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Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

http://catalog.dclibrary.org/vufind/bookcover.php?isn=0525953612&size=largeIn her first historical novel, best selling author Jennifer Chiaverini writes about Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hobbs Keckley, an African-American modiste who lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. A former slave, Mrs. Keckley sewed gowns for the women of Washington. Her numerous clients included First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Varina Davis, wife of Senator Jefferson Davis, Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and other leading society ladies of the day. It is her life and her friendship with Mrs.

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Why Jazz ?What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz? author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans.

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Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Before I Go to Sleep bookcoverBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson grabs the reader's interest immediately but then, progresses very slowly. It doesn't matter though, because the author is establishing the plot, day by day, bit by bit, building up momentum until finally, crashing into an explosive ending.

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

Speaking Wiri WiriDan Vera is a D.C.-based poet who has made many contributions to the literary landscape of Washington, not least of which is the fabulous DC Writers' Homes website, which maps the houses where writers lived and worked right here in DC.

Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

bookcoverWriting an application essay isn't usually on anyone's top 10 list of exciting things. If you fall into this group then you need to read this book.

The College Application Essay by Sarah Myers McGinty is divided into eight short and helpful chapters that will guide you safely through the process. The book provides an inside look into how colleges read essays and how the personal essay can make it or break it for applicants that are on the fence.

Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013

book jacket for Renters RightsIf you are a renter, you should read Renter's Rights: The Basics 7th Edition by NOLO, a trusted publisher in legal books for the layperson.

Renters' Rights: The Basics covers important issues that all tenants need to understand in negotiating with their landlords.  After reading this book, you will understand issues such as legal reasons for turning down your lease application, and what constitutes illegal discrimination in housing.

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hay fever got you sneezing?  Lose yourself in one of our new Young Adult Series.


'The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire'

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Jazz StandardsTed Gioia’s The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire provides an excellent introduction to some of the most enduring jazz numbers of all time, and it is suitable for both the casual jazz fan and the experienced aficionado alike.

Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Do yoTheWorldsBestStreetFoodu love to travel? Cook? Eat? I do! That’s why I was so excited to see Lonely Planet publish The World’s Best Street Food: Where to Find It & How to Make It.  Lonely Planet Publications is one of the foremost publishers of world-wide travel guides and a “go to” for any global trekker.

Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

book jacket foreclosure guideThe word "foreclosure " generates anxiety for many homeowners.  Over the past few years, the media has highlighted issues that have lead to an increase in foreclosures.  As a result, there are now a variety of programs available to homeowners to either keep or leave their homes.

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