Scandalous Ladies

by Lindsey “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich I was inspired this month (which happens to be Women’s History Month) by Jason Porath’s phenomenal compendium of fascinating females, Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics. He adapted his book from his popular website, Rejected Princesses: Women Too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat […]

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Embrace the (Reading) Season

by Marina Reading for the weather I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about my reading habits. The temperature was hitting the mid-teens outside. I looked at my OverDrive bookshelf and realized I had downloaded Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 by Douglas […]

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16 in ’16: Read a New Book

by Jocelyn Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final challenge in the Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16 contest. For the next three weeks, we challenge you to read…a book published in 2016 (also known as a “New” book). With about 300,000 books published in the United States every year, that gives you A LOT of […]

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Presidential Music

by Brian “So let us begin anew–remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.”  JFK Music inspired by presidential speeches:  TED NASH BIG BAND PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Eight Variations on Freedom is a creative musical take on history from Grammy®-nominated composer/saxophonist Ted Nash who transforms […]

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LibraryReads List September 2016

by Marina Another month, another list of 10 books highly regarded by library staff around the country to share with you all! Quite a few focus on the family (both in good ways and bad ways). It’s kind of a nice change from the thriller/mystery/historical/thriller/thriller/thriller we usually see. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s just […]

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Local Audiobook Editors Needed!

By Stacey I listened to my first audiobook almost 15 years ago. When I read a book my inner voice is bland and monotone, I never could do accents. I read the first five Harry Potter books to my kids and they always complained everyone sounded alike. Although I couldn’t have been that bad, we […]

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16 in ’16: Read About History Feedback

by Marina So, how’s everybody doing reading about history? Are you learning something new? Or just enjoying being transported back in time? Here is what some of our read-along participants have shared about their experiences with the history/historical fiction genre. Remember, if nothing you see here today floats your boat, so to speak, you can […]

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16 in ’16: Read About History

by Marina Welcome to the history portion of our test, uh, 16 in ’16 challenge! There are SO MANY books out there about history. Fact or fiction? Where to start? If you want to read fiction you have decisions to make between mysteries, thrillers, biographical fiction, westerns, or historical romance. Oh, and then there’s the task of […]

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Anne Boleyn

by Lindsey 480 years ago today, Anne Boleyn bid farewell to her weeping ladies-in-waiting, prayed for mercy, and was swiftly beheaded by a French swordsman on the Tower Green in London. Her crimes? False charges of adultery, incest, and high treason. This enigmatic former Queen of England (1533-1536) has fascinated historians and readers for centuries. […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Valerie Stein

by Valerie Stein Valerie Stein is publisher at Homeostasis Press  (Facebook). Her first book, The Best of It: A Journal of Life, Love and Dying, was published in 2009. Her current work is on a historical novel set in Washington State. Valerie is delighted to combine to her love of history with writing at Gather […]

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