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The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Books by Celebrity Poets

Where Us Weekly and Literature Meet

A constant flow of gossip from magazines, blogs, entertainment news, social media and tell-all books keeps anyone interested informed about the lives of celebrities. For those who want a peek at the innermost thoughts of their favorite stars, there’s a whole other medium to explore: the celebrity poetry book. Here are some book ideas for the reader obsessed with the rich and famous.  

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Cultural Diffusion

Cultural diffusion is the spreading out and merging of pieces from different cultures. These different cultures all have many diverse types of food, clothing and even languages that people love and enjoy every day. But with these different cultures coming to America, they are bound to be spread, which can be seen as a good thing and a bad thing. It is seemed to be a bad thing because a lot of people are scared to learn and be around different cultures because all they know is their own and may not be open to learning.

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The Magic of Books

Celebrate the Joy of Libraries and Books and the People Who Love Them

Any librarian or author will tell you that libraries hold a special place in their heart. Often it's because one librarian treated them kindly or the library stood in as a safe place to escape from senseless troubles. Sometimes, it was the unseen world found in books that ignited a hidden creative talent. In this selection of books for young readers, celebrate the magic of books and the discoveries that follow when you surround yourself with stories and people who love them.  

The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

Book-length Poems for the Poetically Skeptic

Recommendations for Readers Who Crave a Story

For those who don’t read poetry, a major hang-up can be the fact that many collections lack a plot. Readers who want a story may shy away from the genre, for fear of being bored or distracted by abstract verse. Fortunately, the book-length poem offers a solution where readers can escape into an exciting tale all while enjoying the sparse but potent language of poetry. The below books have the potential to convert even the most devout lovers of novels and memoir.  

Different Seasons

Welcome to Castle Rock, Population: Your Nightmares

Books to Accompany the Stephen King Hulu Original Show

Original programming on streaming platforms have been all the rage for several years now, gaining even more prominence after Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale became the first online streaming show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Series. There’s a lot of quality television being produced for online platforms, including another recent Hulu adaptation, Castle Rock. The new horror-mystery series, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, is based on the stories, settings, and characters of Stephen King.

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Spark! Your Imagination

DCPL and the National Museum of American History Team Up to Encourage Kids to Invent and Explore their World

The DC Public Library and the National Museum of American History (NMAH) have teamed up to enhance a classic summer experience: visiting a museum.

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50 Years Ago

New Books about America in 1968

We are now 50 years out from the tumultuous events of 1968. DC Public Library is focusing on the ways in which events of that year resulted in the city and country we know today. Authors and publishers are doing the same, publishing a plethora of books about what happened in America during that time. While it's a year that has already had a lot of historical gaze fixed upon it, many of the new books are bringing fresh perspectives to that time.

Gunning of America

Guns in America

In the context of mass shootings, police violence and the second amendment, Americans continue to disagree about the place that guns should have in our society. Are gun deaths the result of access to firearms or violent tendencies in the individual? What, if any, gun control is reasonable and constitutional? What did the founders intend with the second amendment? How did we become a country that has so many guns? What is the reality beyond all the hyperbole? These books will hopefully inform you about the history of guns in America and our current use of them.

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Solitude

A Life Apart From The World

Everyone, at some point or another, seeks out some alone time—to get away from the noise, to escape the pressures and stress of everyday life. Solitude has a healing quality that renews, strengthens and fortifies. There are some people that choose a life of solitude for any number of reasons and others that find themselves alone through no choice of their own. The following are some recent and classic accounts of the solitary life.

The Way

Walking The Way

The Allure of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

For centuries pilgrims have walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela (The Way) in northwestern Spain. The cathedral in Santiago is believed to be the resting place of St. James the Apostle, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. During the Middle Ages making a pilgrimage was a popular form of piety. Pilgrimage to Santiago became one of the three main pilgrimage destinations after Rome and Jerusalem.

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