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CRRL My Librarian: The Last Time I Saw Paris...
The tragic fire that largely gutted Notre Dame Cathedral has many people reminiscing about their travels there. How the City of Lights influenced them as well as recalling its own storied history. Whether you've walked its boulevards personally or only glimpsed its sites through the pages of favorite books, Paris is a beautiful place to visit.

CRRL Picks: Beware the Ides of March
Modern political back-stabbing has nothing on the ancient Romans. Here's a list of mysteries and histories - including some featuring Julius Caesar himself who did not heed the warning about the Ides (15th) of March and paid the ultimate price.

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.

Recent Blogs

A Dozen Fresh Cookbooks for Spring (April 2019)

4 Fresh Picture Books for Spring (March 2019)

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!