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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.


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.



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


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. 


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!


Fifty Years After the Moon: Project Apollo

This year we will mark the fiftieth anniversary of humanity's first steps on the moon and Project Apollo’s ultimate success of President John F. Kennedy's goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Check out these books and documentaries that explore the history of this amazing accomplishment, some coming straight from the men and women that were there when mankind first adventured into the stars.


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.


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.


Hoaxes and Heists

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


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. 


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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