March Staff Picks

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


Oh, the places you'll go!

 

 

Oh, the places you'll go!

By Dr. Seuss

It begins with these simple but iconic lines: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Using nonsense rhymes that really aren’t nonsensical after all, Dr. Seuss encourages children of all ages to have the confidence to use their curiosity to explore and make the world their own. This is a fun and powerful read, bound to strike a spark in even the most indolent of humans, child and adult alike. Join Beatley Central and celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America with the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Saturday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m.

Recommended by Gretchen C.


Strange fruit. Vol. 1, Uncelebrated narratives from Black history

 

 

Strange fruit. Vol. 1, Uncelebrated narratives from Black history

By Joel Christian Gill

Henry Brown escaped slavery in Richmond VA by being boxed and sent as freight to Philadelphia. Marshall "Major" Taylor, "The Black Cyclone," was a world champion bicyclist at the turn of the 20th century. These are two of the stories of African Americans who challenged the status quo in the nine short graphic format pieces in this volume.

Recommended by Julie D.

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

 

 

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

By Allie Brosch

It's not often that a book manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, but this is the kind of book that comes along once in a lifetime. A strange (yet delightful!) mix of crudely drawn cartoons and insightful text, this blog-turned-book chronicles Brosh’s life and misadventures. My particular favorites are the parts about her two possibly insane dogs – I was laughing so much during these sections that I actually had to stop reading in order to breathe!

Recommended by Maddie W.

Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story

 

 

 

 

Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story  

By John Berendt

A spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else.

Recommended by Allison C.

Rosie Dunne

 

 

Rosie Dunne

By Cecelia Ahern

Rosie Dunne (also known as Love, Rosie) follows the story of two childhood friends, Rosie and Alex, through letters, emails, and other correspondence. This charming tale of life, love, and missed opportunities is one of my favorites. Also available as an audiobook on CD.

Recommended by Rebecca L.

Red Rising

 

 

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

Great first book in a planned trilogy from new author Pierce Brown. In Red Rising, you are introduced to Darrow, a Red, who is trying to make himself into a Gold to tear down societies caste system from within. Also available as an eBook on OverDrive. Also, check out book two, Golden Son.

Recommended by Samantha P.

The death of the heart

 

 

The death of the heart

By Elizabeth Bowen

Considered her masterpiece, the Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen mines her own painful childhood of loss in this novel about an orphaned girl who goes to live with her half-brother. She falls in love with a cad named Eddie which only leads her towards heartbreak and the loss of her innocence.

Recommended by Carol P.

The Paris winter : a novel

 

 

The Paris winter : a novel

By Imogen Robertson

All Maud Heighton wanted was to study art at Lafond's famous Academie. Paris is not easy on Maud's ever dwindling finances. As she slowly slips into poverty other students at the Academie enjoy the delights of Belle Epoque Paris. Just at the right moment Maud comes across the position of companion to beautiful Sylvie Morel. Though Maud begins to realize that Sylvie and her brother Christian are not what they seem. The dream plunges Maud into a nightmare. Imogen Robertson is a fantastic writer and she grips you with the suspense.

Recommended by Katie D.