Beyond Bestsellers: John Grisham

By Kristi S. DUM DUM. If you read that in a particular tone, you probably love a legal thriller. And if you love a legal thriller, you are probably a fan of John Grisham. Grisham has written over 40 books, most of which involve exciting legal drama inspired by his own experiences. He was a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Jhumpa Lahiri

By Melleny T. Since bursting onto the literary scene in 1999 with her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri has continued to write tales of all lengths featuring richly developed characters, complicated family relationships, and authentic portrayals of the immigrant experience.

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Beyond Bestsellers: Where the Crawdads Sing

  by Julie T. Murder, mayhem, and the magic of reading! Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has spent several months on the New York Times Bestseller list, garnering a #1 spot and hundreds of library requests.  Reese Witherspoon helped catapult this character-driven, coming-of-age tale into the literary stratosphere with her Book Club x Hello […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Neil Gaiman

By Craig B. My first taste of Neil Gaiman was in the early 90’s when my cousin introduced me to The Sandman series. I was a borderline batcaver with a dark trench coat and an inelastic haze of Aqua Net. I tried to be a batcaver, at any rate: black clothes, hair dye, spooky music, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Nora Roberts

  by Marina M. Welcome to August, fair readers. The one month of the year that even Washington feels the steamy, sultry summer weather. And, on that note, what’s more perfect for our Beyond Bestsellers theme for August than romance? Even if you don’t read romance, you’re likely to know the name Nora Roberts. She […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: The Handmaid’s Tale

by Jackie P. The Handmaid’s Tale, even before the award-winning streaming adaptation, has been having a moment 30+ years after its initial publication. It’s long been considered a modern classic, and with shifting politics and reproductive rights dominating political headlines, modern readers are revisiting it or discovering it anew. We’ve definitely seen increased demand here […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Bye, Bye Biographies!

by Lois H. It’s the end of the month already and it’s time for us to say goodbye to biographies and memoirs. This doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye, of course, but we’ll be moving on to something a little different. Starting in July, Beyond Bestsellers is going to start focusing less on […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Memoirs and Biographies

by Lois H. Happy June and welcome to another month of Beyond Bestsellers! I hope you had some good laughs last month as we celebrated all things humorous. This month, we’ll be taking a walk in another person’s shoes. That’s right—it’s Memoir and Biography month. Need a refresher on Beyond Bestsellers? Here’s a quick rundown.

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humor

By Kristi S. Here we are in the merry month of May, and we are ready to celebrate the sunny days ahead with our next Beyond Bestsellers theme: Humor. If you need a refresher on what Beyond Bestsellers is all about, here’s a quick recap. Each month, we are challenging our reading habits by trying […]

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Beyond Bestsellers Moves On, Making Historical Fiction History

by Denise D. As April nears its end, it’s time to move our Historical Fiction month into the bin of history. But first, check out these lists that our fellow readers created!

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