Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Recommend: Staff Picks & Tips (April 2014)

You have probably seen them - "We Recommend" bookmarks poking from the pages of books here at the Fauquier County Public Library. Or perhaps, while checking out a book, you have leaned in and asked "Is there a book YOU recommend?" If either of these are familiar to you, then you know how great it is to get a recommendation for a good read from a member of library staff.

In fact, staff members are asked for their recommendations so frequently that last month, we asked our circulation staff to give us some of their favorite recommendations and published it here in Book Notes. It was so popular (and they had so much fun pulling them together!) that we are making it a regular Book Notes entry.  

Here goes: Staff Picks & Tips for April, 2014 

Julia in Warrenton enjoyed The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, which reveals life on an early 1800’s tobacco plantation through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant, Lavinia. Orphaned while in route to Virginia, Lavinia must serve as an indentured servant under the care of plantation slaves. As she reaches the end of her servitude, she is eventually accepted into the “Big House."  She is forced to straddle two very different worlds while her love and loyalty remain in the kitchen house.

Maryellen often recommends A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn. Maryellen describes this book as “basically a romance set in 1920’s British Kenya, but with social and historical overtones. The characters are diverse and interesting. I love the author’s style of writing. Deanna Raybourn also writes a mystery series, but this is a stand-alone, at least for now."

Carol likes to recommend Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog by Dave Masser. This is a “sweet and funny” story of a 245 pound Great Dane who has appeared on Oprah and has his own global fan club.  

And for those interested in personal finance, Carol suggests The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life by Natalie McNeal. This book is “particularly enjoyable, clever and fun to read” while offering personal and professional advice. Another non-fiction recommendation from Carol is The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison. Carol shares that it made her “really appreciate what is important in a mom’s life” as the author tells of her own appreciation of the little things as her children grew and left home.

From our biography shelf, Ellie recommends We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill. Ellie describes Gill’s account of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s marriage as “beautifully written and a great pleasure to read." A must-read for historical readers who like royalty.

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Psst - if you want to put a "face" with the recommendation, check out the staff photos from National Library Week here

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