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Neuroplasticity

How to change your mind

Can our minds grow with practice? If we train hard enough can we become smarter or increase our mental agility? The books in the list below reveal modern occurrences where science has helped improve or change the brains of many people. They address miracles, human evolution, methods of healing, and how we can embrace our differences and thrive with the minds we have.

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September Staff Picks

Retracing George Washington's travels in the modern day. A lady's maid with connections to a dangerous enemy. Here are two adult titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system. Murder Most Fair by Anna Lee Huber

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Russian Literature Beyond the Classics

Perhaps you’re already familiar with (and maybe you've been put off by) Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and the other great 19th-century Russians. Or you want to find out what Russian writers have been writing during the past fifty years. Or maybe you simply want to read something different. This list contains a sample of works by Russian writers from recent decades; in them they examine the weight of history, the boundaries of the soul, and the oft-hidden dimensions of the world with the irony and depth of vision that we have come to associate with Russia's greatest writers.

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The Last Duel by Eric Jager

Staff recommendation

In 1386, Jean de Carrouges returned home to France from fighting in Scotland. His wife, Marguerite, had stunning news for him. She told him that Jacques Le Gris, a squire, had entered their home and forced himself on her.

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Agony of the Leaves

Non-Fiction About Tea

If you're a tea drinker who wants to learn more about it, here are some non-fiction titles to get you started. Click here to go to the library's catalog and see more.

 Never make the same mistake twice : lessons on love and life learned the hard way / Nene Leakes with Denene Millner

DC TO 'THE A'

Read the Writing of Your Favorite Atlanta Housewife

In late 2008, one of the most influential reality shows in TV history aired:

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Carnegie Awards 2021

This month, the winners of the Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction will receive their awards during the American Library Association Virtual Conference. Below are the winning titles. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Fiction

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The New Sincerity & David Foster Wallace

The idea of “New Sincerity,” which was especially noted in popular culture of the 1990s, drew a large amount of its nominal popularity from the essay work of David Foster Wallace.

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April Staff Picks

Head west, walk the streets of Paris, and uncover mysteries in 19th century Great Britain. Below are titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.

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Pride Month Reads with the Washington Mystics

Adult Autobiographies and Biographies for Pride Month

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. June’s theme is Pride.

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