Staff Picks

'Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker' by Jennifer Chiaverini

Staff Recommendation

In her first historical novel, best selling author Jennifer Chiaverini writes about Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hobbs Keckley, an African-American modiste who lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. A former slave, Mrs.

'Why Jazz? A Concise Guide'

What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music?

'Before I Go to Sleep' by S. J. Watson

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Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson grabs the reader's interest immediately but then, progresses very slowly.

New Book by Local Poet Dan Vera

Dan 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.

Have A College Essay To Write?

Writing 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.

New YA Series Sequels

Hay fever got you sneezing?  Lose yourself in one of our new Young Adult Series. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Jazz Appreciation Month Book Review

'The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire'

Ted 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.

Bicycling

Seven Cycling Stories to Share with your Child

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Along a Long RoadBy Frank VivaJUV E VIVAIllustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns, and vivid views.

'That Woman' by Anne Sebba

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A 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?  Walli

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