166Six Picks

Emulating the best practices of great bookstores and public libraries Library Committee members put together the 166SIX PICKS list of some of our favorite books in the collection.  To help you find them easily we put neon yellow labels on the spines.  Use this list for find your next book or just browse the shelves to find a good read.

AFRICA/ASIA/MIDDLE EAST – HISTORY
Return of a King – William Dalrymple
From Beirut to Jerusalem – Thomas Friedman

AFRICAN AMERICAN INTEREST
Another Country – James Baldwin
Tally’s Corner – Elliot Liebow
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth – Richard Wright

AGING
Younger Next Year for Women – Chris Crowley and Harry S. Lodge
The Last Lecture – Randy S. Pausch

AMERICAS/ANTARCTICA/AUSTRALIA – HISTORY
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Charles C. Mann

ARCHITECTURE
At Home: A Short History of Private Life – Bill Bryson
Boundaries – Maya Lyn
Lost Twin Cities – Larry Millett
Once There Were Castles – Larry Millett

ART HISTORY – U.S.
American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America – Robert Hughes

ART HISTORY, WORLD
Janson’s History of World Art
Fifty Artists You Should Know – Thomas Koster

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR – (biography shelved as SUBJECT)
Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff
Evening in the Palace of Reason (shelved as BACH) – James Gaines
Bully Pulpit (shelved as ROOSEVELT, T) – Doris Kearns Goodwin
Team of Rivals (shelved as LINCOLN) – Doris Kearns Goodwin
No Ordinary Time (shelved as ROOSEVELT, F) – Doris Kearns Goodwin
Letters to a Young Madman: A Memoir – Paul Gruchow
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption (shelved as ZAMPERINI) – Laura Hillenbrand
Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Devil in the White City  (shelved as MUDGETT) – Erik Larson
In the Heart of the Garden of the Beasts:  Love. Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (shelved as DODD) –  Erik Larson
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey – Countess Carnarvon
Road from Coorain– Jill K. Conway
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
John Adams – David McCullough
Truman – David McCullough
The Wright Brothers – David McCullough
A Beautiful Mind (shelved as NASH) – Sylvia Nasar
Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks
My Beloved Country – Sonia Sotomayer
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (shelved as POWELL) – Wallace Stegner
Night – Elie Wiesel
Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the OED (shelved as MURRAY) – Simon Winchester
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir – Donald Worster
Late Homecomer  – Kao Kalia Yang
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark…  – Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

BIOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS
Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabelle Wilkerson
The Great Journey: Americans in Paris – David McCullough
The Presidents Club – Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
She Captains – Joan Druett

ECONOMICS/BUSINESS
Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Making It – Barbara Ehrenreich
The Lexus and the Olive Tree – Thomas L. Friedman
Freakonomics: A Rogure Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven Levitt
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt – Michael Lewis
Capital in the 21st Century – Thomas Piketty
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

ESSAYS/COLUMNS
Paper Trail – Michael Dorris
Arguably: Essays – Christopher Hitchens
Long Life:  Essays and Other Writings – Mary Oliver
Strength to Your Sword Arm: Selected Writings – Brenda Ueland
Shiksa Goddess, or How I Spent My Forties:  Essays – Wendy Wasserstein
Essays – E.B. White

EUROPE – HISTORY
Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Erik Larson
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – William Shirer

FICTION
A Place Where the Sea Remembers – Sandra Benitez
Possession: A Romance – A.S. Byatt
Remarkable Creatures: A Novel – Tracy Chevalier
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Beach Music – Frank Conroy
Claire of the Sea Light –Edwidge Danticat
All the Light We Cannot See –Anthony Doerr
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water –Michael Dorris
Peace Like a River – Leif Enger
Round House – Louise Erdrich
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel – Jamie Ford
Three Complete Novels – E.M. Forster
Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
Cold Mountain: A Novel – Charles Frazier
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel – Arthur Golden
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Eventide – Kent Haruf
Staggerford – Jon Hassler
Stones from the River – Ursula Hegi
Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel – Adam Johnson
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Flight Behavior – Barbara Kingsolver
Ordinary Grace – William Kent Kreuger
Welcome to the Great Mysterious – Lorna Landvik
Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
Independent People – Halidor Laxness
Bring Up the Bodies – Hillary Mantel
Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
In the Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien
The English Patient – Michael Onadatje
Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
Shipping News – Annie Proulx
One True Thing – Anna Quindlen
Lila – Marilynne Robinson
Russka – Edward Rutherfurd
Stone Diaries – Carol Sheilds
Early Warning – Jane Smiley
Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner
Kitchen God’s Wife – Amy Tan
Four Complete Novels – Anne Tyler
A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler
Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
Red Earth, White Earth – Will Weaver
House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

GENDER ISSUES
In a Different Voice – Carol Gilligan

HUMOR
The Most of Norah Ephron – Norah Ephron
Happy to Be Here – Garrison Keillor

MEDICINE AND HEALTH
On Immunity: An Innoculation – Eula Biss
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
Being Mortal – Atul Gwande

MINNESOTA/MIDWEST
Minnesota: A History of the State – Theodore Blegen
Bring Warm Clothes – Peg Meier
Dakota: A Spiritual Journey – Kathleen Norris
Remembering the Good War:  Minnesota’s Greatest Generation – Thomas Saylor
Minnesota’s Rocks and Waters: A Geological Story – George M. Schwartz and George A. Thiel
Women of Minnesota: Selected Biographical Essays – Barbara Stuhler and Gretchen Kreuter
Pot Luck Supper with Meeting to Follow: Essays – Andy Sturdevant, Andy

MOTION PICTURES/TELEVISION
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey – Emma Rowley

MYSTERY/SPY/ADVENTURE
Deep South – Nevada Barr
Superior Death – Nevada Barr
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
Death in a Tenured Position – Amanda Cross
Water’s Edge – Karin Fossum
Midnight in Europe – Alan Furst
Blessing Way – Tony Hillerman
Unsuitable Job for a Woman – P.D. James
Iron Lake – William Kent Krueger
Amends for Murder – M.D. Lake
The Battle of Frankie Silver – Sharyn McCrumb
Faceless Killers – Henning Mankell
Bury Your Dead – Louise Penny
Still Life – Louise Penny
Portrait of a Spy – Daniel Silva
Murder on the 31st Floor – Per Wahloo
Masie Dobbs – Jacquline Winspear

MYTHOLOGY
Mythology – Edith Hamilton

NATIVE AMERICAN INTEREST
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse – Peter Matthiessen
Walking the Rez Road – Jim Northrup
Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life – Diane Wilson

NATURE/ENVIRONMENT
Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation – Dan Fagin
Journal of a Prairie Year – Paul Gruchow
Civil Action – Jonathan Harr
Crow Planet – Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History – Elizabeth Kolbert
Gifts of the Crow – John Marzluff and Tony Angel
Botany of Desire – Michael Pollan
A Plague of Frogs – William Souder
The World Without Us – Alan Weisman
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 – Simon Winchester

NATURE WRITING
Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek – Annie Dillard
Listening Point – Sigurd Olson
Singing Wilderness – Sigurd Olson

POETRY COLLECTIONS
Aimless Love – Billy Collins
Selected Poems: 1965-1995 – Michael Dennis-Browne
The Orange Tree: Early Poems – Jane Dickerson
This Wild Country – Dorothy Schlesselman

PSYCHOLOGY
Ambiguous Loss – Pauline Boss
Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
A History of God – Karen Armstrong
The Gifts of the Jews – Thomas Cahill
Abraham – Bruce Feiler
Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer
Gnostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels

SCIENCE/TECH/MATH
The New Cool: A Visionary, His FIRST Robotics Team – Neal Bascomb
Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The Way Things Work – David Macaulay
Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America – Shawn L. Otto
Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
The Planets – Dava Sobel
Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA – James D. Watson

SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGIES
Twenty-Six Minnesota Writers

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

SOCIOLOGY
Alone Together – Shery Turkle

TRAVEL WRITING
A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
Great Plains – Ian Frazier
Necessity of Empty Places – Paul Gruchow
Coming Home Crazy – Bill Holm
Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder – Kenn Kaufman
The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiesen
Last Empty Places – Peter Stark
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories – Simon Winchester

U.S. HISTORY
Undaunted Courage – Stephen Ambrose
The Boys in the Boat –Daniel James Brown
1776 – David McCullough
Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson
Hallowed Ground – James McPherson
Last Full Measure – Richard Moe
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America – George Packer
Fiasco:  The American Military Adventure in Iraq 2003-2005 – Thomas Ricks
The Generals – Thomas Ricks
April 1865: The Month that Saved America – Jay Winik

WORLD HISTORY
Guns, Germs and Steel – Jaren Diamond

WORLD POLITICS/GOVERNMENT
Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 – Thomas L. Freedman
Best and the Brightest – David Halberstam
Bill Moyers’s Journal – Bill Moyers
Moyers on America – Bill Moyers

WORLD WAR II
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War –  Denise Kierman II
Lost in Shangri-LA: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II – Michael Zuckoff

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