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March Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list.

 

Letters from Skye : a novel

 

 

Letters from Skye : a novel 

By Jessica Brockmole

A reclusive poet on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and a college student in Illinois begin exchanging letters on the eve of World War I. These unlikely confidantes build a close relationship through their correspondence, even as the world falls apart around them. Romantic and heartbreaking, this is a good choice for fans of 84, Charing Cross Road and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

Recommended by Jessica S.

Bossypants (Audiobook)

 

 

Bossypants (Audiobook)

By Tina Fey

I listened to this biography in the car while going to and from work. It's the one time that I wished my commute was longer. Read by the author, this book is sure to bring a smile to your face where ever you are headed. Also available as a book and as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Samantha P.

Phantom of the Opera

 

 

Phantom of the Opera

By Gaston Leroux

This is a classic book about an opera ghost in love with a young singer. Available in several different editions and formats.

Recommended by Colleen H.

Madame Tussaud : a novel of the French revolution

 

 

 

Madame Tussaud : a novel of the French revolution 

By Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran is my go to author for historical fiction. I have read all of her books. I have been to Madame Tussaud's in Las Vegas but had no idea that she was a real person. Marie Grosholtz, who would become Madame Tussaud, is a wax sculptress during the time of the reign of terror and the French Revolution. She and her family are "survivalists" who "straddle both worlds until it's clear which side will be the victor" but never come across as opportunists; they are resourceful, sympathetic individuals facing an unraveling nation and an increasingly angry mob mentality. Marie is a strong and likeable character and I found myself riveted to her story.

Recommended by Katie D.


Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War

 

 

Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War

By Tony Horwitz

An in-depth account of the life of abolitionist John Brown and the planning that preceded the raid at Harper's Ferry, leading the nation into the Civil War. John Brown attended his trial bedridden from wounds suffered during the raid, cementing his influence to both supporters and foes. Also available in Large Print and as an eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by A. Williams

Beethoven : the man revealed

 

 

Beethoven : the man revealed 

By John Suchet

This is a well-written accessible biography of one of the world's greatest musicians. This book is written in an engaging plain language that can be understood by readers who are not musicologists.

Recommended by V. V.

Vij's at home : relax, honey

 

 

 

 

Vij's at home : relax, honey

By Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala

I was lucky enough to dine at Vikram Vij’s Vancouver restaurant several years ago, and never have forgotten the generosity of the host and chef, who checks in with every customer throughout the meal and serves complimentary fresh chai and appetizers in the lounge. This hospitality clearly suffuses the personal stories and serving tips which accompany each beautifully photographed recipe in Vij’s book. The dishes may taste complex, but most require simple techniques and a small arsenal of spices easily acquired at your local grocery or Indian market (try Alexandria favorite Ginger & Spice). Some of the recipes already have worked themselves into my home’s weekly rotation, including spicy cauliflower “steak” and mung bean coconut curry.

Recommended by S. Brown


Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America

 

 

Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America

By Wilma King

Historian illuminates the lives of millions of enslaved children through "work, play and leisure, education, socialization, resistance to slavery, and the transition to freedom."

Recommended by Leslie A.

King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa

 

 

King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa

By Adam Hochschild

Hochschild’s chilling true account of King Leopold’s exploitation of the Congolese for ivory and rubber began in a footnote he saw in a Mark Twain novel. The shattered Colonial Africa described in greed and torment as it had never been explained before. This page-turner journeys from Belgium to the Congo and back, explores the world unaware of the deaths, the cover-ups, and the brave witnesses who came forward to shed light on the reality of the atrocities committed in this region.

Recommended by Tina M.

Hard Going

 

 

Hard Going

By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Running out of favorite mysteries? I can highly recommend Harrod-Eagles' Bill Slider series. Cleverly written, not overly gruesome, London police procedurals that are actually fun to read. "Hard Going" is number sixteen; the main characters Detective Inspector Bill Slider and his girlfriend, then wife, Joanna, a professional violinist,try to deal with personal issues and the demands of their jobs, managing many bumps in the road.

Recommended by Marilyn D.

 
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