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Posted by bpardue on 06/30/16
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This engaging book frames the history of 20th century architecture as a tug-of-war between two giants of the era: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright was the genius, the relentless champion of his own philosophy of "organic architecture," who rejected any relationship with the boxy modernism of the Bauhaus architects and their followers, even as they acknowledged their debt to Wright (although more as a predecessor than meaningful contemporary). At the same time, it's tempting to think of his masterpiece Fallingwater as a thinly-veiled attempt to outdo the modernists at their own game. Johnson, on the other hand, was a born-wealthy dilettante, who moved between architecture criticism and practice, as well as politics, journalism and music, looking for a field in which to make his mark. He was an early champion of all things modern--the rejection of hand-crafted materials for industrial steel and glass, and the complete removal of ornamentation from buildings. His own Glass House (inspired by plans for Mies' Farnsworth House in Plano, IL) is considered a classic of the style. Over time, Wright's and Johnson's paths would cross many times, their relationship (and opinions of each other) would move from respectful to contentious and back again. Clearly, there was gamesmanship and moments of self-promotion from each man, but there were also moments of actual affection. Author Hugh Howard gives us a well-researched, sweeping view, covering nearly 50 years of architectural history with many supplementary characters to help illuminate the long, complex relationship between these two architectural giants.
Posted by Sltader on 06/28/16
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Seven. Seventeen. And five.

This is how Aubrey Hamilton separates the most important years of her life. The seven years before she met Joshua Hamilton, the seventeen years they were together and the five years since his disappearance from her life.

Over a bachelor/bachelorette party weekend, her husband, Josh, disappears.

After a frantic search, blood is discovered all over Josh and Aubrey's house and the cops decide on foul play. Aubrey is ultimately tried for his death, but found innocent. We pick up the story right as the State of Tennessee has declared Josh legally dead, even though his body has never been found. Aubrey thinks she can finally move on, put the questions and grief behind her and start anew. But the appearance of a mysterious man who reminds Aubrey of her dead husband, and the upcoming legal battle she's in for with her mother-in-law over Josh's massive life insurance policy, mean that Aubrey is very far from putting the past behind her.

If you are looking for a book with lots of twists and turns that continually keeps you guessing you will find it in No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.  It was one of those "one more chapter" books as I like to call them. You know...the ones where you promise yourself just one more chapter before putting it down and before you know it you are on the last page.

No One Knows is a thought-provoking thriller with a multi-layered plot, intriguing characters and numerous surprises. Similar to Gillian Flynn’s book Gone Girl, this book will have you shaking your head at its shocking ending.
Fiction, Suspense
Posted by jdunc on 06/27/16
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Singer/songwriter Brandy Clark’s newest release Big Day in a Small Town takes you on a journey through all of the nuances and cast of characters of living a small town life. Topics include “homecoming queen”, ‘girl next door” and ‘broke”, all sung with Clark’s wonderful grit and twang. She has a similar sound to Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves—which shouldn’t be a surprise since she has written hit songs for each.  Clark is just starting to get radio play in Chicago and is definitely worth checking out for country music fans.

Have a listen to “Three Kids No Husband”:
Posted by annetteb on 06/25/16
Are you thinking about purchasing a tablet or e-reader, but aren't sure where to begin? Consider stopping by the Tech Bar to try out some tablets and e-readers that are currently on the market. We feature two different Kindle Fires, the Nook Color HD, the Nook Color Tablet, the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7, the Nook Glowlight, and the Kindle (black and white). While the devices themselves do not circulate, you are welcome to test them out at the Tech Bar. If you have additional questions, please stop by the Tech Help Desk.
Posted by annetteb on 06/25/16
Are you looking to try out some of our e-book, e-music, or streaming services, but don't have a device to play them on? Consider checking out one of our iPad 2 tablets and familiarize yourself apps such as OverDrive, 3M, Hoopla, and more. The iPad 2 is available for checkout at the Tech Help desk. You can also place one on hold here
Posted by lsears on 06/19/16
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Chicago is set sometime in the 1970’s when a young man moves in for his first job after college to work at a magazine. The city becomes a proving ground for him as a journalist in training. His apartment building neighbors are as diverse as the city; a community of its own, full of dwellers that look out for each other. Mostly he works and plays basketball and explores the city with some of the apartment building’s inhabitants. Did I mention the talking dog? Please don’t turn away from this anomaly because for this story, I think it works. Think of Edward as an illuminated being (the author’s words) and decide for yourself who or what he represents.
The book is a nostalgic recollection of an influential time in his life, a bildungsroman.  Most enjoyable are the many references to landmarks and places and events that embody the city. Most are mentioned only briefly but as a former denizen of the Windy City, they sparked many of my own memories. From the old Ivanhoe Theatre to Comiskey Park to Kingston Mines to the unique neighborhoods to the alewives that wash up on the shores of Lake Michigan. But the narrator is not completely blinded by the beauty of the city, he sees how it lives side-by-side with ugly truths.

The writing style is very poetic, descriptive, imaginative, and a little fanciful with long, long sentences that read on and on like the waters of the lake. Only a short time period is covered, five seasons, but author Brian Doyle creates a winsome novel to read, visit and reminisce over.

Posted by jdunc on 06/10/16
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It isn’t summer without the newest beach read from Mary Kay Andrews. Her latest, The Weekenders, leans more toward mystery than light romance. Riley is a wealthy mother of a 12-year-old and in an unhappy marriage to her husband Wendell. Each summer Riley and her extended family vacation on Belle Isle, North Carolina, an island that her family built. When her estranged husband doesn’t show, Riley is livid, until his body is discovered in the water.

As the sheriff and Riley try to get to the bottom of her husband’s death, they uncover more secrets and lies. But it isn’t a Mary Kay Andrews novel without a little romance. Riley finds support and romance from her teenage love. This novel is more serious than many of Andrews’s other works, but still very much a page turner. Andrews has a history of mystery writing, publishing several mystery novels under the pseudonym Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand will enjoy the untangling of secrets and lies in a quaint beach town.
Posted by lbanovz on 06/04/16
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Meet the spectacularly dysfunctional Plumb family. When Leo, the charming but wastrel eldest son, endangers his siblings’ chances of inheriting their share of the family trust (the titular “Nest” in question), all hell breaks loose. Because $2 million is a lot of money, even when split four ways. And the other Plumb children (artistic Bea, floundering Jack, and maternal Melody) were counting on that money to assuage some moderate-to-severe financial pains. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except no one – especially not Leo – has a plan B.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney has accomplished quite a feat, especially for a debut author: she has a way of taking unlikeable characters and making them sympathetic; even Leo, the persistent screw-up, finds a way into your heart by the end. I especially enjoyed the surprising side stories that Sweeney weaves throughout the main plot, taking her characters in a variety of directions but maintaining a coherency to the story as a whole. In many ways it reminded me of Carol Rifka Brunt’s 2012 hit Tell the Wolves I’m Home, which should be next on your list if you haven’t read it already.
Now I know I’m recommending a book you may have to wait a while to get your hands on, but trust me. It’s worth the wait. The Nest is a great summer read, with just enough emotional heft to make it a standout.
Posted by annetteb on 05/19/16
Did you happen to hold on to your floppy discs? Do you have a way of viewing the information that is stored on them?
The Tech Help Desk has one floppy disc reader that can help you view the files saved on your floppy disc and possibly convert them to modern file formats. To use the floppy disc reader, please visit the Tech Help Desk and inquire about it. The floppy disc reader can be connected to a computer or laptop via USB input. 
Posted by annetteb on 05/19/16
Do you like to record podcasts? Are you interested in recording family stories with your relatives? Maybe you're someone who could benefit from recording classroom lectures?
The Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder With Accessories could be a great tool for you to utilize. With its simple one-button recording capabilites and backlit LCD display, the portable digital recorder is easy to use. The portable digital recorder is perfect for musicians, journalists, podcasters, and more, and it records high-quality WAV and MP3 files to meet any professional need. Recorded files can easily be transferred to a Mac or PC. 
If you have additional questions, please feel free to stop by the Tech Help Desk.
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