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If the people who work at Evanston Public Library know one thing, it’s how to recommend a book. Now I’m sure you’ve all already seen EPL’s magnificent 101 Great Books for Children list, released last month. Since then we’ve received many requests for a teen or adult version. Certainly it’s too late in the year to kick off such lists, but I can at least provide readers with the brilliance of our staff. Therefore, it is my supreme pleasure to introduce a few materials my staff believe are definitely worth considering this year:

Mysteries
“The Blood Card” by Elly Griffiths
Elly Griffith’s Magic Men Mystery series just gets better and better. It’s a peek into postwar Britain. Did you know they took sweets off rationing in honor of the Queen’s coronation? – Bridget

Science Fiction
“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline – Recommended by Jeff
Not an original choice, I know, but I thoroughly enjoyed wallowing in the world of 1980s arcade games and pop culture, which this novel celebrates – in addition to presenting a convincing dystopian vision for the future (and not just of Columbus, Ohio). It may be a good YA book – it’s got naughty bits –  but I had fun with it as a rip-roaring fantasy novel for adults, too. Soon to be a Steven Spielberg movie near you,
btw . . .   –  Jeff

Nonfiction
“How Cycling Can Save the World” by Peter Walker Overview of cycling’s effects throughout the world and a great explanation of what Evanston means when it says “livable city” – Martha

“The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy In a New Gilded Age” by David Callahan
Explores the “great power shift” in America and the world today, and explores who is really in charge. As we consider who manages our destiny, we must consider the role of powerful corporations, government…and also big philanthropy. I think this is a topic that a wide variety of Evanstonians will appreciate, and it might encourage some strategic thinking. –  Wynn

“Sons and Soldiers” by Bruce Henderson
Apart from being scrupulously researched, it is a riveting story of how pain, injustice, and then often just blind luck brought many young German Jews to the United States in the 1930s – and a chance to fight back against their persecutors, which they did extraordinarily effectively as interrogators of captured Nazis. – Jeff

Audiobooks CD Fiction
“Holidays On Ice” by David Sedaris
For getting in the holiday spirit, I downloaded David Sedaris’ “Holidays on Ice” from Hoopla. I like the audio version, because David reads the stories. I listened to it on a plane traveling over Thanksgiving and was laughing so hard I disturbed my seatmate. – Jess