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Everyday Use

Stitching "Scraps of Memories"

African American Textile Art as Historical Aesthetics

 As Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use demonstrates, African American quilts are repositories of history and culture that anyone can appreciate as art, but

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Book Cart, Drink Cart

Spiked Titles with a Twist

Yes, it’s true: the craft cocktail revolution is over and won and people can have complex and balanced stiff drinks wherever they find themselves.  And yet, this continuing, decade-long interest in fancy drinks speaks to the intersection of history, locavorism, performance art, craftsmanship, and science.

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine

Sex and Sexuality from Girlhood to Womanhood

To say that sex and gender play a complex role in the lives of everyday Americans would be an understatement.  Not everyone believes that America is a patriarchy: a society where men hold the majority of power.  However, many girls and women feel that the patriarchy is not only real but also impacts their daily lives, especially the romantic and sexual aspects.  For young women, puberty marks important physical changes to their bodies, and standards of beauty and standards of behavior for both genders are often set by the patriarchy.  Everyone seems to want a say in what wo

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The World of Trash

Trash is a central element of our lives, but we usually ignore it. The average American produces 4 pounds of trash every day and the United States as a whole produces about 700,000 tons of trash each year. These books lay out the history and scale of our love affair with garbage.


A Life Well Lived

You deserve true happiness and fulfillment. A life well lived, full of happiness and fulfillment, can become a reality for anyone who decides to embark on such a journey. Regardless of your situation, past or present, the ability to positively impact your life, become a better problem solver, form healthy habits, and improve the quality of your overall well being is very possible. The following suggested reads have been compiled to provide you with an extra dose of inspiration, good vibes, and hopefully the motivation and insight you need to live your best life and fulfill your purpose.

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Books to Help Complete Your Knowledge of DC History

Washington, D.C. is full of people who are new to town, who will only live here for a few years or who are just tourists. Whether you’ve lived here for your whole life, or you’re just getting settled in, this city has a wild history that you may not know. This list of books will introduce you to our city’s rich history.

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Master the Craft of Filmmaking

Filmmaking equipment is cheaper now than it’s ever been before and now’s a great time to get started on the creative projects that you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re interested in fiction or documentary, this list of books will help you master the craft. The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier

Post Secret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God

These Are My Confessions

Just when I thought I said all I could say...

Forgive me reader, for I have sinned. For penance, I offer you book after book of guilty consciences, all of which are suitable for adult audiences. I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain By: Courtney Robertson

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Author Talk: Derek Hyra

In recent years, the Shaw/U Street neighborhood has experienced a dramatic transformation.What was once an open-air drug market has been replaced by new residential complexes and businesses. However, not everyone has benefited from the redevelopment in the neighborhood. Long-time residents and small businesses have moved out of the neighborhood or have had to adjust to the arrival of young, relatively wealthy newcomers.  With the changes from gentrification, what does it mean for the future of the Shaw/U Street neighborhood and the District?

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iPad for Seniors

Are you a senior who has a new iPad and need help getting started? Check out My iPad for Seniors, fourth edition, by Michael Miller.