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Local Author Showcase: Christy Ogilvie

August 8, 2014 – 9:58 am |

Local Author Showcase spotlights Skokie-area writers and their work. This month, meet Christy Ogilvie, a Skokie resident and author of the historical drama That Kind of Girl.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a Chicago-area singer and music teacher. We moved to Skokie last May. I grew up in Glenview and love being back here, close to the city.
How would you describe your book?
I would …

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Staff Reviews: A song for Arbonne by Kay, Guy Gavriel

August 26, 2014 – 6:05 pm |

A song for Arbonne is different than most fantasy. It is extremely low magic and the fictional countries have obvious real world counterparts. This does mean the worldbuilding is a rough sketch, there are many details and the similarities add to a …

Staff Reviews: GOOD OMENS: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter, Witch by Gaiman, Neil/ Pratchett, Terry

August 26, 2014 – 5:27 pm |

The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley have a good working relationship, for centuries they have been secretly trading information to each other so they can look good to their bosses by foiling the plots of the other side. In their own way they a…

Staff Reviews: Invisible Ones, The by Penney, Stef

August 14, 2014 – 9:35 am |

At the behest of the girl’s father, half-Romany PI Ray Lovell investigates the disappearance of a young Gypsy woman, Rose, who ran off, leaving her husband with their seriously ill baby. The child, Christo, suffers from a genetic disease that has deva…

Kid Safe Search Engines

August 13, 2014 – 2:00 pm |
Safe Search Kids

What are some alternatives of search engines that are kid friendly?

Try using Safe Search Kids, Kid Rex, Quintura for Kids and Searchy Pants. You will not have to worry about inappropriate ads popping up left and right. (Although not all of the ads are gone in these search engines).

Did you know that there is even a kid friendly version of Wikipedia?
If you are looking for a fun and …

Searching the Internet

August 13, 2014 – 1:03 pm |
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When using search engines like Google or Bing there are a lot of features offered to make our searches more effective.
For example, you can use symbols in your Google searches.  If you’re looking for items at a certain cost you can use the $ along with the price, search social tags using the @, or trending topics with a hashtag #.   Here’s …

Local Author Showcase: Christy Ogilvie

August 8, 2014 – 9:58 am |
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Local Author Showcase spotlights Skokie-area writers and their work. This month, meet Christy Ogilvie, a Skokie resident and author of the historical drama That Kind of Girl.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a Chicago-area singer and music teacher. We moved to Skokie last May. I grew up in Glenview and love being back here, close to the city.
How would you describe your book?
I would …

Staff Reviews: Care and Management of Lies, The by Winspear, Jacqueline

August 6, 2014 – 8:39 pm |

Schoolteacher Kezia Marchant, the daughter of a pastor, marries Tom, a farmer and the brother of her long-time best friend, Thea, on the eve of the First World War. When Tom enlists, along with most of the village’s young men, the new bride is left to care for the farm. Unwilling to tell Tom just how hard things are, she instead fills her letters with mouth-watering, creative meals that she envisions serving to him. These imaginary meals are a solace to Tom and to all of the men in his unit, except for the sergeant who has picked Tom as his scapegoat and mercilessly abuses him, even as the men struggle to survive the horrors of the battlefield. Meanwhile, Thea, in trouble for her participation in a pacifist group, enlists as an ambulance driver and is also close to the action. All three characters, in their respective letters to one another, cloak their real situations in light-hearted but heartfelt stories. This is a slowly-paced, but character-rich, novel, packed with historical detail and vividly depicting the truths of war as experienced both at home and at the front. Winspear’s quiet story evolves languidly, but packs a real punch at the end as the fates of her characters unwind. A recommended selection for historical fiction readers and fans of Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series.

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Staff Reviews: This Is the Water by Murphy, Yannick

August 6, 2014 – 6:57 pm |

In the world of competitive children’s swimming, in a small New England town, a serial killer murders a teenage swimmer and the individual swim parents must make difficult choices to keep their own children safe. Murphy’s unique narrative style makes this a page turner from start to finish. Alternating between 3rd person and 2nd person (this is you, Annie, mother of two swim-team members; this is Chris, this is Paul, this is our killer, etc.), the reader knows early on who the killer is – but not who’s going to stumble on to his identity or what the consequences of that discovery might be – or who the next victim might be. This is a spot-on psychological, literary thriller, packed with suspense, but also offering a detailed profile of the families who become so invested in their children’s athletic pursuits. An excellent read!

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Staff Reviews: Impersonator, The by Miley, Mary

August 2, 2014 – 1:36 pm |

A twenty-five-year-old Vaudeville performer, between acts and desperate, takes on the role of impersonating missing young heiress Jessie Carr, who is to come into her fortune on her 21st birthday – in one month’s time. Hired by Jessie’s unscrupulous uncle to fool the trustees, she successfully pulls off the con and even deceives the rest of the relatives – all but the one who is responsible for Jessie’s disappearance. Quickly growing attached to the family and to the character she’s playing, she becomes determined to find out what happened to the real Jessie. Her efforts uncover a case of serial murder, a bootlegging operation, and the secrets to her own parentage! Plot-driven and briskly paced, the audio version is a great family listen – highly entertaining!

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Staff Reviews: Euphoria by King, Lily

August 2, 2014 – 1:29 pm |

Inspired by the life of Margaret Mead, this beautifully-written novel of three fictional anthropologists, set in the 1930s in New Guinea, explores the love triangle that binds them and the career rivalries that divide them. Englishman Andrew Bankson…