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Posts by Miranda McDermott

Booktalking "When You Work For a Bully" by Susan Futterman

Ever heard of a constructive discharge? That's when an employer makes an employee's work experience so miserable that any reasonable person would leave under the circumstances. But, good news: there are strategies that one can use to fight back. Read More ›

Women in Comics Con 2017

I was happy to attend the third annual Women in Comics Con at the Bronx Library Center. I only had time to attend one of the panels, but it included scintillating conversation about women and femininity in comics. Read More ›

TeenLIVE: Gene Luen Yang on Comics and Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. We were lucky enough to have him join us for a conversation about comics and his Reading Without Walls challenge.Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival 2017

I love attending the annual NYC Teen Author Festival, and, as usual, this year's program did not disappoint.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Weight of Zero" by Karen Fortunati

Catherine, Cat, Cath... whatever you call her, she is terrified of Zero... Zero breathing down her neck...Zero and approaching D Day...Zero threatening to end everything.Read More ›

Author Talk: "Before the Fires" by Mark Naison and Bob Gumbs

On February 18, 2016, the Bronx Library Center invited Bob Gumbs to discuss his book about Bronx history. Read More ›

Booktalking " All We Have Left" by Wendy Mills

All We Have Left is a fictive contemplation on 9/11 and its effect on a family 15 years later.Read More ›

Booktalking "Killing It!" by Sheryl O'Loughlin

The author gives a unique, more personal look at the world of starting and running a business. She does a fantastic job of addressing the topic in a personable way.Read More ›

Booktalking "Courageous Women Rebels" by Joy Crysdale

The stories of these women and more fill the pages of this book: stories of strong women who fought for what they believed in, despite the prevailing views of the day. Read More ›

METRO Conference 2017 In Retrospect

On January 11, 2017, I was happy to attend the annual METRO conference for librarian professionals.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Bronx" by Lloyd Ultan

The Bronx: the Ultimate Guide to New York City's Beautiful Borough unearths the gems of the Bronx.Read More ›

Booktalking "Careers in Focus: Politics"

This book provides a fascinating look at all of the professions that are associated with politics and policy creation in local, state, and federal governments.Read More ›

Booktalking "George" by Alex Gino

George loves acting, but she feels a need to hide a part of herself that she fears people will not accept.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Spender's Guide To Debt-Free Living" by Anna Jones

In this book, Jones advocates re-thinking how we spend money in order to be more in control of our finances and be happier and more well-adjusted.Read More ›

Booktalking "Elena Kagan: A Biography" by Meg Greene

Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama in 2010. Since then, she has written opinions that are known for their clarity. At present, she is one of three female Supreme Court justices.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Mayor's Life" by David Dinkins

A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic portrays the life of David Dinkins, New York's first African-American mayor.Read More ›

Booktalking "Ten Days a Madwoman" by Deborah Noyes

Think women are only capable of writing about fashion and other "feminine" pursuits? Think again.Read More ›

Booktalking "Success Is the Only Option" by John Calipari

This is a brilliant book about bringing out the best in extremely gifted people. Read More ›

Booktalking "Symptoms of Being Human" by Jeff Garvin

Both and neither. Boy or girl. Coming to terms. Riley struggles to make it in this world, forging a new life and a new way.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Bridge To Brilliance" by Nadia Lopez

The Bridge To Brilliance is an eye-opening look into the world of public schools in New York City, especially the economically disadvantaged ones.Read More ›
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