• Elizabeth II, in Film and Fiction

    Britain’s Royal Family is always a source of curiosity, and their Monarch is no exception. Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, has been featured in a number of films, documentaries, and books over the past several years. Here are a few to enjoy. The Queen , a 2006 feature film starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, portrays
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 01-14-2013
  • Matchless is just that ...

    Every year some of your favorite authors pop up with a new title for the holiday season, and this year is no exception. Richard Paul Evans , Linda Howard , Garrison Keillor , Wally Lamb and several others have new books this Christmas. My favorite this year is a simple little book by Gregory Maguire , author of the Wicked series of Wizard of Oz books
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 12-23-2009
  • Double Take worth a look

    You're walking down the street and a legless man on a skateboard zooms by. Your first reaction--shock? disgust? pity? Welcome to Kevin Michael Connolly 's world. Author of the recent memoir Double Take , Connolly was born without legs. Instead of being institutionalized or coddled, Connolly's parents allowed him the freedom to experience
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 12-11-2009
  • Kissing Coyotes (& otherwise keeping your word)

    Kissing Coyotes by Marcia Vaughan Jack Rabbit likes to brag. First he tells his friend Roadrunner he can dance with a rattlesnake. Next he tells Gila Monster he can scare a herd of longhorn cattle, all by himself. Finally he boasts to Fox that he can run through a skunk's den without getting sprayed. His friends finally get tired of Jack Rabbit's
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 11-25-2009
  • Great Scot! (aka, Grateful American)

    Many celebrity biographies possess certain similarities: ambition, failed relationships, struggle, and frequently, addictions and/or abuse. So much of the success of the book depends not only on how the author has dealt with these situations in real life, but also on how they are able to share the details with their readers. For me, American on Purpose
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 10-23-2009
  • For all you "Da Vinci Code" fans out there ...

    ... Dan Brown 's latest installment in the Robert Langdon series, The Lost Symbol , will hit your local library's shelves tomorrow. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 09-14-2009
  • Why I will never Master the Art of French Cooking

    Lately I have been doing a bit of catching up on my reading. My most recent audiobook is Julie & Julia by Julie Powell, read by the author. For those of you unfamiliar with the book and /or new movie, Julie Powell was a young New Yorker in a dead-end job and seeking some sort of meaning in her life. When her husband suggested she attempt re-creating
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 08-22-2009
  • For those Illinois legal questions ...

    Here at the Information Desk we get a number of Indiana legal questions, and we are glad to direct people to the Law and Legal Sources - Indiana section of the Useful Websites portion of our Web page for guidance. Recently I was asked for legal information for the State of Illinois. The University of Southern Illinois School of Law has a Self Help page
    Posted to Research Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 05-23-2009
  • A new Barbara Kingsolver book is on its way!

    Barbara Kingsolver fans, take note: her newest novel, The Lacuna , will be published in November 2009. Kingsolver's last fiction work, relased in 2000, was Prodigal Summer , a lovely book and book group favorite. According to BookPage 's blog The Book Case , The Lacuna is set in Mexico and the U.S. during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and its main
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 05-11-2009
  • Elementary, my dear Peabody ...

    There are some books you read to stay current and informed, and some that you read because you "should" or you "have to". Then there are the books you read simply for the pure enjoyment of reading them. One of my favorite fun reads is the Amelia Peabody mystery series by Elizabeth Peters . This series features intrepid Egyptologist
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 04-20-2009
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