Staff Picks

"Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine

A Contemporary Celebration of National Poetry Month

Six books that show contemporary poetry's range

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I've compiled a brief list of six (roughly) contemporary books of poetry that help display the range of styles, content, and ambitions that poetry offers readers today. With more poets writing now than perhaps any preceding age, it's literally impossible to read and enjoy all that the last couple of years have produced, let alone the last few decades. But never fear! There are poems to satisfy just about any reading appetite, and the DC Public Library has an excellent collection to choose from. 

What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris

A Trip Through English History

Historical mysteries

Take a trip through England and history by reading historical mysteries set in various eras of Britain’s past. Explore the dawn of British common law in the Plantagenet era, religious upheaval in the Tudor era, the beginnings of formal police services and investigation in the Victorian era, and social change in the Edwardian era, all while trying to figure out 'whodunnit' with citizens turned sleuths.

Cover of Never Let Me Go

Clones in Fiction

Is a human clone any less of a human?

My taste in science fiction, I like to think, boasts a degree of range. Stories that take place in the near-future, stories that take place in the future-future, stories that take place in space, on a different planet - I have favorites that fall in all of those categories.

Family Fang cover

Your Friday Five

Dark Comedies

My two favorite kinds of books are those that make me laugh and those that make me supremely uncomfortable. If a book can do both, it has my heart forever.  If you find dark comedies as satisfying as I do, you might want to try one or more of the following titles:The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The Spectacular Now

Realistic Young Adult Fiction

With a Dose of Grit

If you like your books to be anchored in reality, with authentic characters and believable plots, these are the books for you. Characters’ decisions and actions will be easy to relate to, because they are things that can -- and have -- happened.

MD

Succeed...like a GIRL!

Women's History Month

As March comes to a close, so does the celebration of Women's History Month, but we at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library have had a wonderful time reading and learning about extraordinary girls and women! Among our favorite finds:Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name by Monique Davis and Hillary Beard

The Goose Girl

Fairy Tales Your Way

Updated fairy tales for middle grade readers

Because myths and fairy tales are so well known, they can make a great backdrop for an author to play with story. There are a lot of great children's books that take a common story as the base, but where the author makes the tale their own. Here are some of my favorites:

cover image for The Case of the Missing Marquess

She's A Real Amateur

Female amateur sleuths who are better than the pros

Sure, sometimes being called an amateur's an insult, but when it comes to mystery novels, amateur detective status usually means you're the one showing the officials how it's done. Or even the only one perceptive enough to realize there's a mystery to be solved.

History of the World

Your Friday Five

Brain Food

My goal everyday is to try and learn something new. Often the Internet will teach me a thing or two, but I also have found a few books that help with these daily lessons. The books listed below are great pick-me-ups, and I mean this in the literal sense. Pick them up and get your daily dose of knowledge in just a few minutes. It could be right before bed, waiting for a doctor's appointment, or out at lunch. Sometimes it might just be a refresher on that subject you forgot about, and sometimes it offers that great tidbit to bust out at the next cocktail party.

Tam Lin

Fairy Tales - Revised

Look at fairy tales in a new light

My favorite class in college was called "Revisioning the Classics." In this class, we read classic texts like Hamlet and Antigone, and then modern retellings like

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