December Staff Picks 

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

 

Gorky Park

 

 

 

 

Gorky Park 

By Martin Cruz Smith

Recommended by Rebecca L.This Cold War-era novel is the first of the fantastic Arkady Renko series. Feel the chill in the air as Chief Homicide Investigator Renko travels the snowy streets of Moscow to investigate a triple homicide. A great mystery and a retro read that is still interesting 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Also available in eBook format.

 

Snow like ashes

 

 

 

 

Snow like ashes 

By Sara Raasch

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. This is a great fantasy book with really awesome world building and a strong likeable heroine.

Recommended by Katie D.


The winter people

 

 

 

The winter people 

By Jennifer McMahon

Hauntingly beautiful book about the bond between mothers and daughters. Switching back and forth between 1908 and present, this book weaves a story of loss and love and keeps the reader wondering if history will repeat itself. A great book to curl up with on a snowy day. Also available in audiobook (CD) and large print format.

Recommended by Samantha P.


The winter horses

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winter horses 

By Philip Kerr

Kalinka is on the run from the Nazi's. They invaded her city and killed her family, and only she escaped. But now she is cold and hungry, sleeping out in the thin shelter of the forest bordering the steppes as winter begins its onslaught. Two horses come to her rescue, an ancient breed with lineage going back to prehistory. The Przewalski horses live only in Eastern Europe, and are known for their intelligence. They befriend Kalinka, but it isn't long before they need her help as much as she needs theirs, when they become targets of Nazi fury. This is both a heart-warming and heart-breaking story.

Recommended by G. Crowley


The Chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

 

 

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe 

By C.S. Lewis

This book has some amazing adventures of four siblings who save an enchanted land from an evil witch. The battle scene is something worth reading. Also available in eBook, eAudiobook, and audiobook (CD) format.

Recommended by Colleen F.

A Christmas memory, one Christmas, & the Thanksgiving visitor

 

 

 

A Christmas memory, one Christmas, & the Thanksgiving visitor 

By Truman Capote

Don't miss this holiday classic by Truman Capote, which features a trio of funny and heartwarming stories of a young boy's friendship with his elderly cousin named Miss Sook. Then join us for a book discussion at the Burke Branch on Wed, December 17 at 3 p.m.!

Recommended by Carol P.

 Burial rites : a novel

 

 

 

 

 

Burial rites : a novel 

By Hannah Kent

Compelling and atmospheric, Burial Rites will make you want to curl up under a thick quilt. Set in stark Iceland in 1829, this is the story of Agnes, a young maid accused of a terrible crime, and the rural farming family she is sent to live with while awaiting her fate. Agnes’ story is slowly revealed as she confides in a young priest, but only the reader is privy to the full tale. Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, Kent’s debut novel brings to mind Margaret Atwood’s wonderful Alias GraceAlso available in large print, audiobook (CD) and eBook formats.

Recommended by Jessica S.

A quilt for Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

A quilt for Christmas

By Sandra Dallas

Eliza makes a special quilt to keep her husband warm during his winter in the army, fighting the Confederates. Set in the Civil War era, the twists and turns of the tale look into the most important things in life, such as family sacrifice and friendship. A delightful story.

Recommended by Ruth H.