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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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Brainstorm: Books of puzzles, riddles, and games to stimulate your brain

Ongoing reasearch on dementia shows that mental stimulation--like challenging crosswords, math games, and logic puzzles--can help the brain stimulate connections between nerve cells and develop neural plasticity to defend against cell loss. The Library has many books of puzzles and games that can challenge your brain and have fun at the same time.

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Metathought: Neuropsychological Perspectives on Thoughts and Thinking

Over the last twenty years, neuroscience has blossomed, thanks to breakthroughs in imaging and neurochemistry, and research has started to reveal answers to questions about how and why humans think the way we do. The following list of books is a sampling of the many titles available at the Library about understanding thinking and how the new knowledge might be used to explain human cognition and potentially transform human behaviors.
 

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Character-Titled Novels

It is not uncommon for a character’s name to appear in the title of a book, but some literary characters are so iconic that their very name conjures up a mood, a setting, a plot line, or even an entire genre. Today we salute those memorable characters and their stories.

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World War Two Novels

On this anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II, let's remember the amazing stories of triumph and tragedy that have been set against the harsh realities of the war. More
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Campus Novels

September inevitably brings thoughts and memories of school. Love or hate it, fall sends us back to the classroom. In honor of this yearly tradition, we've compiled a list of "campus" novels for your enjoyment.

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Epistolary Novels

Whether in the form of letters, diary entries, or excerpts from newspapers, interviews, books, and other documents, epistolary novels tell their stories in episodes from the point of view of one or more characters. More