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If You Want to Understand What’s Happening in Syria

With Syria in the news, I thought it would be useful to post a blog highlighting books about the experiences of ordinary people in that country. These titles are intended for a general audience and don’t require any background knowledge. Alternatively, our consortium has three DVDs available, previously featured on PBS, that provide an accessible overview of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Mardi Gras

If Valentine’s Day was just not your holiday, Mardi Gras might be, and for many people, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans.

If you can’t make it to the Crescent City for February 28th this year, the following titles will make you feel like you’ve learned something about its complex history and delicious food.

The Fight for Women's Suffrage

A hundred years ago, women in most of the United States could not vote.

August 18th marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – which gave women nationwide the right to vote in every election.

Generations of women fought for more than seven decades to achieve their rights. They fought to be heard, and were often told they needed to be patient, and wait while other, more pressing, problems were resolved.

Genre Guide: Romance

Welcome to our Genre Guide series! This series will give readers exposure to unfamiliar material - and perhaps a refresher on old favorites. This month: Romance

Romance Novels


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