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Bikes, Bites and Bucket Lists

Epic Journeys for the Rugged Cyclist

May is National Bike Month and what better way to get motivated than to read some cycling memoirs.  Some of these may jump onto your bucket list while others will make good couch reading.  If you're looking for a local ride, join DC Public Library on the 10th Annual Tour de DCPL on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Click here to register.  We hope to see you on the trails!

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Romance with a Compelling Setting

One of the most essential principles of books that delve into the different ways we love people is that the book needs to be felt. Part of what makes that happen are the characters themselves: how realistically they are portrayed and how well the author is able to make them feel human, or how much of an affinity they have to our own sensibilities (or to what we can imagine as readers). These affinities ground themselves in the characters, but also in the settings of the books.

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Noteworthy Audiobook Performances

Did you know that audiobooks are one of the fasting growing ways to read a book? If this is news to you, welcome to your new obsession! There’s no better way to multi-task while cooking, driving, working out or when you can’t easily keep your eyes on the page. Audiobooks have come a long way from “books-on-tape,” and the library has lots of ways to enjoy them.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

What to Read after "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Read-Alikes and Contextual Texts

Published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman has left a lasting impression on readers interested in feminism and mental health. While Gilman’s is one of the better-known stories about women, mental health and their treatment in western society, many authors have also approached the subjects before and since its publication.

Bad With Money, by Gaby Dunn

She's got a mouth on her!

Outrageous memoirs by women

In honor of Women’s history month, here is a list of great memoirs by women. Everyone has a story, and reading the memoirs of remarkable, interesting women is a great way to get inspired this March. Here are a few great choices to get you started, from comedic essays to financial memoir.  

A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

It's Academic

Stories of high school and college success

The United States has often been called the land of opportunity.  For many, those words have rung hollow.  Still, hard working people from disadvantaged backgrounds often obtain high levels of achievement.  These memoirs offer examples of determined young people who have overcome tough obstacles to realize a portion of the American dream through academic success. 

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Hidden Gay History

Gay History can be gleaned in history books, biographies of gay people, books about how religion treats homosexuality, and countless other materials. This list is intended to help you find some fascinating sources you might not have seen.  

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Independence Day Books to Celebrate America's Founding

Can’t remember much of what you learned about the early years of America back in high school? Always wanted to know more about our Founders? Check out these accessible but well researched books on the early years of America.  

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