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The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks

“A page turner. . .Brooks is a master at bringing the past alive. . .in her skillful hands the issues of the past echo our own deepest concerns: love and loss, drama and tragedy, chaos and brutality.” – Alice Hoffman, The Washington Post A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of People of the Book and March.     Read More >





Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging – Dick Van Dyke

Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2015. He’s an established legend, having starred in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. And yet he’s still keeping himself busy, entertaining America on television, movies, the stage, and social media. Everyone wonders, “How does he do it?” For the first time, Van Dyke will share his secrets and tips on old age: Just keep moving.    Read More >




Paddle Your Own Canoe – Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman is most known for playing Ron Swanson on the TV series Parks and Recreation. Offerman is more sensitive than Ron Swanson, but in this autobiography, he is just as straight forward. Offerman encourages readers to pursue a productive, well-rounded, romantic life. Also, I have never read a more lovely description of how a man feels about his wife than Offerman's paean to Megan Mullally. Offerman writes: "There is at least a volume's worth of amazing magic-glistening about her person that will thrill you to pieces and render you extremely envious of the fact that she is, in fact, my legal possession in the state of California." -- Lisa W., DC Public Library staff    Read More >


Never Settle for Less – Kesha Cox

With her mother dead, her father in jail, and a series of abusive boyfriends, Kesha had every reason to end up just another statistic. What made the difference in Kesha's life? What changed her from a girl, who never saw herself as worthy, to a woman who would never settle for less?    Read More >