My Precious: Lord of the Rings Readalikes

gold ring on page from Fellowship of the Ring

“One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them.”  This July marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, and I remember the first time I read the trilogy. I did it in semi-secret because I was a grown woman and these were books written for pre-adolescent […]

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Remembering Adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary

Celebrate Sir Edmund Hillary’s 95th birthday by visiting your local library and checking out some mountaineering books. Why risk altitude sickness and frostbite when you can enjoy a mountaineering adventure from the comfort of your favorite chair?  These reads will have you feeling lighted-headed and exhilarated, just as Sir Edmund Hillary must have felt when […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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Hot Diggity Dog

Chicago-style hot dog

We all know there is only one way to eat a hot dog in Chicago and it most certainly does not include ketchup, however, other parts of the country can and do dress their dogs a little differently! For me, a hot dog once a year at a summer BBQ is enough, but since July is […]

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Staying Positive…You Can Do It!

It’s hard not to get sucked into the mental drama we self-create or that we get dragged into from friends, family, or even coworkers. Being negative is sometimes, unfortunately, easier then to find ways or methods to work through the bad to find some good. And, the good is there, trust me. I used to […]

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It’s Electric

If you’re bothering to read this, you’re reading it on a computer, and if you’re using a computer, you probably take electricity for granted. Unless you’ve come across some faulty wiring or jammed a fork into a live toaster, you probably need to be reminded how terrifying electricity can be. For centuries, it has been […]

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That’s My Story…What’s Yours?

painting, taxi

That’s the question Chicago artist Dalton Brown is asking us to answer with his new gallery exhibit housed at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at Carter G. Woodson Regional Library. Dalton grew up in Brooklyn’s Marcy projects. He moved to Chicago in the early 1970s to earn his BFA at the School of the […]

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Go Meet Magritte at the Art Institute of Chicago

end table with bowler hat and an apple on top. Photo pays homage to surrealist artist Magritte

Magritte, the popular Belgian surrealist painter, is the subject of a recently opened exhibit at the Art Institute and a great reason for art enthusiasts to find their way over there this summer. The exhibit, which runs through October 13, is a focused look at the artist’s work created between 1926 and 1983 in Brussels, […]

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The Midwife of Venice and the Harem

Roberta Rich has written only two books so far, but I enjoyed both of them immensely. In The Midwife of Venice, Hannah Levi, a midwife of legendary skill and confined to the Jewish Ghetto, makes a decision to help a countess in natal distress. She takes along her “birthing spoons”, a form of forceps, with her despite the […]

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Beach Reads: Female Friendships

beach scene water and sand

Summer is FINALLY here and it’s time to hit the sandy beaches with an ice cold drink and a good read. Enjoy these books centering around female friendships set against the beautiful beaches of the East Coast. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan chronicles the lives and loves of three generations of Kelleher women as they spend the summer […]

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