Staff Picks

The Razor's Edge

Recommended by Micki, Children and Youth Services

A classic novel from the 1940s with a modern “edge.”  W.

City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World

Recommeded by Wendell, Sociology Division, MLK

First 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.

A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Informational Age to the Conceptual Age

Recommeded by Greg, Southwest Neighborhood Library

Daniel Pink's hypothesis is that we live in a transformational time, experiencing a shift from the “information” age to the “conceptual” age.

The Once and Future King

Recommended by Alice, Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

Generations 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.

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

Recommended by Shawn, Arts & Humanities Division, MLK

All aboard!

The Monster of Florence

Recommended by Shannon, Petworth Neighborhood Library/Collections

Douglas 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.