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The Terror

Mysteries From the Depths

Seafaring historical fiction

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” - Dante Alighieri  The ocean has been an infinite and undeniable source of fascination. This hypnotic collection of maritime mysteries reflects some of the most perilous and tragic periods in history; readers will encounter yarns of legendary shipwrecks, bloodshed and possession, and the hope of redemption. Chart a course for lands unknown and grab your investigator’s cap, you’ve got some sleuthing to do!

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood

Hollywood Babylon: Biographies of the Golden Age of Cinema

There’s something wrong in Hollywood

Everyone loves a good story. The Golden Age of cinema, filmmaking during the 1910s - 1960s, was no exception. Tinseltown was, and still is, in the business of mythmaking and -- from the “lowly” assistant to the matinee idol -- everyone had a tale of victory and calamity, intrigue that attracted (or was generated by) the rumor mill. These Hollywood hopefuls wrestled against studio-contrived standards that transcended the screen and into the collective consciousness.

Mending Life

Mending Clothes & Ourselves

Inspirational and Instructional Books on Mending

As Elizabeth Cline explores in Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, our overconsumption of textiles is ecologically disastrous, contributes to labor and human rights abuses, and is bad for our souls.

The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook

Egg-cellent Backyard Chickens

Highly Recommended Books on Raising Chickens

Interest in chicken-keeping and sales of chicks have risen dramatically since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you too dream of raising chickens or just want to learn more about what is involved in such an endeavor, the books below can assist and inspire you. One day you may delight in freshly laid eggs, enjoy the company of feathered friends, and achieve greater self-sufficiency.

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Finding a Flow State

Books to Absorb You

We've likely all looked for it: a way to simultaneously escape ourselves while being as close to our bones as we can be. The whole idea of a "flow state" is predicated on this idea - losing ourselves in a purposeful way. Thoughtful or creative work is the cleanest path to this state, but exposing ourselves to someone else's art also prompts the reader's imagination and cues readers to find what it says about who they are. 

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Staff Pick: "Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" by Suzanne Collins

Before Katniss Everdeen became a tribute for her district in the Hunger Games, a tribute from her district was paired with a future president.

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Staff Quick Picks: Novels of Love and Faith

Secret missions, hidden treasure in an empty English country house, and a royal romance--here are three novels by award-winning Christin fiction authors I've enjoyed reading. These novels are available on Overdrive. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Midnight in Siberia

Mother Russia

Adventures in the Land of Putin and Beyond

Russia has been in the news a lot over the last four years and usually not in a good light. There is that thing called the 2016 election and Russia’s interference. The United States and Russia/The Soviet Union have not always had the best rapport but, love it or hate it, Russia is addictive. Its people are beautiful and strong. And, while cold and allusive at first, they are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in the world.

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Policing Black Bodies in America

Books that Touch on Police Brutality and Black Lives Matter

The protests of 2020 are an opportunity to remember individuals who were stripped of their humanity---Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Dominique Clayton. Michael Brown. Christian Taylor. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd.

 The Psychology of Time Travel

Meet Here Yesterday

Books about time travel

There’s never been a better time than now to jump into a time machine; set a course and grab your helmet! While sadly that isn’t possible (for now), we can escape to other histories, bodies, and universes in the pages of the books below. Each title explores the questions that are bound to time travel -- free will versus determinism, establishing identity in an age of futility, and fighting for love in an unpredictable landscape. Bring along a notebook; things can get tricky.  

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