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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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A guide to getting the most out of the National Book Festival in Washington, DC

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Breathtaking children's book covers from the Victorian era.

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100 Must-Read Books About the National Parks

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A survey of the books American universities are assigning to incoming freshman.

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We're taking a trip to The Adirondacks in this week's edition of Literary Tourism.

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Books to read (and ice cream to pair them with) on these hot July days.

Books To Make Sense of Abortion Rights, HB2, and SCOTUS

Nonfiction about reproductive rights to read in the wake of SCOTUS' historic abortion decision

More Nonfiction On LGBTQ History And Culture

Great reads on LGBTQ history for Pride month!

Library Summer Reading Programs… For Adults

A spotlight on library summer reading programs across the country...for grown-ups!

Literary Tourism: Loud Library Collections and Rockin’ Books

A literary tour through some of the libraries that host music and other audio collections that rock.

Library of Congress Wants To Drop “Alien” Subject Heading, The House Pushes Back

The House has passed a bill refusing to allow the Library of Congress to update discriminatory subject headings.

When a Book is an Inoculation

How childhood reading can open a reader's eyes to racism.

Genre Kryptonite: Books About Archives and Museums

Books for those who can't stop reading about museums and archives.

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