The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

At the turn of the twentieth century, a variety of poisons were used by unscrupulous people for everything from personal gain to terrorism. In New York City, forensic science was just being developed, and pioneering scientists fought an uphill battle


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Windhand: Soma

Soma is the gargantuan second album by Richmond, Virginia Doom Metal quintet Windhand who set themselves apart from the pack which represents the genre in a few ways but most noticeably via the utilization of clean, female vocals courtesy of …


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The Whale Warriors by Peter Heller

How far would you be willing to go to preserve a species?

The Whale Warriors are a small group that uses “direct intervention” tactics to deter illegal marine poaching. Their cause is highly politicized with many governments condemning the group.


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Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

What did Julia Child, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones have in common? They all liked cats.

But Provence, 1970 is not a book about cats. It is a book about food, friends, and a


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Bandette: Presto by Paul Tobin

Bandette is the world’s greatest thief. She’s also a costumed teenager who uses her skills to not only thwart, but also to assist the police. Now an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead. Will she and her band of misfit


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Lazarus Book One by Greg Rucka

In a dystopian future where a handful of families ruthlessly control the limited resources of a ravaged world, much of which is simply referred to as The Waste, a woman named Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus.

Genetically and technologically modified


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Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

The young adult novel, Man Made Boy tells a tale of trolls and nymphs, robots and dragons, living throughout the United States, and having to hide from the non-magical public. The story looks from the point of view of 17-year-old …


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The Grand Budapest Hotel

How a movie is marketed can work against the unprepared moviegoer who just wants to watch the film. For me, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a good example of this. The film is being marketed as a comedy. …


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The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

Mary has spent four years of high school as a nerdy good girl. Mary’s last hope to do something memorable in high school is to win the Oyster Point High Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. After a fiasco at prom …


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Schooled: The Price of College Sports

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks off and “March Madness” sweeps the nation (while some of us eagerly await Opening Day), an antitrust, class-action lawsuit against the NCAA continues its progression through the court system, with recent news that several …


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Bus Trip: Castles, Mansions and More

Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle, all in the fascinating Beverly neighborhood. This tour showcases the Landmark …


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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The sixth installment in Alan Bradley’s award-winning Flavia De Luce series finds our heroine anxiously awaiting the return of her long absent mother, Harriet, at the train station. What she doesn’t count on is a whispered, cryptic message from a …


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Writing in the Margins: Summer 2014

Community.

It’s what drives us every day. We spent all of last year celebrating the fact that, in 1973, the people of Norridge and Harwood Heights decided that a public library was essential to their communities. We take that decision …


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Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

The United States was the first country to develop nuclear weapons. It is also the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons against a foreign power.

The arms race during the Cold War led America and Russia to build …


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Bus Trip: Revolution Brewpub Tour, Tasting and Lunch

Revolution Brewing is Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. Tour the brewery (not handicapped accessible). Then enjoy lunch and …


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We Were There

As expected, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy saw a flood of new material published on everything from his personal life and early political career, to the presidency, as well as the assassination itself. This only serves …


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Vista Chino: Peace

Peace is the debut album from L.A.’s Vista Chino but the members involved are far from novices. The band is comprised of musicians who have spent at least 20 years in the underground rock scene and the album actually sounds …


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