Staff Picks

Recommended by Ellsworth, Young Adult Division, MLK

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

book cover Claudette ColvinAs a teen, Claudette Colvin sparked the protest that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and desegregation of public facilities by refusing to relinquish her seat to a white woman. Phillip Hoose has written a compelling account of a teenager who stood up and spoke out for her beliefs, leading the way for more familiar bus boycott leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. 

Recommended by Micki, Children and Youth Services

Published on Thursday, February 18, 2010

A classic novel from the 1940s with a modern “edge.”  W. Somerset Maugham, perhaps better known for his weightier tome, Of Human Bondage, writes here about an idealistic World War I soldier who abandons the love of his life in order to journey to India to find himself spiritually.  Though set mostly in Paris, the novel’s depiction of economically depressed America will reverberate with readers of today.  For those who prefer strong character development and good writing over action-packed plots, a great choice to read.

Recommeded by Wendell, Sociology Division, MLK

Published on Monday, February 15, 2010

book cover City LifeFirst published in 1995, Witold Rybczyinski examines the development of North American cities and offers comparisons with their older European counterparts. City Life is highbrow without being academically dry, yet somewhat chatty whilst staying on course. If you are a serious city-lover, read this book and other Rybczynski writings.

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Recommeded by Greg, Southwest Neighborhood Library

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010

cover Whole New MindDaniel Pink's hypothesis is that we live in a transformational time, experiencing a shift from the “information” age to the “conceptual” age. The skills that were useful in the information age (qualities such as logic and spatial aptitude) are still important, but the author contends that the so-called “right-brain oriented” characteristics, including story, play, empathy, symphony (the ability to see the big picture), design, and creativity will become increasingly important.

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Recommended by Alice, Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

Published on Friday, January 22, 2010

Book cover Once and Future KingGenerations of children and adults have fallen in love with T.H. White's story of magic, jousting, forbidden romance and human nature. It tells the exciting legend of King Arthur, the sword in the stone, and the knights of the round table. I never leave home without it.

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Recommended by Shawn, Arts & Humanities Division, MLK

Published on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Cover Ghost TrainAll aboard! Renowned travel writer Paul Theroux revisits the exact same rail journey that he embarked upon 30 years ago and that was chronicled in his earlier book, The Great Railway Bazaar. He sojourns east, starting in London, and travels (mostly) by rail throughout the near east, Southeast Asia, and Japan. He returns westward by way of Russia. This is a fascinating journey detailing how these 20+ countries have changed dramatically in a relatively short time.

Recommended by Shannon, Petworth Neighborhood Library/Collections

Published on Friday, January 8, 2010
COVER Monster of FlorenceDouglas Preston and Mario Spezi tell the true story of a horrific series of murders and the aftermath of their botched investigation. The Monster of Florence is a jarring journey through the shady world of the Italian criminal justice system.

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