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Heat Up Your Nights with Historical Romance

Need an escape from reality to get you through the long, not so chilly months until summer vacation? Try taking a trip through time with one of these great historical romances.   Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig

Mistress of the Revolution

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

Modern Historical Fiction set in the French Revolution

The trials and challenges of life become even more difficult if you are living in a turbulent time, for example during the French Revolution. If you are interested in imagining life during the French Revolution, check out these modern adult and YA novels, all of which are set during the French Revolution, but which approach this significant historical event in a variety of ways. 

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Fantastic Fiction from Around the World

Novels in Translation

While English is one of the most widely learned languages in the world, there is terrific fiction being written in many languages that English speakers might miss out on if not for translated works. Below are some wonderful novels that have been translated into English in the last several years and allow a glimpse of the extensive literary world that exists in other languages.

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Staff Picks: "Prince Albert" & "The Spice King"

A German prince who influenced his adopted nation. A junior botanist is asked to spy. Here are two well-written titles, non-fiction and fiction, I enjoyed reading this month. Copies of the books are available to check out from the library system.

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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Monster Mashups

Literary fiction featuring mythical creatures and cryptids

The sun is setting earlier every day and the air should be turning crisp soon, along with the leaves on the trees and we’re reaching the end of September.You know what that means - spooky season is here! 

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