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Recent Booklists

CRRL My Librarian: Dealing with Nasty People
If you're a basically thoughtful person, you may have a hard time imagining - let alone confronting - people who delight in petty cruelty and exploiting your good nature as much as they can - which is usually as much as you let them. Whether you encounter them lurking in your family, your social circle, your school, or your workplace, there are ways to minimize their damage while continuing on YOUR way. These books give a variety of approaches. Find the ones that work best for you.

CRRL My Librarian: Come Aboard a Ghost Ship
A ghost ship can either be a vessel that has supernatural associations - or, it can refer to ships that have been anchored (or sunk) and out of use for so long that their very presence seems otherworldly. However you like to cruise, we've got your cabin waiting.

CRRL My Librarian: Pizza Perfection
Pizza is a favorite take-out and delivery food, but, if you've got the time, why not create fresh and creative pizzas at home for much less? Whether you favor baking on steel, stone, or a grill-top, you can make your pizza your way. In these books, experienced chefs will tell you how. More into learning by watching and listening? Check out the Kanopy cooking episodes at the end of the list.

Recent Blogs

Hard or Sweet, Cider is an Autumn Treat (November 2018)

About Virginia J.

I've been interested in history and writing since I was a kid. Thinking of being the next Marion Ravenwood, I earned a degree in anthropology from William & Mary. Upon graduating, I somehow managed to finesse an entry-level job at the Smithsonian, having done summer study at a Roman fort excavation in Warwickshire.

Despite enjoying the chance to stabilize (carefully clean and box) artifacts from Captain Cook's voyages and ornamental Japanese swords and guns, it was clear this job had no career path. It was back to being a local tour guide (Mary Washington, Eliza Kortwright Monroe, and I are well-acquainted) for a bit until the library took me under its wing.

A stretch at the College of Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland taught me many things, including the way of the storyteller and how to do a bang-up job on a pathfinder about King Arthur. Since coming to CRRL, I've migrated from Youth Services to Research to the Web Team, where I do a lot of writing and editing.

I have a tremendous interest in Virginia history, probably as a result of growing up in "America's Most Historic City." I particularly enjoy the odder stories from history, historical novels, magical realism, multigenerational sagas, mysteries, British fantasy and humor (often combined!), psychological horror - or Gothic, if you prefer, and novels set in other cultures.

Drop me a line. I'll find something good for you!