Around the World in 80 Books

Passports

Sure, I guess there’s no place like home, but this is the time of year when I’m usually planning my next escape. Travel is an essential part of my life and, unfortunately, getting out of town isn’t always easy to do. What I love most about reading (and I’m sure you can relate) is that amazing stories can take me to […]

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A Taste of Taylor Street

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    Almost every weekend, folks stop by the Roosevelt Branch and ask “What’s good to eat around here?” Roosevelt is located on Taylor Street, Chicago’s Little Italy, and there is no shortage of tempting delights. My personal faves are Pompei for budget-friendly sandwiches and pizza strudel or Davanti Enoteca for something a little more romantic. […]

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April 2 is National Walking Day

National Walking Day

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard. No, really! This April 2, the American Heart Association encourages us all to get moving toward a healthier lifestyle on National Walking Day. Wear your comfy shoes to work and take a walk! It’s that simple. 30 minutes of your day, which can easily be broken into 15-minute increments, […]

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My New BFFs: Funny Ladies in the Library

It’s an almost universal truth that making new friends as an adult can be difficult. High school and college make quick bonding feel easy, but adult life seems to get in the way of making deeper connections. I’m not ashamed to say that some of my best new girlfriends have been found at the library. […]

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Love Songs for the Doomed

glowing outline of a heart

When I was in high school, this boy I knew made an amazing mix tape full of goth-y, brooding love songs for his then-girlfriend. I think she dumped him. I may have swooned and then asked for a copy of the mix tape for myself. He never did ask me out (HIS LOSS), but I […]

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Gridiron Greats: Football Reads for Everyone

50-yard line on a football field

I enjoy watching Da Bears from time to time, and by “watching” I mean eating fried foods/pizza with friends. And I don’t know much of anything about college football (sorry, Michigan friends). I can’t deny, however, that the drama of the game can be pretty exciting. No wonder there are so many great football reads. […]

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Perfect Party Playlists

The holiday party season is upon us. Turkey dinner with your city-orphaned friends. Post-game party with your drunk uncles. Drinking red and green cocktails while strategically avoiding the mistletoe. And if you’re the host, you’ll need to plan the perfect playlist sure to get your crowd moving and keep the positive energy flowing. CPL has tons […]

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Historical Horror: The Work of Dan Simmons

Antarctic painting

Reading just one genre can get boring, am I right? OK, maybe that’s not true for everyone, but I definitely like to switch it up. When I find a writer who can blur the lines between genres, I am in reader’s heaven. Enter author Dan Simmons. Simmons writes award-winning horror and science fiction, even a few […]

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