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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

writteninmyownheartsbloodWeighing in at a respectable 814 pages, Diana Gabaldon continues her classic Outlander series with Written in My Own’s Heart’s Blood. Though I needed a score card to keep track of time and characters it was a wonderful addition to an already stellar series. Jaime and Claire have a relationship that has outlasted time, war and famine.

It is 1778 and France has declared war on Great Britain. The British army leaves Philadelphia with George Washington and his troops in hot pursuit. Jamie had played a valuable part in several scrimmages after he finds out that his wife has married his best friend, Lord John Grey and his illegitimate son has discovered his true parentage. It is quite a muddle–with all of this unrest Jaime and Claire are thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe back in twentieth century Scotland–or are they??
Yes, there is quite a bit going on but Gabaldon manages to imbue each page with wonder and such detailed historical richness that it was a sorrow to have it end.

With much excitement the TV channel, Starz, will be offering the Outlander series begining August 9, 2014.

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Pictured in the Stacks…

Why pay for expensive magazine subscriptions when you can get them for free with your library card?  We subscribe to over 250 magazines, all of which are available for checkout.  In addition, we offer a very cool digital magazine service called Zinio.  Check it out here.



What’s for Dinner?

Here’s an idea: celebrate National Hot Dog Day (yes, it’s a real thing) by serving hot dogs for dinner!  Chicagoland boasts quite the hot dog history!  Check out these gems by Chicago natives, all of whom have visited WNPL:

Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog by Bob Schwartz

The author is an executive at Vienna Beef and has spent 40 years in the business.  This never putbook is an insider’s view of a love of hot dogs – eating them, selling them and talking about them.

The book includes detailed stories about a long list of hot dog stands located in Chicago, city and suburban, as well as stands located around the country. The one thing all those businesses have in common is that they serve or served Chicago-style hot dogs. Everyone who grew up eating hot dogs at those stands, especially in their own neighborhoods, remembers the one rule about putting condiments on a Chicago-style wiener – never put ketchup on a hot dog!

The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats by Sgt. David J. Haynes & Christopher Garlington


The idea is to get in, get a good meal, and get out before your lunch break ends for under ten bucks. In addition to a restaurant guide, this book features outrageous stories from working cops, Chicago cop lore, and even a few recipes.  And because its Chicago, you KNOW there are hot dogs involved.

A special thanks to the authors who visited WNPL earlier today and gave the audience lots of laughs!  


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Batman Doesn’t LOOK 75!

batman75BAM!  POW!  ZAP!

Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies based on Batman than any other comic book character.  In addition to movies, Batman is featured in television, video games, publishing, merchandising and even our local Six Flags has a Batman roller coaster!

75 years ago, Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appearing in Detective Comics in May of 1939 as The Bat Man.  Due to his popularity, he received his own comic book entitled Batman in 1940.

Robin was Batman’s sidekick from the start.  And in 1961, Batgirl was introduced (With a profession as a librarian, you KNOW we love Batgirl!).  Check out a sampling of the Batman materials that we have here at WNPL:

Graphic NovelsMovies
Books for AdultsBooks for Children
Video Games

Not to mention magazines, movie soundtracks, picture books and much more!  What better time to revisit everything Batman has to offer?

Source: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/03/27/warner-bros-entertainment-and-dc-entertainment-celebrate-batmans-75th-anniversary