Story Tags

Crushing

The Human Spirit

I am drawn to people's personal stories of triumph over adversity. I think often about the imagery and symbolism of the lotus plant. The lotus shoot has to grow through the mud of swamps and other still bodies of water. The unseen shoot struggles upward towards the light and when it pierces the surface, a beautiful flower unfurls. What these stories have in common is they explore the resiliency of human peoples despite the misfortunes that can happen in any person's life.

Sun is Also a Star

People of Color Protagonists in Romance-ish Novels

Growing up, romance novels were not on my radar. At all. I thought they were cheesy and I had the image of Fabio associated with the genre. Additionally, I never found Young Adult romance books with characters that were not white or middle class. However! I have gotten older and wiser and now *love* cheesy romance and romance-ish novels (fiction books with a sprinkle of romance) and have found books with fulfilling diverse characters of different races and socioeconomic statuses.

Cover image for What A Time to Be Alone by Eggerue

Going Solo

The Pleasures of Being Single

It’s spring, and love is in the air, or so the poets (and scientists) say. Look around and everyone seems to be holding hands or walking around with dreamy smiles on their faces. Except you.

Signature of All Things

Dream Faraway

Let your imagination have at it conjuring up the images and feelings from these novels. A wide range of emotions as well as personal, social and political experiences are explored giving the reader a window into other cultures and points of view. The signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert   

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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.

The Carrying by Ada Limon

Year End Reads

As the official winter season gets closer, the weather slows things down and instills a heaviness that really makes us feel ourselves in our bodies. When we are not as frenetic, books are a great companion to the new (but cyclical) rhythm. It’s a vista from which to take stock, particularly with a new year on the horizon line. The books below offer characters or writers who are speaking to a centeredness, steadiness, or timeliness.

Sis

My Sisters' Keeper

Teen Book Club

Sisters!  Come to the Anacostia Library to read and discuss a great book. Our book club will meet the first and third Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. to discuss chapters and have free talk. Teen girls. ages 15-17, will have an outlet to talk and express themselves in a comfortable environment with their peers. Light refreshments will be provided. The goal of the book club is to encourage self-love, build confidence and healthy relationships.   

Saving Red

Books In Verse

YA Titles With Impact Using Fewer Words

Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?  

The Vine of Desire

Caught Between Two Cultures

It's difficult to be caught between two cultures. In these novels, women from India or women of Indian descent are coping with the challenges and opportunities that come with living in America. Is arranged marriage still a viable option? One character struggles to accept her daughter's biracial marriage. Another character must not only deal with the loss of her father, but also the proper way to scatter his ashes in India.

Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

Young Women, Real Lives

The experience of being a young woman is its own, whatever other challenges or interests go along with it.  Whether examining nature, negotiating the context of promiscuity or alcoholism, creating meaningful relationships with other women, or simply existing, these eight titles explore that experience with a sharp eye, some leading the reader to laughter and others to tears.

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