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Ashley Bowen

Ashley Bowen earned a PhD in American Studies and Public Humanities in December 2016. Her research focuses on the history of health, medicine, and social services in the period from the American Civil War to World War I. When she isn't feeling existential angst about finishing her dissertation, she works as a part-time bookseller and plans adventures as a field agent for Atlas Obscura. A Texas native now living in Washington, DC, she has been known to travel long distances for a proper breakfast taco and Dr. Pepper. Her writing appears on Book Riot, Atlas Obscura, museum blogs, and in various "serious" academic journals. Twitter: @aebowenPhD

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Genre Kryptonite: Guidebooks to Wonder

Books about mysteries and wonders of the world.

Speculating on Secretary Clinton’s Reading List

Hillary Clinton is a big reader, and we have guesses about what's on her TBR!

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Why You Should Use Zotero To Track Your Reading

An overview of an app for tracking your reading that offers different tools than Goodreads or Litsy

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