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Like “Girl with a Pearl Earring?” Read These!

Tracy Chevalier's masterpiece is about a masterpiece: the eponymous Girl With A Pearl Earring. If you haven't read it, it's about a servant girl who captures the imagination of Johannes Vermeer and inspires him to create what is probably his most famous work. This book is well-praised for among other things, the sensual immersion in […]

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Truth or Terror? Shark Books and Movies

It’s that time of year again! Discovery Channel's Shark Week! Considered one of the deadliest predators in the ocean (mostly because of the great white, affectionately nicknamed "the white death"), sharks have fascinated recent generations with their fierce predatory nature and sly cunningness. They've inspired legends and fear thanks to real-life incidents such as the Jersey Shore shark […]

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Bookseller Sleuths

Summer in Chicago has its charms, but sometimes it's nice to just curl up in the air conditioning and read. To celebrate the new book by Michael Sullivan and summer reading in general, here are mysteries abut books and the people who love them, sometimes a little too much.. Matthew Sullivan's debut novel, Midnight at the […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Harry Potter Books?

Can you believe the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was published 20 years ago? It feels like I've known Harry, Ron and Hermione forever! Since the whole world is celebrating this momentous occasion, we thought we'd get in on the fun with a little quiz to test how well you know the […]

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#TBT: Happy 75th Birthday, Harrison Ford!

Harrison Ford has been in some of my favorite movies of all time. So I was excited to find out we have something in common: we were both born in Chicago! Of course, that's where the similarities end. I'm a mild-mannered librarian, and he's a movie star responsible for bringing some of the most beloved […]

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