This list has been compiled for use by the general reader and by librarians who work with adults. The Notable Books Council, ALA Reference and User Services Association, has selected the titles for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. Titles were selected from books published from November 2005 through November 2006.
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Houghton, $19.95 (0-618-47794-2).
Bechdel's memoir, done in graphic-novel form, masterfully illustrates her relationship with her closeted homosexual father.
Egan, Timothy. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Houghton, $28 (0-618-34697-X).
Egan vividly recounts the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a time in America when weather and human fallibility changed the arc of people's lives.
Flannery, Tim. The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. Grove/Atlantic, $25 (0-87113-935-9).
In this stirring call to action, biologist Flannery provides an overview of the impact that global warming has on the environment and suggests possible solutions.
Greene, Melissa Fay. There Is No Me without You: One Wornart's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children. Bloomsbury, $25.95 (1-59691-116-6).
The scope of the AIDS epidemic is illustrated through the heartwarming story of Haregewoin Teferra, a humanitarian who runs an orphanage in Ethiopia.
Hessler, Peter. Oracle Bones: A Journey between China's Past and Present. HarperCollins, $26.95 (0-06-082658-4).
An American journalist compellingly contrasts China's past, as revealed through ancient artifacts, with the fiercely competitive spirit of the new generation.
Horne, Jed. Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City. Random, $25.95 (1-4000-6552-6).
Times-Picayune reporter Home skillfully attempts to untangle a disaster and its aftermath through victims' personal stories.
King, Ross. The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism. Walker, $28 (0-8027-1466-8).
King provides a detailed and engaging look at an evolving art movement, set against a time of French political upheaval.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Bloomsbury, $22.95 (1-59691-125-5).
Drawing from interviews with front-line scientists, Kolbert calmly and persuasively demonstrates the extent of global warming.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Viking, $29.95 (0-670-03760-5).
Philbrick dramatically brings to life, and corrects common misconceptions about, the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth.
Phillips, Julie. James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. St. Martin's, $27.95 (0-312-20385-3).
Using interviews and personal correspondences, Phillips creates a riveting profile of a celebrated sci-fi writer who found more fulfillment in her alias' life than in her own.
Zoellner, Tom. The Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire. St. Martin's, $24.95 (0-312-33969-0).
From war-ravaged Africa to the frigid Arctic, and to America's shopping malls, a globe-trotting journalist exposes the hardships and hype underlying the diamond industry
Bigsby, Christopher. Beautiful Dreamer St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne, $21.95 (0-312-35583-1).
In this taut, spare parable, a white man tries to prevent the lynching of a black man and gets caught up in a vortex of violent reprisal.
Dean, Debra. The Madonnas of Leningrad. Morrow, $23.95 (0-06-082530-8).
Dean artfully parallels a woman's descent into Alzheimer's and her role in the concealment of paintings at the Hermitage during the siege of Leningrad. …