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Unpunished by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Feminist Literature: the First Wave

Feminist literary fiction from 1890 to 1949

Welcome to Feminist Fiction! In this series we’ll explore the library’s best feminist novels and short stories from every wave of the feminist movement.

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Romantic Suspense Recommendations

Romance for the mystery reader

If you are just starting to dip your toe into the romance reading waters but you’ve been reading mysteries for years, romantic suspense will be right up your alley. For new romance readers, I would recommend starting with some of the biggest names in romance.   The Liar by Nora Roberts

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Sherlock Holmes

The enduring legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930[i] but he left the world a lasting legacy with one of the most well-known literary characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes. It is hard to believe that Doyle wrote only four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes. The Holmes stories have had a lasting influence on mystery writing, inspiring many of the most famous mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, P.D. James, and Raymond Chandler.[ii]

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Friday Five: Tudor England - Beyond Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

Melissa N.'s Picks for Other Historical Personalities from a Fascinating Age

I might be slightly obsessed with Tudor-era England. It seems at once like another world and yet many of the issues of the time are disturbingly familiar today. Add in outsized, soap opera-like personalities and I find it endlessly fascinating.

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Your Friday Five

Adventure in a foreign land

The summer is almost officially upon us and there is traveling to be done! Being a stranger in a foreign land is always exciting, but needless to say, it does come with its challenges. If you don't have travel plans anytime soon, let one of these books whisk you away. And if you are taking off soon, these books will keep you entertained on the journey. Bon voyage!

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Rainbow History Project

Collecting and preserving D.C.'s LGBT history

The Rainbow History Project is the archive for preserving the city’s LGBT history and memory. Join member and advocate Vincent Slatt as he presents on the Rainbow History Project’s digital and physical collections, including its oral history project, recent acquisitions and collecting efforts.   We'll meet in the Southeast Library's meeting room.


Your Friday Five

Contains graphic content

We have been getting a slew of new graphic novels in our collection, and it has been thrilling to see some of the most interesting art and writing on our shelves.

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A Date with the Supernatural

Paranormal Romance Recommendations from Melissa N.

I’m often asked what I read and the answer is: almost everything. However, if you look at my list of books for any given year, paranormal romance would almost certainly outnumber other genres.  Something about the idea of supernatural creatures having the same relationship issues as regular humans appeals to me. And when you add in the additional problems of a supernatural community, I’m drawn back to this genre over and over.  If you’re looking to dip your toes into the paranormal romance world, here are a few that I’ve read and enjoyed.

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Your Friday Five

Stories in verse for fourth- to eighth-graders

We're wrapping up National Poetry Month, and while I've personally spent the month reveling in re-reading all of my favorite poems, I realize that not everyone loves poetry as much as I do. For some people, this disinterest -- or even distaste -- has to do with the fact that there isn't enough plot in a poem; people like a good narrative.

Your Friday Five: Poetry Month

Celebrate Poetry Month with Books About Poets and Their Worlds

Poetry Month can be celebrated in a variety of ways. Yes, you can and should take the time to read and write poetry at any of the numerous events happening around the city. But what if you do that year round? Perhaps you would enjoy reading more about some of the famous poets of the past. Below are five books that showcase the men and women behind the poems and illustrate how the people, events, and world around these artists shaped them and their work.