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"On this day in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published. At least one publisher turned the book down on the grounds that a novel by a woman on such a controversial subject was too risky. He must have regretted it: the novel sold 10,000 copies in the first week, 300,000 copies in a year, and became America's first million-seller. It also brought Stowe hate mail -- in one case, a black, human ear."
On March 13, 2013 after 5 votes Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was voted the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church. While the library doesn't own any biographies of the newly elected Pope Francis, we do have books on the Catholic Church, and other notable popes. If you are interested in learning more about the subject check out our collection.
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Celebrate Women's History Month by checking out these films, biographies and novels about famous women through time.
Check out these books to keep the Downton Abbey spirit alive until Season 4 begins.
Locked room mysteries are based on crimes that seem impossible to solve. They might involve a body found alone in a room with all the windows and doors locked from the inside or they might take place outside in the snow with no footprints leading to or from the body. Follow the clues in these stories to help the detectives solve these difficult crimes.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday February 10th. 2013 will be the Year of the Snake. Chicago's Chinatown will hold its Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday February 17th so check Chinatown's website for more details (http://www.chicagochinatown.org)
Here are some books and movies about China to help you celebrate.
Are you a fan TV shows such as Dateline NBC, 48 Hours Mystery, or America’s Most Wanted? Then check-out our True Crime section for some of the hottest new titles dealing with some of today's biggest headlines. You’ll find most of the collection in the nonfiction section beginning at the call number 364.1
Currently, in the library, we're displaying the first books in series. If you like SF or fantasy, here are some complete series available for checkout. Most are in print, although we may have digital download copies of some titles.
The Dresden Files
Jim Butcher's wildly popular stories of Chicago private investigator and wizard, Harry Dresden. Start with Storm Front. The latest book in the series is Cold Days.
The Black Company
The story of some 40 years in the life of an elite military company. The library owns the 10 books in this epic dark fantasy series complete in 4 omnibus volumes.
The Mars Trilogy
A classic of hard science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy combines superbly believable science and great storytelling to chronicle the first human settlements and terraforming of Mars.
The Void Trilogy
A far future space opera, set in Hamilton's Commonwealth universe. A compelling story of advanced humanity and its all too familiar need to find meaning in existence.
Malazan Book of the Fallen
Gritty, superb dark fantasy by Steven Erikson. Book 1 is Gardens of the Moon. The 10th and final volume is The Crippled God. For a quick entry into the Malazan landscape, try the non-series novel Crack'd Pot Trail.
On this day in Rock History (January 29th): In 1967, Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience. Also, in 1977, Aerosmith's “Walk This Way” becomes a Top 10 single. (The song is inspired by a line in Mel Brooks’ comedy Young Frankenstein.) Our Rocker Biographies have some pretty wild stories to tell.....