A Troublemaker by Any Other Name

by Marina M. His name was Rolihlahla. It means “troublemaker” in Xhosa. But the world knew him as Nelson Mandela. And, as a result of his life’s work, on July 18 we honor him, and the political and social changes he achieved, with Mandela Day.

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Author Spotlight: Tony Horwitz

By Alyssa S. Although restrictions are slowly lifting, life isn’t exactly back to normal in the age of COVID-19, so how about some fun and educational armchair travel with one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Tony Horwitz? When the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, embedded journalist, war correspondent, and historian died suddenly a year ago at age […]

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Celebrating Pride 2020

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) Every year in June, we commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots with a month-long celebration called Pride. The Stonewall Riots were demonstrations protesting police brutality against the LGBTQ+ community. While often thought of as the start of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the Stonewall Riots were one significant […]

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Prose Bowl 2020: Round 3

  By Hannah K. Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2020! And we’re back! It’s been an unusual time to say the least, but we’re eager to get back into the swing of things with our next round of Prose Bowl 2020. We started with 80 titles, and now we’re down to the final four!

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Genealogy and the 2020 Census

By Isaac H. Yes, yes, you’ve probably heard the 2020 United States Census is upon us. “Sure, but why is this such a big deal? It’s just a headcount for the country!” – you might be saying.  The truth is, it’s a really big deal! The United States Census is one of the most important […]

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Runaway Bunny

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) It doesn’t take much to get me spiraling down a WikiHole, on a Google frenzy, or placing holds on every book written by my current author of interest. When I’m interested in a topic, I want it all. And I want it now. Like the time I listened to […]

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The Great Courses

by Craig B. I’m a hermit by nature. A shiftless layabout. A couch potato. While you, a socially adjusted human being, are having dinner with your friends, I’m eating Fancy Lads Snack Cakes in a post-nuclear wasteland. While you’re counting footsteps in the local park, I’m eating cookie dough off my Snuggie. But my life […]

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Adventure and Calamity at Sea

by Alyssa S While I don’t own a boat, and the longest water voyage I’ve ever taken was an overnight ferry from Ireland to France, I do love a perilous, eventful sea story, whether fact or fiction. I’m fascinated by the Shackleton expedition, by Polynesians and Vikings and their ability to navigate long distances without […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: David Sedaris

            By Isaac H. As we move towards Valentine’s Day and the stresses and toilings of the holiday season began to cool off, there’s no better time to have a good laugh and enjoy and interesting story. One of this generation’s most talented comedians and authors, David Sedaris has shown […]

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Body Positive Resolutions

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) As another year comes to its end, I find myself drawn to the ever tantalizing New Years’ resolution. Maybe this year I’ll actually complete Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge. Or the Northwest Winter Challenge, where you run or walk outside for at least one mile every day in […]

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