Staff Picks

"The Oracle Glass"

In this work of historical fiction by Judith Merkle Riley, Genevieve is a crippled, educated young woman taken in by Madam Montvoison (a real-life figure) who sets her up as a fortune teller.Experience the intrigue surrounding King Louis XIV’s court in 17th-century Paris. Riley incorporates authentic historical details, humor and romance.Check library holdings.

"Merle's Door: Lessons from a Free-Thinking Dog"

This is a beautifully written account of the relationship between author Ted Kerasote, an award-winning nature writer, and Merle, the big golden

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Recommended by Ellsworth, Young Adult Division, MLK

As 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.

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.