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The Express Collection

Hot & Popular Books at Deanwood

Looking for access to extremely popular material often found on long hold waitlists? Having to wait until everyone else reads a book, before you even see it; a process that could take months? Well, you are in luck. To alleviate this dilemma, the Library is piloting an Express Collection.    

Crushing

The Human Spirit

I am drawn to people's personal stories of triumph over adversity. I think often about the imagery and symbolism of the lotus plant. The lotus shoot has to grow through the mud of swamps and other still bodies of water. The unseen shoot struggles upward towards the light and when it pierces the surface, a beautiful flower unfurls. What these stories have in common is they explore the resiliency of human peoples despite the misfortunes that can happen in any person's life.

Mark of the King cover

Historical Fiction with Faith

Christian novels set between the 18th and 19th centuries

Historical fiction has been a long favorite genre of mine. A few years ago, I added historical Christian fiction novels for my reading enjoyment. Below are a few novels that I've enjoyed set between the 18th to 19th centuries. Copies are available to check out and download.

Kushiel's Dart

Fantasy PRIDE

Fantasy Novels Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters

Nerd culture is all the rage these days, and it’s never been cooler to be into science fiction, horror, and fantasy than it is right now. Fans are diving deep into mythologies and histories of invented worlds, finding themselves in the sword-fighting, spell-casting, dragon-riding, and laser-shooting heroes that dominate our media. But what if you’re a queer lover of space opera and epic fantasy and superhero smackdowns?

April in Paris

Storied Paris

New Fiction for Springtime Reading

Cosmopolitan, sensual, violent, beautiful and romantic, are all words that could be used for Paris, France, historically and currently.  Try these five new novels for springtime and glimpse a Paris that is these things and more.  Happy reading!

Cover for the book "Here Comes the Sun"

Almost Like Being There

Fiction with a Strong Sense of Place

Maybe you’ve been itching to take a trip but don’t have the time or the funds; maybe you have a trip on the horizon but need a break from the day-to-day; or maybe you prefer the comfort of your own home or hometown, but love reading about far off places. Sometimes there’s nothing like fiction to paint such a clear picture of a place that it’s almost as good as traveling there yourself.

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Defiant Dames

Young Adult Historical Fiction by Women of Color

To celebrate Women's History Month, I've compiled some fantastic young adult historical fiction written by women of color.   

Milkman

Tournament of Books 2019

It's back!

I like to read all the books in The Morning News' Tournament of Books annually, so that I can ensure I've read at least some well-regarded adult fiction. This is my favorite way to do that, as the list is usually diverse in terms of genres, perspectives and styles. You can find my picks from last year's tournament here. I have to admit, this year's overall list was not my favorite - three of my top five picks are from the play in round!

HomeGoing

Ghanaian Authors

Ghana Ghana. The first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, a regional power in West Africa, and home to 30 million people. Ghana like many other African countries has a rich oral literature history. For this post, I wanted to discover the writings of Ghanaians and I think this selection of books is a good introduction to Ghanaian authors and a peek into Ghanaian culture and history. Each one of these authors were either born and/or raised in Ghana or have a parent who is Ghanaian.

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