Boston Girl Readalikes

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For those of you waiting for The Boston Girl, I have a few suggestions while you wait. First, let me tell you are in for a treat in Anita Diamant's latest, about a young woman who works her way from tenement child to a social worker. Addie Baum is as old as the century when her granddaughter […]

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More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye

If I've learned anything, it's that I should never ask questions. Whenever I ask a question, I run the risk of learning things I never wanted to learn. What looks like nothing at first might actually mean something, and even when I think I know what I'm talking about, I'm likely to be wrong. I have the misfortune of being educated […]

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Monsters of the Midway Redux

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OK Bears fans, another Super Bowl, another no-show for our team. It's been a rough year (actually, a rough decade) for Bears fans. Every season we hope and pray for the best, only to be devastated yet again. At first it was Lovie Smith who was going to lead us to the Super Bowl—well, we […]

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The Greatest Ever Chicago Book

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Many of you likely have an opinion on the subject of the greatest ever Chicago book. Lucky for you, the Chicago Reader has chosen sixteen diverse books, fiction and nonfiction, and is running a NCAA-style tourney. They also chose a handful of excellent judges to determine the winner of each bout and contribute an essay […]

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Most Popular Books of 2014


The numbers are in, and we're ready to unveil the most popular books at the library in 2014. The rankings are based on a combination of checkouts and hold requests, and one thing is clear: reading is popular with adults, teens and kids alike. Chicago author Gillian Flynn tops the most popular adult fiction list for a […]

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“Handmaid” Hits 30: Readalikes

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale turns 30 this year, and as an avid fan of the book, I'd like to propose some readalikes. For those of you not familiar with Atwood's dystopian story, the United States has been taken over by Christian fundamentalists and (supposedly) biblical rule is the law. There's also a venereal disease going around that makes […]

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And the Award Goes to….

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The holidays are behind us and now it's time to look forward to "awards season." It starts out with the Golden Globes this coming Sunday, January 11, followed by the SAG awards on January 25, and the grand finale is the Academy Awards on February 22. I always try to see as many of the […]

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Big Data Buzz

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Have you been hearing the term Big Data bandied about a lot of late? Before you dismiss it as yet another buzz word, I suggest you take some time to learn why Big Data is such a big deal. Big Data refers to the flood of various types of digital information generated daily. This information […]

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Books I’ll Never Finish

Books I'll Never Finish

The coming of the new year always reminds me of the many resolutions I will never be able to keep. There's even a special shelf in my bathroom for all the books I know I'll never finish. I read a few pages at a time over the course of a few months, then something shiny distracts me and I give […]

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God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut: Readalikes

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After visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library over the holidays, I thought it might behoove me to celebrate my fellow Hoosier with a little notice in this blog. Vonnegut wrote several books, none of them very long, and if you like them, I have others to recommend to you. Slaughterhouse-Five: Or The Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance […]

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