August Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Also check out our new Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!  

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The woman rebel : the Margaret Sanger story  Format: Author: Bagge, Peter, ISBN: 9781770461260 Publication Information: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013. Physical Description: 1 unpaged volume :  color illustrations ;  23 cm Summary: Portrays the life of Margaret Sanger, a birth control activist and advocate for female reproductive rights, in graphic novel format. Personal Subject: Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966-Comic books, strips, etc. Subject: Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc. Birth control -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Comic books, strips, etc. Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Comic books, strips, etc. Genre: Graphic novels. Holds: 0 Available:3



Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

By Peter Bagge

Nurse, educator, founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger was all of these and more. Born to a mother who endured 18 pregnancies and a socialist father, she was a fierce advocate for a woman's right to control her own body. This graphic format illustrates the fight for birth control as it covers her life from girlhood to death.

Recommended by Julie D.

Brain on fire



Brain on fire : my month of madness

By Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is the recounting of Susannah Cahalan's experience of being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. This true story was gripping and suspenseful and sheds light on how difficult brain conditions can be to discern from mental health issues. Also great as an audiobook (CD) or online at OverDrive.

Recommended by Samantha P.

Ready player one



Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

An engrossing debut novel about the virtual reality world and an ode to 1980s popular culture. In the year 2044, teenager Wade Watts has spent years trying to solve a puzzle that will bring the winner untold fortune and power, but finds his life in danger when he discovers the first clue.

Recommended by Jessica S.

Prisoner of Night and Fog




Prisoner of Night and Fog

By Anne Blankman

This is an amazing book. Told from the perspective a young girl whose family is in Hitler's inner circle before his rise to power. Gretchen Müller has always believed her father died a hero, until Daniel Cohen, a young Jewish reporter tells her that may not be the case. Was he actually murdered by someone in the National Socialist Party? A fascinating look at the beliefs of the people who helped Adolf Hitler rise to power. I just finished the sequel Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke and I liked it just as much.

Recommended by Katie D.

My age of anxiety : fear, hope, dread, and the search for peace of mind



My Age of Anxiety

By Scott Stossel

Feeling anxious? You're not alone. Scott Stossel, editor of the Atlantic, gives a frank account of his own lifelong struggle with anxiety which affects an estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. The book is darkly funny and may leave sufferers everywhere with enough hope to continue their quest for relief.

Recommended by Carol P.

American gods





American gods

By Neil Gaiman

America is known as a melting pot, a country where immigrants from many different places end up, bringing along various traditions and beliefs. And, as a newly-released prisoner named Shadow discovers, people have brought their gods with them from all over the world. But not all the gods are happy sharing the country with one another, so Shadow is unwillingly involved in a brewing war between old and new gods. Be sure to read the book and its companion novel Anansi Boys before the television adaptation comes out! Also available as an eBook or eAudiobook on Overdrive.

Recommended by Maddy W.

Modern one-block quilts : 22 fresh patchwork projects



Modern one-block quilts: 22 fresh patchwork projects

By Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting

Great collection of quilt block patterns with easy to read instructions and gorgeous photographs. I made my first queen-size quilt using the churned dash quilt block and was very pleased with how it turned out. A nice recommended read for new to the game quilters; just remember to read all the instructions first!

Recommended by April D.