70 Years Later: V-E Day

V-E Day

May 8 is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when the Germans surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. Not many veterans are still around to celebrate, but it is still important. Here are some titles that help us remember. The Day the War Ended by Martin Gilbert follows the last […]

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Growing up Black and Female

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On the occasion of the publication of Disgruntled by Asali Solomon, I want to make you aware of some other books about growing up as an African-American girl. Set in different time periods, there are certain themes that carry through. Responsibility, otherness, friendship, and family are all explored. In Solomon's Disgruntled, Kenya is an outsider everywhere from […]

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Five of the Worst Mothers in Fiction

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Some mothers are good, some are bad and some are absolutely awful. In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the worst mothers fiction has to offer. From brainwashing to exorcisms to arsenic-laced donuts, here are some fictional mothers you'll love to hate: In The Manchurian Candidate, Eleanor Iselin is not […]

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Royal Baby Watch: Countdown with Books

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Eagerly awaiting the birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second royal bundle of joy? Get your Anglophile fix with these reads. Brush up on the expectant parents’ love story. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story and William & Kate: A Royal Love Story spill the juicy details of how the dashing prince fell for the sophisticated commoner. Relive their […]

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Artists as Heroes in Fiction

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Kavalier and Clay, the main characters in this year’s One Book, One Chicago selection, create larger-than-life comic book heroes like the Escapist. But in many of my favorite novels, creators themselves are the heroes, especially young artists struggling to find their way. Willa Cather once characterized them as the “hungry boys and girls who tramp […]

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And They’re Off . . .

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Question: What has the most exciting two minutes in sports and the most valuable trophy in American sports, and begins this weekend? Answer: It's horse racing's Triple Crown, which is the group of horse races made up of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. These races are set to be run this year on […]

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Treat Your Taste Buds to Korean Soul Food

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If you’ve been to a Korean restaurant, then you’re probably familiar with kimchi. This traditional Korean dish is made of vegetables and seasonings, and fermented like wine and cheese. Fermentation is an ancient technique of preserving food that creates a wide variety of nutrients, including vitamins, fatty acids and probiotics, that make food healthier and […]

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How To Live Forever (Or Maybe Not)

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Bill Gifford loves his dog. He'd like her to live a little longer. Gifford would like to live longer, too. This is the impetus for the lively Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying). Going forward in history as well as efficacy, Gifford talks about all the ways humanity has tried to beat nature and the […]

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DIY Home Projects: Inside and Out

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I'm feeling rather ambitious this spring and am getting ready to tackle many projects both inside and outside the house. This is my second year as a homeowner and I want to really "dig in" and "hammer out" some style on our home (ha-ha), but I don't have the funds to do all that I want […]

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Vikings Spotted on Lake Michigan!

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The northmen of legend have landed at the Field Museum with a wealth of history and ancient treasures for you to discover! In the new Vikings exhibit, you'll explore the relics, legends and legacy of Viking civilization. Here at CPL, you can continue your journey with these epic tales: Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom is […]

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