Staff Picks: Books for Booklovers
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. Below are a few non-fiction books about books!
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
84, Charing Cross Road is a booklover’s book. Helene Hanff is an outspoken American writer with very specific reading tastes and Frank Doel is a London bookseller employed at Marks & Co., 84, Charing Cross Road. Over the course of twenty years, these two complete strangers correspond by letters and develop a warm friendship centered upon their mutual love of books. In addition to their literary dialogue, the two exchange Christmas gifts, news and affections for each other’s families, and Helene sends coveted rationed items during post WWII Britain. However, they never meet. Funny, intelligent and poignant, this is a slim read that can easily fill an afternoon – an absolute gem.
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
Southern novelist Pat Conroy has written a love letter to reading in My Reading Life. Conroy recounts the books that have impacted him most, both as a writer and as a person, within the context of his life. Part biographical, part literary and thoroughly enjoyable, this small book belies the power and influence that books have on our lives.
The Little Book Store of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The Little Book Store of Big Stone Gap is a charming read about the challenges and joys that author Wendy Welch and her shortbread making Scottish husband find when they open a bookstore in small Virginia mountain town. With a deep love of books, the best of intentions and absolutely no business savvy, the two open a bookstore during a downturned economy, in a depressed town where they are outsiders. Despite this recipe for disaster, the two persevere and forge a sense of community one book at a time.
Natalie, Bealeton Branch Library
Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Additional staff picks and book club roundups are available online. You can also check out the list of titles being read and discussed by our book clubs for ideas and inspiration.