NOVEMBER Titles for Adults

Books We are Grateful for Reading


Courtney's Pick

The Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
by Kara Cooney
After pharaoh Hatshepsut’s death, political rivals wanted to claim her successes as their own and hatched an elaborate plan. They removed her name from monuments and carved their own names into the stone slabs to take the credit, hoping no one would notice the difference. They did. This book is a captivating reconstruction of an Egyptian pharaoh’s life and prosperous rule.

Kortney's Pick

Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide
by John Cleese
This brief yet insightful title from a legendary comedian helps readers learn how to find their creativity and embrace new ideas without being critical or rushing the creative process. 

Laura's Pick

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
Through the young shepherd’s travels, readers learn the power of self-discovery, perseverance, and believing in your dreams.

Nancy's Pick

The Odyssey [CD recording]
Written by Homer ; translated by Robert Fagles ; introduction by Bernard Knox. Read by Ian McKellen.
Two mornings on my recent vacation I hit the road, ''as soon as early rosy-fingered dawn appeared.'' I’m grateful I was introduced to Greek mythology and Homer’s epics in junior high. Ian McKellen’s reading of Robert Fagles’ translation is lively and accessible. I had many miles to enjoy the traditions of the traveler, the supplicant, the trickster, and the storyteller.

Randall's Pick

The Travelling Cat Chronicles
by Hiro Arikawa
Occasionally, you read the right book at just the right time in your life. The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a heartfelt story, beautifully told by the renowned Tokyo author.

Sandy's Pick

Practical Magic
by Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic will always hold a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf.  This novel not only introduced me to my favorite author, but also acted as a window into my favorite genre, magical realism.  Hoffman knows how to craft stories where every day magic is often the most powerful magic there is.

Vanessa's Pick

The Annotated Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien  
When I was 11 all 6th graders were required to read the Hobbit in our English class. Even though the teacher only got a few chapters into the book on the first day, I got completely lost in the story full of magical creatures and imaginary places. I remember wondering the whole day if Bilbo would survive the adventure with Thorin’s company. At the end of school when the last bell rang, I ran all the way to the library to check out the Hobbit and could not put it down until I turned the last page. It’s 18 years later and I am still in love with The Hobbit and of course all things Middle Earth! Check out this Annotated copy that gives special insights on how Tolkien crafted his masterpiece, including drawings sketched by the author himself!

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