Best Books of the Month: November 2013

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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Hild by Nicola Griffith Hild
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Edwin of Northumbria's youngest niece will grow up to become St. Hilda of Whitby, but right now she is still a girl named Hild, who has the extraordinary job of being the king's seer in this historical novel. Valerie says, "One really could visualize and feel the life of 7th-century Britain, the cold, the summer, drinking mead, the war wounds…a really meaty and satisfying read." ...more Edwin of Northumbria's youngest niece will grow up to become St. Hilda of Whitby, but right now she is still a girl named Hild, who has the extraordinary job of being the king's seer in this historical novel. Valerie says, "One really could visualize and feel the life of 7th-century Britain, the cold, the summer, drinking mead, the war wounds…a really meaty and satisfying read."
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Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture
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What wouldn't you eat? Bugs? Offal? Schedule I drugs? In this raucous but well-researched nonfiction narrative, New Yorker writer Goodyear explores America's new extreme food culture. Kurt says, "These pages are gross and enchanting and astonishing and savage…and I read them as quickly as possible, with a huge grin on my face." ...more What wouldn't you eat? Bugs? Offal? Schedule I drugs? In this raucous but well-researched nonfiction narrative, New Yorker writer Goodyear explores America's new extreme food culture. Kurt says, "These pages are gross and enchanting and astonishing and savage…and I read them as quickly as possible, with a huge grin on my face."
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Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson Someone Else's Love Story
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Single-mom Shandi, her precocious son Natty, and William, the sexy geneticist with Asperger's who rescues them from an armed robbery, wrestle with the big issues—Destiny! Love! Death!—in this Southern novel. Yvonne Walus says, "The story line is like a kaleidoscope: It changes with every point of view, yet it always remains beautiful to examine….Read it and embark on an emotional journey. Arrive uplifted."
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Single-mom Shandi, her precocious son Natty, and William, the sexy geneticist with Asperger's who rescues them from an armed robbery, wrestle with the big issues—Destiny! Love! Death!—in this Southern novel. Yvonne Walus says, "The story line is like a kaleidoscope: It changes with every point of view, yet it always remains beautiful to examine….Read it and embark on an emotional journey. Arrive uplifted."
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The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
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A century ago Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud dictated an autobiography detailing his largely forgotten role in history as the only Native American to lead a large-scale defeat of the U.S. Army. This lively biography draws on that rediscovered manuscript. Bob Schnell says, "A fascinating story certain to make many readers rethink their more romantic notions of the Wild West."
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A century ago Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud dictated an autobiography detailing his largely forgotten role in history as the only Native American to lead a large-scale defeat of the U.S. Army. This lively biography draws on that rediscovered manuscript. Bob Schnell says, "A fascinating story certain to make many readers rethink their more romantic notions of the Wild West."
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Where the Moon Isn't by Nathan Filer Where the Moon Isn't
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In this affecting literary novel told in diary entries on scraps of paper, Matt navigates the health care maze as he struggles to keep a handle on his schizophrenia, all while hearing the voice of his long-dead brother. Carole says, "Filer has captured beautifully the voice of a boy in search of truth and sanity in this tragically moving story of memory, madness, family resilience, and enduring love." ...more In this affecting literary novel told in diary entries on scraps of paper, Matt navigates the health care maze as he struggles to keep a handle on his schizophrenia, all while hearing the voice of his long-dead brother. Carole says, "Filer has captured beautifully the voice of a boy in search of truth and sanity in this tragically moving story of memory, madness, family resilience, and enduring love."
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The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)
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Recruited by the FBI, 17-year-old Cassie is a natural profiler who can read criminals' motives and next moves. As she begins her training in this YA crime novel, a serial killer starts targeting Washington, D.C., and she's reminded of her own mother's mysterious death. Farrah says, "Wow. Just wow. Saying it's thrilling doesn't even cover how on-the-edge-of-your-seat this books keeps you...a spine-chilling murder mystery, and a sprinkle of romance." ...more Recruited by the FBI, 17-year-old Cassie is a natural profiler who can read criminals' motives and next moves. As she begins her training in this YA crime novel, a serial killer starts targeting Washington, D.C., and she's reminded of her own mother's mysterious death. Farrah says, "Wow. Just wow. Saying it's thrilling doesn't even cover how on-the-edge-of-your-seat this books keeps you...a spine-chilling murder mystery, and a sprinkle of romance."
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