Great Fiction by or about Muslims

You've read The Kite Runner and want more. Maybe you’re seeking to explore Islam more deeply. What are some great reads about (and mostly by) people who are Muslim? Reading Lolita in Tehran was on the NYT bestseller list for 117 weeks! The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is about a devout Muslim family in 1970s Indiana. Secret […]

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What Made You Laugh?

Can you baby boomers out there remember what made you laugh? Was Lenny Bruce was too risqué? What about George Carlin? What Made America Laugh covers the 1950s and includes most of the comedians, from Lucille Ball to Jerry Lewis. I remember the very dry humor of Bob and Ray Elliott and their characters Wally Ballou and […]

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Like Memoirs? Try Graphic Novel Memoirs!

Anyone want to share their favorite picks for memoirs in comic or graphic novel form? Here are mine! My favorite is Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, famous for the Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip and the Bechdel Test for women in movies. The story of a gay woman's discovery that her funeral home director father was gay after his suicide; you can […]

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Find the Pulitzer Prize Winners at the Library

Who won the Pulitzer Prizes? For Fiction the winner was The Underground Railroad. While you're waiting for that book, you might want to read The Good Lord Bird, which was the 2013 National Book Award Winner. James McBride’s novel takes a pivotal, troubled sequence in American history—John Brown’s abolitionist campaign—and retells it in a […]

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Find a New Favorite Irish Author for St. Patrick’s Day

Love a good book and drink pairing? We do, too, and thought you might want to read an Irish author for St. Patrick's Day as you sit drinking your green beer. (Why green beer? Is it because Ireland is so green- and rainy- like it is here?) Try these picks, perfect for armchair exploration of the Emerald […]

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Get Ready for World Circus Day!

Coming up soon, on April 15, is World Circus Day! Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique, and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall of Washington, D.C. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey recently announced plans to disband in May of this year after […]

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Let’s Toast to National Drink Wine Day!

Yep, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! I personally would like a 'Drink Red  Wine Day' but the occasional Riesling is delicious, too. Never say I don't have an open mind! KCLS has a lot of books about wine, of course, but this one looks particularly interesting: I Taste Red talks about "synesthesia," which […]

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Bring Us a Figgy Pudding (But Without the Wheat)!

There's no reason to skip celebrating the holidays because you have a gluten sensitivity. We have plenty of cookbooks at the library, even those that specialize in holiday cooking such as:   Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays Probably what you really miss are the cookies, so here's a whole book of them! Gluten-free Christmas Cookies And […]

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Librarians Do Blog

What the heck is blogging all about and how do you do it? The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging will explain it all. So will Blogging for Dummies. Maybe you are interested in starting a free podcast? This guide from Podcast Fast tells you how do to it- for free! And if you like libraries, maybe you […]

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How can I help? After all, it’s the holidays

Have you ever been asked for money or help of some kind and wondered does it ACTUALLY help? Some people from local social service agencies tell us what they think will help in Real Change newspaper, a Seattle-based paper that helps low-income and homeless folks. Who could have predicted that the first to come up is socks! Read it so […]

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