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Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell, author of the Ozarks, was born right here in Springfield, MO, and still resides in the vicinity of West Plains. With fast paced narratives, gritty prose, and spot-on geo-political Ozark insight, Woodrell's books are guaranteed to entertain.

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The Secret Life of Words

Language is our everyday medium of self-expression, and yet we rarely ponder its grammar, symbolism, and evolution. Explore the nuance, dynamics, and hilarity of language—from untranslatable words to emoji—with these books.

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Fiction in the Garden

These books can be enjoyed whether or not you’ve got a green thumb for spring. Places where things grow, gardens and orchards, play a central role. Visit forgotten gardens, go behind the scenes at flourishing nurseries and greenhouses, and tag along with sleuthing landscapers. These books are best read on a park bench or near an open window.

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Travel Hacks

Planning an upcoming trip? Make it your best yet with these books on travel. Equipped with tips, tricks and recommendations, this practical list is sure to inspire any traveler.

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Our Ozarks

Ozarks history is full of tales: some funny, some tragic, some scary -- and all an important part of our heritage. 

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Family Sagas

A family saga follows one or several families over an extended period of time. In creating a family saga, authors are able to develop stories with intricate plots containing twists and secrets that are sure to captivate readers.

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Southern Gothic Literature

Southern Gothic is a style of writing practiced by many writers of the American South whose stories set in the region are characterized by grotesque, macabre or fantastic incidents.

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Understanding Cities

We live in an increasingly urbanized world, with over fifty percent of the world's population living in cities according to the United Nations, and the built environment has significant influence on our experiences and lives. The following books and resources investigate these influences, their histories, and their futures.

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Journalism

Books by and about a few of America's most dedicated journalists.

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Classic LGBT Literature

The definition of a "classic" novel can be difficult to pin down. Is it based on the number of sales, quality of the reviews, or its staying power? One way to define a classic is as a work that impacts future works, that feeds the creative conversation. This list contains classic LGBT literature from the 20th century that did just that, influencing the novels that followed. 

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Eye-Catching Covers

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you can certainly admire its beauty. Check out some of these eye-catching book covers. Who knows? You might just discover a great read!
 

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