Staff Picks

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

Speaking Wiri WiriDan Vera is a D.C.-based poet who has made many contributions to the literary landscape of Washington, not least of which is the fabulous DC Writers' Homes website, which maps the houses where writers lived and worked right here in DC.

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

bookcoverWriting an application essay isn't usually on anyone's top 10 list of exciting things. If you fall into this group then you need to read this book.

The College Application Essay by Sarah Myers McGinty is divided into eight short and helpful chapters that will guide you safely through the process. The book provides an inside look into how colleges read essays and how the personal essay can make it or break it for applicants that are on the fence.

Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013

book jacket for Renters RightsIf you are a renter, you should read Renter's Rights: The Basics 7th Edition by NOLO, a trusted publisher in legal books for the layperson.

Renters' Rights: The Basics covers important issues that all tenants need to understand in negotiating with their landlords.  After reading this book, you will understand issues such as legal reasons for turning down your lease application, and what constitutes illegal discrimination in housing.

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hay fever got you sneezing?  Lose yourself in one of our new Young Adult Series.


'The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire'

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Jazz StandardsTed Gioia’s The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire provides an excellent introduction to some of the most enduring jazz numbers of all time, and it is suitable for both the casual jazz fan and the experienced aficionado alike.

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Do yoTheWorldsBestStreetFoodu love to travel? Cook? Eat? I do! That’s why I was so excited to see Lonely Planet publish The World’s Best Street Food: Where to Find It & How to Make It.  Lonely Planet Publications is one of the foremost publishers of world-wide travel guides and a “go to” for any global trekker.

Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

book jacket foreclosure guideThe word "foreclosure " generates anxiety for many homeowners.  Over the past few years, the media has highlighted issues that have lead to an increase in foreclosures.  As a result, there are now a variety of programs available to homeowners to either keep or leave their homes.

Seven Cycling Stories to Share with your Child

Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Curl up, get cozy, and read!

Along a Long Road
By Frank Viva
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Illustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns, and vivid views.
Book cover for "Along a Long Road"

Staff recommendations

Published on Monday, April 15, 2013

That Woman bookcoverA very distinguished elderly lady customer requested That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Dutchess of Windsor and I was intrigued immediately.  Who hasn't heard about the king who gave up his crown for the love of a commoner?  Wallis Simpson knew she was blamed for the abdication of Edward VIII and had to live with this notoriety for the rest of her life.  Although she was not the nicest, most considerate person, the reader may feel some sympahty for her and will be surprised by what is reveal

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

photo of cover of Back of the HouseWhen a food writer who is also a clinical psychologist writes a book about one of the country's top restaurants, the result is a foodie's delight, a resource for anyone who wonders what being a top chef really involves; and if the writer is Scott Haas, a great read full of equally great insights into the people. 

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