January Staff Picks

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


Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

 

 

 

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

By Laura Hillenbrand

Still on the bestseller list three years after being published. The true story of Louis Zamperini, a self-described juvenile delinquent who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics when Jesse Owens was there. After WWII broke out he enlisted and in 1943 his B-24 plane crashed into the Pacific. He survived only to become a prisoner of war. Also in audiobook (CD) form narrated by Edward Herrmann. Unbroken has been adapted into a motion picture. It is truly an astounding story of resilence! Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by A. Williams


The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel

 

 

 

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry: a novel

By Rachel Joyce

Start off the new year with a novel about hope and transformation. Harold Fry is a recently retired man living with his wife in an English village who receives a letter one day from an old friend who is dying. In order to keep her alive, he does something extraordinary. Without a plan, he sets out on a 600 mile walking pilgrimage to reach her bedside - "I will keep walking," he declares, "and she must keep living." Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Carol P.


The ocean at the end of the lane

 

 

The ocean at the end of the lane

By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has written many children's books. The ocean at the end of the lane is his new science fiction for adults. It's interesting how the protagonist goes down the memory lane of his childhood and makes the impossible look real. The book presents a mythical view of childhood fears. I loved it! Also available in audiobook (CD) format and as an eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Anu S.

The weight of blood : a novel

 

 

The weight of blood : a novel

By Laura McHugh

Beautiful and haunting book steeped in atmosphere and mystery. Couldn't put it down. Also available as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Samantha P.

One plus one

 

 

 

One plus one

By Jojo Moyes

The delightful, heartwarming story of a down-on-their-luck family who find help and happiness in unexpected places. One Plus One is a road-trip novel starring a 10-year old math whiz, a bullied teen, an overworked single mom, a very large, very smelly dog, and Ed Nicholls, the self-absorbed tech millionaire who is driving them all to a Math Olympiad in Scotland. Humorous and engaging, this may be your first book by JoJo Moyes, but it won’t be your last. Also available in audiobook (CD) format and as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Jessica S.


Invasion

 

 

 

 

Invasion

By Mercedes Lackey

When in doubt I always go for a Mercedes Lackey book and have never been dissappointed. Invasion came about from an online role playing game called City of Heroes. In an alternate reality the major governments of the world have metahuman superheroes who have protected them over the years. When world governments are simultaneously attacked by soldiers in giant mecha robotic suits with the swastika symbol of the Third Reich on their metal arms, the metahuman superheroes that worked for so long to protect their governments suddenly seem helpless. If these were Nazis, where had they been hiding since the end of World War II? And where had they gotten armor and weapons far in advance of anything on the planet?

Recommended by Katie D.

Why we get fat and what to do about it

 

Why we get fat and what to do about it

By Gary Taubes

In a more accessible version of his earlier book Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argues that specific kinds of carbohydrates, not fats or eating too many calories, is the reason we get fat. Diet and eating habits are always a contentious topic and this one definitely started discussions around the dinner table. 

Recommended by April D.