Slinky gowns, gin fizzes & giddy love affairs.


Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell brings the 1920s to life through the stories of women emblematic of their time, among them Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, and Zelda Fitzgerald. In defiance of traditional cultural norms, these women led daring, glamorous, often scandalous lives.

Deliciously gossipy and fun, yet insightful and informative, this fast paced read is feminist history at its most entertaining.

Mary @ Forest Home

Welcome to Little Wing


This small Wisconsin town is like so many others, you know the kind--not even a stoplight and everyone knows everyone and everyone's business. But, this town is also the home of four men all born and raised there, and all friends. Lifelong relationships have good times and bad times, and through four weddings and several years, their ties are tested by trials of distance and betrayal.

Lee, an indie rock singer, known to most as Corvus, tours the world, but always comes back to Little Wing. Henry (Hank), his wife Beth and their two children run a small dairy farm. Ronny is a former rodeo star and a recovering alcoholic. And Kip, who never feels like he fits in, had a successful time in Chicago, but has returned with a wife and is intent on proving he belongs by renovating an old mill tied to many high school memories. Throughout Nickolas Butler's Shotgun Lovesongs these friends share stories of heartbreak and hope as they are reminded of the true meaning of friendship and love.

Jacki @ Central


Baseball fans remember Lenny "Nails" Dykstra as a much-loved player with the Mets and Phillies. Though never a megastar, Dykstra's intense, hard-nosed style of play had a cultish following. After leaving the game, he rose to prominence again for his supposed business acumen, having sold a chain of car washes he founded for a hefty profit and displaying a savant-like ability for picking winning stocks.

While all of that is true, the real story of Lenny Dykstra is of a loutish, crude egomaniac whose empire was built on sand. Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra is the story of financial writer Christopher Frankie's time working for Dykstra in that empire. Dykstra's behavior, as Frankie chronicles it in this book, is outrageous, shocking and even frightening. Dykstra is revealed as nothing less than a thug, using his celebrity to intimidate people into handing over their money or credit cards to him just so he can maintain the tycoon lifestyle he can no longer afford. Avoid Lenny Dykstra at all costs, but don't avoid this book.

Brett @ Central

Soups & roasts & desserts & more!


The America's Test Kitchen team has done it again! A second useful (and useable) slow cooker recipe book! Slow Cooker Revolution has several uses. For one, it provides helpful tips for slow cooking (as did the first volume). Secondly, there are useful product ratings. And finally, there are the recipes. From chicken to cheesecake, there's a recipe for everyone.

David @ Forest Home & Zablocki

It's Throwback Thursday! with Treasure Island

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest--

...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"


Who needs Captain Jack Sparrow when Long John Silver has been around for over 100 years and was way cooler anyways? Besides being a villainous murderer, Long John Silver had an awesome parrot named Captain Flint (after an old, very mean pirate captain) on his shoulder spouting "pieces of eight, pieces of eight" at opportune times throughout the novel.

Pirate pop culture 101! Silver was missing a leg from an old naval battle and hopped about with a crutch waving swords and pistols! He lied to hero Jim Hawkins, committed mutiny against good Captain Smollett and still made off with bountiful booty at the end of the story! Long John Silver is simply a pirate rock star.

Seriously though, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is a fun book for boys ages 8 to 88 and is truly a classic of not only children's literature, but literature in general. Robert Louis Stevenson knew his way around a ship and it shows in his writing. Besides The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is Stevenson's most popular work and is as important today as it was in 1883 when it was first published in book form.(It was originally serialized in Young Folks magazine in 1881-1882) Shiver me timbers! Treasure Island is THE pirate book of all pirate books. #tbt

Dan @ Washington Park

egghead.jpegBo Burnham is a comedy prodigy. Not like the old dial-up computer service Prodigy, with its garishly colored message boards and bizarre games, but like a child prodigy in the manner of Mozart (but with a bit more profanity and less powdered wigs). Bo released his first comedy album online in 2008 at the age of eighteen, and his career and skills have been soaring ever since. So when I find out that Bo had written a book, Egghead, or You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone, I eagerly checked it out from the library, wondering exactly what sort of approach the YouTube video star took to bring his comedy style to the printed page. I was not expecting a book of poetry.

The comparison to Shel Silverstein is inevitable, given that it is a book of humor poems accompanied by drawings (by artist Chance Bone); Bo even cites Shel in the acknowledgments. Amazingly, however, the comparison is apt (though fans of The Giving Tree be warned, you probably do not want your children reading Egghead). Egghead has an excellent mix of poems that are wickedly funny, surprisingly touching, and absolutely bizarre. To demonstrate, here's just one of the poems from the book:

Wooden Soldiers

I bought a box of wooden soldiers.
I bought them from the store.
And now a hundred tiny soldiers
guard my bedroom floor.

So if you're a scary monster-thing
who wants to go to war,
my bedroom door is open.
I'm not frightened anymore.

Tim @ Central

Treasures of the Rare Books Room: The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design


The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is a large box of 500 cards, or unbound pages, that the user can organize and reorganize according to their needs. Light green dividers with subject headings are included if need be. The pages include designs from the 1400s through 2012 and from all around the world. Each of the cards, front and back, are in full color and contain as much authoritative information as is available.


Everyone will find something of interest in this nontraditional book as it covers everything from newspapers, books, symbols, advertisements, record and CD covers, magazines, posters and more. As time passes Phaidon plans to distribute more cards to add to this amazing collection.

This item is not available to check out. To view this item, please call the Central Library Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.

Valerie @ Central




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