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Natalie Draper's Posts

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So nice I read it twice

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Natalie Draper
Show of hands–who rereads books? I’ll wait. … I don’t, as a rule, reread novels. My TBR list is miles long, and as long as new books are being written, […]
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Black Lives Matter: an anti-racist reading list

Posted about 2 months ago by Natalie Draper
This list is by no means comprehensive. I am not an academic, an expert, nor am I a person of color. These are books that I personally read and recommend […]
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One month, 365 days of fantastic fiction

Posted about 3 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and we have a ton of fantastic fiction for you to immerse yourself in. I’m going to unpack of some of my favorite fiction […]
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Creating Space: Personal reflections on inspiring spaces

Posted about 3 months ago by Natalie Draper
I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about space. Not outer space, though sometimes that too, but the spaces we live in, and more importantly, how we interact with, […]
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Richmond Reflects: documenting the moment

Posted about 3 months ago by Natalie Draper
So many of us have suddenly found ourselves spending a lot more time at home with our families, and one of the best things we can do to entertain ourselves, […]
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Stuck at home with nothing to do? Time to work on a new hobby, and we’re here to help.

Posted about 4 months ago by Natalie Draper
So, all of those things you wish you had the time to learn how to do? Knitting, crocheting, felting, quilting, mending, screen printing, weaving, rug hooking, painting, drawing, embroidery, pottery, […]
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Pandemic? Don’t Panic. Stay home and read!

Posted about 5 months ago by Natalie Draper
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A good book can get you through just about any crisis, and sometimes, reading about the very thing that scares us can be a thrill, or catharsis. If you don’t […]
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Best of 2019! The annual ultimate pre-holiday mega-list of RPL staff picks

Posted about 8 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
What’s the best book you read this year? We asked our staff and this is what they had to say: Tonya Tyler, Senior Library Technician, Belmont Library: I read anything […]
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Hopper-esque Reads

Posted about 8 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
Like many, many other people, I visited the Edward Hopper exhibit now on display at the VMFA over Thanksgiving. Hopper is one of my favorite artists so I was especially […]
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Rising seas

Posted about 9 months ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
In The Great Derangement, acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh questions our collective “imaginative failure” in the face of global warming. He examines our failure to “grasp the scale and violence […]
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