April Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Need some recommended titles? Tell us five titles you have enjoyed and we'll send you a list of five more that we think you will like. Also check out our new Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!



To All the Boys I've Loved Before

By Jenny Ha

In a story with rich characterization and a lovely style, Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells of Lara Jean and the love letters she never intended to send. With the third book in this series arriving soon, get caught up with this uncommon novel and relish in its gorgeous cover with a story just as beautiful for adults and young adults alike.



The Bellini Card

By Jason Goodwin

This is the third in a series of books by Jason Goodwin featuring his eunuch detective Yashim. In this book the author takes you to Venice in 1840 where we have a murder mystery surrounding an object of art. Goodwin's descriptive language and knowledge of the times is astounding. I love his descriptions of food the best! The most thrilling book yet so far in the series!



No Regrets: a Rock'N'Roll Memoir

By Ace Frehley, Joseph Layden & John Ostrosky

This is the autobiography of the lead guitarist for the rock group Kiss. It is essentially a history of his personal life and full of anecdotes of his shenanigans with the band mates from KISS and his friends. This would be good for a person who has an interest in the band and in particular the man known as "Space Ace".


True Letters from a Fictional Life

By Kenneth Logan

This book is real in every way. It immediately became a new favorite. It deals with the real implications of coming out and how that effects your life and emotional stability. If that is not enough to get you to read it, this book is so well written that the characters almost feel like real people.


Always Looking: Essays on Art

By John Updike

In this posthumous collection of John Updike's art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed "Just Looking "(1989) and "Still Looking" (2005), readers are again treated to "remarkably elegant essays" ("Newsday") in which "the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of the art emerges".



House of Thieves: a Novel

By Charles Belfoure

When his son racks up an impossible gambling debt to a notorious gang in nineteenth-century New York, John Cross uses his inside knowledge of high-society mansions and museums to craft a perfect heist.



The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity

By Jean Hul Van't 

Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities. Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. This book has all the tools and information needed to encourage your children's creativity through art. You will learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.



Art Fraud Detective

By Anna Nilsen

A spot-the-difference game, mystery story, and art book in which readers try to tell which paintings are genuine and which are forgeries. Includes magnifying glass and split-page format.


Gut: the Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ

By Giulia Enders

With quirky charm, rising science star Giulia Enders explains the gut's magic, answering questions like: Why does acid reflux happen? What's really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity and mood? Enders's beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they're trying to tell you something important.


God Help the Child

By Toni Morrison

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child--the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment--weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."