perfect these recipes will appeal to the home baker who enjoys experimenting with new ideas.


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