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Modern Iran

Illuminating Fiction and Non-Fiction

How well is post-Revolution Iran understood in the West? Today this ancient society is known primarily for the activities of its theocratic government. The following collection of ebooks and audiobooks includes two novels, two memoirs and two analyses. Many of the authors selected were either born in Iran or spent several years in the country. My hope is to offer the reader an insider's perspective on this enigmatic land.    

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24 Hours of Audiobooks

Audiobooks that will keep you occupied

No matter the reason for finding yourself with a lot of time on your hands, there are many ways to make the best of it. One of those ways is by diving into a super long book on audio. All of these books are not only critically acclaimed, but they’ll also take you more than a day to listen to. That’s right, each of these audiobooks clocks in at over 24 hours long, so you won’t find yourself without something to read and listen to for quite a bit.

Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman

Soothing Audiobooks

Set Your Mind At Ease

It’s a pretty hectic world out there right now, so here are a few audiobooks to listen to with Overdrive. You can download or stream them, and listen to a relaxing book to distract yourself and de-stress.

Humans of New York: Stories

Something to Say

Creators of Blogs, Podcasts, YouTube Channels and More Share Their Stories

While catching up on some light reading, why not try a little light listening with these ebooks and eAudiobooks available through OverDrive and the Libby app. Flip through the vibrant collection of photographs from one of the most read blogs in the world. Go on an adventure with a journalist who shakes up her career in a shaken up community. Laugh and sigh as creators of YouTube videos, podcasts, and blogs give life to their stories as only they can.

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DC Reads: Adult Title Read-a-likes

More to savor after "With the Fire on High"

This year’s DC Reads book, With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, follows high schooler and teen mom Emoni Santiago through senior year, as she balances school, work, Babygirl -- and figuring out her future.

Broken Faith

Cult-ure Shock

Nonfiction books about cults

We may not wish to be caught up in one ourselves, but cults can be endlessly compelling when it comes to reading material. From unbelievable journalistic endeavors to more personal memoirs offering narratives from behind the literal and figurative iron gates of these communities, a number of these stories have revealed the worst of our imaginations and beyond. Check out these titles for terror and hope in some of the most secretive groups history has seen.

A Bintel Brief

Road Trip!

Graphic novels from coast to coast

Graphic novels are so fun to read because the artwork adds a whole other level to world building. The illustrative choices set tone, provide context, and sometimes add story clues or easter eggs. Like other forms of literature, graphic novels come in all flavors of fiction and nonfiction; and the artwork can vary from stark black and white drawings to intense color-filled pages.

It Takes Two

Reality TV Tell-Alls

Every time a celebrity releases a new memoir the internet is filled with news articles about the revelations they make within the pages: affairs, addictions, abuse, anything you can thing of. These memoirs get gobbled up, and if you've been a long-time fan of that individual or the reality TV show they hail from, you're destined to learn a lot from these memoirs. They don't call them "tell-alls" for nothing. Whether you prefer the Bachelor, the Real Housewives, the Home and Garden Television Network, or some combination of the above, we've got it all. 

The Plantagenets

English Royals and Their Families

Most of us get along pretty well with our immediate relatives. However, if you’re royalty, that might not be the case. Rivalry for the crown can create problems in the best of families, as the following books illustrate.   The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones

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