Working (and Volunteering) Like a Dog

by Marina M. Somebody recently told me I don’t write nearly enough posts about dogs. I think they were being sarcastic but since it was in an email I chose to take it seriously. Because I can. If you don’t know by now, I have a couple of dogs. A poodle mix and a pitbull […]

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To Infinity and Beyond: Female Astronauts

By Julie T. As the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the    Apollo 11 moon landing, ask yourself what first comes to mind when you think of the NASA space program (aside from the “Eagle” touching down in the Sea of Tranquility). “The sky’s the limit”, an expression invoked to convey limitless possibilities, […]

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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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The Endless Summers

By Isaac H. I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume that a majority of people would choose Summer as their favorite season. Warm days perfect for hiking, hitting the waters or firing up the grill. Warm nights great for camping or gazing at the stars. Who couldn’t love that? Well, a […]

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Walk it Out

By Kristi S. It’s (almost) officially summer and the weather is inching its way towards the mid-70s. That means Washingtonians are pulling out their shorts and hitting the trails to enjoy our beautiful state.     I love walking and hiking, especially with my dog Huffle. Some of my fondest childhood memories come from day […]

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Animal House: Memoirs of Farm Life

By Julie T. The connection between people and animals can be powerful. When I first planned this post, I fully intended to talk about a range of farm life experiences. From the corn fields of Iowa to the timber lands of the Pacific Northwest (yes, tree farms count) and the cow pastures of Texas (think […]

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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, That’s All Folks!

By Kristi S. We’ve reached the end of Beyond Bestsellers: Humor, but that doesn’t mean that the laughs have to stop! If you have not had your fill of humorous books this month, keep browsing lists and our many blog posts for suggestions. If you want to see all of your options, you can search […]

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Rome: The Eternal City

by Karin T. I love Rome for its food, fashion, art, history and ancient ruins. The soaring umbrella pines. The wisteria in spring. Rome offers hundreds of paintings, sculptures, monuments and churches I want to see, and just one glorious week to see it all. But my philosophy of travel is to see a few […]

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13 Quick Reads to Help Escape the Slump

by Lisa C. Once upon a time, I kept huge stacks of lengthy books by my bedside. I read them all – and pretty quickly, too! I was so smug. Now, I still surround myself with books, but am less likely to finish them before they are due or before they disappear like ghosts under […]

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