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!



War and turpentine

By Stefan Hertmans

As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints an extraordinary portrait of one man's life and reveals how that life echoed down through the generations. 



Rin Tin Tin: the life and the legend

By Susan Orlean

Allegedly found in the ruins of a bombed-out dog kennel in France during World War I, then brought to Los Angeles by Lee Duncan, the soldier who found and trained him, by 1927 Rin Tin Tin had become Hollywood's number one box-office star.






Hattie big sky

By Kirby Larson

Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper. 







Tuesday tucks me in

By Luis Carlos Montalvan

This full-color picture book filled with adorable photographs tells the story of the amazing service dog who helps former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván overcome his combat-related wounds.




Cracker!: the best dog in Vietnam

By Cynthia Kadohata

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.



Harlem's hell fighters: the African-American 369th infantry in World War I

By Stephen L. Harris

Chronicles the experiences of the men serving in the African-American 369th Infantry during World War I, discussing how they overcame segregation, poor training, and racial harassment to serve with French soldiers and play a key role in the Allies' Meuse-Argonne offensive.


A dog's purpose

By Bruce W. Cameron

During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?






Hello goodbye dog

By Maria Gianferrari

A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.




No better friend: a man, a dog, and their incredible true story of friendship and survival in World War II

 By Robert Weintraub

Tells the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. 



 By Sebastian Faulks

Rootless and heartbroken Stephen Wraysford joins the army at the outbreak of World War I. He and his men are given the assignment to tunnel under the German lines and set off bombs. The comaraderie, love, and loyalty of the soldiers contrasts with the horrors of the underground, air, and trench warfare.