Staff Picks

Discover the Joy of Birds This Spring!

National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

This little book will surprise even experienced birders with its word and picture portraits of what makes 160 of our most common birds anything but ordinary.  It packs an amazing amount of readable -- and intriguing -- information into a very small space.  The pictures not only show typical behaviors but succeed as attention grabbers in themselves.  The text is unique among

'Beautiful Creatures' by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures, at its core, is a "forbidden love" story, with a healthy portion of "it's a race against time" thrown in.

'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

Staff recommendations

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.

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