Staff Picks

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Relish Book CoverGrowing up is exciting, but sometimes cooking can be an even greater adventure.

Lucy Knisley tenderly recounts her childhood and college years as the child of a chef and a foodie, a life filled with food and spices. Also included are some of her favorite recipes, presented in comic-book form as full-page instructional drawings.

Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Looking at Lincoln book coverDid you know that Abraham Lincoln was over seven feet tall when he wore his famous hat? Did you know he decided to become a lawyer after being kicked in the head by a horse?

Maira Kalman’s picture book biography, Looking at Lincoln, reads in the way a young reader’s mind wanders; uniformly printed facts are accompanied by handwritten musing of Abraham Lincoln’s life:

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013

In the summer of 1945, President Truman was tired of war. The European war had ended in May, but the Japanese were still holding on in the Pacific. The Japanese had been losing the war, but did not want to accept the American conditions for surrender. The result was that Japan was starving, but still fighting. The decision to use the atomic bomb on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 was one filled with contention, and left the world irrevocably changed.

Staff book recommendation

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Brontes coverAlthough the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) only wrote a few novels in between them, their names remain well-known in English literature. Over time, many myths and gossip grew to surround the family, which persisted over the years. In 1994, Juliet Barker, who had worked as curator in in the Bronte Parsonage Museum, published a definitive biography of this famous literary family.

Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013

bookcoverFledgling by Octavia Butler is a thrilling read. Full of movement and suspense, this novel will make you squirm at times. Butler introduces racism, sexism, ageism, and Afrofuturism to the sci-fi genre of novel writing.

Published on Friday, September 27, 2013
A frame from the film adaptation of "The Last Unicorn."

This piece will be the first in a series of reviews of science fiction and fantasy works, celebrating MLK Memorial Library's ongoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.

"The Borrowers"

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cover page of "The Borrowers" by Mary NortonDear LBPH Kids,

Our Adaptive Services Division children’s book recommendation for September is The Borrowers. This is the first book in The Borrowers series by Mary Norton.  If you have ever wondered where all your pins, pennies, and pencils have disappeared to even though you can vouch that you remember where you last saw them, then this book is for you.
 

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just My Type Book CoverWhat's your type? Do you go for the traditional, classic type -- the kind that looks like it just came from Ancient Greece and Mount Olympus?
Or are you more of a new age person, attracted to the strong Germanic type?
Maybe you go for the nerdy ones, the ones that look like a computer program.

Library Associate Justin Pair shares his reading list with you

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013
the son by philipp meyer book coverThe Son 
by Philipp Meyer

Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong -- a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

When making the decision to read this book, I was in dire need of a good western novel. This definitely satisfied that need.

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