Dystopian Fiction Is the New Current Affairs- The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale "The Handmaid’s Tale" by Margaret Atwood was written in 1985 but its message is more relevant now than ever. Dystopian novels are not always about alien invasions or zombie viruses- some are cautionary tales about what the future will look like if we make certain choices. For example, what will happen if […]

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A Very Unfortunate Book List

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On the most unlucky day of Friday the 13th a television series premiered on Netflix depicting the tribulations (the word 'tribulations' means a state of great trouble or suffering) of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans. If you tuned in expecting a nice little television show with puppies, rainbows and a happy ending then you were sorely disappointed. […]

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Books That Remind Me of My BFF’s

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Waxing sentimental now that another year has passed me by. I used to pride myself on not being a cryer, but these days, I find it harder to avoid. Maybe it's the seasonal affective disorder. Or the whole aging thing. Or that the rest of my family lives outside of Washington. I can speculate lots […]

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Back to the Prairie with the Ladies of Little House

As someone who grew up watching Little House on the Prairie (and never stopped), it's possible that I experience a disproportionate level of excitement every time a former cast member publishes a memoir.  Wanna know my best book of 2016?  Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl's Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary […]

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Stay Golden: Spend 2017 with the Girls

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The Golden Girls is like mac-and-cheese. Whenever I’m stressed or depressed, it’s my go-to pick-me-up. Maybe it’s the nostalgia for nights with my grandma, eating ice cream and watching the newest episode (It’s been a whole other show watching as an adult!). Or maybe it’s the timeless humor and continuing relevance of the show’s themes. […]

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Stephen King Recommends

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Anyone who's enough of a Stephen King fan to follow his tweets will know that he regularly recommends the best of the books he's currently reading. The books (as you might expect!) tend towards horror novels and thrillers, but he is obviously an incredibly prolific reader and his recommendations really run the gamut of genres. […]

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Most Popular Kids’ Fiction of 2016 at KCLS

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We treat the kids' list a little differently, because so many of our most popular kids' books are part of series! Instead of giving you the 10 most popular overall, we've compiled with 10 most popular with books from the same series removed, so you'll see the top title in each big series (instead of […]

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One and Done Fantasy

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that all fantasy readers must be in search of the next big series. Well, not I! Although I dearly love fantasy, I do lose steam after one too many books in the same storyline. After working my way through the first seven (there are 17 total) books in Terry […]

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Most Popular Teen Fiction of 2016 at KCLS

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KCLS has an abundance of awesome teen fiction titles, but even with so many options available some items inevitably rise to the top of the popularity rankings. The most popular teen fiction books of 2016 include some perennial favorites as well as a couple of new hits. Take a look at the list to see […]

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10 to Try: Women in Science

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Did you see the movie Hidden Figures this weekend? Are you participating in our 10 to Try challenge this year? One category we have been challenged to read is STEM (that stands for science, technology, engineering and math). To help provide you with some good choices I have assembled here a brief introduction to three […]

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