The Ladies Guide to History: Marian Anderson

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Since February is Black History Month I decided to pick up a book on Marian Anderson, one of my favorite civil rights icons, A Sound of Freedom by Raymond Arsenault. The book I picked up tells the story of April 9th, 1939 when Marian Anderson sang on the Lincoln Memorial steps after being denied the ability to the perform at Constitution Hall because of a policy that refused black performers the ability to perform on Constitution Hall’s Stage. Because of this outright racist decision she sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in an open air concert that was free to everybody and became a civil rights icon.

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Nonfiction Books that Changed My Mind About Nonfiction

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I do get it. I used to think that nonfiction was dry, dense and gasp yes boring. But over this past year I discovered several books that made me change my mind. Nonfiction can be fun, it can be entertaining, it can make you laugh and it can move you to tears. Nonfiction did require me to change some of my reading habits because the way I needed to read it was different than how I read my regular fiction books. It does take a little bit to get acclimated to reading nonfiction. So here are some tips and tricks that helped me discover all the goodness that is nonfiction and some books that were interesting enough to keep my interest.

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Favorite SFF Series

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The following are my favorite science fiction and fantasy series. The majority of these are fantasy. This will hopefully change soon!

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February TBR

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The following is my February TBR I may stick to this I might not depends on how I’m feeling as the month progresses.
  1. The Best of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon
  3. The Sound of Freedom by Raymond Arsenault
  4. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  6. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
  7. Monsieur de Saint-George by Alain Guédé
  8. Candide by Voltaire