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Books to Honor Memorial Day

While many of us view Memorial Day as the unofficial start of our summer holidays and leave town to escape the oppressive Tallahassee weather, the long weekend is, in fact, a time to remember and honor the men and women who have died in service to our country. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and began after the Civil War—which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By 1868, General John A. Logan, the leader of a veterans’ organization, selected May 30 as a day “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of th

Honor Mom with a Book (and Quiet Time) to Read!

As my child’s ninth birthday was approaching a couple of weeks ago, he asked me, “Mama, shouldn’t we celebrate you on my birthday since you did all the work to get me here?” Insightful, isn’t he? Well, the time to officially celebrate all the amazing women in our lives—moms, grandmas, aunts, wives, sisters, and friends—has arrived. Mother’s Day is this weekend, Sunday, May 13, and Midtown Reader’s booksellers are ready to help you find the perfect book to commemorate the remarkable women who have made a difference in your life. In fact, several of our booksellers have provided personal recommendations in this week’s blog to help you find the books that will capture your appreciation for (an

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