Rodger, library director, chose League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
League of Denial reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage. Reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that emerged from the playing fields of our 21st century pastime. Everyone knew that football is violent and dangerous. But what the players who built the NFL into a $10 billion industry didn’t know – and what the league sought to shield from them – is that no amount of padding could protect the human brain from the force generated by modern football; that the very essence of the game could be exposing these players to brain damage.
Maureen, of Reference, chose Dear Life by Alice Munro
With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped — the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.
Deb from Accounting chose Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
We’re getting so excited about our upcoming arts program, holiday card printing with Hoofprint Workshop! The crew from the new southside Chicago printshop will be at the library on Saturday, December 7th from 1pm-5pm helping patrons design, cut, and print block-printed holiday cards. Block printing is an easy and fun way to make unique cards or prints- no experience required, and all materials are provided.
Register online, space is limited! We’ll see you there!
Join us on all day on Friday, December 6th or Saturday, December 7th as we unveil our new library card design! Current cardholders may swap out their old cards for a fresh new model. Stop by to help us celebrate the new design. Get a new card, win prizes, have a snack and and learn about the Youth Services library card contest. See you there!
Gregory Sestero discusses The Disaster Artist
3733 N. Southport, The Music Box, Chicago
Tuesday, December 3rd at 7pm
Charles Blackstone discusses his novel, Vintage Attraction
2523 N. Kedzie, City Lit, Chicago
Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30pm
James Fried discusses his book, Rework
Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm
350 N. Orleans St, Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Join the nonfiction book club, Curiouser & Curiouser as they read The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
The Geography of Nowhere traces America’s evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots.
In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation’s evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern auto suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that America is paying for its car-crazed lifestyle. It is also a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work, to build communities that are once again worthy of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by reviving civic art and civic life, we will rediscover public virtue and a new vision of the common good.
Copies are available at the circulation desk, and we’ll see you on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm for an exciting discussion!
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