Boston Public Library
Staff Selections: November 2008
Booklists for Adults
Books read and enjoyed by librarians in the Reader and Information Services Department, Central Library
Drayson, Nicholas. A Guide to the Birds of East
Two men, who have been rivals since childhood, compete
in a bird identification competition all in hopes of having the honor of Rose Mbikwa accompany them to the Nairobi Hunt Club Dance. Fans
of Alexander McCall Smith will enjoy this contemporary gentle romance set in
Fitch, Janet. White Oleander.
White Oleander is a story about overcoming personal tragedy and struggling with
Lauren. The Monsters of Templeton.
A clever tale of a
broken-hearted woman’s return to her hometown and hippie mother, on the mend
Willie researches her family tree, encounters a sea monster and discovers
plenty of old and new admirers.
Hill, Joe. Heart- Shaped Box.
Judas Coyne, a rock star and collector of morbid artifacts,
purchases a ghost online. Coyne quickly discovers that his newly purchased ghost
is the abusive spirit of his ex-girlfriend's father.
Linda. The People of the Whale.
The love of a Northwest Coastal Indian man and
woman is hit by his traumatic Vietnam War experiences and the death of their
son during a controversial whale hunt. The wisdom of the elders and the
ancestors, however, is ever-present.
Washington. The Alhambra.
The Alhambra is Irving's poetic description of the
well-known Moorish Spanish palace.
Johnson, Denis. Tree of Smoke.
Johnson writes with the soul of a poet.
His story is about a group of unforgettable characters during Vietnam. A
funny and tragic book that was hard to let go.
Peterson, Traci. A Lady of Hidden Intent.
her father is accused of slave trading in 19th century England and
sent to prison, Catherine Newbery escapes to Philadelphia to begin a new life
as a seamstress. A Lady of Hidden Intent, a light, gentle, historical
romance, is the second book in the Ladies
of Liberty series.
Petterson, Per. Out Stealing Horses.
Out Stealing Horses,
an International IMPAC Dublin Literary award winner, tells the story of an
older man who chooses the life of a recluse and pieces together his parents'
mysterious lives when he encounters a childhood acquaintance.
Silva, Daniel. Moscow Rules.
Israeli intelligence agent Gabriel Allon takes
the fight against terrorism to the streets of the new Moscow.
Tey, Josephine. Daughter of Time.
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, out of commission due to a broken
leg, decides to investigate a very cold case indeed - the murder of the Princes
in the Tower.
Alsamari, Lewis. Escape from Saddam: The
Incredible True Story of One Man’s Journey to Freedom.
Escape from Saddam is the biography Lewis Alsamari, an Iraqi-born actor,
who was forced to flee his homeland after being conscripted into the Iraqi
CT1919.I78 A47 2008
Armstrong, Kalish Mildred. Little Heathens: Hard Times and
High Spirits on an Iowa Farm during the Great Depression.
This memoir by Mildred Kalish Armstrong is wonderful. Armstrong’s happy memories of the Great Depression will
inspire everyone. Her tale does not make light of their hardships, but she
knows the true value of life is hard work, family and being together. This book
is a real treat.
F627.B4 K35 2007
Buchanan. Patrick J. Churchill, Hitler,
and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West
Lost the World.
Buchanan presents a controversial look at the causes and consequences of
World Wars I and II.
Kiernan, Frances. The Last Mrs.
Astor: A New York Story.
The Last Mrs. Astor is a biography tracing the life and legacy of Brooke Astor, New York’s
socialite and philanthropist.
CT275.A847 K54 2007
Murphy, Caroline. Murder of a Medici Princess.
Through a collection of newly discovered documents, Murphy
presents the tragic death of the Italian Renaissance princess, Isabella de
DG738.14.M35 M87 2008
Kevin. Bad Money: Reckless Finance,
Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism.
Bad Money is a wake up call to our current
Taleb, Nassim. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly
Taleb tests the theories of predictions,
uncertainty and forecasting.