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Classic American Horror

What is about that the horror genre that beguiles us? Is it a fascination with the unknown or is it a delight in the senses that accompany fright? I was enthralled by this genre at an early age. Who among us remembers Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Regardless of our motivation, there are many books that inspire a love of chillers; here are a few American classics that will keep you peering under your bed at night.

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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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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge # 10: Read a book set within 100 miles of your location

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. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

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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:

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Perfecting East and Southeast Asian Cuisine

Cookbooks To Make You a Master Chef

Authentic East and Southeast Asian cooking can be an exciting, but daunting adventure. Don't let your eagerness to make your first sushi roll or your first batch of kimchi be hampered by the fear of not finding the proper ingredients or kitchen gadgets. Each of these books will tell you how you can get your hands on everything you need!

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Nonfiction Oddities

There's a particular subset of books that won't fit into a more cohesive Read Feed list but are delightful enough to deserve a feature. These niche titles are good to keep in mind for the hard-to-shop-for bibliophile.

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Love, Peace, and Happiness

Books to Assist in the Pursuit of a Life Filled with Love and Purpose

Life can be hard. We all are constantly searching for ways to feel more fulfilled. Ways to give and receive love. Ways to increase the peace we experience. Ways to be happy. These books provide ideas as to how to live an overall better life.The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #9: Read a book you've read before

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. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

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Meet my Stylist

There are two kinds of shoppers: those who love it and those who don't. Whether you enjoy shopping or not, you must admit that there are far more shopping options available now, both online and brick and mortar businesses. Updating your wardrobe and refreshing your style need not be complicated. I've compiled several books to spark some style inspiration and offer you some expert advice.

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Fascinating Women

When we examine history, women represent a cadre of fascinating individuals, so why limit our emphasis on women to just March? Many readers are familiar with notable figures such Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks, but some famous female figures may surprise you.

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