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"Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself..."

Memoirs from the Hip Hop Community

Hip-hop has firmly rooted itself worldwide as an important part of modern day culture. Clothing, vernacular, art and literature have all been influenced by hip-hop culture. As of late, some notable rappers and hip-hop producers have thrown their hat in the literary ring, giving us the stories behind some of their greatest hits. Here are some popular memoirs written by hip-hop notables.

Black Flag

Jolly Roger Reads

Books About Pirates, Swashbucklers, and other Assorted Buccaneers

Avast, matey! Here be several sea-faring tales of sunken ships, hidden treasures, bloodthirsty corsairs, and a whole heap of scurvy! Everyone likes a good adventure yarn, and pirates, both real and fictional, have had some of the greatest adventures in storytelling. Who hasn’t dreamed of discovering secret chests of gold or tasting the salty sea air as you sail about the tropics?

The Big Tiny

Go Small, Live Big

A guide to living simply

Recently, I started a journey to find happiness by living a minimalist lifestyle. I realized life should be about moments and not about possessions. During this journey, I have been picking up books for guidance and easy tips. Here are some I would love to share with others!

Shooting Women-- Behind the Camera, Around the World

Phenomenal Women

"Women hold up half the sky, but it is the heavier half." (ancient Egyptian Nut; ancient Chinese proverb) "Man is the head, but woman is the neck that turns the head." (South African Proverb) It often is said that "behind every great man, there is a great woman." That is because strong, intelligent men choose strong, intelligent women whose stories often don't get told.

Under the Stars book cover

June is...Great Outdoors Month!

Celebrate Inside or Out With Your Library

Whether you're a true-blue outdoor adventurer, or an indoor cat like me, reading about outdoor exploration is a fun way to get the summer started. From camping and hiking, to humor and one fictional tale of survival, bust out the bug spray and enjoy all that June -  Great Outdoors Month - has to offer at your library:

Plant-based eating

Let's Party - Vegan Style

For those of you who are into entertaining or needing to bring some fixings to your next get-together, the vegan cookbooks on this list will help you learn to prepare an easy and healthy feast. Best of all, you and your guests will be stuffing yourselves up with nothing but delish plant-based treats.

Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle

A Moment of Happiness

Books to help you live a more fulfilled, peaceful life

From time to time, we all need a little bit of motivation, a little bit of spirituality, and a little bit of peace to enjoy, if not every moment, at least most of the moments of our lives. This is not new. Since the dawn of time, we've been searching for ways to achieve inner peace and fulfillment, and "being in the present moment" is a phrase that I'm sure you've heard before. Sages throughout history have considered this moment - the here and the now - as the only moment in which life exists, in which life breathes, in which we are.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande cover

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #13: Read a nonfiction book about technology

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Challenged Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #14: Read a book about war

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

city of light city of poison

Sepia-toned Scandal

Infamy is Timeless

Are the news cycles causing intrigue fatigue? It may be a little (cold) comfort to know that constant tumult is not unique to our time. In fact, the outrageous and the shocking have always peppered human history. Plus, reading disreputable stories about long-dead people can be more palatable than continually processing the 24-hour news cycle. Some titles for those with an interest in the bad old days.

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