Are You Illinois’ next Soon To Be Famous Author?

The eighth annual Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest is now open and accepting entries!

Sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, RAILS and member libraries throughout the state, the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest recognizes the best in Adult and  Young Adult fiction by Illinois self-published authors. This year, there’s also a new contest for self-published Adult and YA fiction originally written in Spanish, De la Página a la Fama.

The contests opened April 1, and will accept entries through May 31, 2021. Winners will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published books in adult and young adult categories
  • Cash prizes for each winner
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Illinois public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Print book sales to Illinois’ public libraries
  • Inclusion in Popup Picks, a mobile media curation service offered by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, for three months
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project (IAP) contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the 2022 spring IAP reception
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection

To be eligible for either contest, participating authors must be over 18, and live in Illinois. The book being submitted must be self/independently published by the author, who must hold the copyright. The book must be between 50,000 and 200,000 words, and not have received any previous awards. Books must be entered in either a PDF or ePUB format. Books entered in De la Pagina a la Fama must have been written originally in Spanish.

Click learn more and submit your work to the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest or the De la Pagina a la Fama contest.

Book Wizards

If you love dragons, alternate worlds, fairy tales, or mythology, this fantasy genre book club is for you. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at our branch library on Eastgate Dr.

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (10/12/2021): The Starless Sea

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life. […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (09/14/2021): The Once and Future Witches

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters―James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna―join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote―and perhaps not even to live―the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, motherhood, and women’s suffrage—the lost ways are calling. […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (08/10/2021): Fire and Blood

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Praise for Fire & Blood
“A masterpiece of popular historical fiction.” —The Sunday Times
“The saga is a rich and dark one, full of both the title’s promised elements. . . . It’s hard not to thrill to the descriptions of dragons engaging in airborne combat, or the dilemma of whether defeated rulers should ‘bend the knee,’ ‘take the black’ and join the Night’s Watch, or simply meet an inventive and horrible end.”—The Guardian […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (07/13/2021): Ninth House

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.
Ninth House is the long-awaited adult debut by the beloved author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo will take her place alongside Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness as one of the finest practitioners of literary fantasy writing today. […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (06/08/2021): The Magicians

As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined–for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart. […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (05/11/2021): Spinning Silver

With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (04/13/2021): Circe

The daring, dazzling and highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Song of Achilles

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. […]

Book Clubs

Book Wizards (02/09/2021): Stardust

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he’ll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life. […]

Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript Contest is now open!

Calling all local authors! If you have a finished work of Adult fiction that’s not yet published, consider entering it in the 2021 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript Contest!

Sponsored by The Illinois Author Project, a collaboration between the the Illinois Library Association, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and other contributors, the contest recognizes the best unpublished Adult Fiction written by an Illinois author.

Entries will be judged by Illinois librarians. The winner will receive editing from a professional line editor, who will help the author polish their manuscript, a professionally designed book cover, and self-publishing guidance from past winners of the Soon To Be Famous contest. In addition, the finished book will be automatically entered as a semi-finalist in the 2022 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Contest.

Manuscripts must meet formatting criteria, available on the contest website. Entries will be accepted through January 3, 2021, and are limited to one entry per author.

The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript contest is one of two contests offered by The Illinois Author Project. The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest is for independently published authors residing in Illinois. That contest will open for entries in April, 2021.

The Illinois Author Project (IAP) is part of an ongoing, library-driven effort to support and promote Illinois authors, whether they are unpublished or self-published. Readers can access self-published fiction in many genres for free, open-ended check-outs, through the IAPs digital collection.

 

Doctor Who Comics Day 2020

During our recent Geek Bag give-away, we learned that quite a few of you were really into Doctor Who, and if you didn’t know, Saturday, November 21, 2020 is Doctor Who Comics Day.

Doctor Who Comics Day is a global event inspired by Titan Comics’ Doctor Who comics. This is the fifth Doctor Who Comics Day, and as with much of 2020, it’s going to be a bit different this year! We’ve got lots of activities for you to get involved with, some great comics to read, and it’s going to be better than ever!

To celebrate this day, we'd like to tell you about a library resource, hoopla, where you can read many, many Doctor Who comics.  To check out Doctor Who comics that are available, digitally through the library, click on the link below.

Doctor Who Comics on hoopla

Besides comics, we have also linked you to some Doctor Who audiobooks to enjoy.

Doctor Who Audiobooks on hoopla

Below, you will also find some fun activities you can download and print out to help you celebrate your love of Doctor Who!  Click on the Download button below each image to download that activity.

Hope you enjoy all these Doctor Who comics, audiobooks and activities!  Have a great Doctor Who Comics Day!!!

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What’s On The Shelf? Classic Movies!

Staying safe at home means there’s plenty of time to delve into your list of favorite classic movies, or catch up on the movies you’ve always meant to watch, but haven’t gotten around to yet.

AAPLD has made it easier for patrons to locate our classic movies by adding a distinctive yellow sticker to the spine of the DVD cases. You’ll find our new Classics collection on the first shelf of the Adult Services DVD area, facing the front entrance to the main library.

We’ve also created a link so that you can browse our collection from home, place a hold and pick up at the Main Library’s drive-through, or at the Eastgate Branch, via curbside service.

Here’s a sample of some timeless favorites to enjoy on a chilly night at home:

The African Queen (1951)  Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.  A scruffy riverboat captain and a prim missionary reluctantly join forces to torpedo a German gunboat, and find themselves falling in love.

Love Me Tender (1956)  Elvis Presley makes his film debut in this classic about three brothers returning home  to Texas after the Civil War. The joyous homecoming is upturned when they discover their youngest brother has married his older brother’s true love. Elvis performs four songs, including the title song.

Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess flees her staid royal life for an adventure in Rome, while an American journalist in search of an exclusive story pretends not to know her true identity.

Shane (1952) Alan Ladd A retired gunfighter comes to the aid of a family terrorized by a ruthless rancher and his hired gun. Directed by George Stevens, Shane is one of Hollywood’s quintessential Westerns.

If you prefer streaming films, you’ll find more choices available through our Hoopla and kanopy apps.

Grab the popcorn, kick back and enjoy.

 

 

What’s on the Shelf? Thrills and Chills to watch or read!

It’s the most frightening time of the year! Halloween is almost here and it’s the perfect time to load up on scary movies and books.

AAPLD’s collection includes horror classics and soon-to-be classics. Our horror films are tagged with a special sticker and located on a special seasonal display for easy access.

Whatever you’re in the mood for…terrifying tales of ghosts and ghouls, or campy classics about ravenous blobs of alien goo, you’ll find it at the library! Here’s just a sample of the scary stuff you’ll find on our shelves. Click on the links to place a hold.

The Blob – Beware of the Blob! With a cheesy theme song, surprisingly sophisticated special effects, and a cast led by a young Steve McQueen, this low-budget 1958 drive-in movie classic offers plenty of scary fun.

Carrie- Based on Stephen King’s best-selling debut novel, this story of a misfit teen with telekinetic powers has been made into a film twice. The original 1976 version stars Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, the 2013 remake features Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role. Prefer to read the book? We have it too!

Dracula- It wouldn’t be Halloween without an appearance by everyone’s favorite Transylvanian count. Our collection of vampire films includes the 1931 version of Dracula, Dracula 2000 and Let Me In.  Our literary vampires include Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula, Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, and series by Anne Rice, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton and many more.

The Exorcist- Whether you prefer the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, or the 1973 film starring Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair, the story of a little girl possessed by the devil is a must for horror fans. Want more demonic kids? Check out Rosemary’s Baby. For an exorcism tale with a totally ’80s vibe, try My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.

Slender Man– In this 2018 film, a group of small town teens attempt to summon an urban legend creature, The Slender Man. When one teen goes missing, her friends must band together to save themselves from a similar fate.

Us – Director Jordan Peele’s 2019 film tells the story of the Wilson family, whose beach vacation goes horribly wrong when uninvited guests arrive at the family’s vacation home— evil dopplegangers of the four Wilsons.

What more scary suggestions? Ask an Adult Services staff member!

Write Your Story This November

Always dreamed of writing a book, but never found the time? This November could be your opportunity, and AAPLD is ready to help!

November is National Novel Writing Month, an annual event that challenges writers of all experience levels, ages and genres to craft a 50,000 word novel or non-fiction work in 30 days.

Since NaNoWriMo’s beginning in 1999, hundreds of thousands of writers have participated. Many books that began as NaNoWriMo projects have become best-sellers, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and WOOL by Hugh Howey. There’s no cost to enter, and signing up is easy. Just go to nanowrimo.org

The challenge officially begins at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 1 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Participants are urged to keep a regular writing schedule, adding about 1,660 words to their project each day, and tracking their progress on the National Novel Writing Month website.

To help keep local writers motivated, AAPLD is holding virtual write-ins each Tuesday night in November, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The write-ins will be hosted by Adult Services Library Associate Elizabeth Harmon, a NaNoWriMo veteran who has published several novels—including two that were NaNoWriMo projects. Registration is required so that we can email a link to the event, but you don’t have to be an AAPLD cardholder to join.

Click below to register:

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Write-in, Nov. 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

NaNoWriMo advocates a “no plot, no problem” approach to writing, but many authors like to plan their projects ahead of time. AAPLD’s collection of writing books includes how-tos related to popular genres, and books that help you tap into your creativity and get into the writing mindset. You’ll find them in the non-fiction section, starting in the 800s. We offer a few examples below. Click on the title to learn more about the book and place a hold, or call the library for more suggestions.

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

You’ve Got A Book In You: A Stress-free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams by Elizabeth Sims

Write. 10 Days to Overcome Writer’s Block. Period by Karen E. Peterson, Ph.D

You Don’t Have To Be Famous: How To Write Your Life Story by Steve Zousmer

Creative Writing Demystified by Sheila Bender

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger

Writing Children’s Books for Dummies by Lisa Rojany-Buccieri

 

What’s On The Shelf? Documentaries

We’re making some changes to the Adult Services DVD Collection to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. If you enjoy documentaries, be sure to browse our new Documentary section, located between feature films and our TV series sections.

The collection includes films by top documentary filmmakers including Ken Burns, Michael Moore; programs from the History Channel, PBS and more. There are fascinating glimpses into the lives of historical figures, films that take you behind the scenes of pivotal moments such as the Apollo 11 moon landing and the death of Princess Diana.

Here’s a small sample of what’s on the Documentary shelf, and be sure to check out the special documentary display, located on the octagon table at the entrance to the Adult Services area:

Unforgettable people…

 John Lewis: Good Trouble– In 1957 Troy, Alabama teenager John Lewis wrote to Dr. Martin Luther King asking his help to integrate a segregated school in Lewis’ hometown. King responded with a bus ticket, and an invitation to meet. Lewis’ lifetime of making “good trouble” took him from front line protests to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for 33 years. A compelling tribute to the late Civil Rights legend.

 

Diana, 7 Days – This BBC documentary looks at the week following Princess Diana’s death in a car crash, and includes interviews with Prince William and Prince Harry, recalling their legendary mother’s impact on the world, and on their family.

Gotta be rock and roll music…

When You’re StrangeThe Doors rose out of LA’s vibrant mid-1960s rock scene to captivate the world with their hypnotic sound, poetic lyrics and charismatic frontman, Jim Morrison. Johnny Depp narrates this fascinating account of the band’s history.

In the mood for something spooky?

Witches, Ghosts & Monsters – Chilling tales of creatures of the night have captivated us for centuries, but is there any truth to the stories? National Geographic explores the strange origins of zombies, vampires, witches, demons and Bigfoot.

VOTE! (at your library)

 

Did you know that AAPLD’s Main Library on Harnish Drive is a McHenry County early voting site?

Beginning Oct. 19, our downstairs program room will be an early voting polling place for voters registered in McHenry County, regardless of their home precinct. Early voting polling place hours are:

  • Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, October 24: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, October 31: 9 am – 2 pm

Poll workers will follow Covid-19 safety precautions, including wearing masks and/or plastic face shields while they are on duty. Other available safety measures include:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Disposable Garbage Cans and Bags
  • Gloves
  • Disposable Privacy Shields
  • Disposable ExpressVote “styluses”

Voters are also welcome to bring their own pen to sign in, and are asked to wear a mask at all times, including while they are waiting in line to vote. Voters will not be screened for COVID-19.

If you are voting with a mail-in ballot, please note that we are NOT a ballot drop-off location! The closest McHenry County mail-in ballot drop box is inside the Lake In the Hills Village Hall, which is also open for early voting. The ballot drop box is available between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, beginning October 19, and running through Monday, Nov. 2. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 31. Sunday hours will be offered Nov. 1 only, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kane County residents can find a complete list of early voting locations and hours here. Nearby Kane County early voting sites include Del Webb Sun City in Huntley, the West Dundee Village Hall, and at Kane County’s Vote Mobile, which will visit Jewel-Osco locations in Huntley (Oct. 22) and West Dundee (Oct. 27-28). Vote Mobile hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Visit the Kane County Clerk’s website for Mail-in Ballot drop box locations and other information.

Online Voter Information

Not sure if you’re registered to vote, or your polling place location? Use Illinois’ online voter information site to find out. If you’re not registered, you can do so online, through October 18, or register in person at your polling place on Election Day. Be sure to bring the documents you’ll need to register. Learn more here.

Tuesday November 3 is Election Day. The library functions as a polling location for Algonquin Precincts 63 and 68 only, and will be taking voters from 7 am – 7 pm.

Not sure where your polling place is? Click here.

Be prepared to stand in during early voting and on Election Day, and please follow all Covid-19 safety precautions.

Make your voice heard and VOTE!

 

 

 

What’s On the Shelf? Biographies!

If your reading habits lean toward fiction with compelling protagonists, get ready to discover a new genre. Biographies!

Biographies can satisfy your craving for larger-than-life characters who celebrate amazing triumphs, or suffer spectacular downfalls. They can deliver page-turning reads that are both entertaining and educational.

At AAPLD, Biographies have a special section all their own. You’ll find it on the last two shelves of the Main Library’s Adult fiction section, facing the Adult Services desk. Right now, there’s also a special display near New Non-Fiction.  Whether your interests run toward Classic Hollywood, Amazing Athletes, Rock Stars, Memoirs, Supreme Court, Royalty, or Presidents, you’re sure to discover a great story.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in our biography section. Click the link to place a hold.

Behind the Glamour

Marilyn in Manhattan, Her Year of Joy – In the fall of 1954, desperate to escape a bad divorce and growing frustration with the Hollywood studio system, Marilyn Monroe fled to New York City.  Her year in Manhattan allowed Monroe to rediscover herself, both as an actor, and a woman determined to be seen as more than a glamour queen.

Growing Up Again, Life, Loves and Oh Yeah, Diabetes – The story of another iconic actress, this one from the small screen. Mary Tyler Moore shares career highlights, her life managing Type 1 diabetes, and her later work as an activist, raising awareness and helping others.

 

 

 

 

 

Great American Stories

 The Restless Wave: Good Times Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations – The late Senator John McCain, a war hero and presidential candidate, reflects on his life in public service and today’s polarized politics, offering a vision and hope for America’s healing.

Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream – Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s biography recounts her childhood as a Puerto Rican girl growing up in the South Bronx, whose drive and intellect took her to Ivy League universities, a successful career legal career, and humanitarian work, to become the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.

 

 

 

 

 

Play Ball! 

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages – Just in time for the MLB playoffs, relive the Cubs’ thrilling 2016 season, as told by former Cubs catcher David “Grandpa Rossy” Ross, a journeyman catcher who became a hero, and is now in his first season as the team’s manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

 Morgue: A Life in Death – During his forty-year career, forensic scientist Dr. Vincent Di Maio worked on some of the some of the nation’s most compelling cases, from the exhumation of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, to the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. He shares stories, and insider details from his career in this fascinating, but little-known field of criminal investigation.

Her: a memoir – Identical twins Christa and Cara Parravani overcame poverty to attend college, and launch successful careers. But Cara’s downward spiral into heroin addiction, which ended in her death from overdose, caused Christa to unravel as well. Her fight back to mental and physical wholeness, and look at the mysterious bond that unites twins, makes for a compelling memoir.