Story Tags

Our story begins: new and selected stories by Tobias Wolff

A Little Escape from Reality

A stressful day? Don’t have time for this and that? Want to start a new book but can’t commit, yet the need for an escape from your mundane daily routine nags at you? Well, reading a short story might remedy your plight. You ask how, and I say: it’s short enough to fit into your hectic life and good enough to provide you a contained but transcendental experience of great fiction. Here are five amazing short story collections:

On writing : a memoir of the craft

Friends You Need While Writing

You have a story to tell, a story that only you know the best. The urge to share that story washes over you and you begin to write and everything is fine... until you hit the wall.  That’s when you need a friend to tell you your steps and whisper precious advice into your ears, for writing a book is like a thousand mile journey, long and arduous, complicated and mysterious, full of unsought twists in dark woods. Here I have collected five of the best friends you could ever imagine having with you, just in case you stumble on something. 

book cover for "Rubyfruit Jungle" by Rita Mae Brown.

#OrlandoUnited

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

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.

The White Wolf, by Franklin Gregory

Snowy Novellas

Stories that will stay with you long after the snow has gone.

That blizzard we got in January was a great start to making up for the first half of winter 2015-2016 being downright balmy with occasional wintry weather. I know it’s late in the game, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea of more snow.

Anton Chekhov's Misery

A Screening of Anton Chekhov's Misery

Fusing together the areas of visual art, music, literature, and history, composer Michael J. Evans has brought Chekhov’s short story to life in a unique and beautiful adaptation featuring original art and animation from local artist Sam Apple Cummins.

book cover for Geek Love

Uh...What Was That?

Books that boggle the mind.

I've read a few books in my lifetime that, try as I might to stretch my imagination, I just can't get my head around. These are books that are so weird and so puzzling, I can't help but wonder if my reading comprehension is not what it used to be. By no means am I saying that the books are terrible. Quite the contrary. It's just whenever I think of the books, I end up with more questions than answers. Below are a list of books that I think are worth the read, but (cue Keanu Reeves:) "Whoa!"