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Oceanic Tales

Adult nonfiction to get swept up in

Throughout history, oceans have provided inspiration and adventure as well as a place of danger. Enjoy an adventure on and under the ocean with a selection of non-fiction books. All of these titles are linked to in their eBook and digital audiobook versions for current ease of access, though DC Public Library also owns many of these titles in physical format as well.

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Staff Pick: "Capturing the Devil" by Kerri Maniscalo

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers working in her uncle's laboratory than high society. Thomas Cresswell is an assistant in her uncle's laboratory, providing forensic evidence to the London police. Together they have solved difficult and dangerous cases. 

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Reign Like Victoria, Part 2

More strong teen queens who rule

I've enjoyed the historical drama series Victoria on PBS, telling the story of Queen Victoria's early years on the throne. To follow up on my previous list of young Queens coming to the throne in a fantasy kingdom or an alternate historical timeline, below are a selection of similar titles I've more recently enjoyed.

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Problems You Will Never Have

Escape the worries of real life with these titles

Everyone copes with the stress of living through a global pandemic in different ways.

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Staff Pick: "The Art of Dying" by Ambrose Parry

Edinburgh, 1849. Will Raven, a young doctor, returns home from studying abroad on the European continent. Sarah Banks, a former housemaid, is assisting the noted Dr. James Simpson in his practice. In The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry, the two reunite to clear Dr.

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Jane Austen's "Emma" on Screen

Opens in theaters March 6

In Emma by Jane Austen, a wealthy, young woman named Emma Woodhouse believes herself to be a matchmaker and attempts to "fix" the lives of those around her. When her plans don't go as expected, Emma is forced to think about her actions.

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2020

During the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference, the winners of the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners will received their prizes in June.  Below are the winning titles.  Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Fiction

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Strong Black Female Leads

  "The man may be the head but the women is the neck."- Maria Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Sanditon by Jane Austen

Begins January 12 on WETA-26

Charlotte Heyward, the eldest daughter of a large family, is invited to visit a seaside resort named Sanditon. It's an exciting adventure for Charlotte as she travels away from home for the first time. Her hosts, the Parkers, are residents of the town. Mr. Parker has an  interest in commercial investment opportunities.

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