This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and October’s is harvest wheat. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!
If you love science nonfiction:
Jonathan Meiburg’s A Most Remarkable Creature (2021)
This accessible book of ornithology has generated a lot of positive reviews after its release this spring. Drawing upon years of research, author Jonathan Meiburg tells the story of the striated caracaras, an unusual crow-like falcon. Charles Darwin took note of them on his famous trip through the Galapagos, and they remain rare but storied birds of prey, who are found in only select parts of North America. Meiburg himself conducted extensive travels in his quest to see the caracaras in its natural habitat. Part science/part travelogue/part history.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Peter Matthiessen.
If you prefer Amish romances:
Charlotte Hubbard’s Morning Star (2020)
The first in a series, this book follows Regina, an unmarried Amish woman who joins the other single ladies in her community to create a local marketplace. Regina breaks her community’s rule against creating art for art’s sake by painting in her attic and selling her wares at the market. Until she’s caught. Regina is shunned for her art, but her friend Gabe stands up for her, leading to his own expulsion from the community. Complications, of the romantic and personal variety, ensue.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Amy Clipston.
If you like biographical fiction:
Marie Benedict’s and Victoria Christopher Murray’s The Personal Librarian (2021)*
Based on a fascinating true story, this historical fiction novel tells the tale of Bella da Costa Greene. In 1905, financier J.P. Morgan hired her away from Princeton to manage and develop his own personal library. Greene was a noted expert in rare books, and her work for Morgan moves her even higher in intellectual and artistic circles of the day. At a time when it was unusual for women to work in these fields, Greene hides a secret that she fears will destroy her career if she is found out–she’s an African American woman passing as white.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Melanie Benjamin, Karen Harper, Paula McLain, and Nella Larsen.
*Ebook also available on Libby.
If you want an audiobook
Paul Letersky’s The Director (2021)
Longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is one of the most controversial figures in modern American politics and history. There’s been any number of books on Hoover and the astonishing amount of power he held during his lifetime. However, Hoover was also an intensely private person, so this work by Paul Letersky is a first–a bio of Hoover from a member of his staff. Letersky was Hoover’s assistant throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and his memoir is a balanced and eye-opening look at his former boss.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Ben MacIntyre.
What books with tan/harvest wheat covers are you reading? What are you reading in October? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.