Financially strained in the aftermath of World War I, unmarried Frances Wray and her mother must resort to opening their London home to lodgers, an act of necessity that is complicated further by the class distinction between the women and the married couple who arrive to board, Leonard and Lilian Barber.
For many, modern life is powered by digital technology -- and blissfully so. But along with the many benefits of digital life, there are questions.
What degree of privacy can we expect and how can we ensure it? What does large scale connectivity mean for individual relationships? And how will the balance of power in society shift alongside technology?
The following novels explore these and other similar topics.
For its detailed references to political history, and featuring as centerpiece the topic of island immigration, try reading The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, which is set in Trinidad before, during and after the time of its independence from colonial England.
The Georgetown Neighborhood Library continues its second year of First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series.Herb Guggenheim is the series coordinator. Well-known local poets will gather at the library to read from their works every month. There will be two featured poets for each month, and the readings will be followed by an open mic.
June's featured poets are Beth Konkoski and Gregory Luce:
In the title story of Phil Klay's collection Redeployment, winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, the Marine narrator says about his actions during wartime, "The thinking comes later, when they give you the time."
Hopefully, all you cooks will find fresh herbs in abundance at the farmer's markets.
Here is a novel time saving tip for preserving those bountiful green bunches of cilantro, mint, rosemary, spring onions, parsley and dill: blend them with onion, fresh garlic cloves, some water and a touch of regular vinegar! Then, refrigerate the bottled mixture, and use spoonfuls to season your culinary masterpieces! What a time saver!
For more information about herbs and preservation on a wider scale, check out books from your library, including:
On Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m., The Emily Dickinson International Society, DC Chapter, presents Eleanor Heginbotham, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Concordia University Saint Paul and Board Member of EDIS, D.C. Chapter.
On the day after the 129th anniversary of the death of America's great poet, Dr. Heginbotham will discuss how the poet lived on in her publishing history and what she says to us about "immortality" from beyond the grave.
Dr. Heginbotham has published two books and several articles on Emily Dickinson.
Please join us on Thursday, May 14 at 2 p.m. as Chloe Yelena Miller, Writing Coach, returns to the Georgetown Neighborhood Library to lead an interactive workshop on how to start writing your memoir. The class will consider plot, scene, character development, research, and how to pull it all together.
Please bring paper, pens, or a charged laptop.
Ages 18 and older please.