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It Takes a Village?

Fiction that explores communal living experiments

If humanity could restart society from scratch, what would we prioritize, what would we reconsider, and how would we position ourselves to thrive? The following novels all consider these questions via their portrayals of characters whose answers have at their cores a belief in the value of living communally -- and who have created or are taking part in living situations that reflect this belief.

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Novel to Screen: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Staff Recommendation

When Rachel Chu goes to Singapore for the summer, her boyfriend Nick doesn't tell her a few important details about himself. Find out what happens next in the best selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. The novel is the basis for the movie by the same name.

Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore

Leading Ladies

Political women of the modern age

Although women have held political power for centuries, for the most part, they have inherited their offices.  In contemporary times, more women political leaders have risen through democratic processes.  Below is a selection of books about women heads of state. Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore

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Take to the Seas!

Nautical Novels & Nonfiction

They say that the sea is a cruel mistress, harsh and fickle. But she is also alluring, holding a beautiful, spellbinding power over many of us that can define entire lives, communities and even empires. Whether you like to keep a respectful distance from the shore or dive headfirst under the waves, it’s hard to deny the power of a good sea song. Below are a few titles that capture the mystery, danger, and grandeur of the ocean, from heart-wrenching to historical, fact to fantasy.  

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Book Recommendations for Fans of Quirky Recent TV

Many would argue that there’s never been a better variety of storytelling available on TV. With a wider variety of platforms, shows can flourish without having to appeal to absolutely everyone. And it can be great, as a fan, to discover that someone else loves a show that’s more of a niche than a giant watercooler hit.  So, as a reader who also loves good TV, here are some quirky recommendations based on my favorite recent, or in some cases recently cancelled, TV shows.

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The Apocalypse!

Zombie style

Zombie horror is a sub-genre that has always piqued my interest. It is an ending to one way of life and an introduction to another for the survivors.  It shows us what it takes to try and survive in an unfamiliar world. Here are some Zombie apocalypse thrillers that are sure to make you wonder if you are cut out to survive one.  Year One by Nora Roberts 

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

Recipe for Fiction

Novels of Food and the Senses

A perusal of a list of the top 100 novels will inevitably yield a book with memorable food and or drink.  Sometimes there is even a clue as to what it is made of (sadly the butterbeer in the Harry Potter books lacks these details). A recipe or an experience well described can reveal something important about the main character or become a way for the reader to participate in the story.

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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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Summertime Fun: Sweet Treats & Flavorful Meats

Planning an upcoming event this summer? Here are a few suggestions on what to make for all to enjoy. The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White

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Big Books of Natural Wonders

Summer is a popular time for outdoor explorations and discoveries. Whether you find something big or small, it makes for a memorable day. Below are a selection of titles to enhance your experience.

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