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Louisa May Alcott

From the first time I read Little Women, probably more than 40 years ago, it has been one of my favorite books. I’ve learned bits and pieces about the author over the years, but this is the first biography of her that I’ve read. It is well-written and the author makes a real effort not […]

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The City of Ember

This book is often listed as one of the forerunners of the YA dystopian genre, and while I liked it, the story, characters, and world building didn’t blow me away. I’m not sure how enthusiastically I would even recommend it to my students. Catalog link

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Out of Oz

This is the final book in the series that began with Wicked. Luckily for me there is a timeline at the beginning of this book to remind me of what happened in the previous volumes. I found myself referring back to it often as I was reading the book. It’s hard to write much about […]

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Uncle Remus

I wonder if an uncle remus existed, and if any of his descendents got any royalties on the sale of these stories. Mostly, though, as I read I heard my father’s voice interpreting the writing in his deep Spartanburg, SC drawl. He died ten years ago, but read aloud Uncle Remus stories to me at […]

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Transformation Main: Holds Cutoff

To prepare for the closing of Main Library, effective after closing on Wednesday, December 21, patrons will no longer be able to select Main Library as a hold pickup location. Once the change is made, patrons will need to select another DCL location at which to pick up their holds. On January 6, any outstanding Main […]

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The Virgin Cure

Horrifying premise–syphilis can be cured by sex with a virgin. Reality check — One way to escape poverty is to go to work. If uneducated and poor, then probably servitude. Another way to survive is to sell one’s valuables, a young woman’s virginity has value. Set in New York in the 1870’s McKay’s novel explores […]

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