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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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Bikes, Bites and Bucket Lists

Epic Journeys for the Rugged Cyclist

May is National Bike Month and what better way to get motivated than to read some cycling memoirs.  Some of these may jump onto your bucket list while others will make good couch reading.  If you're looking for a local ride, join DC Public Library on the 10th Annual Tour de DCPL on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Click here to register.  We hope to see you on the trails!

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Staff Pick: The Solo Travel Handbook

Traveling on your own can be an adventure and a challenge. Before you go, check out The Solo Travel Handbook by Sarah Reid. You'll get tips about budgeting, packing luggage, exploring your destination, safety, and more.

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Almost Like Being There

Fiction with a Strong Sense of Place

Maybe you’ve been itching to take a trip but don’t have the time or the funds; maybe you have a trip on the horizon but need a break from the day-to-day; or maybe you prefer the comfort of your own home or hometown, but love reading about far off places. Sometimes there’s nothing like fiction to paint such a clear picture of a place that it’s almost as good as traveling there yourself.

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

La France des Mystères

Mysteries of all types in the land of wine and cheese

Get swept up in the land of wine, cheese...and mysteries. This collection of novels, murder mysteries, and non-fiction all take place in France where the background has no shortage of terrior (or sense of place). There is something for everyone, whether you like true crime, cozy mysteries, or dark puzzles. Bon Voyage!

A Walk in the Woods

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Throughout history, the forest and the wilderness symbolize the unknown, both in physical and spiritual terms. These books about hiking the Appalachian Trail, both fiction and nonfiction, deal with our desire to explore and navigate the wilderness, to find out truths about ourselves, such as do we have the stamina and conviction to finish our goal of hiking the trail; and perhaps, to live vicariously through the lives of others. 

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Traveling Solo

Do you have a great vacation destination in mind but your family and friends can't come with you? Go on your own! You can decide what you want to see and take as much time as you like exploring. Your trip itinerary is yours to decide. Below are a selection of travel books to inspire your solo vacation.

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Solitude

A Life Apart From The World

Everyone, at some point or another, seeks out some alone time—to get away from the noise, to escape the pressures and stress of everyday life. Solitude has a healing quality that renews, strengthens and fortifies. There are some people that choose a life of solitude for any number of reasons and others that find themselves alone through no choice of their own. The following are some recent and classic accounts of the solitary life.

The Way

Walking The Way

The Allure of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

For centuries pilgrims have walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela (The Way) in northwestern Spain. The cathedral in Santiago is believed to be the resting place of St. James the Apostle, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. During the Middle Ages making a pilgrimage was a popular form of piety. Pilgrimage to Santiago became one of the three main pilgrimage destinations after Rome and Jerusalem.

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