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Second Chance Romances

Another chance to consider love comes at almost the beginning of every year, after New Year's resolutions are set and as the days are stretching into something brighter as they pass. Valentine's Day is as good a reason as any to watch something romantic and full of possibility and questions. Some romances feel like an answer but some embrace uncertainty and give us the secondhand experience of happenstance and second chances.

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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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Fairy Tale Winter

Each season of the year has its own unique qualities. But, it's winter, more than any other season, that feels filled with magic. Maybe it's the quietude, the way an uncommon hush from a snowfall can feel like awe; or maybe just the way we still when  spending more time indoors, more time at home. Magic creeps into my reading taste this time of year, but I like to read things that feel fresh, too, in a way. Below are some books that aren't fully fantasy, but that have it creeping at the edges, like ivy on a wintry house.

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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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Literary Coming of Age Fiction

Literature often isn't about an event happening; often the best stories are about small events and how they change someone. One of my favorite types of story is one where the narrator grows up and into themselves. Adolescence is a time of so much growth, development, and change that is ripe with narrative power. Here are some of my favorite coming of age stories:  

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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.    

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Vladimir Putin in Fiction

The DC/Baltimore area seems to be inundated with Putin-based theater over the last year.

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Literary Fanfiction

Fanfiction.  People often say this word with a sneer, but if you’re a reader you have probably been reading fanfiction your whole life.

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