Staff Picks: An Eclectic Sampling From Library Staff
One of the most popular shelves in the Bealeton branch library is the Staff Picks display. Staff members flag their recommendations for patrons to peruse and enjoy. Because staff reading tastes vary so widely, there is usually an interesting mix. Here are just a few recent picks from some of our staff members:
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini is a historical fiction novel that is an account of amazing friendship that develops between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley. Miss Keckley is a former slave that earns her freedom, and goes on to become a very successful business woman – a seamstress that is sought after by many of Washington’s social elite. It is set in 1861, and describes an amazing story of friendship, loyalty, successful African American women, and insights into history that aren’t typically shared.
– Alicia, Bealeton branch library
Before it was a movie, it was a book; pick up This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. When their father dies, far flung siblings reunite for the first time in years with significant baggage in addition to their luggage. This book explores the complicated dynamics of adult sibling relationships and all the good, bad and indifferent that comes with being a member of a modern American family.
– Erin, Bealeton branch library
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin is about three orphaned sisters, Elin, Kirsten and Sofia, who immigrate to Chicago from Sweden in 1897. Their journey to freedom is arduous, but their determination to endure in spite of their circumstances is inspiring. The book feels like three novels in one, as the author explores each sister’s story. If you like inspirational and romantic historical fiction, you might enjoy this!
– Mary Sue, Bealeton branch library
Neil Patrick Harris of “Dougie Howser” fame and “How I Met Your Mother” recently published an autobiography. So, when I saw that he was coming out with an autobiography, I knew that it would be good for a laugh or two. I was right. Just the construction of the book, in choose your own adventure format, was enough to crack me up. Besides the giggles, I actually found out a lot more about Neil Patrick Harris and his career. I never knew that he did Broadway or was friends with Elton John or loves magic. Whether you choose your path through his life or read the book straight through like I did (I always cheated on the Choose Your Own Adventures too) Neil Patrick Harris’s Choose Your Own Autobiography is an interesting journey!
– Jennifer, Bealeton branch library
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a deceiving book. On the surface it appears to be a light, beachy read about three suburban Australian mothers navigating the complex social structure of kindergarten. While addressing the topic of bullying with their young children, these women’s lives intersect in more ways than they could have possibly anticipated and illustrate that bullying doesn’t only apply to children. Though the antics and observations of these women are at times laugh out loud funny, the underlying topic of the book is a serious one indeed. Not at all what I expected, Big Little Lies is a good example of the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover” and poignantly reminds us to apply that same adage to people as well.
– Natalie, Bealeton branch library