“City of Thieves” by David Benioff. Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, it’s the tale of a Russian deserter and looter given the seemingly impossible task of finding a dozen eggs for a wedding cake in order to save themselves from execution.
“In a Different Key: A History of Autism” by John Donvan
“The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve
It seems to me November is a good month to give thanks for the authors you’ve truly appreciated over the years. I have many but this month’s pick goes to Dorothy L. Sayers for her Lord Peter Wimsey novels, especially “Gaudy Night”. It’s a tale of love, both obsessive and healthy- romantic love, the love of scholarship, and the love for an institution that nurtured you.“After the Fall” by Dan Santat – picture book. This tale of Humpty’s accident is beautiful and triumphant.
- Katie“Welcome: a Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals” by Mo Willems. A cheeky board book guide for new parents.“I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – A picture book for all ages, and the perfect story to read to the people you love.
“Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” by Matthew Sullivan.
“Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
“Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories” by R. J. Palacio
“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Sherman Alexie. This author is brilliant. Having written his first memoir, he’s now what you call a Quintuple Threat in the Genre Games: under his belt are novels for adults and teens; screenplays; poetry; short stories; and now memoir. He nails them all. The New York Times Book Review calls him “one of the major lyric voices of our time” and you know what? They’re right. I can be laughing one minute at the sheer inanity of a situation he’s described…and a few pages later be near tears having read something he’s revealed so eloquently. His writing is nothing short of pure, sparkling brilliance.
“Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in her Life” by Annie Spence.What a delightful book! This librarian (me) thinks any avid reader will enjoy both the humor and heartbreak found between the covers of this book. You can read it straight through or use the table of contents to find some books you yourself have loved or loathed. Author Annie Spence is both a clever writer and an authentic guide to some great (and not-so-great) literature. Be sure to check out her list of excuses to give when you just need to stay home and READ!
“The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn. An established historical writer, a British female spy network in WWI comes to life.