Staff Picks

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.

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

The commonerThis is such a beautifully written and fascinating story I found myself so quickly caught up in a world that was previously not well known to me that it was hard for me to tell where biographical/historical fact ended and novelistic imagination began. The fact that the story of Haruko's marriage into the semi-divine confines of Japan's royal family is based on a true story only makes this book that much more intriguing.

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Union MarketOn a recent visit to the wonderfully renewed Union Market here in D.C., I had the pleasure of stopping by the Rappahanock Oyster Company’s food stall. Rappahanock Oyster Company is one of the growing eco-conscious companies across the country practicing sustainable farming.

Published on Monday, September 23, 2013

An Abundance of KatherinesOne of the big events libraries celebrate in September is Banned Books Week, where we highlight the mission of the library to provide information and entertainment on all topics and viewpoints, even if some readers might find it offensive. One of the authors we highlight during this time is John Green, whose works are often challenged in libraries across the country.

Toward that end, take a look at one of Green’s most interesting works, An Abundance of Katherines.

Classic titles revisited and remixed

Published on Friday, September 20, 2013

TequilaMockingbirdDo you host or belong to a book club? Do you enjoy a spirited cocktail now and then? If so, then Tim Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist may be just the book for you. Federle takes over 60+ classic literary titles and gives them a shake and a stir, and presents them transformed with a twist on the original title in a drinkable version.

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to The Lightning Thief to Eragon (just to name a few), fantasy books are popular with kids.

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