Dogs Can Get the Flu Too!

Dog with ice bag on head

A couple of weeks ago we were all set to spend a Saturday in Michigan and decided to board the dog overnight at his usual doggie day care. But the Monday before the trip we received an urgent email from the day care warning us about a recent outbreak of so-called “kennel cough” at the […]

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Growing Up With Asperger’s and Autism

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April is Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Awareness Month. There are plenty of books about what to do if a loved one is diagnosed on the Autism spectrum, but I am going to focus in this post about the personal experiences of those effected. John Elder Robison is the elder brother of Augusten Burroughs, of Running With […]

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Game of Thrones Returns!!

A Game of Thrones book cover

Whoo-hooo! April 12 is rapidly approaching and, along with the winter thaw, you know what that means? Yup—Game of Thrones season five returns. It's been nine months (kind of like a pregnancy) since the last episode aired and GOT fans are more than ready to see the birth of season five. CAN NOT WAIT to catch up with […]

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Wannabe Librarians

Wannabe Librarians

It's a plain fact that everyone wants to be a librarian. The job brings such fantastic excitement and wealth, schoolchildren spend their waking hours dreaming of one day curating the glistening temples of knowledge known to the layman simply as Libraries. But not everyone has what it takes to be a librarian. We can only mourn […]

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Graphic Novels for Gourmands

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Do you like graphic novels and food? Here are some fun reads about life in the kitchen, opening a new restaurant, and solving crimes by eating. In her mouth-watering memoir, Lucy Knisley shares charming tales and delightful drawings about growing up around chefs, food travel adventures, and cooking. Each chapter is bookended with sumptuously drawn […]

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Sandburg Award Honors Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive this year's Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library. The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner will feature Sondheim in conversation with NPR's Scott Simon on October 21 at The Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at […]

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I Want to Believe

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Recently there have been rumors of a reboot of the television series The X-Files, those of you who are long time X-Files fans like me, hope that the rumors become truth and that the original cast of actors and writers will be on board. The television series ended more than two decades ago and the […]

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Women’s History Through Novels: Michelle Moran


Michelle Moran writes riveting novels about history from a woman's point of view. These novels are both extensively researched and richly imagined, leading to deeply atmospheric tales. The physical description is also a treat. While there is no question that Moran's heroines operate in a man's world, they more than measure up to those who would destroy […]

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Crimes in Israel

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Liad Shoham's latest book has been translated into English, for which the lovers of noir may be grateful. Asylum City could also be considered a mystery and a delightful one. A passionate volunteer for African refugees in Israel is murdered, and the pressure is on young Inspector Anat Nachmias to wrap it up quickly. Problem is, […]

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Get Lost in Fantasy with Tolkien Reading Day

Sauron bearing the one ring

There's no better time to start an unexpected journey than March 25, when fantasy fans the world over will participate in Tolkien Reading Day by reading their favorite passages from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien's other works. Celebrated by the Tolkien Society as the day Sauron fell, Tolkien Reading Day is […]

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