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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.

Blackout

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

Binti

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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Doomed to Repeat It

History You Won't Forget

There are some books that change our lives and we always remember the first time we read them. History books are not usually in that category, but the stories we tell about ourselves and others can dramatically reshape the way we see the world. This can be because the facts in the books are ones we were never presented with before. Or histories can rock our sense of reality because they highlight a narrative or pattern we never saw before. They may help us make new sense of the confusing present. This is a list of histories that did that for me and I hope will for you, too.

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