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November Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list.


Night Film: a novel

 

Night Film: a novel

By Marisha Pessl

This novel mixes media to tell the truly haunting tale of the death of the daughter of a legendary horror film director. Couldn't put this one down.

Recommended by Samantha P.


The interplanetary toy book : space people, vehicles, creatures, and more for you to make

 

 

The interplanetary toy book : space people, vehicles, creatures, and more for you to make

By J. Alan Williams

Imaginative youngsters (and their earthling parents) follow simple instructions to build alien creatures, space vehicles, and cosmic hideouts. This was one of my all-time favorites when I was a child, particularly because of the suggestions for customizing my creations. The emphasis on re-using common household items gives it an ecological angle, as well.

Recommended by Zach B.

Touching the Void

 

 

Touching the Void

By Joe Simpson

After a falling and breaking his leg, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates still had to figure out a way to get off the mountain; a descent that would cover 3,000 miles. After attempting to belay each other down, a series of bad luck led Yates to eventually cut the rope and cause Simpson to plummet down the cliff and into a crevasse. Thinking Simpson was dead, Yates continued down the mountain. Simpson, however, was still alive. Also available as a 2004 motion picture.

Recommended by April D.

 Cartwheeling in thunderstorms

 

Cartwheeling in thunderstorms 

By Katherine Rundell

This is a luminous story about a young girl named Willy, who is forced to leave her carefree life on a sun-filled African farm, to attend boarding school in cold, rainy London. At boarding school Willy must be Wilhelmina, and her spirit and love of life is sorely tested. Willy's ingenuity and courage are an inspiration.

Recommended by G. Crowley


My brilliant friend

 

My brilliant friend

By Elena Ferrante

Don't miss this modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed and mysterious novelists. This is the first of Ferrante's Neapolitan trilogy about the intense and complex friendship between two women, Elena and Lina, and how it evolves through decades as they grow up together in the poor and violent suburbs of Naples in the 1950s. Continue the saga in Story of a New Name.

Recommended by Carol P.

 A land more kind than home

 

A land more kind than home 

By Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash’s writing is so beautiful you almost don’t realize what dark subjects he is writing about. Two young boys see something they shouldn’t and the consequences are devastating. The story unfolds through the perspective of three unique characters who tell this heartbreaking story in resonant detail.

Recommended by Jessica S.

Happy hour at Casa Dracula

 

 

Happy hour at Casa Dracula

By Marta Acosta

Check out the first book in this take on the vampire genre. I loved it. Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they?

Recommended by Katie D.

 
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