The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Vivid, vibrant, and charming, The Summer Before the War tells the story of young lives just beginning, old ways winding down, and a small English town cheerfully blind to impending disaster - but ultimately, inevitably, caught up in the Great War’s horrors.


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Bridge of Spies

A convicted spy. A captured U-2 pilot. Two nations locked in a Cold War. That is the world we are shown in Bridge of Spies.


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The Assistants by Camille Perri

Despite having trouble paying her bills, Tina Fontana takes pride in her work and has the utmost respect for her boss Robert Barlow, the head of the Titan Corporation, a multimedia news conglomerate. Think Ted Turner meets Rupert Murdoch. So when an accounting error leaves Tina with an unearned check for $20,000 (almost the exact amount of her student loan balance) she feels guilty about deciding to keep it.


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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

This weekend I'll be going to the theater. My expectations are high for The Nice Guys, the story of a mismatched pair of private eyes (played by Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling) investigating an apparent suicide in 1970s Los Angeles. The trailers have looked great, funny and sad and exciting. But I was looking forward for The Nice Guys because of the movie's writer and director, Shane Black.


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Remembering Darwyn Cooke

Today the comics industry lost one of its greats. Writer, artist, and animator Darwyn Cooke died at the age of 54 following a battle with cancer.


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NFL Draft returns to Chicago

This weekend, the NFL returns to Chicago for its annual player draft. Brush up with some inside information on the inner-workings of the draft by stopping by the Answers Desk to check out our latest display of books and DVDs.


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Kendrick Lamar, Untitled Unmastered

After being nominated for (and winning) more Grammies than any other artist last year for his album To Pimp a Butterfly, rapper Kendrick Lamar surprised the music world this week by releasing, with no promotion, a follow up collection of demo recordings and song sketches.


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What to Read after Seeing Deadpool

Just two weeks after opening in theaters, Deadpool has made more at the box office than any of Fox's previous X-Men related movies, earning a place at the pinnacle of pop culture for one of mainstream comic book history's weirdest, most violent, and funniest characters. Fans of the movie are probably already enjoying the Deadpool graphic novels and looking for something similar to read next.


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Reading Can Make You a Better Person

Do you know someone lacking empathy? Think that they can't change? A new study offers hope for grinches and grumps. Researchers from the University of Toronto suggest that reading fiction can make people more empathetic. The authors of the study wrote that literature can enhance a reader's empathy, or ability to understand someone else's point-of-view.


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I Am Chris Farley

Almost twenty years after his death, Chris Farley continues to live on through his work and the memories of fans, friends, and family.


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Judge This by Chip Kidd

From binder clips o federal tax forms, Chipp Kidd aims his graphic designer’s eye on everyday objects, judging the clarity or mysteriousness of their designs, sometimes describing ways in which confusing designs could be made more clear and providing examples of how the commonplace has inspired his own work as the designer of some of the most iconic book covers in publishing history.


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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

When world-renowned soprano Roxanne Cross travels to South America or a private performance, she finds herself held hostage along with an assortment of international dignitaries because there is no common language, the hostages and the kidnappers find complicated ways in which to communicate with each other.


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Writing in the Margins: Winter 2016

My last newsletter column focused on how Eisenhower has the best customer loyalty program around. Over the last few months, we’ve added even more services available specifically to residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights.


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The Decline of Western Civilization Collection

Previously only seen at special screenings or on bootlegs tapes, Penelope Spheeris’ three-part documentary series chronicling the punk scene of the ‘70s, the heavy metal scene of the ‘80s, and the anti-establishment, homeless teens of the ‘90s, has been restored and collected in a four DVD set.


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Mad Max: Fury Road

This summer, after thirty years away from the silver screen, audiences were treated to a new Mad Max adventure. George Miller, creator of the original trilogy, has rebooted his post-apocalyptic universe with Mad Max: Fury Road.


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