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With Malice by Eileen Cook

YA Around the World

A List of Young Adult Novels Set Around the World

There a lot of amazing young adult books that are set right here in America.  While these books can serve as mirrors for some teens by representing characters and settings to which they can relate, books that act as windows into the lives of other teenagers and cultures are also important.  Plus, for those who are unable to travel foreign countries, sometimes being able to read about them can be one of the next best things.  Below is a list of seven different young adult novels set around the world.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

After Austen

A List of Jane Austen Retellings

My introduction to Jane Austen began the summer before my sophomore year of high school when one of the books I could choose to read for school was Sense and Sensibility, which I found highly enjoyable.  I was immediately prepared to read more of Austen's work, particularly since my mother had always loved watching adaptions of it.

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On Pointe

Literary Fiction about Ballet

As an art form, ballet is complex -- blending grace and power, beauty and control. This complexity shapes the demands that ballet makes on those involved in its production, particularly dancers, as well as the rewards that they can achieve and in these many and various tensions and triumphs, there is opportunity for nuanced narratives, making the world of ballet an apt setting for Literary Fiction.

Get Out

Movie of the Month!

A Film Series for Adults

Come see the season's must-see film at the library: Get Out Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. A speculative thriller from director Jordan Peele. When a young black man visits his white girlfriend's family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation. c. 2017, 104 minutes, Rated R  For more information, call 202-727-0232.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Teens In Space

As a child, I fantasized about being an astronaut, or even just going to space camp. In my adult years, this prospect sounds absolutely terrifying, especially after seeing Gravity and The Martian.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Young Adult Retellings of the Classics

Reimaginings of Classic Literature for Teens

Although the library constantly gets wonderful new fiction, classic literature continues to circulate well. Even readers who have not picked up a classic recently have likely read one for school. For readers who may not find the classics accessible, or just want something different, we have a variety of novels that retell classic literature. This list focuses on retellings that are written for young adults.

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They Contain Multitudes

Novels with varying narratives

What shapes a life? What defines it? And what agency does an individual have? These questions echo throughout each of the following novels, all of which play with narrative to present multiple possibilities for their characters' lives.


Job Seekers Series with Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan is the managing principal of He has extensive experience in the private, not-for-profit, and public sector markets.

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What Should the Georgetown Book Club Read Next?

Vote here for upcoming selections

It is time again for the Georgetown Book Club to add to its reading list.  If you are a current or prospective member, please review the titles listed below and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.  The poll will close on Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m., and the five titles with the most votes will be added to the group's reading list. 


2017 DC Environmental Film Festival Screenings

Don't miss the DC Public Library Environmental Film Presentations taking place at these Neighborhood Branches. Freightened  Monday, March  20, 2017 at 6 p.m. Georgetown Neighborhood Library After the Spill              Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6 p.m.