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Emma by Kaoru Mori

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In late Victorian London, William Jones goes to visit his retired governess Mrs. Stowner. He hasn't seen her in several years. During his visit, William notices Emma, Mrs. Stowner's young maid. Their meeting is the beginning of a romance in the manga series Emma by Kaoru Mori, English translation by Sheldon Drzka.

The Buntline Special: a weird west tale by Mike Resnick

The Weird Wild West

I wouldn't call myself a fan of westerns. I don't dislike them, I'm just not crazy about them. What I am a fan of is weird. Add some ghosts or aliens to anything and I'm on board.  Here are a few weird westerns that I can't get enough of.Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

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International Girls with Grit

Grit is defined as "firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck."  The true stories below portray unimaginable hardships for girls so young. Some lost their families and homes to heinous acts of violence during civil wars. Others were sold by their families to ease financial burdens or because the girls were deemed "worthless." Yet deep loss, fear, and shame didn't define them. Instead, their strength blossomed in adversity.

First Day Jitters

School Rules!

Titles to help get your student ready for school

Summer is coming to an end, which means a new school year is right around the corner. This time of year can cause anxiety in those moving to a new classroom. These titles remind us that we can all conquer the dreaded first day.First Day Jitters By: Julie Danneburg

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Books to Encourage Flights of Fancy

It’s summer, which usually entails plans for fun and travel -- unless you cannot think of setting foot outside to face the heat. This season, therefore, calls for books that magically transport you away by the use of your imagination. Here are a number of choices that promise to do just that and more.

The Originalist

An American Original

A Reading List for Arena Stage's 'The Originalist'

Needless to say, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shook up U.S. politics deeply. Scalia's influence on the court was profound, and it is no surprise that writers have engaged both his legal career and writing as well as his overall personal presence on the court in trying to understand him. 

The Big Tiny

Go Small, Live Big

A guide to living simply

Recently, I started a journey to find happiness by living a minimalist lifestyle. I realized life should be about moments and not about possessions. During this journey, I have been picking up books for guidance and easy tips. Here are some I would love to share with others!

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Prime Suspect: Tennison

Begins Sunday, June 25 on WETA

In January 1992, the British police procedural mystery "Prime Suspect" series began its inaugural American broadcast on PBS's "Mystery!", starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jane Tennison. Novelist and series creator Lynda La Plante was inspired by the women who worked at Scotland Yard. The show was a success and six more seasons followed. The series finale aired in late 2007.

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Her Initials are W.W.

Get Your Lasso and Bracelets Ready!

Perhaps you've noticed that a certain female superhero made her film debut recently. If not, then you are missing an awesome movie! But to be fair,  Wonder Woman – the Amazonian princess who features a lasso and bracelets – has been around since 1941. I have been a fan since childhood and still have a picture of  my Halloween costume as the demigoddess.

Shooting Women-- Behind the Camera, Around the World

Phenomenal Women

"Women hold up half the sky, but it is the heavier half." (ancient Egyptian Nut; ancient Chinese proverb) "Man is the head, but woman is the neck that turns the head." (South African Proverb) It often is said that "behind every great man, there is a great woman." That is because strong, intelligent men choose strong, intelligent women whose stories often don't get told.

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