Recommended Reads for Adults 2021

Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
October Recommended Reads

It’s Spooky Season! Enjoy the thrills of Fall with these eerie and enigmatic tales. Not too scary, not too gory, just the perfect amount of fright to put a chill in the air.
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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor (BR019069 and DB033325)
Lower-middle-class southern characters in this collection of ten short stories emerge as distinct as the rural landscape where they live. The grandmother in the title story is a sarcastic, plain-speaking, self-assured, funny person who is completely taken in by evil. She and others face the complexities of life in a simple and direct style, which O'Connor captures in voices that could come only from the South. 1948.
Flood by Michael McDowell (DB020478)
Elinor Dammert appears in Perdido, Alabama during the terrible flood of 1919. She lands a teaching job, a room with the Caskeys, one of the town's wealthiest families, and the heart of the Caskeys' son. Nearly everyone loves Elinor, but the preacher knows there is something peculiar about her, and unspeakable horrors follow her to town. First book in the Blackwater series. 1983.
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Weigall Lindsay (BR022519 and DB92564)
Australia, 1900. The girls of the Appleyard College for Young Ladies--except for Sara, who is in trouble--head to Hanging Rock for a St. Valentine's Day picnic. Four girls, including Sara's best friend, explore the rocky outcropping and three never return. The school soon devolves into turmoil as the investigation continues. 1967.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (BR012354 and DB048914)
Rebecca, the glamorous mistress of a great English estate, died eight months before Maxim de Winter brought a young and frightened second wife to live there. Mystery, intrigue, and violence eventually reveal the circumstances surrounding Rebecca's death. 1938.
Sisters by Daisy Johnson (DB100416)
Born just ten months apart, July and September never needed anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. There, the bond between the sisters starts to shift. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
Slade House by David Mitchell (BR021335 and DB082852)
In a dingy alley, a small iron door is set in a brick wall. This is the door to Slade House, the home of the Grayer twins. Only those special people who receive invitations can find the house, but those that enter are never seen again. Sex and strong language. 2015.
The Good House by Tananarive Due (DB058397)
Talent agent Angela Toussaint returns to her late grandmother's house in Washington state where Angela's son committed suicide two years earlier. With her high school sweetheart, Angela investigates the tragedy and battles ancient supernatural forces that possessed her family. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (DB044005)
On Halloween night, eight boys arrange to meet their friend, Pipkin, at the haunted house outside of town. Before the others reach him, though, Pipkin is grabbed by a dark Something. 1972.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (BRW01282 and DB063418)
Cambridge antiquarian bookseller Margaret Lea is hired by legendary author Vida Winter to pen her life story before she dies. At Vida's decrepit estate out on the Yorkshire moors, Margaret listens to a family history of ghosts, incest, abandoned babies, and other secrets, but wonders, is it true? Bestseller. 2006.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (DB026614)
A frightening story, narrated by a childlike girl of eighteen, who lives with her senile uncle and older sister Constance, who was acquitted of the poisoning of the rest of the family. The younger sister convinces Constance to escape from the cruel curiosity of the townspeople by locking themselves in their house. 1962.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (BR020594 and DB079109)
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2014.