Staff Picks

'The Commoner' by John Burnham Schwartz

This 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

All About Oysters

On 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.

'An Abundance of Katherines' by John Green

One 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.

Oh No He Didn't!

Classic titles revisited and remixed

Do you host or belong to a book club? Do you enjoy a spirited cocktail now and then?

'The Dream Thieves' by Maggie Stiefvater

The Second Book in the Raven Cycle Series

Hardcore fans of the first installment will want to re-read the first book since the action starts right away, and all those little subtle plot lines come racing into focus from the first page. If Book One is about myths and legends, then Book Two is about secrets.

'Dad is Fat'

What do Hot Pockets, fruit cake, paleness, bacon and parenting all have in common?  The answer is Jim Gaffigan.

Spotlight on Series

Pandora

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Pandora Gets JealousBy Carolyn HennesyJUV J HENNESYThirteen-year-old Pandy is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened.

'The Everything Running Book'

"Get thee to a runnery"

Now that the dog days of summer have come and gone you may be feeling more inclined to get out and exercise. Seize the feeling that comes with this beautiful late summer weather and start moving!

Spotlight on Series

Ellie McDoodle

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will TravelBy Ruth McNally BardshawJUV J BARDSHAW

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