Staff Picks

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Published on Monday, February 11, 2013

Looking for your next great book?

Librarians at the Tenley-Friendship Library will present some of their favorite books on Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room.

Poster for "Your Next Great Book!" program

'Moneyball'

Published on Friday, February 8, 2013
Moneyball - novel cover
Moneyball - DVD cover

Michael Lewis’ Moneyball could easily have turned into a chronicle of statistics and behind-the-scenes tedium, but Lewis manages to create a wonderful blend of stats, action, and character analysis such that the book reads like a thriller, rather than a book about the business of baseball. Moneyball tells the story of the Oakland A’s 2002 baseball season from the point of view of the General Manager, Billy Beane, and the front office staff.

Throughout the novel, you find yourself rooting not so much for the Oakland A’s, but for the system employed by Billy Beane and his staff to build the team. Lewis compares the A’s versus Yankees story to that of the Biblical “David and Goliath” throughout the book, and he would be hard pressed to find a more apt comparison; he also brings you into the mentality of an “us versus them” dynamic, and you will have a hard time resisting the urge to root for the little guy.

'Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice' by Phillip M. Hoose

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013

Claudette ColvinChances are you know the heroic actions of Rosa Parks, but do you know about Claudette Colvin?

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2013

ShatteredWhen I picked up Shattered by Kia Dupree, I braced myself for what I was about to digest on a mental and emotional level.  The title alone supported me in my imagery of a dark and tragic story with no hope of survival in the end.

'Secret Saturdays'

Published on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Secret SaturdaysSecret Saturdays is a great read for teens struggling with issues surrounding friendship and trust. The main character, Sean, has been acting out, telling lies and getting into trouble at school. He starts hanging out with a tough crowd. The problem is that this isn't like Sean.

The Knights' Tales

Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Curl up, get cozy, and read!


The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great
By Gerald Morris
JUV J MORRIS
Book One of the Knights’ Tales shares stories of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.
"The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great" book cover

Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Start: How to Get Your Business Underway by Kevin Duncan explains the complexities of running a business in a clear and simple approach.

From learning to draft a concise, one-page business plan to marketing your business, you will become savvier, even if you have no knowledge of running a business.

So if you are facing questions like:

Published on Monday, February 4, 2013

Jay-Z’s Decoded profoundly deciphers the inspirations of Jay-Z’s musical ingenuity: friends, life experiences, culture and hip-hop legends.

Readers will not only cover a captivating, shuffled, chronological biography but his perception of politics, pop culture and hip-hop.

Visit Bellevue/Lockridge to reserve Decoded or ask about other similar books!

'Telegraph Avenue'

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cover of Telegraph AvenueMichael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue centers on the story of Archy Stallings and Nate Jaffe, owners of a used record store, Brokeland Records, in Oakland. As the novel begins, the co-owners ponder their continued existence in the face of a new megastore opening a few blocks away from them.

(a "new" book review)

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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