Poison is a Girls Bestfriend

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X typically marks the spot, so they say. In our collection, X stands for Mystery, just like how a skull and cross bones “X” stands for poison. Poison is known to be the number one choice by women to murder someone. In history, one clever way women would poison their enemies was to wear a […]

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Back to the Future

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Is the grass always greener on the other side?  Would Anne Boleyn nod her head? What about The Mata Hari as she danced? Would Napoléon stand tall while disagreeing? When thinking about historical fiction I also think about the saying “stranger than fiction”. A King who married, be-headed, divorced, and watched die six very different […]

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Techno-centricities and other modern concerns

Was it George Orwell who instilled a fear in older siblings? Or was it Isaac Asimov who made you overly cautious of your Furby? Is there a reason we are so obsessed with robots and technology. Perhaps it’s because thanks in part to the giant ever-so-powerful tech companies that keep growing exponentially. Or the social […]

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A way with words

There's nothing I enjoy more than an author who really loves language. Ray Bradbury is one that comes to mind, especially because of the way I love to savor some of his books, lingering over sentences. I have read and re-read Something Wicked This Way Comes (which includes a wonderful sentence about how the cold […]

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Want more American Gods?

If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman's book American Gods and have started watching the new series on Starz, maybe you feel like you want even more (and you've already re-read American Gods and also Anansi Boys). We understand. We're here to feed your need. If you love the subplots of American Gods, you might […]

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Engaging stories and exquisite art

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If you enjoy historical fiction, we suggest a bit of a twist: books that tell stories based on famous art or artists, paired with books about the real art and artists. For example, Christina Baker Kline's newest book, A Piece of the World, gives the story of Christina Olson, the subject of one of Andrew […]

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When books went to war

Did you know that the Library War Service was established in 1917 by the American Library Association?  Librarians across the country campaigned heavily to have books donated to public libraries so they could be sent overseas, providing books and other services to soldiers serving in Europe during World War I. As you’d imagine, soldiers in […]

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Staff favorites on display in April and May

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As you'd expect, in such a big library, people read a wide variety of books.  Throughout April and May, you'll find a display of some favorite books from Central Library's first floor staff. You'll see that many of the books (and some of the book covers on the display) have a little tag; this is […]

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What’s that display ?

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Every month, several staff in Center for the Reader create displays.  We have a lot of fun with these and because we all work on different displays, there's always a variety of things to choose from.  This month, our displays include one which focuses on World War I fiction (to tie in to the wonderful […]

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Fiction in the Kitchen

I’m one of those people who loves having music on when I’m cooking or  baking (and I seriously think that good music makes food taste better).  I also enjoy reading culinary memoirs. Whether it’s Anthony Bourdain’s books, Marcus Samuellson’s memoir, or any of Ruth Reichl’s books, I find that the best food memoirs touch on […]

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