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Cooking: Spain and Latin America

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out these cookbooks celebrating the culinary diversity of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish, Middle Eastern, and African Cookbook by Pepita Aris et al.

A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

It's Academic

Stories of high school and college success

The United States has often been called the land of opportunity.  For many, those words have rung hollow.  Still, hard working people from disadvantaged backgrounds often obtain high levels of achievement.  These memoirs offer examples of determined young people who have overcome tough obstacles to realize a portion of the American dream through academic success. 

pierre seel

Hidden Gay History

Gay History can be gleaned in history books, biographies of gay people, books about how religion treats homosexuality, and countless other materials. This list is intended to help you find some fascinating sources you might not have seen.  

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Read Feed: September is National Recovery Month

Are you or someone you know recovering from an addiction or illness?  September is National Recovery Month.  Below are a selection of books relating to recovery. How Healing Works by Wayne Jonas, M.D.

A Year in Rock Creek Park

DC's Wild, Wondrous Heart

Ecological, Historical & Poetic Explorations of Rock Creek Park

When many people think of our nation's capital, they focus on its political life. Yet residents here know our city environment encompasses much more than federal politics. At its heart lies my favorite area, Rock Creek Park. Over double the size of Central Park, it includes forests, streams, hills, fields, recreational and historical sites. Here residents and tourists can escape from urban stress, slow down, engage in recreation, and commune with nature.

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Summertime Fun: Bottled and Brewed

The Washington, D.C. area is home to a number of vineyards and breweries.  If you'd like to be more knowledgeable about your next glass, check out these titles. The Nation's Capital Brewmaster by Mark Elliot Benbow

Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore

Leading Ladies

Political women of the modern age

Although women have held political power for centuries, for the most part, they have inherited their offices.  In contemporary times, more women political leaders have risen through democratic processes.  Below is a selection of books about women heads of state. Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore

Stranger Tides

Take to the Seas!

Nautical Novels & Nonfiction

They say that the sea is a cruel mistress, harsh and fickle. But she is also alluring, holding a beautiful, spellbinding power over many of us that can define entire lives, communities and even empires. Whether you like to keep a respectful distance from the shore or dive headfirst under the waves, it’s hard to deny the power of a good sea song. Below are a few titles that capture the mystery, danger, and grandeur of the ocean, from heart-wrenching to historical, fact to fantasy.  

American Nations

Doomed to Repeat It

History You Won't Forget

There are some books that change our lives and we always remember the first time we read them. History books are not usually in that category, but the stories we tell about ourselves and others can dramatically reshape the way we see the world. This can be because the facts in the books are ones we were never presented with before. Or histories can rock our sense of reality because they highlight a narrative or pattern we never saw before. They may help us make new sense of the confusing present. This is a list of histories that did that for me and I hope will for you, too.

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