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The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Mothers Tell Your Daughters

Telling Life Stories in Novels

So many great novels that pass the Bechdel Test (two female characters discussing topics other than men) are about mothers and daughters. Mothers sharing their lives and long lost secrets with their daughters and surrogate daughters. The story describing the bond between two or more women from different generations has been told in many different ways. Whether those women are related by blood or by common experience, each of these novels comes from a different perspective.

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Solitude

A Life Apart From The World

Everyone, at some point or another, seeks out some alone time—to get away from the noise, to escape the pressures and stress of everyday life. Solitude has a healing quality that renews, strengthens and fortifies. There are some people that choose a life of solitude for any number of reasons and others that find themselves alone through no choice of their own. The following are some recent and classic accounts of the solitary life.

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Historical Mysteries with Female Protagonists

Fiction Picks for Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month with a few historical mysteries featuring smart, independent women making their way in a man's world.  And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

The Way

Walking The Way

The Allure of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

For centuries pilgrims have walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela (The Way) in northwestern Spain. The cathedral in Santiago is believed to be the resting place of St. James the Apostle, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. During the Middle Ages making a pilgrimage was a popular form of piety. Pilgrimage to Santiago became one of the three main pilgrimage destinations after Rome and Jerusalem.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiley

Teens Getting Involved with Social Justice Issues

Get inspiration for how to make an impact

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great time to reflect on social justice actions that we can adopt in our daily lives. It’s never too early or too late to start exploring your relationship with causes that are important to you. Here are some books that can help you determine causes to care about and the language to help you explore your feelings.

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The Game is Afoot

Celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Sherlock Holmes

The first Sherlock Holmes story was published in December of 1887 and, as evidenced by the popularity of the BBC’s show Sherlock, he still resonates with us today.  Have you read all the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories?

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Read Feed: Summer Serial Reads

Exciting discoveries. Power plays. Wondering who is trustworthy. Fantastic and alternate worlds. Over the summer, I read the latest installment from a few series that I've been following.  Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

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Soon to be Seen on the Silver Screen

Upcoming Book-to-Film Adaptations

'Tis the season for Oscar bait and awards chatter and what’s a tried and true strategy for catching the eye of the Academy? Literary adaptations, of course! And we all know it’s better to read the book first, so here are a few big name adaptations coming soon to a theater near you - and one soon-to-be-dropped on Netflix.   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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Japanese-American Internment

In the weeks and months after Pearl Harbor was bombed, more than one hundred thousand Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were relocated and incarcerated in internment camps for the duration of the Second World War. A number of fiction books address this little-known and regrettable chapter in American history.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Historical or Nostalgic Fiction?

Recent Fiction set in 1980s and 1990s

Historical fiction is often defined as a novel that takes place in the past. But in 2017, can a novel set in 1996 or even 2000 be considered historical? Rather: if the writer and/or reader vividly remembers a time only 15-20 years in the past, reliving that past veers into nostalgia rather than history. Then again, what if the novel is for a YA crowd who never experienced the 80s or 90s? When does it become historical? These novels all take place between 1980 and 2001 and were written by authors looking back.

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