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Bestselling Books That Became Broadway Bashes

The Great White Way is chock full of productions with origins in literature. In some cases, the stage telling has eclipsed the written version as the cultural mainstay, while others struggled to capture the magic of their paper counterparts. In rare instances, both novel and musical are considered equally brilliant, even if there have been significant changes made between book and Broadway.

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Let us Now Praise Famous Dogs

Good Dogs in History

Pupper love is having a moment, with blogs and social media capitalizing on the abiding affection between humans and their noble companions.

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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.

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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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