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Popular Fiction of the 1920s

The bestsellers of today are rarely considered to be the greatest novels of all-time, but no one can tell if a book published in our lifetime will be read a hundred years later. Here is a list of bestselling novels from the 1920s. Many of these books did not receive critical acclaim, but were widely read and loved by the public. Although you probably won’t find most of these on a class syllabus, they were the ones most read and talked about by the average person in the 1920s, and they can still be enjoyed even a hundred years later. 

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Jewish American Heritage Month

Each May we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Now is a great time to check out one of these works of fiction featuring characters who are Jewish.

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Sophomore Novels

Authors who avoided the curse of the sophomore slump by writing novels that became their most famous.

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Actually Autistic in World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month, but the voices we hear this month (and all year long) are often those of autistic people’s families and doctors. Here are fifteen books by autistic authors, about autistic people -- for everyone.

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Missouriana—The Literary Legacy of the Show-Me State

Missouri, Missoura—it's all the same on the page. The Show-Me State may not be the first place that comes to mind when considering hubs of literary output, but Missouri has been home to pioneering and legendary writers for well over a century. This list details just a handful of important Missouri writers, from the 19th century to the digital era; from Twain to Twitter. Skeptical of Missouri's literary significance? In keeping with our state motto, allow me to Show-You.

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Memoirs for Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility takes place each year on March 31st to celebrate transgender and nonbinary people, and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide. The memoirs listed here are penned by all kinds of people from different walks of life, but their gender nonconformity is one thing they all have in common. It's a great time of year to make space in your reading life for one of these memoirs by a transgender or nonbinary author!

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Culture and History of Ukraine

Ukraine has been the subject of many headlines recently. I am reminded that for every headline there are thousands of Ukrainians taking up arms and seeking refuge. In this small way, I would like to celebrate their long history and rich culture at this time.

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Black History Month

"There is no American history without African American history."

-Sara Clarke Kaplan

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#VeryAsian Stories

After sharing a racist voicemail she received from a viewer, St. Louis news anchor Michelle Li has received a hugely supportive response from the public, from stories shared on social media with the hashtag #VeryAsian, to an appearance from Li on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Li's story has inspired us to share some of our favorite #VeryAsian stories that you can find at the library. Each of these books offers a distinct perspective from the vast and rich Asian diaspora. 

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