Staff Picks

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. 

For Common Core (and Even More)

Published on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Some young readers have always loved non-fiction--after all, nonfiction is the home of books about dinosaurs, space, paper airplane building and many other fascinating topics.  On the other hand, those who love story-telling and narrative may have a preference for fiction.  These days, though, all kinds of young readers are likely to encounter more nonfiction due to the adoption of the Common Core curriculum framework in many schools.  Here are a variety of nonfiction titles for all ages and interests--and not one reads like a textbook!

Upper Elementary/Middle School:

Staff Recommendation

Published on Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Urban Legends & Historic Lore DC coverDid you know the Old Stone House on M Street in Georgetown was George Washington's surveying headquarters in 1791?
  • Were you aware that the city is built on a swamp?
  • What do the hoofs mean on equestrian statues around the city?
  • Have you heard that while Abraham Lincoln was touring Fort Stevens in 1864, a young Oliver Wendell Holmes ordered the President to duck down in very unflattering terms?

We've all heard variations on these stories.

Just one question: are they true?

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Want a frightening read to keep you up all night this Halloween season? Luckily for you, many of this fall's hottest new books are totally terrifying!

Check out one of these creepy titles that everyone has been talking about - you'll be sure to want to sleep with your lights on afterwards.