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London in Modern British Fiction

London is a fascinating city that has been at the centerpiece of numerous stories. Check out these titles from modern British authors to explore London from several different times and perspectives.

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Southern Gothic Literature

Explore the dark underbelly of Southern life with these gritty and grotesque American tales.

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If you like "The Handmaid's Tale" . . .

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood was published in 1985, but is suddenly popular again, with a new miniseries adaptation available on Hulu. If you are enjoying the new television adaptation, or are simply fan of the original book, you might enjoy these similar dystopian novels.

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Adventurous Memoirs

These aren't just ordinary personal accounts. They're packed with adventure.  More...
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Nonbinary Gender in Speculative Fiction

Explore science fiction and fantasy novels featuring cultures with nonbinary gender norms.

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A Coming-of-Age Time of Year

As we make our way through spring to summer, grow your experience by taking some time to try out the Coming-of-Age genre.  

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Dig Up a Good Book: Archaeological Fiction

We can't all be Indiana Jones but you can explore ancient runes and solve mysteries by jumping into a book.  Check out one of these great adventures today.

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Time Travel Fiction

Time travel has been an enduring premise for fiction, spanning many genres and finding its place both on the page and on the screen. The Library has hundreds of books about time travel, here are just a few.  More...
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World War One in Retrospect

From the individuals that served to the nations and leaders setting agendas, the immediate and long-term results of this near-forgotten war laid the groundwork for the Modern world. Browse these titles for well-curated examples of primary resources from the war, and well-researched interpretations of its impact then and now.  More...
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Vinylmania!

Check out these titles that explore and celebrate the hobby of record collecting.  More...
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Photography Tips

Composition! Equipment! Focus! We have books to help you learn photography terms, history and techniques.  More...
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WWI Historical Fiction

One century ago the U.S. entered WWI, on April 6, 1917. As the Library offers programming to reflect on this period of history, you might want to check out these novels that are set against the backdrop of the Great War.  More...
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Nostalgia for the Nineties: Books of the Decade

From plaid flannel shirts to classic video games, a surge of 90's nostalgia has hit pop culture in the last few years.  Generation Xers are pining for their decade, which made us at The Library reminisce about popular books from the 1990s.  More...
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1997-2017: Books Celebrating 20 Years

Can you believe it has been 20 years since 1997?  Let's take a look back at some of the most well-known books published in 1997.  Have you read them all?  If you see one you haven't read be sure to pick up a copy at the Library.
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National Poetry Month 2017

April is National Poetry Month.  More...

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