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

Monday, November 2, 2009

November Recommendations for Adults


Blood’s A Rover by James Ellroy - In his third novel in the Your U.S.A. Underworld trilogy where Ellroy attempts to create “a complete human infrastructure” of the tragic political events of 1958-1972, he continues to explore the “private nightmare” suffered by the enforcers of a morally corrupt public policy. Uncompromising, raw and fascinating, a compulsive read.

The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt - A remarkable storyteller, Byatt draws you gently into the story of two families of the Edwardian artistic intelligentsia, the Wellwoods and the Fludds, whose separate and intertangled tragedies mark the end of a certain kind of innocence for the middle class of their era. A deeply affecting story played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - In an elegant apartment building in Paris, the concierge, a bored twelve-year-old girl, and a wealthy Japanese man form a friendship, exchanging sharp and humorous observations about the world they inhabit. Light-hearted and philosophical, a great choice for book discussion groups.

Peter & Max: A FABLES Novel by Bill Willingham (illustrated by Steve Leialoha) - Two brothers journey through the The Black Forest and encounter ominous forces that change them irreparably. Thus beings an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge. This stand alone prose novel introduces new readers to the world of Fabletown and fans will discover secret histories of the series cast. The author and illustrator won the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker Team.

Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel - In the ruthless court of King Henry VIII, only one man dared to gamble his life to win the King’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power-Thomas Cromwell. He belonged to the rising merchant class that sought to gain a place in a world dominated by an ancient, and amoral, aristocracy. Mantel catches the excitement and terror of Tudor England on the cusp of change.


Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living: Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-Conscious Life by Ed Begley, Jr. - Even if you can’t cycle to power the toaster this book is full of economical ways to decide what will work for you from someone who practices energy efficiency and good environmental stewardship. Living an eco-conscious life does not require you to completely overhaul your home with expensive equipment. You can make your lifestyle green one project at a time.

Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen by Mollie Katzen - A beautifully made book to read and hold, the softest paper, the most calming colors, and good recipes. Katzen’s a pleasure for people who like to read cookbooks as well as create meals from them. Sidebars suggest alternative ingredients for vegans and the adventurous.

The Kennedy Assassination-24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Pivotal First Day as President by Steven Gillon - Gillon, the Resident Historian for the History Channel and a history teacher at the Univ. of Oklahoma, uses newly declassified documents for an in-depth analysis of the decisions made in the first critical hours of LBJ’s presidency, decisions that would shape the Sixties decade. Gillon provides a fascinating look into the minds of the politicians who struggled to control our public crisis.

The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville - With over 30 years of journalism under her belt, the news anchor of Inside Edition takes on our collective social condition: lack of respect in the public arena. Noville says that respect is the "most forgotten element of success." Through amazing stories of how the power of respect given and received has transformed lives, Norville shows the practice of respect for self and others can enrich your life.

Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges by Chief National Correspondent for the CBS Evening News, Byron Pitts won an Emmy for his coverage of 9/11 and has brought us the news from hot spots around the world. He overcame stuttering, illiteracy, and poverty to graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University. An inspiring memoir told with great style and emotional clarity.


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