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Delicious by Ruth Reichl

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Delicious! by Ruth Reichl Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky twelve-year-old and James Beard.   Author Ruth Reichl is known for her scrumptiously honest memoirs (Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with ... Read More »

Strange Love by Lisa Lenzo

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  Strange Love by Lisa Lenzo From the Made in Michigan Writers Series by Wayne State University Press.  Nine stories center on Annie, a smart-but-not-always-wise divorced mother, and Marly, her strong yet vulnerable daughter, as they seek and stumble upon an odd cast of boys and men. By turns comical and poignant, lyrical and incisive. Read More »

Five Came Back by Mark Harris

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Five Came Back: a Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris Looks at the World War II experiences of five legendary directors — John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens — to assess the transformative impact of the war and period beliefs on Hollywood.   Read More »

13 Hours by Mitchell Zukoff

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            13 Hours: the Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff with members of the Annex Security Team.   Six C.I.A. contract employees discuss their experience during the attack on the State Department compound and the nearby C.I.A. station called the “annex” in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Read More »

Classic Films featuring Lauren Bacall

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Midwest Tape, the library’s source for films, audiobooks and music, has a lovely tribute to the late Lauren Bacall.  For the full article click here. It was on the set of To Have and Have Not that Bacall met Bogie. The two married in 1945 and remained so until Bogart’s death in 1957. In addition to being husband and wife, ... Read More »

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend.  This documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane. Read More »

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

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Draws on interviews with confessed rare-map thief E. Forbes Smiley to document his experiences with mercenary explorers and mapmakers, offering insight into the cutthroat map trade while investigating allegations of hundreds of additional thefts. Read More »

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal. Spongy and dear, sharply observed and funny, Straub’s domestic-drama-goes-abroad is a delightful study of the complexities of family and love, and the many distractions from both.  ... Read More »