This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.
Marc Hoffman is the Director of Elections and General Registrar for the City of Fredericksburg. He was appointed to the position in January 2017 after working for the Fredericksburg Circuit Court Clerk since 2012. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and spent his teenage years in Arlington, Virginia. Marc attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia University in Morgantown. After college, Marc lived in Brooklyn, NY, working in multiple fields, and currently resides in the College Heights neighborhood of Fredericksburg with his wife Laurie Watkins.
Words are powerful and have always fascinated me. I am a gluttonous consumer of information in many forms.
The Rappahannock Regional Library amazes me with the breadth of its offerings, and I engage them consistently. Recent updates to the facilities, digital, and traditional resources serve as a model of intellectual and recreational engagement for our dynamic community. I encourage everyone to utilize and support our libraries.
Image: Marc Hoffman. Photograph by Steve O'Toole. Portrait by Laurie Watkins.
Below are some of Marc's favorite books that range from real-life comedy to gritty noir - with Robert's Rules of Order thrown in for good measure. Be sure to check out the full list, and check out his book recommendations from the library.
"Very tough New York crime writing. It is stark and revealing, taking you through the part of NYC and life you don’t want to see."
"An insane how-to cookbook, party planner. Whew! Read it before a dreaded party or family dinner and you will be able to laugh it all away. The Sedaris family is the best."
"Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry from a former UMW professor and Fredericksburg resident. We are lucky to have had such a moving and eloquent writer living here as she produced globally recognized art."
"An absolute gem of continuing education that is available to Library members free of charge. Lynda.com is created by LinkedIn and offers amazing, at-your-own-speed coursework on everything from organizing your email and how to use your smartphone to how-to programming of multiple languages. Never ask again how to see a phone number on your smartphone while talking on it without hanging up or how to keep that insipid AutoCorrect from skewing your text messages. The answers are here."
"Tough, semi-autobiographical tale that deals jarringly with race, poverty, family, sexuality, and urban America. I believe it is Slim’s best and deepest work." Also available to download on audio.
"Uproariously funny. I was able to hear him speak at an author signing. Try the audiobook. His voice reading his own work will exhaust you from laughing so hard."
"A guide to assist in the navigation of parliamentary procedures and lessen the complexity of holding a meeting. Boring? Yes. Critical to function? Yes."
"A reassuring read from my favorite popular historian that affirms that the struggle to perfect our union has always been just that, a struggle."