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Fun Reads to Cure the Winter Blues

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Late February, early March…it always seems like this is the time of year that the monotony of winter really starts to get to me. All the fun holidays are over for a while, and the short, overcast days and long cold nights have me dreaming of spring – or tropical destinations. It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in some escapist literature. Why not ignore the frost outside and let your mind take a journey to some fantastic place instead?  Get inspired by our list of fun fantasy reads below that are organized based on other works you may...

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Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, a Science-Fiction and Fantasy Pioneer

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Science-fiction and fantasy fans are sad to note the recent passing of celebrated author Ursula K. Le Guin at the age of 88. Le Guin, a popular author known for her thought-provoking novels, added literary depth and intellectualism to a field that does not always receive the recognition it deserves. Le Guin is also honored as an early feminist pioneer who often used the flexible medium of science fiction to examine difficult issues our society is grappling with today including gender, sexuality, and equal rights.   Le Guin’s books became widely read worldwide and have been translated into more than...

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A Wrinkle in Time and Five More Fantastic Time-Travel Books by Women

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One of the most well-known time-travel books of all time is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. This beloved story about Meg Murry, her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace, and the forces of good and evil that impact their family is already a classic, and it’s about to become even more famous due to the new movie starring Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon that is due to be released in March 2018. In honor of Madeline L’Engle, who was one of the first women to win the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Awards,...

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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Nearly every reader will instantly recognize this quote as the famous words that astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered as he became the first man to ever set foot on the moon. NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and research, was truly an achievement for all of humanity. Armstrong’s words both acknowledged this achievement as well as his unique place in it, ensuring the moment that he said them that they would be repeated many times over in news stories, history classrooms, and books...

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The World of Gilead

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Author Marilynne Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping, was published in 1980. More than two decades later, after many years of teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Robinson published a new novel, Gilead, in 2004. The praise for this unique, memoir-style novel was nearly universal. Gilead won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award. Robinson, who earned her doctorate in English from The University of Washington in 1977, has since also been awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal and the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, both lifetime achievement awards for her...

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