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Outdoors Mid-Atlantic

Enjoy exploring the outdoors in the mid-Atlantic region!  Whether you go by foot, bike, canoe, or car, you'll have lots of fun and see fantastic views. The featured books below are available from the library system.

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Blood, Bullets, and Bones

Death and How We Deal With It

There's that old saying that there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. Well now, that tax season is coming to a close, I present a collection of non-fiction that I found fascinating about our ever-evolving relationships with death, as individuals and as a society - from how we mourn or celebrate our dead to how we solve and deal with murder. Because although taxes may be a sure thing too, doing them is far less interesting than the following books:

How to Be a Victorian

So You Want to Be a Victorian?

Nonfiction Books on Life in Victorian Times

There's something about the Victorian era that so many people - myself included - find enchanting and idyllic. I feel like every time that old cocktail party question "If you had to live in a different time period, which would you choose?" comes up, several people always gush "Ohh, Victorian London, definitely." Full disclosure: I have for sure been one of those gushing people at times. But then I thought Ehhh, would I really want to?

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Nonfiction for the English Major in All of Us

or Literary History

Delve into the history around some of your favorite literary works, figures, and time periods. Ever wonder how so many great authors and works of literature came to be? These books will take you on a journey of literary history.  

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #3: Read a book about books

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

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Self-Contained Universes

A history of architecture, real and imagined

What would the world be like without the Empire State Building? Or the Statue of Liberty? Would World War II have gone differently if Chartres Cathedral had never been built? 

Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion

Think You Know Your Favorite Style Icons? Think Again.

You might not know it just by looking at me, but I am obsessed with fashion. Fashion designers. Fashion icons. If it involves fashion, I’m into it. Luckily, there are heaps of fashion books at the library, and they are the perfect way to feed your addiction, while still offering some interesting information. You’ll find these particular books in the children’s non-fiction section, but trust me, fashion addicts of all ages will love them.

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Know Your Inaugurals

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Some of the most stirring presidential quotes in this country's 240-year history come from inaugural addresses. Our library has some great books that are just devoted to the speeches and the events that surrounded them. Check one out and relive some of the best speeches in American history.   All I'm saying is that the next president has a lot to live up to come January 20.  

The Good Girls Revolt

Book Pairings for Amazon's "Good Girls Revolt"

"Maybe she felt like a soda bottle that the world was just shaking and shaking- and one day the cap comes off" - Patti Robinson

In March of 1970, Newsweek published a cover story on the Women's Liberation movement entitled "Women in Revolt". That same morning, 46 women employed at Newsweek held a press conference to announce they were suing the paper for gender discrimination. For viewers who can't get enough of the Amazon mini-series based on this historic event, below are some reads that provide a closer look into the era. 

Things Fall Apart

Historical...ish Fiction

A little bit of history with a dash of magic and monsters

What can be called historical fiction? The lines are somewhat blurry and open to interpretation. How long ago do the events in the book have to take place?

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