April Staff Picks

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

 

The chaperone

 

 

The chaperone

By Laura Moriarty

It is 1922 when 36 year old Cora Carlisle, of Wichita, KS, is asked to chaperone her friend's 15 year old daughter for 5 weeks in New York City while she attends the Denishawn Dance Company (known for including Martha Graham.) The daughter is the beautiful and headstrong Louise Brooks, who later becomes the well known flapper and silent film star. While in New York Cora has her own mission to dig up secrets of her family's background. Also available as an audiobook and as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by A. Williams

Leviathan wakes

 

 

Leviathan wakes 

By James S. A. Corey

This is an exciting award-winning space opera that will keep you turning pages far past your bed time. Follow a spaceship captain and a police detective whose lives are consumed by circumstances that leave them responsible for preventing all-out war between the colonies of our solar system. If you are a fan of science fiction, or even just an action lover, I highly recommend you try out the first novel in this ongoing series.

Recommended by April R.

The dressmaker: a novel

 

 

The dressmaker

By Kate Alcott

Interesting story about human nature. Tess obtains a lady's maid job to famous designer going to America aboard the Titanic and is one of the last women "allowed" on a survival boat. This is the beginning of a well paced story. Reporters begin interviewing survivors and discover that many "survived" at the expense of others, causing suspicion and doubt among the survivors and destroying the good will of those rallying around them. Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by L. Rudd

Why can't I get better? : solving the mystery of lyme and chronic disease

 

 

 

Why can't I get better? : solving the mystery of lyme and chronic disease

By Richard I. Horowitz

If you’re one of the estimated 300,000 patients diagnosed each year with Lyme disease, this is the book you have been waiting for. A comprehensive guide to treating Lyme (including co-infections, which often complicate the picture and prevent healing), the book details Dr. Horowitz’s 16-point diagnostic map and illustrates each with compassionate case studies. The appendix includes specific antibiotic treatment protocols for health-care providers –- a perfect take-along for your next doctor’s appointment. Lyme is a debilitating epidemic that can affect all systems in the body, yet few doctors are equipped to recognize or treat it. Hopefully, this new book will go a long way in rectifying that problem, and toward helping us to understand chronic illness in general.

Recommended by Susan B.


The flight of Gemma Hardy : a novel

 

 

The flight of Gemma Hardy : a novel

By Margot Livesey

Relocate Jane Eyre to the 1960’s Scotland, and you will get Gemma Hardy. From her miserable orphaned childhood to her dream job as an au pair on the isolated Orkney islands, Gemma will captivate readers. Bronte fans will find much to enjoy in this retelling of the classic novel. Also available as an eBook on OverDrive and as an audiobook (CD).

Recommended by Jessica S.

Avotaynu guide to Jewish genealogy

 

 

Avotaynu guide to Jewish genealogy

By Sallyann Amdur Sack

Covers the essentials of Jewish genealogical research in the United States and the country of ancestry. Includes country and regional maps. Appendix includes German, Hebrew, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish alphabets.

Recommended by Leslie A.

 Boy, snow, bird

 

 

Boy, snow, bird

By Helen Oyeyemi

“Boy, Snow, Bird”, is a gripping story that takes the reader on a wild ride of cultural diversity. The author is a talented storyteller who intertwines fantasy and reality throughout the course of the main character’s life. The book deals with racial and gender identity issues, and discoveries. This is a must read!

Recommended by Leo B.


Shades of Milk and Honey

 

 

Shades of Milk and Honey

By Mary Robinette Kowal

I love this series. It satisfies both a Jane Austen fix and appeals to the fantasy lover in me. In this alternate history of a Regency England, a lady's chance at a good match improves with her every talent: good taste in the arts, a deft hand at pulling images from the ether, and proper conduct in polite society. Miss Jane Ellsworth was born with gifts of a keen artistic eye and creating mesmerizing glamours, but her sister, Melody, was born with the gift of physical beauty. In the end, which is truly the more desirable? Also available as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Katie D.

Reconstructing Amelia

 

 

Reconstructing Amelia

By Kimberly McCreight

McCreight's debut novel is hard to put down. It is one part literary fiction, one part mystery and kept this reader entertained until the very end. This book is all at once heartbreaking and beautiful and has been one of my favorite books so far this year. Also available as an eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Samantha P.