November Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Looking for recommended titles? Tell us five titles you have enjoyed and we'll send you a list of five more that we think you will like. Also check out our Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!


Goodreads Recommendations

For November we're highligting what our friends on Goodreads are reading. Join our group and get in on the discussion. 


The thin man

 

The Thin Man

By Dashiell Hammett

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

 

Stories of your life and others

  

Stories of your life and others

By Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award for 1990. Now, collected for the first time, are all seven of this extraordinary writer's extraordinary stories--plus a new story written especially for this volume.


Eleanor of Aquitaine

 

 

Eleanor of Aquitaine : a life

By Alison Weir. 

A biography of one of the most influential women of the Middle Ages discusses her marriages to Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and her later efforts to secure the throne of England for her sons.

When you reach me

 

When you reach me

By Rebecca Stead

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Zoo station

 

Zoo station

By David Downing

When an American journalist living in 1939 Germany agrees to write articles for the Soviets, he gets dragged into dangerous activities and is sought by warring factions when British and Nazi intelligence discover his actions.

Meaning of Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

The meaning of marriage : facing the complexities of commitment with the wisdom of God

By Timothy Keller

There has never been a marriage book like The Meaning of Marriage. Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone -- Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged -- the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible. Using the Bible as his guide, coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.



Red moon

 

Red moon : a novel

By Bemjamin Percy

On the eve of the emergence of a new and unrecognizable world that will challenge the existence of humanity, a group of people begin to notice they are different from everyone else.

 

Nutshell a novel

 

 

 

Nutshell : a novel

By Ian McEwan

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.


Ross Poldark : a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787

 

 

Ross Poldark : a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787

By Winston Graham

Tired from a war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead. But his sympathy for the destitute farmers of the district leads him to rescue an urchin girl and take her home -- an act which alters the whole course of his life.

Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war

 

Duty : memoirs of a Secretary at war

By Robert Michael Gate

The former Secretary of Defense offers a candid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.s