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Staff Picks

Staff Picks


Our team of professional selectors work tirelessly to ensure that the diversity and cultural richness of Prince George's County is represented in our collections. Each month, we feature recent titles that we think will appeal to a wide cross section of our community, as well as those titles that perhaps fall a little under the radar. Discovery is our goal.

The Greatest Secret

The Greatest Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Rhonda Byrne launched a global phenomenon with the publication of The Secret in 2006. This life-altering work helped readers understand the untapped powers that reside within. The Greatest Secret is a quantum leap that will take the reader beyond the material world and into the spiritual realm, where all possibilities exist.

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

by Dolly Parton

A hefty retrospective on the six-decade career of a country music superstar who tells stories in song.

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me

by David Sedaris

Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called "the funniest man alive" (Time Out New York), “The Best of Me” spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing--quite often at himself--and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

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His Only Wife

His Only Wife

by Peace Adzo Medie

Afi Tekple has been married off to a man who doesn't want her. He refuses to give up his mistress and refuses to move Afi into his home. But Afi is smart and talented and determined to stand up for herself. Look out, Accra! Afi Tekple has arrived.

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Memorial

Memorial

by Bryan Washington

Benson and Mike's relationship is tested when Mike's mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas from Japan for a visit just as Mike takes off for Osaka to visit his dying father. As Benson and Mitsuko awkwardly get to know each other in Houston, Mike learns difficult truths about his family's history. Each man faces a turning point, and a decision about whether they belong together.

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Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert

by Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who's secretly posting fanfiction of his own.

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Murder Thy Neighbor

Murder Thy Neighbor (ID True Crime Series Book 4)

by James Patterson

As seen on Discovery ID, these two true-crime thrillers ("Murder Thy Neighbor" | "Murder IRL") follow a neighbors' quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder.

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The Meaning of Mariah Carey

The Meaning of Mariah Carey

by Mariah Carey

The global icon, award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, storyteller, and artist finally tells the unfiltered story of her life in "The Meaning of Mariah Carey."

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We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

by Elijah Cummings

Excellent political memoir by the late Democratic representative from Baltimore. A thoughtful and inspiring exhortation to do better by a much-missed leader.

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Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom Saints

by Alice Randall

Enjoy this fictional tribute to the real-life cultural stars of the Black Bottom neighborhood, Detroit's answer to New York's Harlem. Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson, a columnist, nightclub emcee, and philanthropist, is our narrator, interspersing his portraits with recipes for cocktails invented by bartender Thomas Bullock. Bottoms up!

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Winter Counts

Winter Counts

by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions.

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When No One Is Watching

When No One Is Watching

by Alyssa Cole

Finding unexpected support from a new friend while collecting stories from her rapidly vanishing Brooklyn community, Sydney uncovers sinister truths about a regional gentrification project and why her neighbors are moving away. The publisher calls this "Rear Window meets Get Out."

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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

by Chip Jones

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a Black man, went into Virginia's top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in "The Organ Thieves," Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker's death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family's permission or knowledge.

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Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about It

Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about It

by Erin Brockovich

Two decades after the movie that made her a national celebrity, Brockovich urges readers to confront a scary reality: "We are amid a major water crisis that is beyond anything you can imagine." A convincing call to arms about the global water crisis from a sharp, plainspoken activist.

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Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights

by Helen MacDonald

From the New York Times bestselling author of "H is for Hawk" and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, Helen MacDonald shares a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.

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The Darkest Hearts

The Darkest Hearts

by Nelson George

Attention, fans of mysteries, hip-hop, and R&B – the fifth D Hunter mystery is here! Hunter is now a talent manager in LA, where he must manage the career and chaotic life of rapper Lil Daye, keep the FBI and a retired hit man off his back, and enlist the help of vigilante Serene Powers.

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In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

by E. G. Scott

Charlotte races to find the truth after her boyfriend disappears and she is called in to identify a murdered woman. The prime suspect for the murder becomes Charlotte, but she has never met the dead woman and has no idea who she is – or why she had named Charlotte as an emergency contact.

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Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

by Roselle Lim

Having the gift of reading fortunes in tea leaves is more a curse than blessing to Vanessa Yu (and converting to coffee doesn't solve the problem). When her aunt takes her to Paris, will Vanessa get a chance to take charge of her own fate? By the author of "Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune."

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Staff Picks for November