October Staff Picks

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

 

Just ride : a radically practical guide to riding your bike

 

 

Just ride : a radically practical guide to riding your bike 

By Grant Petersen

This is a really accessible book about biking. It clearly explains most of the ins and outs of a bicycle and takes a very sensible and noncompetitive ("unracer," as the author says) approach. This would be a great read for a new OR seasoned rider. It covers both the anatomy of a bike as well as the philosophy of riding.

Recommended by Sarah Rice S.

The physick book of Deliverance Dane : a novel

 

 

The physick book of Deliverance Dane : a novel 

By Katherine Howe

A page turner for sure, Howe’s book is based on the unique premise that some of the witches tried in Salem actually did have some sort of magical powers. A unique spin on a popular subject. You won’t want this one to end. Also available as an audiobook.

Recommended by Jessica S.

Rich dad, poor dad : what the rich teach their kids about money-- that the poor and middle class do not!

 

 

Rich dad, poor dad : what the rich teach their kids about money-- that the poor and middle class do not! 

By Robert T. Kiyosaki

A very interesting and readable introduction to this series - plenty of thought provoking insights grounded in anecdotes. A solid volume in the wild world of self-help business literature!

Recommended by Sam F.

Parecomic : the story of Michael Albert and participatory economics

 

 

Parecomic : the story of Michael Albert and participatory economics

By Sean Michael Wilson

Not your usual graphic format -- no superheroes or cartoon characters. There is an overview of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s & the education of a radical economist. There is also discussion of Participatory Economics and how it differs from Marxism, Socialism, and Capitalism.

Recommended by Julie D.

The Civil War and American Art

 

 

The Civil War and American Art

By Eleanor Jones Harvey

A lavish volume of stunning images. The author tells the story of the people -- civilian, military, men, women, free, enslaved -- through stunning paintings, riveting photographs, and the artists who created the images.

Recommended by Leslie A.

My Dog Tulip

 

 

My Dog Tulip -- eAudiobook on OverDrive

By J. R. Ackerley

J.R. Ackerley was a lonely man who "came into possession" (read the book!) of his dog, Tulip, a huge German shepard. A classic often described as an "Elizabethan Love Sonnet", Ackerley writes how Tulip changed his life and how her "exceptional eccentricities" made him love her profoundly and deeply to become his greatest friend in life. What is enjoyable is how Ackerley describes Tulip versus how his friends and others he encounters describes her. Laugh or cry this is a wonderful bio of how Tulip made Ackerley "human." Also available in print, audiobook (CD), and movie (2011).

Recommended by L. Rudd

The fairy godmother

 

 

The Fairy Godmother

By Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey a giant in the SF and Fantasy genre has done it again with the first book in her 500 Kingdoms series. Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdoms Cinderella but she was faced with a completely inappropriate prince. In the 500 Kingdoms the "Tradition" wants everyone to fulfill their legendary roles and going against it takes the magic of a Fairy Godmother. Anyone who loves re-telling of Fairy tales or just good story-telling will love this book. It is also available in ebook.

Recommended by Katie D.

Memory & Dream

 

 

Memory & Dream

By Charles De Lint

Memory & Dream was the first Charles De Lint novel I read over 15 years ago, introducing me to the world of Newford, a fictional North American city. Using a mix of urban fantasy with present-day reality De Lint has kept me reaching for his next novel. In Memory & Dream an artist discovers that her painted creatures come to life, a magical occurrence that comes with a price. 

Recommended by April D.