On the Road with Audiobooks

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As we continue to celebrate Audiobook Month in June we’d like to share some titles for anyone venturing out on a road trip this summer. Let’s start with an award winning title. Not only did Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year; it also took home an […]

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Spring Cleaning

Source: Maria, Chicago Public Library

The weather is finally warming, but with plenty of rainy days ahead to put a damper on outdoor plans, it’s the perfect time to tackle those dust bunnies and overflowing closets. Daunting, you say? Why not consult the experts? Who better to start with than the queen of all things domestic, Martha Stewart? She's bound […]

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In Memoriam


The world lost many great writers, artists and performers in 2014. Whether through their written words or performances on stage and screen, they entertained, inspired and gave joy to many. Let's take a moment as we come to the end of another year to remember them. Maya Angelou Lauren Bacall Shirley Temple Black Roberto Gomez Bolanos […]

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Serial: A Podcast


Have you been listening to the Serial podcast? If you’re a fan of true crime or hard-hitting journalism this is a must for you. The premise: Journalist and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, hosts this nonfiction podcast unraveling the story of a fifteen-year-old murder case.  Each week Koenig delves into details of the case. […]

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James Beard Foundation Book Awards

The James Beard Foundation presents annual awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education. Here are some highlights of the winners in the categories for culinary writing. Amy Thielen took home the prize in the American Cooking category with The New Midwestern Table.  In the Baking and Dessert race the prize went to […]

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Tournament of Books: Championship

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We’ve come to the end of yet another tournament. What a whirlwind it’s been! With a roster of titles that ranged from the critically acclaimed to those flying under the radar, it was a real toss up as to who would emerge victorious and take home the Rooster. I certainly do not want to outrage […]

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Tournament of Books: Quarterfinals

Have you been keeping up? Although, I've known about the ToB for years now, this is the first time I've checked in every day of the competition. It's been a lot of fun reading all the judgments and commentary. As you might recall, I was particularly interested in the matches featuring Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and […]

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One More Thing

Do you all remember Ryan from The Office? You know the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kelly Kapoor. Well, Ryan, err, B. J. Novak, has a new book out, One More Thing. I happened across a reading of one of these little gems, "Julie and the Warlord," on This American Life. I found it funny and […]

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Tournament of Books: Pre-Tournament Playoff Round

The Tournament of Books is gearing up for what's promising to be a lot of fun. Before the opening round we are treated to a pre-Tournament match up to decide who will go on in the competition. This match was judged by none other than Geraldine Brooks who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel March. […]

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Women in Photos: The Lean In Collection

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Have you all seen the buzz surrounding the new collaboration between Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg’s organization LeanIn.org? Sandberg is the author of last year’s bestseller Lean In as well as Facebook’s COO. The goal of this new Lean In Collection is to provide, “a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls […]

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