January 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!

 

 

Grace, not perfection : embracing simplicity, celebrating joy

By Emily Ley

As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn't do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere--from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

 

  

 

Body Kindness : Transform Your Health from the Inside Out--and Never Say Diet Again

By Rebecca Scritchfield

Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you're like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself-and that includes your mind as well as your body.

 

 

  

Jem and the Holograms

 

 By Kelly Thompson

Originally published as JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS issues #1-10, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS OUTRAGEOUS ANNUAL 2015, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS VALENTINE SPECIAL."

 

 

 

 

 

Squirrel's New Year's resolution

 

By Pat Miller

Squirrel can't think of a New Year's resolution until she realizes that by helping her friends, she's made one after all.

 

 

 

 

 

Your money or your life : 9 steps to transforming your relationship with money and achieving financial independence

By Vicki Robin

In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Lifeis an essential read. 

 

 

 

 

  

The telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer

By Elizabeth Blackburn

THave you wondered why some 60-year olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Nobel Prize-winning Doctor Elizabeth Blackburn discovered biological markers, called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our DNA

 

 

 

 

 

Adulting : how to become a grown-up in 468 easy(ish) steps

By Kelly Williams Brown

"Adult" isn't a noun; it's a verb. Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, ADULTING makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable - and even conquerable. This guide will help you navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay. Along the way you will learn: What to check when renting a new apartment - Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things.

 

 

 

 

  

The madman's daughter

By Megan Shepherd

Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

 

 

 

  

A manual for cleaning women : selected stories

 By Lucia Berlin

Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. 

 

 

 

The unfortunate importance of beauty : a novel

 By Amanda Filipacchi

Meet the Knights of Creation, a group of artistic friends struggling with society's standards of beauty. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, chooses to don a fat suit in hopes that it will help her meet the man of her dreams--a man who can see beyond her looks. Lily, Barb's brilliantly talented, unfortunate-looking musician friend, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the shallow man she loves.