Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

This is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Tudor period. Other Books in the series include:

  • The White Queen (2009)
  • The Red Queen (2010)
  • The Lady of the Rivers (2011)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012)
  • The White Princess (2013)
  • The King's Curse (formerly known as The Last Rose) (2014)

    This is a fictional story told from the first person viewpoint of the very real woman, Margaret Pole--lady-in-waiting and older Plantagenet cousin to the King--and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s rise to power in Tudor England. The reader observes the ever-growing insanity of life in the Tudor court through Margaret's experience. This is not a particularly sympathetic picture of the most notorious of all British royals (King Henry VIII); however, the author still manages to show the child and man he was before the corruption of power and poor advice, mingled with misfortune, took its toll.

    I found I loved this book as much, if not more, than this author's New York Times best sellers.

  • If The King's Curse interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.