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Readers' Corner - November 2022

Need reading inspiration? Look no further! Our librarians have created monthly book lists on a variety of subjects and genres, including staff recommendations, book club picks, and just-for-fun reads. You can place holds on items directly from the lists in our catalog below. 

Adult Book Lists

Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. This commemorative month provides a platform for Native people in the United States to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. Titles in this list, both fiction and nonfiction, were written by Native American authors and depict indigenous experiences and perspectives. 


Genre Spotlight: Suspense Thrillers

Suspense fiction is one of the most popular genres. Want a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Look no further... we've got plenty to choose from! Look for suspense writers like Lucy Foley, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Jewell, and Paula Hawkins in this list and maybe discover a new favorite author or two! 


Adoption Awareness Month

November is Adoption Awareness Month, which aims to highlight adoption specifically through the foster care system and to educate the public about adoption in general. Nationwide there are currently about 425,000 children in foster care, thousands of whom are awaiting a permanent family. This book list includes resources for families as well as inspiring stories and memoirs. 


November Book Clubs at the Lawrence Library

Cookbook Club

This month's cookbook club

is Tuesday, November 29th at 7pm. We will be sampling holiday cookies! Reserve a recipe and sign up for the program here.

Historical Fiction Book Club

Join us on Thursday, December 1st at 5pm in the Lyceum to discuss Atkinson's newest novel set in London during the 1920s.

Monthly Book


The monthly book club is meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30pm  upstairs in the history room. All are welcome!

Staff Picks


by Kate Beaton

Best known as the creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton's newest publication is a graphic memoir that chronicles her experience of living and working for two years in Alberta's oil sands. 

Sea of Tranquility 

by Emily St. John Mandel

A though-provoking work of speculative fiction, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

Based on true events, this Depression-era novel follows five siblings that are kidnapped from their home on the Mississippi River and brought to live at the infamous Tennessee Children's Home Society. A moving story that examines the importance of family.

Braiding Sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

A must-read work of narrative nonfiction that beautifully blends indigenous understanding of the natural world with modern scientific knowledge. A stunning, elegant read that will challenge the way you think about our relationship with the Earth. 


by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish

Calling all Outlander fans! Join the stars of the hit TV series Heugan and McTavish as they take readers on an adventure through Scotland and explore the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country. 

The Silent Patient 

by Alex Michaelides

This psychological thriller is a book that you will find it hard not to read in a single sitting! Gripping and intricately plotted, the novel brilliantly unravels the life of Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who commits murder and then refuses to speak or give any explanation. Will criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber be able to uncover the truth?

Check out what's in demand!

Curious to see what everyone else is reading? Here are the current most requested titles in CW/MARS right now:

View the list here.

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