Book Recommendations Newsletter - November 2009
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November Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein – From the award-winning author of Leaves comes a sweet story about a curious, but timid, baby kangaroo intent on exploring the world. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser – Clever, hilarious, and beautifully illustrated, this story of three furry friends, who are not-so-patiently waiting for the first snow, is hands down our favorite new winter tale. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 5-8 collection.
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon – Great for reluctant readers, this engaging story about a spunky dragon who can't breathe fire has a hybrid-comic format similar to the Wimpy Kid series. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 8-10 collection.
The Doom Machine by Mark Teague – This nutty and upbeat science fiction tale involves malevolent spider-like aliens, a boy who can fix anything, a madcap interstellar adventure, and (of course) a mad scientist. Part of our Fantasy & Magic Age 10-12 collection.
Hannah (Daughters of the Sea) by Kathryn Lasky – From Newbery Honor winner Lasky, this compelling new series about three mermaid sisters separated at birth begins with the story of Hannah set in Boston in the early 1900's. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor – With beautiful prose and subtle structure Taylor writes three powerful stories of supernatural love based on the unifying theme of the consequences of a kiss. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife by Francine Prose – This comprehensive look at the life and work of Anne Frank tells the deeply moving story of the Frank family and contemplates the deeper significance of Anne's literary achievement. Part of our Adult Nonfiction for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – Delving deeply into the psychology of Thomas Cromwell, the man behind the throne, this witty and fresh portrait of King Henry VIII’s court is the winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize and has just been released in the U.S. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver – This masterful novel of a man pulled between two nations takes readers on an epic journey from art and revolution in the Mexico City of Frida Kahlo and Lev Trotsky to America in the throes of World War II. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff – With rigorous research and a dizzying array of data, this extensive history and analysis of financial crises is a must-read for anyone interested in international finance. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly – With psychological acuity and nonstop action, this exceptional crime thriller pits the fan-favorite Harry Bosch against the Chinese underworld in the highest-stakes case of his life. Part of our Mysteries & Thrillers collection.
Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich – This tantalizingly photographed cookbook from acclaimed restaurateur Bastianich offers uncomplicated recipes featuring regional Italian fare bursting with flavor. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Macolm Gladwell – This compilation of favorite essays from the best-selling author of Outliers offers provocative conversation pieces that explore the human psyche. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Family Book Recommendations
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck – From Newbery-winning author Richard Peck, this amusing holiday story with unforgettable characters makes a great family read aloud. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 8-12 collection.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski – Born mute, young Edgar lives an idyllic life breeding and training dogs on his parent's farm until tragedy forces him to flee into the wilderness with three of his beloved dogs. Just released in paperback this best-seller is a wonderful book for parents and teens to share. Part of our Parent & Teen Paperback Fiction collection.
We hope you share our love of literature and passion to inspire people of all ages to read and will consider GiftLit for your next gift purchase.