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Funny Pop Culture Books

Beach season may be over, but the need for "beach reads" never goes away.  For me, a beach read is rarely a novel. My ideal relaxation book is usually light, funny, non-fiction and usually about some aspect of pop culture.  (I realize that this a very specific genre.)  I've picked some of my favorites below.  If you aren't in the mood for fiction the next time you go on vacation give one of these a try!

Whoosh

Bountiful Biographies

Atypical Biographies for Kids

Biographies often get a bad rap- especially among kids. They bring up memories of school assigned book reports and boring encyclopedia articles filled with dry facts. And one does have to search a little harder to find compelling fun stories about people who changed the world around them-- but they do exist! The following collection represent my favorite sampling of picture book biographies that are not only fun to read but also feature people (and maybe a bear or two) who don't often find themselves as the subjects of school reports.

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Graphic Novels for Beginners

From graphic novel newbie to fan in 5 books

Graphic novels have gotten increasingly more popular, but I have to admit I initially had a hard time getting into the format. For someone who was never into comic books as a kid, my eyes get easily overwhelmed with the explosion of activity that happens in graphic novels. What comes as second nature for a seasoned graphic novel fan - taking in the story simultaneously through the illustrations, the expository text, the speech bubbles, and the action bubbles or knowing which panel to look at next - requires a lot more concentration for me than reading a traditional book.

Cover for Don't Suck, Don't Die by Kristin Hersh

Don't Suck, Don't Die

Musicians Gone Too Soon

This year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, Amy, and the success of HBO's Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck last year (which has a print companion worth browsing) had us thinking about some other musicians whose careers were cut tragically short, and the stories behind their struggles and successes. 

Egypt-omania

From the Banks of the Nile

Egypt Revisited

It doesn’t take a riddle of the Sphinx to understand why the world has been so fascinated with Egypt - the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, King Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, the Library of Alexandria, and the the mighty Nile just to name a few things. There is something epic about this country in the northeast corner of Africa. Here, for your perusal, is a taste of a few things Egyptian.  

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Royals and Authors

Reading Roundup in Five

A privileged young girl living in Renaissance era Rome... a maid of honor races against time to solve a mystery... an author discovers a map in a library... a parson's daughter becomes a successful novelist... an empress travels the continent...Whatever the time period, each of these ladies were royals or authors who left her mark on history.  Below are a few of the books I've enjoyed reading. All of the books can be checked out or downloaded from the library.

Leader's Guide to Storytelling by Stephen Denning

What Is Your Story?

Stories and storytelling for adults

Do you think of yourself as an expert storyteller?  Surprise--if you're a homo sapiens (and if you're reading this, you are,) you are a storytelling natural.  Most stories don't start with "Once upon a time" or conclude "And they lived happily ever after."  In fact, many stories start in the middle, and aren't about monsters or fairy godmothers at all.  Yet our everyday stories, the stuff of our lives, can carry as much emotional impact as a famous Grimm or Perrault tale. 

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

Grace Jones

Busting Backstage

Musical memoirs from a female perspective

Good rock memoirs take you on tour and convey the band’s operatic highs and the Spinal Tap lows. It’s too bad that even the good ones written by men can neglect or demean the women in their lives. These women in and around the music business have written fascinating memoirs about making art and controversy in a sphere often monopolized by male voices. Look for famous cameo appearances in all of them.

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"What Happened to You?"

Women Speaking for Themselves on the Many Manifestations of Disability

Illness and disability come in many forms, and aren't always well understood by those not experiencing them. Women and girls living with disabilities are frequently subject to "multiple discriminations" and are among the most vulnerable, because of the "persistence of certain cultural, legal and institutional barriers" (UN). Presented in honor of Women's History Month, the following list of women share what life is like for them as they navigate disability, the aftermath of illness, and living a life of one's own.

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