’s Top Ten Books for November 2014 has named their Top Ten books for November.  These books are picked by librarians across the country.

David Nicholls, Us (Harper)

Sarah MacLean, Rule of Scoundrels #4: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels (Avon)

Marilyn Johnson, Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble (Harper)

Michael Connelly, The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Novel) (Little, Brown and Company)

Robin LaFevers, His Fair Assassin Trilogy #3: Mortal Heart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books)

Jojo Moyes, The Shop of Brides: A Novel (Penguin)

Bradford Morrow, The Forgers (Mysterious Press)

Ed. Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (Pegasus)

Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery (Being a Jane Austen Mysteries) (Soho Crime)

Lydia Millet, Mermaids in Paradise (W.W. Norton & Company)



Finalists for the Kirkus Prize

The Kirkus Prize awards $50,000 to winners of the fiction, nonfiction, and young reader’s categories.  The Kirkus Reviews is an 81 year old magazine that reviews over 7,000 books a year.  It has been an integral part of the publishing since its founding. is a fabulous source of reviews on brand news books in numerous genres.  Here are this years finalists:


The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Euphoria by Lily King

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters


Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science by Armand Marie Leroi

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Young Readers’ Literature:

El Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Byrant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza Books) Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

The Story of Owen

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnson

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual written and illustrated by  Kate Samworth


Library Reads Top Ten Books for October

Library Reads has published their Top Ten books for October.  Here they are:

Garth Stein, A Sudden Light

Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time

Cary Elwes and with Joe Layden, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

Alan Cumming, Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

Jane Smiley, Some Luck

Keith Donohue, The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Allen Eskins, The Life We Bury

Hannah Pittard, Reunion

Keigo Higashino, Malice: A Mystery

Ashly Weaver, Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery

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Top Ten 19th-Century American Intellectual History Booklist

Intellectual history is an intriguing field because it is by its very nature cross-disciplinary.  While these books my be in arguably different fields (History of Sex, History of Religion, Legal History, History of Technology, Political History, etc.) they are all, at their core, deeply concerned with the history of ideas.  Intellectual history is not the history of old, white philosophers stroking their beards behind mahogany desks.

One of the books on this list, The Metaphysical Club, has already appeared on one of our lists in the past – .  It not only explored the philosophical concept of pragmatism, but it helped illuminate the history of the Gilded Age. Nathan Hatch’s book The Democratization of Christianity looks at the Second Great Awakening and is a preeminent book of American Religious History.  Still, the Second Great Awakening was not just a religious movement because contained important intellectual ideas that changed the course of American history.  Each of these books, in their own way, accomplish this delicate balancing act.

As with all of our lists, we hope that people will comment on our selections.  If someone makes a compelling argument why one of the books on this list should be replaced with another book, we will consider creating a new and hopefully better 19th-Century American Intellectual History Booklist 2.0.

  1.  Louis Menand,  The Metaphysical Club (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002)

  1.  Irving H. Bartlett, The American Mind in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (Wiley-Blackwell, 1982)

  1.  Anne C. Rose, Voices of the Marketplace: American Thought and Culture, 1830-1860 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004)
  2.  Kenneth Cmiel, Democratic Eloquence: The Fight over Popular Speech in Nineteenth-Century America (University of California Press, 1991)

  1.  Nancy Isenberg, Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America (UNC Press, 1998)
  •  Lewis Perry, Boats Against the Current: American Culture Between Revolution and Modernity, 1820-1860 (Oxford University Press, 1993)

    1.  Rosalind Rosenberg, Beyond Separate Spheres: Intellectual Roots of Modern Feminism (Yale University Press, 1983)

    1.  Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America (Oxford University Press, 2000 – 35th Anniversary Edition)

    1.  Nathan O. Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity (Yale University Press, 1989)

    1. Jeffrey Sklansky, The Soul’s Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920 (UNC Press, 2002)

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