With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

Taming the Queen by Philippa Gregory

This is the story of Katherine (Kateryn) Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. Survival in Henry’s court was never easy. He was larger than life, a tyrant who became even more unpredictable as he grew older and more physically disabled and a very unhappy prisoner of his own failing body. Katherine was always on her guard, walking a fine line, and always aware that a single word or inflection in her voice could turn Henry against her without warning.

The story is told by Katherine herself, and the first-person perspective used by the author makes her very accessible and tangible, which only serves to endear her to the reader.

If Taming the Queen interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.