We're Thankful for These November Staff Picks!

by Susan on 2020-11-06 12:00:00

This November, we're thankful we have so many great books to offer you. Check out this month's picks below, and if something sounds interesting, click the link to request a copy for yourself! 

Sara: The Outsider by Stephen King (2018)

When an 11-year old boy is murdered in a small town, all evidence points to a well-liked and respected baseball coach who maintains his innocence. As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. This book is also an HBO limited series. 

Ryan: Devoted by Dean Koontz (2020) 

In his newest book, Koontz does what he does best. He pits good against evil and wraps the story around a loving and loyal dog. 

Terika: Wishtree by Katharine Applegate (2017) Juvenile Fiction

You know how librarians fold their laundry after the kids go to bed…with earbuds in and an audiobook queued up!  'Red' is an oak tree and the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. The wishtree watches over the neighborhood and has for hundreds of years. When a new family moves to the neighborhood, not everyone is welcoming. Red wants to help change things.  The audio version is only 2.5 hours - enough time to fold eight loads of laundry!

Susan:  Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning (2020)

This historical fiction is based on a true story of the Cheapside Hoard, dug up in a Cheapside cellar in 1912 London. It is one of the most famous caches of jewels in the world and the most mysterious. How could someone neglect to retrieve five hundred precious pieces of jewelry and gemstones from the late 16th and early 17th centuries? This story is an imagined tale woven between the facts.  P.S.  Most of the hoard is now in the Museum of London, with some items held by the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  It is still a mystery today. 

Mara: Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence by Claire Saffitz (2020)

This is a wonderful cookbook for aspiring bakers of all levels BUT especially for ones who want to push their baking skills further.  Saffitz outlines problems and solutions for each recipe—as well as practical do’s and don’ts.  All recipes in the book have a difficulty rating of 1 to 5, which is outlined at the front of the book in her Recipe Matrix.  The author is considered the baking hero for a new generation. 

Cindy: A House of Ghosts by William Ryan (2019) 

This book is like a Downton Abbey house party and an Agatha Christie mystery plus ghosts. 

Hannah:  The Deep by Rivers Solomon (2019)

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society. To cope with their ancestral trauma, they designate one member of their community to hold all their memories. Yetu, the Historian, is not sure she can bear this burden - but if she cannot, will her people survive? The Deep is sort of a grown-up, poetic version of The Giver by Lois Lowry. It's a super-fast read, and the audiobook (available through OverDrive) is read by Daveed Diggs, best known for his performance as the Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the musical Hamilton; his musical group, clipping, wrote the song on which the novella is based. 

Hannah: When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors (2018)

Since its inception, few movements have been more polarizing than Black Lives Matter. Patrisse Khan-Cullors originated the hashtag after years of trying to get her brother the mental health care he needed, but could not access, which resulted in his incarceration. It is nice to cut through the hype and go straight to the source to see how Patrisse - who was herself first arrested at the age of 12, and eventually kicked out of her mother's home for her sexual orientation - went on to receive a masters' degree and become the woman who launched the movement. I learned so much about what the movement really represents. This book also has a young adult version, geared more toward teens. 

Emily:  The Guest List by Lucy Foley (2020)

Family and friends gather for a high profile wedding on a remote island off the coast of Ireland.  The groom has dark secrets only a few on the island know about. Moreover, all of them want him dead.  This is a highly publicized book and has many holds on it. While you wait, try I See You by Clare Mackintosh and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.