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September Staff Picks

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


Under a silent moon : a novel



Under a silent moon : a novel 

By Elizabeth Haynes

First in a new series, Under a Silent Moon introduces Louisa Smith, who finds herself in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder and a suspected suicide. As the evidence grows, a startling link appears between the two crimes. Haynes incorporates witness reports, interviews and other "primary sources" into her narrative, which adds an interesting new layer to the traditional police procedural. The multi-faceted Smith and supporting characters will leave readers waiting for the next installment.

Recommended by Jessica S.

The newlyweds : a novel





The newlyweds : a novel

By Nell Freudenberger

George, an American engineer, and Amina, an ambitious and upwardly mobile woman in Bangladesh, meet on an Internet dating site and decide to get married. But George has not been completely honest about his background and Amina has an agenda she hasn't shared fully with George. Can their marriage survive secrets and cultural conflicts? The author is an acute observer of middle-class lives in America and India; you'll find yourself rooting for the couple to make their way through what Kiran Desai calls "a vast landscape of imbalance and misunderstanding." Also available as an eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Marilyn D.

The Big Snow



The Big Snow

By David Park

The book offers a series of discrete stories brought together, not by the characters but, by a unifying human experience.

Recommended by Ruth H.

The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise



The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise

By Julia Stuart

Meet Balthazar, wife Hebe and their 120-year old pet Tortoise. The London Tower is their place of abode, which also houses a colorful cast of characters; i.e. a chaplain who writes erotic fiction. Add the exotic animals under Balthazar's care, such as a lovesick albatross and a bearded pig, and you have a recipe for an irresistible story which will leave you both in laughter and in tears this summer. Also available as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Carol P.

Don't pigeonhole me! : two decades of the Mo Willems sketchbook



Don't pigeonhole me! : two decades of the Mo Willems sketchbook

By Mo Willems

Love Mo Willems and his cast of characters? This large coffee table books shares with the reader twenty years of Mo's sketches. See how many of his beloved characters came to be and meet some never seen before.

Recommended by Samantha P.

American psycho : a novel



American psycho : a novel 

By Bret Easton Ellis

The most disgusting, terrifying, and well-written book of Easton's career. The overt materialism and excess of 1980s is perfectly captured in this maybe-horror. Also available as motion picture starring Christian Bale.

Recommended by Kevin O.

Little felted animals



Little felted animals : create 16 irresistible creatures with simple needle-felting techniques

By Marie-Noelle Horvath

Try your hand at needle-felting; a craft that involves poking a sharp, barbed needle into a piece of wool roving. What starts out a shapeless mound of wool turns into adorable miniature animals. Great for gifts and decorations. Warning: keep a box of band-aids handy for rogue felting pokes!

Recommended by April D.

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