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Dangerous Alliance

Jane in YA

Austen Retellings for Young Adult Readers

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved, and most adapted, authors of all time. It's no wonder that every genre has had their hand in Jane Austen adaptations--from literary sequels, contemporary retellings, murder mysteries, to young adult fiction. Today, I want to look at six great young adult retellings of Austen's novels that are perfect for teen readers or older readers who are looking for new ways to access old favorites. 

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Finding a Flow State

Books to Absorb You

We've likely all looked for it: a way to simultaneously escape ourselves while being as close to our bones as we can be. The whole idea of a "flow state" is predicated on this idea - losing ourselves in a purposeful way. Thoughtful or creative work is the cleanest path to this state, but exposing ourselves to someone else's art also prompts the reader's imagination and cues readers to find what it says about who they are. 

The Catcher in the Rye

We Didn't Start the Fire

Literature Mentioned in Billy Joel's Song

In 1989, musician Billy Joel released, "We Didn't Start the Fire," a song listing some of the most important headlines from his forty years of life up to that point, creating a snapshot of a large portion of the twentieth century.

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The American Revolution for Kids

While most children in the United States learn about the American Revolution in school, you don’t have to wait until it is introduced in the classroom to talk to them about that moment in history, and you don’t have to rely on textbooks to do so! The DC Public Library has a great selection of books for children of all ages about the people and moments of the American Revolution. Try dipping your toe into one of these fascinating books and you may learn a thing or too!

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Staff Quick Picks: Novels of Love and Faith

Secret missions, hidden treasure in an empty English country house, and a royal romance--here are three novels by award-winning Christin fiction authors I've enjoyed reading. These novels are available on Overdrive. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

The Dutch House

2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalists

On May 4, 2020, the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. The Pulitzers are among the most prestigious American prizes in journalism, writing, music, poetry, and more.

Behind a Mask

Louisa May Alcott

For When You've Read Little Women 50 Times

Louisa May Alcott’s timeless, classic novel about four sisters coming of age during the Civil War has endured for over 150 years now. Little Women itself has been adapted to film, to graphic novel, reimagined in a modern setting, and inverted in new ways. That has inspired many to explore the other stories and novels of the beloved author, who never imagined she would become known as a children’s author. 

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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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Modern Iran

Illuminating Fiction and Non-Fiction

How well is post-Revolution Iran understood in the West? Today this ancient society is known primarily for the activities of its theocratic government. The following collection of ebooks and audiobooks includes two novels, two memoirs and two analyses. Many of the authors selected were either born in Iran or spent several years in the country. My hope is to offer the reader an insider's perspective on this enigmatic land.    

Notes from Undergound

Alone!

Alone!  Alone!  Alone, whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

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