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Justice Shorter's Reading List

As Heard on the DCPL Podcast "Access This"

On the April 20, 2021 episode of the DC Public Library Podcast series Access This, Jenny from the Center for Accessibility chatted with Justice Shorter about the Top 5 books that inform her personal and professional life as a Disability Justice advocate, Black Disabled Lives Matter amplifier and national expert on disability-inclusive disaster protections, emergency management and humanitarian crises/conflicts.

Voices from Iraq

The Iraq War, 2003-2011

Although the Iraq War ended ten years ago, its effects and aftermath are still felt today. These books present a general history and overview of the United States' most controversial foreign policy action since the Vietnam War. All books on this list are works of non-fiction, including two titles that consist of candid interviews with Iraqi citizens.

Men of Change

Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth

A Book, Film and Music Playlist

Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum, "Men of Change" is a traveling exhibition that features portraits of African American men who have altered the history and culture of this country.

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Crime and Punishment

Do you enjoy true crime books, police procedurals, or forensic mystery novels? Then these riveting histories that explore criminal investigation, sensational trials, and the use of forensics might be for you.

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Top 5 Non-Boring Nonfiction Books

"Nonfiction" isn't synonymous with "dry" or "dull"

by Toni Jackson, Teen Council employee    Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Alone Together by Jennifer Haupt

The Pandemic on Paper

Writings about the COVID-19 pandemic and how we live now

Many of us have turned to artistic endeavors throughout the pandemic to fill some free time, writers included.

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Berlin Stories

The German capital's dramatic history and role as a center for artists and intellectuals have long captivated the imagination. This list includes novels and works of non-fiction, all of which examine the city through important periods in its history. Spy stories, tales from the Weimar Republic, and portraits of survival during WWII are found below. Visit DC Public Library's catalog for more. 

Crafting Novels

Inspiration for Writers

Happy NaNoWriMo!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), originated as a writing challenge in 1999 and has since been established as a movement observed in November of each year. 

A Peoples History

Banned Books

Banned Books Week is observed at the end of September each year, celebrating our ability to freely and openly access information! Here's a list of books that have either been challenged and/or banned due to content. Though challenged, these titles offer diverse ideas and perspectives.

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Caring for Houseplants (e-books)

The "new normal," as a result of the public health emergency, encourages more time spent at home. Maybe you've picked up a new hobby, brought a new pet-- maybe (like me) you've invited new houseplants into your space. This shortlist is dedicated to caring for houseplants.   

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