Staff Picks

Published on Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bookcover of Soldier DogsSoldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage (journalist and author of books in the Dog Lover's Companion series) should appeal to readers of war stories as well as dog lovers, civilians who wonder "what is it really like over there" and also returned veterans.  Dog trainers who favor positive reinforcement methods will especially enjoy seeing the results the military achieves using these gentler techniques (a war or two ago, harsher methods might have been used, but no more).  A dog might get a collar yank, but that's i

Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Playing Softball While Fundraising

Published on Monday, August 5, 2013

Lost Washington DC coverIn early August 1944, the Library Committee of the Connecticut Avenue Citizens Association held a softball game to raise money for a new library in the Cleveland Park neighborhood.

by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Maha Addasi

Published on Saturday, August 3, 2013
A Kid's Guide to Arab American History

When I lived in Egypt, I thought that all Arabs spoke the same language, then I moved to Jordan and discovered that the little Arabic I learned in Egypt did not work in Jordan. I had to start the learning process all over again. I also noticed the difference in their cultures. 

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013

TransAtlantic coverColum McCann's latest novel, TransAtlantic, is the story of journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, from North America to Ireland, spanning 150 years. Much like in Let the Great World Spin, McCann uses a common thread--in this case, transatlantic voyages and a family of women-- to tie many unique stories together. 

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013

What's the Deal? opens with a “cast of characters,” identifying the movers and shakers in the Louisiana Territory’s 120-year history with balance and clarity. Rhoda Blumberg presents the complex history of fluid political alliances and the ever-present threat of war -- explaining political motivations as well as political acts -- to give readers a sense of why the territory was important and how it was eventually acquired.

This is a well-researched and smoothly written book of political history. The author tells the story of the clash of the competing interests of France, England, and Spain for control over New Orleans and the vast "wasteland" beyond the Mississippi River.

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Beach Bag Worthy

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Try these reads as you head to the beach.


Published on Monday, July 29, 2013

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John FlanaganBad news: School starts in little more than a month. Good news: That means there’s still plenty of time for summer reading.  And if think you’re going to have it difficult with your classes come the fall, you have nothing on Will. From learning to run without making a sound to being able to shoot a bullseye at a hundred paces, this young man learns everything needed to be a Ranger.

Published on Sunday, July 28, 2013

bookcoverApocalypse Suite, volume one of Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba is a must-read for graphic novel lovers.

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