November Recommendations

All the books listed here are available at the library. Stop in, give us a call, or use the online catalog to place a hold and check one out.

With the holidays coming up, it’s time to learn some new recipes! Check out one of these staff favorites:

The Complete Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Kwoklyn Wan
Side Dish Bible by America
Sioux Chef
The Unofficial Sims Cookbook by Taylor O

The Complete Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Kwoklyn Wan: Packed with easy, step-by-step instructions and foolproof tips, this collection of classic recipes is the ultimate Chinese cookbook. Everything from egg-fried rice to tofu ramen and even crispy duck salad!

Side Dish Bible by America’s Test Kitchen: Round out and enhance any meal for any occasion with recipes for every type of side dish imaginable! With 1,001 recipes included you’re sure to find the perfect side dish for whatever meal you’re cooking. From potluck favorites to holiday staples, recipes for all skill levels and time commitments.

Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman: A delicious introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. Indigenous American fruits and vegetables, wild and foraged ingredients, and game and fish, are some of the ingredients Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef, shares with us in his book. Join us for conversation about this book on November 16 at

The Unofficial Sims Cookbook by Taylor O’Halloran: Start your career towards becoming a famous chef, by making popular dishes from the Sims. Learn the steps behind favorites like Baked Alaska and Silly Gummy Bear Pancakes!

Read a novel from a Nobel Prize winning author!

The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Stranger by Albert Camus: Considered a classic of twentieth-century literature, this novel follows an ordinary, indifferent man drawn into a murder on a beach in Algeria. Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: A tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and a giant Marlin he kills and then loses. Written in dream-like, stream-of-consciousness prose, this short novel is a modern classic. Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro: An unspoken love grows between a devoted butler and a gregarious housekeeper working in an estate in post-WWII Britain. Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. Join our Books+Tea discussion of The Remains of the Day on November 21 and watch the movie with us on November 20.

Beloved by Toni Morrison: A tale of endurance, pain, heartache, and power, following the story of Sethe who is born into slavery and eventually escapes to Ohio. The memories she brings with her, haunt her along with the ghost of her unnamed baby. Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by reading a novel from an indigenous author!

The Firekeeper
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich: Based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman while fighting against Native dispossession from North Dakota to Washington DC, this novel explores themes of love, loss, compassion, and the complexities of human nature. 

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: Putting her own dreams on hold to help care for her mother and never feeling like she fits in, Daunis is lost. After witnessing a shocking murder that thrusts her into a criminal investigation, Daunis has to decide just how far she will go to protect her community. 

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger: This young adult novel features an America that has been shaped by magic, monsters, knowledge, and the legends of its people, both Indigenous and not. Elatsoe lives here, with magic passed down through her Lipan Apache family. She begins to rely on her skills and friends to protect her family.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. An outstanding cast of characters and an exploration of what it means to be a hero vs a villain.