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Book Review: The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

Skillful writing, and a flowing, well-paced structure make Ursula K. LeGuin’s science fiction novel The Dispossessed a pleasure to read. Unsurprisingly, considering that the author is the daughter of anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, the story is strengthened by vivid ethnographic description … Continue reading

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Book Review: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

When my thirteen-year-old son told me this month that Old Yeller is “one of the best books” he has ever read, I knew I had to look at that classic work of fiction. Fred Gipson sets this story in 1860s … Continue reading

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I’m really interested in reading about frontier Texas. Do you have some recommendations for history books that capture the spirit of this time?

Since that covers a lot of territory, it’s hard to choose just a few, but here are some favorites of the staff in the Genealogy and History Division: Randolph B. Campbell’s Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State has … Continue reading

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Diverse Books for Kids – Books with Transgender Leads

I am a huge proponent for books with diverse characters. I believe kids should have the opportunity to read about other kids that look, sound, and feel like they do. Recently, I listened to George by Alex Gino and read Gracefully … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

What if you could check out your favorite authors from your local library and take them home to chat? Not just their books… the actual authors themselves. In author Gene Wolfe’s 2015 science fiction, mystery novel, A Borrowed Man, accomplishing … Continue reading

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