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Books Norwood Can’t Wait to Recommend

two-women-reading-togetherHere in New England, daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Before we turn in for the evening on Saturday, November 2, we will set our clocks back by one hour to “fall back.” While this will gain us some extra daylight in the morning, soon we’ll all likely be leaving our workday and walking out into nighttime. And while we’re still likely to get a few more warm sunny days, for most of us this is the time of year we start doing more indoor activities. Many of us bookworms look forward to cozying up with a pile of good books through the chill dark nights ahead.

As such, I thought this turning point in the year would be a perfect time to offer some recommendations for good books. But you don’t have to take my word for it; these recommendations come straight from other Norwood readers.

If you’ve played along with the Morrill Memorial Library’s Reader’s BINGO in the past few years, you may remember a BINGO square for “Book you can’t wait to recommend.” Here, now, are just a sampling of books other readers in your community can’t wait to recommend to you – yes, you! I hope you’ll find a few gems on this list to fuel your reading exploits this fall and winter. And yes, we will be playing BINGO again this winter; stay tuned!

  • The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. Modern Russian fantasy novel and the first book in the Winternight trilogy.
  • Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl. Paranormal romance for young adults.
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor. Science fiction with space travel and human-alien encounters; book 2 in the Binti series.
  • The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris. Mystery of psychological suspense.
  • Broken Angels, by Gemma Liviero. Historical fiction about different resistance stories against Nazi Germany.
  • Carry On: the Rise and Fall of Simon Snow, by Rainbow Rowell. Fantasy fiction for young adults about a magical school.
  • The Chemist, by Stephanie Meyer. Suspense fiction about women spies.
  • Daring to Drive, by Manal al-Sharif. Nonfiction biography of a political activist woman who dared to drive in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Devil, by Leo Tolstoy. Classic Russian fiction dealing with themes of mortality.
  • Eat Dirt, by Josh Axe. Nonfiction about diet therapy and nutrition.
  • Everybody’s Son, by Thrity Umrigar. Character-driven literary fiction about consequences, best intentions, moral crimes, and love.
  • The Fireman, by Joe Hill. Horror novel about a strange epidemic of human combustion.
  • Gemina: The Illuminae Files, by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Interstellar science fiction for young readers; part of a series.
  • The Hearts of Men, by Nicholas Butler. Novel about veterans, friendships, and coming of age.
  • Inglorious Royal Marriages, by Leslie Carroll. Nonfiction history of scandalous marriages among royals.
  • A Life in Parts, by Bryan Cranston. Autobiography of the popular actor.
  • Other-Wordly, by Yee-Lum Mak. Charming nonfiction graphic novel about unique words.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. Classic fiction about philosophy, one’s true character, and hedonism.
  • The Pursuit, by Janet Evanovich. Adventure and suspense spy novel; book 5 in the Fox and O’Hare series.
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. Nonfiction about introverts, extroverts, and how to be.
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., by Neal Stephensen and Nicole Galland. Sci-fi/fantasy with time travel, magic, and technology.
  • Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, by Diana Gabaldon. A collection of short fiction from the world of the historical fantasy Outlander novels series.
  • Still Alice, by Lisa Genova. Modern literary fiction addressing Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • What is the What, by Dave Eggers. Biographical work of fiction about Sudanese refugees.
  • Wives of War, by Soraya Lane. Historical fiction about the friendship between nurses in World War II.
  • The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck. Historical fiction about the experiences of three widows in Europe in World War II.
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson. Humorous biographical essays by comedian, Phoebe Robinson.

Liz Reed is the Adult Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood MA. Look for her article in the October 31st issue of the Transcript and Bulletin.


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