Top Picks: Hollywood History

Hollywood Sign

The Oscars are upon us once again, so pop up some popcorn and get ready to read. We recommend our top picks for Hollywood history. Wow your friends at the next Oscar party or water cooler chat with your extensive knowledge of Tinseltown lore. Climb aboard. Your tour bus is about to depart. Folks always […]

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Celebrating Carson McCullers and the Southern Gothic

Carson McCullers portrait

2017 marks the centennial of Carson McCullers' birth. Considered to be among the most significant American writers of the 20th century, McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Ga., on February 19, 1917 to a family with deep roots in the South. Her grandfather was a former plantation owner and Confederate hero. At 17, […]

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February Reading Challenge: Genre Fiction

T-shirt with map of Chicago made up of names of all CPL's locations

Adults, read along with us this winter and be entered in a drawing for a Chicago Public Library T-shirt or a copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, this year's One Book, One Chicago selection. This month, read a book of genre fiction—perhaps even from a genre you haven’t read before or rarely read! Need ideas? Find recommendations and new […]

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Beyond Bond: Espionage In Other Countries

James Bond is not the only non-American spy out engaging in derring-do. Other countries have their intelligence agents. These are some of the more recent entries for those who like to engage in armchair espionage. The Gentleman From Japan is the latest in the Inspector O series by James Church. While these books tend to be more mysteries than spy […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Betty White!

Betty White

She did it! Betty White survived 2016 and turns 95 January 17. For this Throwback Thursday, we’ll take a look at the storied career of everyone’s favorite funny lady. From radio to game and variety shows to sitcoms, it seems Betty White has done it all. Born in Oak Park, White moved to Los Angeles with […]

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CPL’s Most Popular Books of 2016

The Girls book cover, The Nest book cover

What were our most popular books in 2016? We've crunched the numbers and we're ready to share. Keep in mind that books published in late 2015 and early 2016 have an advantage, and you may see some of fall 2016's biggest blockbusters on next year's report. You might also compare our lists with Publishers Weekly's report […]

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They Lived and Laughed and Sometimes Left: Cancer Stories

Cancer is no joke. Fighting it isn't, either, especially if you're young. However, there are some moments of humor, if you're with the right people and looking for them. These are books about people who developed cancer at a young age and lessons learned. It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) by Nora McInery Purmort is […]

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January Reading Challenge: Best of the Best

T-shirt with map of Chicago made up of names of all CPL's locations

Updated February 1, 2017: Thank you for sharing your reading choices with us! We’ve contacted the winners of this drawing. Adults, read along with us this winter and be entered in a drawing for a Chicago Public Library T-shirt or a copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, this year's One Book, One Chicago selection. This month, read […]

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Chi-Town Comics Spill the Beans

A lot of funny people have passed through Chicago; some have stayed and some have moved to the other coasts. However, this post is about comedians who were born in Chicago and vicinity, most of whom also grew up and cut their comic teeth here. This is a collection of their autobiographical material. Bob Newhart was […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Patti Smith!

Patti Smith

Multitalented poet, artist and singer-songwriter Patti Smith turns 70 on December 30. In this Throwback Thursday post, we celebrate her long and varied career as a boundary-pushing artist who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won the National Book Award. Smith was born in Chicago in 1946, grew up in […]

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