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Design and Circumstance

Small Things Considerd:  Why There is No Perfect Design

Henry Petroski is an extraordinary engineer who has been called the "poet laureate of technology." He explores the histories of everyday things and exposes them as engineering marvels.

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Orange Prize Long List Announced

The long list for the Orange Prize, the UK's annual book award for fiction written by a woman, was announced today. If you're looking for some female authors to check out, this list is a great place to start.

The list includes women form several different countries, some first novels, and some authors who have been writing for quite some time.

Historical Fiction Set in Ireland

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all year long! If you are in the mood for a historical novel set in Ireland, the library has many titles ready to wet your whistle. Even when set against the realities of social and political turmoil, the love and laughter of the Irish people shine through.

Who Says Hard Copy Print is Dead?

Magazines: The Power of Print

Seems rather redundant for an advertisement about magazines to get a two page spread in lots of magazines lately. Then again, the magazine industry just wants to bust some myths about the printed word.

Visit Magazines: The Power of Print and you'll see some surprising statistics.

Lammy Finalists Announced Today

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature

The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards today. Winners will be announced on May 26.The Lammys honor achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.

With 114 finalists in 24 categories of LGBT literature, there will be books of interest to many on this extensive list. Showing the evolution of LGBT publishing, this is the first year that the Transgender category has had enough nominations to be divided into fiction and nonfiction (the Bisexual category was first split just last year). Other categories include Anthology, Children's/Young Adult, Drama, Poetry, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Gay & Lesbian Debut Fiction, Memoir & Biography, Mystery, and Romance.

City Tales: Chicago

sin in the second city

Did you know that the nickname the "Windy City" is derived not from the city's weather, but from the reputation of politicians in the late 1800s to boast about the city?

This nickname came into play as Chicago and New York were vying to be named host to the 1893 World’s Fair. Ultimately, Chicago won the honor and thus we have the strange and fascinating tale, Devil in the White City.

Currently engrossed with Erik Larson’s fantastic story, I have discovered two additional strange but true tales about Chi-Town to add to my reading list:

Curious about Religions?

With Easter, Passover, and Purim coming up you may have questions about the celebrations, their significance, or just about the beliefs of those who celebrate.

Many resources are available for those with curious minds. The Teaching Company has classes taught by professors both on CD and DVD. Do you want a little bit on information without delving into an entire book? Try a children’s book.

History of the Red Cross Movement

Red Cross

When a humanitarian crisis strikes, international members of the Red Cross movement (including the Red Crescent) are there to help.

Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, founded the movement after his life was forever changed witnessing and recalling the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1901 along with Frédéric Passy who helped found a French peace movement.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Brunch: 100 Recipes from Five Points Restaurant Cover

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt.  In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial.  Or creamy and sweet.  Or both- and brunch is just the thing.

For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce.  Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable.  I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon.  A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin.  Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise.  And if your sauce separates?  No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.

Making Time for Horology

Breguet No. 1188. Tourbillon, The Hermitage Museum

How do you measure your 24 hours? Horology, the art and science of measuring time, has kept horologists like watchmakers and clockmakers busy for centuries.

While in the stacks I discovered a comprehensive work on Breguet time pieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) has been called the father of modern horology due to the mechanical advancements and inspired craftsmanship he employed in his designs. I won't give up my high school Timex but I sure can appreciate Breguet's work.

Curious about other titles featuring the best of horological advances and the physics of time? These titles will get you started:

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