Boston Public Library
Staff Selections: November 2009
Booklists for Adults

Books read and enjoyed by librarians in the Reader and Information Services Department, Central Library.

Fiction

Book with leaves

Davies, Robertson. The Deptford Trilogy. (Fifth Business) 1983.
The story of honest and reflective, Dunstan Ramsay—a history teacher and
student of religion sharply contrasts with the career of his childhood friend.
Boy Staunton—a billionaire who has few moral scruples and very little self insight. The author’s interest in religion and spirituality pervade the novel making Davies’ tale all the more absorbing.

Fielding, Joy. Still Life. 2009.
Imagine yourself in a coma-like state where the murderer discusses another way to kill you! Casey tries to convey to her family and friends that she knows who tried to run her down in the parking garage but to no avail. Quick suspenseful read.

Gold, Glen David. Sunnyside. 2009.
Three true stories circa World War I are woven into fascinating fiction - Charlie Chaplin's early years in Hollywood, a young star struck soldier's bonding with U.S. military dogs, and an American invasion in Russia. The Chaplin part is the strongest thread. Funny, stylish and big.

Martini, Steve. Guardian of Lies. 2009.
“It’s the problem we got, the justice system has absolutely nothin’ to do with justice,” expresses Defense Attorney Paul Madriani to his private investigator, Herman Diggs. That’s how they feel being caught in a true web of murder and deceit involving the Feds, our own legal system, and a ruthless assassin as they try to defend Katia Solaz in this riveting, spell-binding legal thriller.

McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove: A Novel. 1985.
This epic novel of the American West is full of action and unforgettable characters. The story focuses on the relationship between two retired Texas Rangers, Captain Augustus McCrae and Captain Woodrow F. Call, and their adventures driving cattle from Texas to Montana at the end of the 1800's. The first of four books in McMurtry's Lonesome Dove Series, and winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Rosenberg, Nancy Taylor. The Cheater. 2009.
Graphic, chilling, action-packed fast read! Pay close attention to how the characters are linked and how the smallest pieces of evidence aid the FBI in their serial killer investigation.

Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. 2008.
The title character of Olive Kitteridge is one of my favorite characters of 2008-she is tough, outspoken, and completely riveting. All of the other characters of the Maine town are fabulous. Strout gets to the deepest parts of life so effortlessly that it may surprise you when the emotional punch gets you right in the gut.

Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa. The Husband Habit. 2009.
Vanessa Duran has a love for cooking, gardening, and married men. When she agrees to care for her difficult and ailing mother, Vanessa meets Paul, a single and attractive Iraq war veteran. A delicious love story about family, politics, and food set against the southwestern border.

Wolff, Isabel. A Vintage Affair. 2009.
Every dress and every customer has a story. Phoebe, a London vintage boutique owner, relishes the history of vintage clothing and the details of her customers’ lives. A contemporary novel filled with historical detail, vintage fashion, romance, and a set of fascinating characters.

Nonfiction

Elon, Amos. The Pity of it all: A History of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933.
During the 19th century, the Jews of Germany advanced from the most impoverished
and disadvantaged group in the country to the most successful—but not without
eliciting massive amounts of hatred and envy which helped create fertile ground for
the Holocaust. The Jews’ desire to be become German and to be accepted as such is one of the world’s great stories of unrequited love.
DS 135. G33E57 2002

Guibert, Emmanuel. The Photographer.
A combined graphic novel and photo journal by artist Emmanuel Guibert and photographer Didier Lefevre of their 1986 trip into war-torn Afghanistan with the group Doctors Without Borders.
PN 6747. G85P4913 2009

Crowley, Roger. Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, The Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World.
A thrilling account of the sixteenth-century struggle between Christendom and Islam for control of the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.
D 215. C76 2008

Fisher, Carrie. Wishful Drinking.
Carrie Fisher is so funny and honest. I read this straight through one afternoon. Fisher finds the humor in all aspects of her life including her bipolar disorder and alcoholism. It’s a wonderful trait and very entertaining.
PN 2287 .F495A3 2008

Goldsworthy, Adrian. How Rome Fell: Death of A Superpower.
A lively account of the disintegration of the Roman Empire from British historian Goldsworthy.
DG 311 .G65 2009x

Larsen, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
Larson so vividly tells the story of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago that The Devil in the White City reads more like a novel than the purely factual book that it is. The book weaves together the story of Daniel Burnham, the chief architect of the Exposition, and that of H. H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a doctor who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.
HV 6248 .M8L37 2003

LeClaire, Anne D. Listening Below the Noise.
A New Englander experiments with periods of self-imposed silence for
a few days each month and finds her awareness and appreciation of life deeply enhanced.
PS 3562. E2778L57 2009

Meisner, Kimberly. Victoria 500 Christmas Ideas.
The publishers of Victoria magazine present 500 glorious ideas for presenting your home for the Christmas season. Recipes included.
TT 900 .C4M393 2009

Sherman, Paul. Big Screen Boston: from Mystery Street to the Departed and Beyond.
Entertaining guide to movies made on location in Massachusetts. A must for local film fanatics!
PN 1993.5.U751S487 2008


Compiled by the Reader and Information Services Department,
Boston Public Library, November 2009