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Adult Books: Staff Picks


At the Wilsonville Public Library, we love to read books! On this page, we’ll share some of our favorite adult books, from fiction to non-fiction, classic titles to brand new arrivals. For more suggestions, ask us at the Reference Desk.

127 HoursTitle: 127 Hours
Author: Aron Ralston
Year: 2010
Genre: Non-fiction - autobiography, rock climbing
Call Number: 796.5223 RAL

This should be required reading by every Rock Climber. This devotee really found himself “between a rock and a hard place” but gave his “_____ arm” for a chance to climb. This true autobiography is hard to believe. I found myself with goose bumps and near convulsions reading this captivating insight into the nightmarish realities of a lonely survival. But it ends with an equally unbelievable devotion.  Read this for the adventure into reality, not the writer's skill.

Recommended by: John

Title: Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Brain RulesAuthor: John Medina
Year: 2008
Call Number: 612.82 MED

Excellent book about how we learn and retain information, with recommendations on how better to teach and learn given twelve "brain rules". Very helpful for instructors and people who want to learn how to get more from their brain.

Recommended by: Andi

Brotherhood of the RoseTitle: Brotherhood of the Rose
Author: David Morrell
Year: 1984
Genre: Spy thriller
Call Number: F MORRELL, D

This is my all-time favorite book and I read it every year. (This is not an exaggeration. I really do read it every year.) David Morrell is a master at writing thrillers that capture a reader's attention. This novel is no exception, it grabs you from the start and you won't want to put it down until you reach the end.

Recommended by: Malia

The Drowning PeopleTitle: The Drowning People 
Author: Richard Mason
Year: 1999
Genre: Fiction - mystery, marriage, revenge 
Call Number: F MASON, R 

This book has it all. Wealth, love interests, multiple suicides, murder, and an old castle located on a craggy island that is reachable only by boat. The author was 21 years old and a student at Oxford when he wrote this novel.

Recommended by: Molly


Fakes and ForgeriesTitle: Fakes & Forgeries: The True Crime Stories of History’s Greatest Deceptions
Author: Brian Innes
Year: 2005
Call Number: 001.95 INNES


Frauds and cons galore, all throughout history. False documents, false identities, false money, false artifacts—Everything but false eyelashes! After reading this book, you just might become a bit more suspicious of that amazing find you picked up on Ebay for a steal!

Recommended by: Greg

Fall of GiantsTitle: Fall of Giants
Author: Ken Follett
Year: 2010
Genre: Historical fiction
Call Number:  F FOLLETT, K

Historical fiction starting from WWI with characters from Germany, England, and America. Mixing real events and people with fictional characters from different nations made history come alive for me.

Recommended by: Sue

Labyrinth by MosseTitle: Labyrinth
Author: Kate Mosse (not the famous waifish model)
Year: 2006
Call Number: F Mosse, K

An amazing historical fiction novel that takes place in the Carcassonne area of France during two different time periods. I love how the author was able to weave the two time periods together without losing the reader along the way. Plus her descriptions of the Carcassonne area are so vivid that I felt like I was there walking on the cobbled streets admiring the Pyrenees mountains in the distance.

Recommended by: Malia

My Dear I Wanted to Tell YouTitle: My Dear I Wanted to Tell You 
Author: Louisa Young
Year: 2011
Call Number: F YOUNG

A young English man from working class roots falls in love with a beautiful girl from a "posh" family. When her family will not let her see him anymore, the young man enlists and ends up in the trenches of France during World War I.

The war scenes feel like first-person accounts. The writing is both harsh and poetic at the same time.

Recommended by: Molly

Return of Captain John EmmettTitle: The Return of Captain John Emmett 
Author: Elizabeth Speller
Year: 2011
Genre: Literary mystery 
Call Number: M Speller, E 

This story takes place in England, two years after the end of WWI. John Emmett's sister, Mary, wants to find out why, after John served his time in France, he committed suicide. Well-written with an unpredictable ending.

Recommended by: Molly

Last updated: 1/17/2013 12:13:04 PM