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Nonfiction that Seems Like a Soap Opera

Reality television stars have nothing on these real historical figures

The adage is that truth is stranger than fiction and these books certainly show that to be true. These nonfiction books feature historical figures with personalities that would put reality television stars to shame—and the antics that go with such larger-than-life personalities.  

Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth

Equality Now

The struggle for equal rights

The struggle of American women to achieve equality with men has been long and hard. These important titles document the history of this noble cause.  Divided We Stand by Marjorie Spruill

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Author Talk: George Derek Musgrove

Many books have been written about the politics and history of Washington, D.C. However the city's hometown aspect frequently is overlooked.

Gunning of America

Guns in America

In the context of mass shootings, police violence and the second amendment, Americans continue to disagree about the place that guns should have in our society. Are gun deaths the result of access to firearms or violent tendencies in the individual? What, if any, gun control is reasonable and constitutional? What did the founders intend with the second amendment? How did we become a country that has so many guns? What is the reality beyond all the hyperbole? These books will hopefully inform you about the history of guns in America and our current use of them.

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Wrestlemania XXXIV

Don't Try This at Home...

Confession time: I may appear to be a typical demure, silently sophisticated librarian on the surface, but deep down inside, I am a hardcore WWE wrestling fan. I came to the game later than most. While my friends were obsessed with wrestling in middle school and high school, I was too busy being emo and reading Harry Potter to get what it was all about. Sure, I watched matches with them once in a while, but I never "smelled what the Rock was cooking." I was never invested.

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Understanding Putin's Russia

With the unusual relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on people’s minds, perhaps you have wondered just what it is like to live in Putin’s Russia. Is it terrifying? Is it something Americans should be worried about? Did Putin influence the 2016 election in the US? Why do polls say that Russians like him? Well, here are some books that might help you to figure it all out.  

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#QuirkyWomenOfColor

Sisters who are smart, silly and social-media savvy.

These women of color are taking the world (wide web) by storm and unapologetically telling their stories.  The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

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Mortality

Most of us avoid thinking about dying and death, and we avoid talking about it even more so. However, if one chooses to read about dying and death instead, there is no shortage of excellent, insightful and even reassuring books on the subject. These memoirs are remarkable for their candor.

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Live Off the Land

(As Much as You Can)

It's been a cold, cold winter and I've been flagging catalogs and making sketches, impatient to get a start on the spring and summer garden.

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Make the Most of Your Space in the City

Discover the best options for designing your small space

City-living sometimes means cramped-living, and finding your ideal space at the perfect price can be nearly impossible. It can also provide the opportunity to work from home, which is appealing to some, and less than ideal for others. These reads will spark inspiration, help you redesign your small space and guide you in finding the perfect balance between comfort and functionality.

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