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    True Stories About Dads

    Big Russ and Me
    We posted this last year, but Father's Day comes every year, so enjoy! As Father's Day approaches (insert ties/golf joke here), it's a good time to think about the complicated relationships we often have with our fathers and the many marvelous books that have been written about this relationship.  On the sweeter side, check out Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life by Tim Russert, an intensely personal and charming memoir of American life in the 1950s and the special bond Russert shared with his father, the irrepressible Big Russ.  One of the most fascinating recent books about fathers is ... Read More »

    Tags: Nonfiction, Recommended

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    Summertime ... and the Reading is Easy

    Flying Shoes
    As surely as the weather turns warm and the lazy days of summer approach, the lists of the best Summer Reads pop up like weeds in the sidewalk.  Here are a few great lists that will have your summer reading list (and requests lists) filled through August! Entertainment Weekly always has its finger what's hot and happening in publishing.  Check out their Summer Must-Reads:  10 Books for Your Beach Bag list, which includes Landline, the new title by librarian favorite Rainbow Rowell, and an intriguing sounding novel called ... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Recommended

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    The Man With the Keys - Concierges and Hotels in Fact and Fiction

    The Grand Budapest Hotel poster
    "How does one come by front-row aisle seats for a first night at the Opera Toscana with one day's notice?  How does one arrange a private viewing of the tapestry collection at the Royal Saxon Gallery?  How does one secure a corner table at Chez Dominique on a Thursday?" -- M. Gustave in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel about The Society of the Crossed Keys During Ramsey County Library's recent Facebook Movie Advisory Day, MPR's Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis called ... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction

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    Read More About It - Twelve Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave Movie Poster
    With Steve McQueen's movie Twelve Years a Slave just released in theaters, it's already getting tons of Oscar buzz. Read more about this fascinating story before it sweeps the Oscars in March.  Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man, and the father of three children, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  As Christopher Orr in The Atlantic writes: "Twelve Years a Slave is likely the most painful, clear-eyed feature ever made about American slavery. In that light, it almost seems faint praise to add that it will... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction

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    Happy Columbus Day! Sort of . . .

    Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask
    Columbus Day is a federal holiday, but some argue that Columbus was far too controversial a figure to continue to be celebrated in 2013. He was neither the first person to “discover” America, nor was he solely an explorer, but also an exploiter of native peoples for his own gain.  What do you think?  Should Columbus still be celebrated in this way?  Tell us in the comments! Author Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has written this informative webcomic, detailing some of the issues raised by continuing to celebrate Columbus Day in the United States.  According to Inman's resource list:  "All of the information in this essay came from... Read More »

    Tags: Nonfiction