Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

I often like to try new authors to see how their stories come to life from the brief summary given in a book release or promotion. When I read Behind Closed Read more...

Posted by on November 1, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

Famed pastry chef Olivia Rawlings seems to have it all— until she accidentally sets a Manhattan restaurant on fire with her flaming dessert! Asked “to take a break” from work, Read more...

Posted by on September 22, 2016

Downton Abbey season six: ta-ta for now!

  It is hard to grasp that soon the phenomenal PBS show Downton Abbey will come to an end after season six! Luckily, the library has a program coming soon Read more...

Posted by on October 22, 2015

Sous Chef: 24 hours on the line

  Have you ever wondered what it is like to be working in the kitchen of a nice restaurant when the perfect meal is delivered to your table? Do you Read more...

Posted by on August 24, 2015

Our Souls at Night

Even at first sight, this small volume by Kent Haruf drew me in although I had four other books to consider reading on my nightstand. Why did it attract me? Read more...

Posted by on July 6, 2015

Illinois Reads: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

Illinois Reads is a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. Established under the Illinois Reading Council, reading is encouraged at all age levels, from babies to Read more...

Posted by on June 17, 2015

The Precipice by Paul Doiron

Two college girls have disappeared while hiking the “Hundred Mile Wilderness” in Maine. Sketchy details become available as game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with constructing the girls’ check-in points Read more...

Posted by on June 1, 2015

Inside the O’Briens

Lisa Genova has yet again found the perfect vehicle for a sincere, funny, heart-wrenching story with her east coast family story, Inside the O’Briens. I find that reading her novels is Read more...

Posted by on April 6, 2015

Gardening and Farm to Table: a Fruitful Pairing

It would be hard not to be happy that we have gained another hour of sunshine, courtesy of daylight saving time. As Chicagoans, we are reminded that we have braved Read more...

Posted by on March 11, 2015

The Girl on the Train

I’ll admit it: there are many people out there (including all the publicity departments and book sellers) that are saying The Girl on the Train is the next Gone Girl novel. Read more...

Posted by on February 11, 2015

Find Momo!

Just looking at the cover of this book by Find Momo, the dog in the clever photographs, and wonder about the story behind it. Knapp, a photographer and freelance interface Read more...

Posted by on January 13, 2015

Sweet Baking and Making Memories

Let’s face it: whether or not you celebrate the seasonal holidays, the sweets and baked goods that surround these events are always welcome and shared with many – family, friends, Read more...

Posted by on November 17, 2014

Dark Stories And Dark Birds

Fall is upon us, and with Halloween just weeks away, I thought it would be a great time to reacquaint myself with the dark—but always interesting—world of horror fiction. What Read more...

Posted by on October 17, 2014

The Director: A Novel

The Director. When a disheveled computer hacker stumbles into the American consulate in Germany, no one is prepared for the fallout it creates, especially newly-appointed CIA director Graham Weber. With Read more...

Posted by on June 2, 2014

Looking for a Green Thumb

Even though the calendar says it is May and time to plant my garden, I had hesitated (like many of us) due to the chilly weather! In the meantime, all Read more...

Posted by on May 5, 2014

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