Having Children Can Be A Challenge

In honor of Mother's Day, let's take a look at two different mothers in the world of fiction. In The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, follow the Shepherd family through multiple decades of the African-American Great Migration. Starting with the death of her newborn twins, each of Hattie's children has a chapter in this novel […]

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May the 4th Be with You!

May the 4th has been adopted by fans as Star Wars Day due to its similarity to the movie's catchphrase, "May the Force be with you." With Episode VII  slated to open December 18, 2015, interest in the series is intensifying again. But let's not forget where the phenomenon began. During it its initial release […]

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Down with G-O-D? Yeah, You Know Me

Jena Malone stars in Saved! as Mary, a girl who apparently has it all: a sweet boyfriend, a close relationship with her mother, and best of all, a membership in the Christian Jewels music group, which doubles as the popular crowd at American Eagle Christian High School. That is, of course, until she secretly gets pregnant trying […]

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A Taste of Taylor Street

Almost every weekend, folks stop by the Roosevelt Branch and ask “What's good to eat around here?" Roosevelt is located on Taylor Street, Chicago’s Little Italy, and there is no shortage of tempting delights. My personal faves are Pompei for budget-friendly sandwiches and pizza strudel or Davanti Enoteca for something a little more romantic. Don't forget […]

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Vengeance Is Mine!

Revenge is old, tricky business. It piles up until you forget what you're fighting for, and plenty of authors have used revenge as the driving force of their stories. Nearly anywhere in the library, you can find books exploring the depths of vengeance. Ancient Greek theater has a knack for portraying the complexities of revenge. Euripides' Orestes exists […]

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