If What If: History That Never Happened

By Isaac H. For some, history can be pretty boring. Long, drawn out stories about things that already happened can seem extremely uninteresting to some folks. I’m not one of them. I’ve always been a huge fan of history and all it’s sub-genres. World history, American history, regional history, paleontology, archeology, genealogy, it’s all captivating. […]

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

By Kristi S.  A wonderful thing about working in libraries is that you rarely run out of reading material. Occasionally, though, I have weeks where none of my holds arrive and I am left to scour the stacks. Like many patrons, I find the choices overwhelming. Recently, I realized when browsing that I gravitate towards […]

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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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Gimme Shelter

by Marie B. It’s time to deploy my winter plan, which involves donning my fuzzy slippers, procuring a warm beverage, and hunkering down with a good read. Yes, storms may be raging outside, but I will be snug as a bug.  Still, I do love the spectacle of stormy weather. Luckily, there are numerous books […]

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Don’t I Know You?

by Marie B. Are you a people watcher like me?  While it’s true that I kouldn’t kare less about keeping up with the Kardashians (no judgement here!), I do generally enjoy reading about famous people.  Chances are good that I’ll never meet anyone famous in real life, but I can encounter them in a story.  […]

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History’s Hidden Stories

by Marina M. Over the course of this blog post I will link to several articles in our research databases. Any article link you click on will require you to log into your Sno-Isle account. I recently finished reading The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. Almost eight years of research by Sepetys went into […]

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Looking Behind the Curtain, 30 Years Later

by Denise D. Secrecy Late summer finds me thinking about the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. It started with the HBO show Chernobyl which flung me back to April 1986, my friend, Chris, racing into my college dorm room to shout about a nuclear accident in the Soviet Union. Chris and I had bonded […]

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Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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Not Just for the Beach Reads

by Lisa C. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, astronomically speaking, and that means it is time to bring your reading outdoors! Though this is the season of the beach read, you don’t need to limit yourself to sandy destinations. For instance, you can read on a mountain, by a pool, in your backyard, or […]

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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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