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Survey Results: What Are You Reading?

Real readers report back.

I conducted an unscientific survey to find out what people are actually devoting their free time to reading. The result is a compilation of earnestly recommended titles, new and old.    Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en

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Fiction by Women of Color

Books similar to "The Lowland", "Americanah", and "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

One of our regular patrons belongs to a book club that reads books authored by women of color. Her turn to choose a book for the club was coming up, so I gave her some choices similar to a few of her favorite titles.  Below is that list for you to enjoy. Similar to The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Chevy Chase Library Book Club

'The Sense of an Ending'

The October selection of the Chevy Chase Library's Book Club is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. We will meet on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. The Booker prize winning The Sense of an Ending follows retired lawer Tony Webster as he reflects on his life.

Metamorphosis series: 'Middlesex'

Chevy Chase Library's "Metamorphosis" lecture and discussion series concludes on Tuesday September 15 at 6 pm.  We will discuss Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.   Our guest lecturer will be Laura De Furio, from the University of Alabama's English department.   

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Only the Strong Survive

Resilience as a defining character trait in fiction

This list came out of a reference question that I got recently -- a patron I've gotten to know over the years asked for books about people dealing with hard situations -- and doing something about them. The question bounced around in my head for a few days.  She was graciously willing to wait for an emailed list, since it was the end of the day when she asked the question...and it finally hit me. She wanted books about survivors. Not quite Robinson Crusoe, but someone who navigated the mess of the world and came out better for it.

Unpunished by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Feminist Literature: the First Wave

Feminist literary fiction from 1890 to 1949

Welcome to Feminist Fiction! In this series we’ll explore the library’s best feminist novels and short stories from every wave of the feminist movement.

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'Station Eleven'

Georgetown Book Club's September Selection

A notable event in itself, the death of actor Arthur Leander during a performance of King Lear in Toronto is soon overshadowed by the outbreak of a population decimating pandemic in Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel Station Eleven.

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Introspective Tearjerkers

These books will hit you 'right in the feels'

Summer can be all about fun, flirty or "light" reading, but sometimes you just long for something different. There are so many novels that have heart -- they make us laugh and cry -- but the joy that comes from these authors' writing is that by making us feel so deeply about them, it makes both the illustrative content of the writer as well as our own world that much brighter. If you are looking for a different flavor - maybe something a little heavier or a book that dares to be moody - why not try these suggestions?

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Family Portaits

Novels of emotionally complex family life

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Feed by Mira Grant

Adult Books for Teens

For when you've read through the entire YA section

So you’ve read your way through the YA section at your library, and you’re at a lost at what to do next. The fiction shelves seem daunting, but here are some suggestions to get you started.   Feed by Mira Grant