Some people seem to function just fine without a cup of coffee in the morning. I am not one of those people. Thankfully, I am not alone. Chicago has many wonderful coffee shops catering to folks like me in need of a strong Americano. And what goes with coffee? A good book. Here's what I caught you reading this month at Perkolator in Portage Park:
While enjoying a soy latte, you were reading Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast's award-winning comic memoir about life with aging parents.
And you, with the red eye? You must already be a CPL regular. I caught you reading The Mare, one of CPL's best books of 2015. It's a poignant, raw and modern take on the timeless story of a girl and her horse.
You were deep in thought with Angela Davis' Women, Culture & Politics. I didn't want to interrupt, but if you're a Beyoncé fan, maybe you'd be interested in some other books that might have inspired Lemonade.
You were enjoying an iced coffee while reading The New Yorker, a classic magazine for the well-read. It's available everywhere with Zinio for Libraries along with many other digital editions of your favorite magazines.
Several of you were prepping for finals week and powering through those notes with a large, blended mocha topped with peaks of whipped cream. I saw textbooks, notebooks and laptops galore. Don't forget students, CPL has got your research needs covered with online resources like JSTOR, Oxford Art Online and Literary Reference Center. All you need to access them is your library card!
Stay caffeinated, folks. There are too many good books to read—let us know which one you're reading in the comments!