Gordon Avenue Library Staff Recommends
Recommended by Benji
- An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
"What does 'growing up' mean? Annie Dillard attempts to answer this question as she traces her life from early childhood to adolescence. Rich in language. Wonderfully descriptive."
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
"This classic is one of my favorite books, ever. Every time I read it, I'm delighted All over again."
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
"This may be my favorite YA novel, ever. It will make you laugh, cry and want to read it all over again as soon as you finish the last page."
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"A masterpiece, from the Golden Age of Russian Literature"
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
"Steinbeck at his best. A 20th Century retelling of the Cain and Abel story."
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
"Find out what happens when Charlie Bucktin, bookworm and ideal student, gets mixed up with Jasper Jones, the local outcast. A great read."
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
"A great debut fantasy novel. Harry Potter for adults."
- The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie pope
"A great read for kids, teens or adults. This Newbery Honor book will leave you feeling enchanted."
- The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
"I loved this book as a child. As an adult, I appreciate it even more."
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
"This is the first book in one of my favorite children's series. Great for kids and gown-ups alike."
- Till We have Facesby C.S. Lewis
"A profound retelling of a classic myth. C.S. Lewis thought this was his best book, and I agree."
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"Harper Lee's masterpiece will be around forever. If you haven't, you might as well read it. You'll be glad you did."
- White Cat by Holly Black
"This book is perfect for someone looking for a new Young Adult series. Magic and mafia collide, leaving you hungry for Red Glove, the next in the series."
Recommended by Cathie
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
- Father Joe: the man who saved my soul by Tony Hendra
"Tony Hendra writes about his life with humor recounting the part Father Joe played. Candid and inspirational."
- Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
- Scorched Earth by David Robbins
Recommended by Donna
"Historic pictures of Charlottesville."
- Manchild in the Promised Land by Claud Brown
"Old Urban Drama"
Recommended by Glynis
- How the Ladies Stopped the Wind by Bruce McMillan
"A delightful tale of resourceful singing ladies, helpful chickens and hungry sheep."
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
"A porcine romp with a pig with personality. All adventures end with wonderful helpings of hot buttered toast."
- Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan
"Wonderful free-verse poems bring out the personalities of a motley crew of canines."
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
"A fantastic fantasy adventure of a young girl who must step into her father's shoes to defeat the undead. An ancient spirit embodied in the surly cat Mogget is a most memorable character."
- The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
When the king and queen argue about what is delicious, it is up to a young boy to cross the kingdom asking people what they think and falling into adventure."
- Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Story by Eileen Spinelli
"A lovely, warm story of kindness in unexpected places. Jane Dyer's illustrations are magical."
- The Tower the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stewart
"A quirky cast of characters bring to life this tale of a Beefeater in the tower of London who is reluctantly but in charge of the Queen's exotic animals."
- Wildwood by Colin Meloy
"Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for the Decemberists, has taken on children's fantasy and created a charming tale."
Recommended by Meredith
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
"Lots of threads come together. Great writing, entertaining."
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
"Gaiman is a fantastic storyteller. Just go along for the ride."
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson
"A thrilling challenge"
- Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
"artful simplicity, atmospheric"
- Beginner's Greek by James Collins
"A charming romance but also a satirical comedy"
- The City and the City by China Mieville
"Thrilling, sharp, unique"
- Citrus County by John Brandon
"Atmospheric, emotional, character driven. Well-written."
- The Clothes They Stood up In by Allan Bennett
"Charming little gem. Read anything by him."
- Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
"Epistolary style; great fun. Clever wordplay, thoughtful, lightly satirical."
- The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
"Darling. Someone else called it 'lovably odd.' A gem."
- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
"Romantic magical realism. Follow it up with Sugar Queen.'
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
"Poignant, funny coming-of-age. Prepare to be charmed."
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
"A series of linked vignettes, character-driven humor and pathos."
- Love Walked In by Marisa De los Santos
"Great Story about relationships,family. Wonderful use of language. Follow up with 'Belong to Me"
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
"Harry Potter/Narnia but for adults."
- The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
"Fiction- moving, elegant."
- Mouse Guard, Fall 1152 by David Petersen
"All the action and intrigue of the best swashbuckler, with amazingartwork."
Recommended by Yvonne
- At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
" The first book in the Mitford series. Mitford will feel like your hometown after you learn the characters."
- Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
"A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back."
- Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
"First book of the Miss Julia series. Each one is a light, delightful read."
- One Summer by David Baldacci
- Roar of the Heavens by Stefan Betchel
"Excellent book on Hurricane Camille."
- Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury
"Moving; Could provide hope for parents of autistic children."