Staff Picks

Published on Monday, December 9, 2013

bookcoverThe Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett takes the reader on a interdimensional thrill ride through the limitless iterations of our world with the invention of a potato-powered piece of technology, called the stepper.

Staff recommendation

Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

With the days shrinking ever shorter and darker, it’s nice to dream of spring and sunshine and warmth — and baseball. While our Nats didn’t meet their lofty expectations in 2013, we can still hope for a successful 2014 season.

Book recommendations

Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I admit - I do not like being outside when it's cold outside. But, I love curling up with a book and watching the snow fall. Here are some recommendations of books that reinforce that Winter Wonderland atmosphere, without actually causing a chill!

Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Part of an irregular series of reviews of science fiction and fantasy works, celebrating MLK Memorial Library's ongoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club. Previous entries here and here.

Cover of "The Jaguar Hunter" by Lucius Shepard.

Staff recommendation

Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC cover Local author and blogger John DeFerrari explores D.C.'s culinary past and revisits old restaurants in his fascinating history of how Washington went dining, Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C. 

Staff Recommendation

Published on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lady Catherine book coverThe story of the famed Highclere Castle continues in Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnarvon, the companion to her first book, 

Two New Graphic Novels

Published on Thursday, November 21, 2013

I love checking out the new graphic novels, and I am in awe of the range of topics that graphic artists are tackling.

Two recent titles that just happened to come in at the same time and which I read in tandem are Economix by Michael Goodwin and Mission in a Bottle by Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff.

Suggested titles

Published on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on Nov. 27 and ends Dec. 5.

If you're looking for suggestions for your Hanukkah celebration meals, below are a few cookbook titles available to check out.  And Happy Hanukkah!

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

Published on Friday, November 15, 2013

bookcover Animal DialoguesThe encounters Craig Childs relates in The Animal Dialogues are unique for two reasons: his life spent in courting such encounters, and his skill in making readers feel we are present and sharing the experience with him. Our adrenaline rises with his as he confronts a mountain lion about to attack, circling from ten feet away to try to get behind him:

Why carrots and sticks (often) don't work

Published on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Drive BOT cover
What do Internet and software upstarts such as Wikipedia, Firefox, Apache and Linux all have in common? They are all immensely successful innovative “open source” ventures that were developed and managed exclusively by volunteers. And all of their fortuitous successes were wholly based on what Daniel Pink has labeled “intrinsic motivation,” a “third drive” that motivates people and, up until recently, hadn’t been given much credence.