March 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!


Homicide : a year on the killing streets



Homicide : a year on the killing streets

By David Simon

David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and this electrifying book tells the true story of a year on the violent streets of an American city. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator; Harry Edgerton, a black detective in a mostly white unit; and Tom Pellegrini, an earnest rookie who takes on the year's most difficult case, the brutal rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl. This book was the basis for the television shows Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire.

Recommended by Allison C.

Geek Knits




Geek Knits

By Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr) 

Are you ready to embrace your inner geek? This is a fun and funky collection of knitting patterns sure to make you smile. During the recent Snowzilla winter storm I made "The Running Dead" pattern, a headband complete with zombies. Want something a little less fantasy and a little more classy? Check out the library's large selection of knitting books to get you started. 

Recommended by April D.






By Scott Westerfeld

Steampunk and World War I collide in this fun, action/adventure book, the first of a three-book series. The series centers on the conflict between the mechanized Clankers and the genetically-enhanced animals of the Darwinists. The story itself is great, but the fantastic illustrations and the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter made this series a must-read for me. Full trilogy is available as an eBook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Rebecca L.




Parecomic : the story of Michael Albert and participatory economics

By Sean Michael Wilson

Not your usual graphic format -- no superheroes or cartoon characters. There is an overview of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s & the education of a radical economist. There is also discussion of Participatory Economics and how it differs from Marxism, Socialism, and Capitalism.

Recommended by Julie D.

Someday, someday, maybe



Someday, someday, maybe

By Lauren Graham

Franny is a struggling actress whose self-imposed deadline for success is drawing to a close. Will she find an agent, romance and an acting job? Author Lauren Graham (star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood) reads the audiobook version and brings her delightful, quirky heroine to life. Also available as an audiobook (CD) and an eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive.

Recommended by Jessica S.

Andre the Giant : life and legend



Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

By Box Brown

I was a huge wrestling fan as a child, and even watched the cartoon Hulk Hogan and Friends. As an adult, of course, The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies and I can recite every line. When I saw this graphic biography come in I knew I had to read it. It follows the life of Andre Roussimoff who would become the wrestler Andre the Giant. Box Brown tells you all the things you would want to know but he doesn't gloss over Andre's faults. If you ever wanted to know more about the 7'4'' 600lb giant of the wrestling world check this one out.

Recommended by Katie D.

The running dream



The Running Dream

By Wendelin Van Draanen

A powerful story about a 16 year old track star who perseveres after a tragic accident. Every teen, I know, who reads it, loves it!

Recommended by G. Schuler