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The Struggle is Real

Let's tackle a difficult question. One that's hounded us since humans first had the unique audacity to ask: Why are we here and what's the point of all of this? The books below offer clues and opinions - at best. If it is existential themes you seek, some of my favorites are below.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Magically Real

There are memories that seem magical in hindsight, plus everyday occurrences that are magical when a person possesses the right frame of mind to perceive it so. The following tales contain fantasy and magic, but also beautifully depict elements of the extraordinary in everyday life. 

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You Saw It On "Masterpiece"

The public television series Masterpiece delivers both original shows and literary adaptations to PBS on a regular basis, and, arguably, those shows are some of the most quality programming you can find: compelling acting, excellent writing, sensuous costuming, and lush scenes of the British countryside. Nobody does rolling hillsides like Masterpiece does! Check out the literary origins of these particular shows, which are even better – hard to believe, right? – than their television counterparts.

Toot, by Leslie Patricelli

Poop-pourri

The scoop on poop and other bodily functions

Let's not beat around the bush: everybody poops. We all have green stuff that comes out of our noses and sometimes our bellies make funny noises. Here's a list of some of the funniest and, yes, even some educational books for kids on all the weird things our bodies do. Toot, by Leslie Patricelli

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Moo, Baa, Neigh!

Classic Animal Chapter Books

Animal picture books are always circulating in and out of DCPL's branches. When young ones get older, terrific chapter books from "the olden days" (I know, I know) are waiting for these fresh, new readers. Take a look at the books below and see which animal books moms, dads, and grandparents loved when they were younger. Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard Atwater

Out of Africa

In and Out of Africa

Women who have lived it

My mental image of Africa is flamingos as far as the eye can see.  Blame it on Out of Africa!  The movie spurred me to read the book, and I have continued to explore other memoirs about living and growing up in Africa.  These are some of my favorites.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mars Attacks!

Mars, the red planet, named for the Roman god of war, has often captivated and inspired literature, as wide and varying as space western, scientific survival story, classic science fiction, philosophical novel, and popular dystopia. Here are what I consider essential Martian tales.

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Regency (and Regency-Inspired) Romances

Historical Romance

The Regency era in British history is probably best known now by the works of Jane Austen. Austen's novels have captivated minds for generations afterwards with their vibrant female characters and humor. As a result, many writers have been influenced by Austen's strong women, marriage plots, and distinct setting, to write romances set in her time. Here are some of my favorites!  

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'Hamilton' and Beyond: Tony Nominees at Your Library

So the 2016 Tony nominations are out.  You may not be able to get to NYC to see these shows, but you have a library, a computer, and an imagination and sometimes that’s enough. (Trust me, the version of Rent I pictured in my head was way better than the one I eventual saw.)  Here are some of the nominees and some resources to help you out. Best Musical Hamilton

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Islam and Muslim Cultures in America and Around the World

Resources from the Library Collection and D.C. Community

Starting with the Muslim Journeys series in 2013, the library has compiled a list of materials from across the collection in the service of learning about and celebrating Islam and Muslim cultures. You can learn more about the Muslim Journeys events, narratives, sponsors, and partners at the link above.

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