Books We Love: Staff Favorites

2017 got off to a good start when staff members from the City of Fairfax Regional Library were invited to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia to talk about our most cherished subject – great books! We welcomed the opportunity to share books on almost any topic simply because we adore them. Our favorite recent titles include novels and short story collections as well as nonfiction titles in biography and memoir, history, horticulture and cuisine. See our choices below; perhaps one of them will be your next great escape or avenue to adventure.


Monument Wars: Washington DC, the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape, Kirk Savage 133.1 M 2015


Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees in the Urban Cityscape, Jill Jones 635.977 J 2016


My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, Ruth Reichl 641.5 R 2015


Biography and Memoir

Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, Nina MacLaughlin B MACLAUGHLIN 2015

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, Jeff Hobbs B PEACE 2014

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, Sally Mann B Mann 2015


Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, Lucia Berlin FIC BER

Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson FIC PET

Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez FIC HEN

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Hamid Mohsin FIC HAM

Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf FIC HAR

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson FIC ATK

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver FIC KIN

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein FIC STE

Have you read something recently that you loved? Let us know about it when you stop by the library, or in the comments field below. We are always interested to hear what readers are excited about so we can share those suggestions with others.

-Suzanne Summers LaPierre, City of Fairfax Regional Library

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