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Gilded Age New York

Circa the late 19th century (Late 1800's)

After enjoying film The Age of Innocence and later reading the Pulitzer Prize winning book that inspired it, I became fascinated with late 19th century (late 1800’s) New York City, because Wharton actually came from a family that was a part of world depicted in her prize winning novel

My Sister the Serial Killer

Best Books I've Read This Year

The anniversary of my first year of being with DC Public Library was a few weeks ago, and I thought that a great way to commemorate this occasion would be with a book list! Since joining the Library I’ve been exposed to so many great books -- from board books that I use for my story time to graphic novels recommended by my coworker -- and I have a new favorite genre!

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Meet (Drawings of) The Beatles

The Beatles in graphic novels

Were you inspired by the movie Yesterday and you want to learn more about the Fab Four? Check out some of these fantastic Beatles themed graphic novels.  The Beatles: All our Yesterdays by Jason Quinn; illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma

American Prison

Prisons of All Sorts

How grueling is being physically locked up compared to dwelling in a mental or psychological prison? Here are a few books that explore some dimensions of bondage that you may not have previously considered.   American Prison by Shane Bauer

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New American Biographies

Authors with an eye for history and society

The field of memoir exploded over the last few decades and from that fray voices can get lost in the din.  Here are a few from our collection that stand out, each in their own way.  Find out what is happening in other people’s lives, and gain a better understanding of our collective history and shared destiny. Lowest White Boy by Greg Bottoms

Love Sugar Magic

Magical Middle Grade

Do you have a child in your life who loves fantastical stories? Check out these five magical middle grade novels, with diverse settings ranging from a Texas panaderia (bakery) to two different Caribbean islands, from the mountains of Appalachia to a mysterious town where everything is just a little too perfect.  

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Tunes

Why you enjoy the music you enjoy

Why do you have your headphones/earpods/earbuds on? Why do certain arrangements of sounds/noise make you emotional or ecstatic or motivated? If you're curious about how music makes you feel the way it makes you feel, check out these books... Why You Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica: the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds by John Powell

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Growing Up Different

We're no longer in an age that hides LGBTQ+ stories. In fact there are more and more stories that celebrate and illuminate LGBT+ lives with dignity and care. Here are five books that truly prove the power of representation.  

My Car

Totally Transportation

Picture books about Transportation

Virtually every child has a phase where they are fascinated by cars, trucks and anything else that moves people or things. It is one of the most common questions I get asked and while it is easy to point people to the non-fiction section on cars and trucks (629.2) or trains (385) it can be harder to find picture books on those beloved subjects. Here's a list of some of my favorites.

World War Z

The End of the World As We Know It

Different ways the world could end

Whether with a bang or a whimper, people have been speculating about how the world will end since it began. Literature is no stranger to this speculation and offers up many scenarios for how our society as we know it will come to an end -- and how what’s left of humanity will deal with the aftermath. Here are a few of the possibilities. 

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