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STAFF PICKS

Staff-recommended reading for NOVEMBER 2019. 

Check back each month for a new list.  Also check out our Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!

 

Based on author and naturalist Gerald Durrell's much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels, The Durrells sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell make the radical decision to leave 1930s England in hopes of a better life for her children.

"Rachel Maddow's Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry."

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke.

Presents the author's selection of his best short stories, as well as a new piece, in a collection that includes "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary," "Mono No Aware" and "The Waves."

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. In a society full of regulations meant to protect the community, Sheriff Holston, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: he asks to go outside.

Adapted by the poet John G. Neihardt from a series of interviews with Black Elk and other elders at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Black Elk Speaks is one of the most widely read and admired works of American Indian literature.

It's a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes.  Easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color.

In this timely book, David Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions and whether our stone-age brains can process democracy in the information age.

Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.

PREVIOUS STAFF PICKS

  • October 2019
    • A goomba's guide to life
    • Patron saints of nothing
    • Super Chill
    • Evicted
    • We are never
    • Witches
    • Candy Corn
    • How to Be
    • Someone
  • September 2019
    • Definitely Hispanic
    • The house of broken angels
    • El Norte
    • I am not your perfect Mexican daughter
    • Esperanza rising
    • Cuba on the verge
    • September songs
    • Red, white & royal blue
    • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
  • August 2019
    • Palaces for the people
    • The virgin suicides
    • Georgia Peaches and other forbidden fruit
    • Highly illogical behavior
    • Kindergarten : it isn't what it used to be
    • The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
    • Eloquent rage : a black feminist discovers her superpower
    • This is how it always is
    • Immunization : how vaccines became controversial
  • July 2019
    • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
    • Amelia Earhart
    • Harry Potter
    • July 1914
    • The First of July
    • American moonshot
    • The Apollo 11 moon landing, July 20, 1969
    • Apollo 8 : the thrilling story of the first mission to the Moon
  • June 2019
    • The stranger diaries
    • This must be the place
    • Check, please!. Book 1, #Hockey!
    • If I was your girl
    • The boy crisis : why our boys are struggling and what we can do about it
    • The rough guide to men's health
    • Aquarium
    • Zoo story : life in the garden of captives
    • Raising America's zoo
  • May 2019
    • Darius the Great
    • The best we could do : an illustrated memoir
    • A different pond
    • Water in May
    • Memorial Day
  • April 2019
    • Family Tree
    • Happy Family
    • Logical Family
    • Game Book
    • Mean to Be
    • Dim Sum
    • Ordinary Light
    • Life on Mars
    • Jabberwalking
  • March 2019
    • March. Book one
    • March 1917
    • March 1939
    • Spring
    • Norse mythology
    • Paris reborn
    • Organic gardening techniques
    • The Martha manual
    • Grow something different to eat
  • February 2019
    • First 15 Lives
    • Life After Life
    • The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
    • The President's kitchen cabinet
    • Ultimate insiders
    • Jefferson's daughters
    • The runaway wok
    • Young China
    • The 12 Chinese animals
  • January 2019
    • 100 yr man
    • 121 First Dates
    • Thousand Beginnings
    • First in Line
    • First Things First
    • Never Too Late
    • January Window
    • Two Faces
    • Three Days
  • December 2018
    • Nos4A2
    • True Love
    • One Day
    • Pete
    • Hanukkah
    • Christmastown
    • Sweet
    • Harlem
    • Kiss Me
    • Mr. Miracle
  • November 2018
    • Ghost
    • Bury
    • Chester
    • LaRose
    • Chukfi
    • Power
    • Ghost Hawk
    • Earth Weeping
    • If I ever