Skip to:Bottom

August Staff Picks

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


Five days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital



Five days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital

By Sheri Fink

Five Days at Memorial recounts the terrible days during and following Hurricane Katrina at New Orleans Memorial Hospital. Don't be intimidated by the length of this book. It is riveting and will keep you engaged and thinking until the very last page. Investigative journalism at its finest. Also available as an eBook on OverDrive and in audiobook (CD) format.

Recommended by Samantha P.

Andre the Giant : life and legend



Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

By Box Brown

I was a huge wrestling fan as a child, and even watched the cartoon Hulk Hogan and Friends. As an adult, of course, The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies and I can recite every line. When I saw this graphic biography come in I knew I had to read it. It follows the life of Andre Roussimoff who would become the wrestler Andre the Giant. Box Brown tells you all the things you would want to know but he doesn't gloss over Andre's faults. If you ever wanted to know more about the 7'4'' 600lb giant of the wrestling world check this one out.

Recommended by Katie D.

The quest



The Quest

By Wilbur A. Smith

Wilbur Smith brings back the Warlock, Taita, in the 4th novel of his historical fiction Egyptian series. As the reader travels Ancient Egypt, with the Warlock, the smells of the lotus flowers and vivid imagery of the Nile River come to life. Wonder unexplored lands in Africa through Smith’s eloquent prose and you will feel as if you just went on the adventure of a lifetime!

Recommended by Tina M.

The bright continent : breaking rules and making change in modern Africa



The bright continent : breaking rules and making change in modern Africa

By Dayo Olopade

This book gives the most comprehensive account of technological and social innovations occurring at the moment in Africa. Out of Sheer desperation from lack of government and social structures, the youth and the citizens invoke means and opportunities to innovate.

Recommended by Confidence A.

The wedding girl



The wedding girl

By Madeleine Wickham

It was fun and very easy read. The story of foolish choice we make as a younger person and pay for it later in life. All fun...

Recommended by S. Parvas

The guns of August



The guns of August

By Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

If your interest in World War I has been piqued by the current spate of titles, fiction and non-fiction, related to the event, don't neglect this classic title originally published in 1962. The author was scoffed at by some for a 'popular' (read "not scholarly enough") book, but her take on the characters and strategies leading into the war is fascinating, readable, even witty. The book includes a substantial bibliography. Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Marilyn D.

Once upon a playground : a celebration of classic American playgrounds, 1920-1975



Once Upon a Playground : a Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975

By Brenda Biondo

This collection features catalog and promotional images of slides, see-saws, jungle-gyms, etc. contrasted with photos of the same equipment, after decades of hard, joyful use, standing watch over abandoned playgrounds. By turns wistful and creepy, this is a flood of nostalgia held back by two hard covers, quietly waiting to delight and intrigue even the casual investigator.

Recommended by Zach B.

The family that couldn't sleep : a medical mystery



The family that couldn't sleep : a medical mystery 

By D.T. Max

Alexandria author Daniel Max describes an Italian family whose members suffer a hereditary disorder of which the medical profession is still puzzled. It is educational, a page-turner,full of compassion, written in nontechnical language.

Recommended by Ruth H.

Little failure : a memoir



Little failure: a memoir

By Gary Shteyngart

Here is Igor: an asthmatic weakling living in Russia bestowed with an inspiring nickname of Failurchka or "Little Failure." At age 5, he was paid in cheese for writing his first novel "Lenin and his magical goose" for his Babushka Grandmother. Get ready to laugh out loud and root for his family's hilarious yet poignant pursuit of "The American Dream." And you'll see why this little failure is a big success. Also available in audiobook (CD) format.

Recommended by Caroline P.

Go to:Top of Page