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Looking Back while Moving Forward

The year 1919 was filled with notable events: the ratification of two constitutional amendments, the Chicago Race Riots, a rigged World Series, and the culmination of WWI with the treaty of Versailles. Turmoil and conflict seemed to be around every corner and on every continent. These titles highlight those moments which have shaped future generations. As we step forward into the new year, let's look back to see where we've been.

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How to Win at Aging

As baby boomers age, big changes are in store for our communities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 one in five residents will be retirement age. Use the books on this list to get the most out of your retirement years by staying informed, healthy, and mentally sharp. Don’t forget about Library events like Memory Cafes or crafts and exercise programs at the Senior Socials at the Library Station and the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library. See Bookends or the Library's Programs website for details.

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Hoaxes and Heists

Crafty burglars, cheaters and scam artists take center stage in these great titles for true crime fans.

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A Year of Crafting

Need a resolution for the new year? How about a commitment to make something? With these crafting books, the possiblities are endless. Whether you want to make something once a month, or every single week of 2019, the ideas and inspiration found in these titles can help make it happen. 

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Hygge Holidays

Hygge, pronounced "hoo-gah," is a Danish word for a mood of coziness with feelings of wellness and contentment. The holidays can be a stressful time, but the Danes find ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of winter. The library has many books in its collection that will teach you how to adopt the concept of hygge.

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Orphan Trains

From 1854 to 1929 an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement. 

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Quick Reads for Busy Days

As the end of the year approaches, the days always seem a little busier. Whether you’re looking to complete a reading goal or just want a story you can finish before your guests arrive for the holidays, the short story collections and novellas found in this list are sure to make a big impact in a small amount of time.

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Indoor Games

Winter weather may have everyone moving indoors but the games and puzzles on this list will make sure that the chill doesn’t stop the fun. Keep everyone entertained, from holiday visitors to kids with extra time on their hands during the school break.

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Winter Getaways

Looking for a quick escape? Give these travel essay collections a try!

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Books of Nature 

With the weather turning and the desire to go outside waning here are some books to remind us of the about the great outdoors. Nature in some of its finest forms and the history and ideas that have surrounded them over the years. The topics in these books range from the longevity and grandeur of trees, to the history and significance of flowers. So to hold the dreary days at bay, explore nature from the comfort of your home. 

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Feminist Dystopian Fiction

Once the province of literary fiction (George Orwell's "1984") or science fiction (Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World"), dystopian literature has now entered the mainstream. Within the dystopian genre, several subgenres have emerged. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," published in 1985, is considered the first feminist dystopian novel. It is set in a future society, a theocracy, where women have lost all civil rights, cannot own property, and are not even allowed to read. Due to a societal precipitous decline in fertility, women who are able to reproduce are enslaved and forced to bear children for the elite. In the decades since the publication of this landmark novel, more and more authors have considered the effects on women of drastic societal and political change.

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High Interest-Low Vocabulary Books

Low literacy is an issue nation-wide and in our local community. Browse this list of popular titles written to engage any reader.

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All Things Soup

Whether you like soups, chilis, broths, or stews -- we've got you covered. Check out one of these cookbooks and curl up with a warm bowl of goodness this fall. 

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