How much ink is too much?

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer is a fascinating book. We've become used to seeing flowers, animals and famous quotations as tattoos, but what about the periodic table, complex mathematical equations, strings of DNA, advanced physics, and rare archeological finds? They're all displayed in this book along with interesting interviews from the tattoo recipients.

Tattoo-pedia: Choose From Over 1,000 of the Hottest Tattoo Designs for Your New Ink! This is a clean highly illustrated tattoo encyclopedia. You'll find many traditional designs as well as some with a twist for those who are more adventurous.

The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art is a small book, despite it's title, but packed with some of the most beautiful tattoos ever seen. Every style and subject matter is covered here done by more than 60 of the most talented tattoo artists of our time.

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I find Tattoo World even more amazing than The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art. This book also displays tattoos created by extraordinary tattoo artists, but the actual pages are larger so the images can be seen better. Multiple pictures from different angles are taken of the same tattoo so you can see how the image wraps around an arm or leg. Historical information about tattoos is included as well as short interviews from the artists.

Valerie @ Central

Downton Abbey fans--take note!


You may enjoy reading Mollie Moran's Minding the Manor: The Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid. It's an entertaining account of her true story and adventures while in domestic service as a scullery maid, then kitchen maid and cook for wealthy British aristocrats.

Photos, recipes and household hints help evoke the atmosphere of a time long since passed and a way of life that no longer exists.

Mary @ Forest Home

Iran is on the verge of making a nuclear bomb.


In The Death Trade by Jack Higgins an eminent Iranian scientist has made a major breakthrough in nuclear weapons research. Iran wants his research, but he doesn't want his country owning this weapon. He cannot flee as they have his mother and sister. In steps Dillon and Company to devise a plan to protect the scientist and his research. This is book twenty in the very popular Sean Dillon series.

David @ Forest Home and Zablocki


Chihuly: Gardens & Glass

chihuly.jpg Chihuly: Gardens & Glass contains enlighting interviews, interesting information and beautiful photographs from Chihuly's outdoor glass installations from around the world. He takes glass making to uncharted territory by mimicking foliage and flowers with the most colorful glass you've ever seen. He creates art that blends seamlessly with nature, sprouting from trees or gently "floating" on water. His otherworldly forms seem right at home in our gardens and landscapes and always a delight to see.

chihulyfinland.JPGChihuly Over Venice: Nuutajärvi, Finland: Part I, June 1995 is an oversize unbound book containing photographs from Chihuly's breathtaking outdoor glass installations and huge chandeliers (later used in his Venice installations), paintings, and sketches based on his time working in Finland.

I highly recommend watching Chihuly Over Venice which follows Chihuly around Venice as he and his dedicated team of artists actually assemble his magnificent installations in their intended Italian locations.

Some of these items are for reference use only and cannot be checked out of the library. If you have any questions please call the Central Library Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071.

Valerie @ Central


The gadgets of today mean news is constant and everywhere. From an air crash to a murder, a celebrity interview to a political scandal, The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton analyzes the impact events have on our minds. Why is a celebrity's life fascinating and war in a far off land...boring? And, how is this shaping our everyday worldviews?

Jacki @ Central

Worms are disgusting little creatures.


Big worms are really disgusting creatures. Big worms eating your innards and crushing your vertebrae while you wallow with an insatiable hunger are totally disgusting. In short, The Troop by Nick Cutter is a pretty disgusting book.

A group of Canadian scouts are visiting a remote, uninhabited island off the coast when a very hungry, very sick man appears at their cabin door. Chaos ensues. This novel is filled with imagery that repulses and sickens but is somehow still pleasing. It's like a late 70's Italian zombie flick in that the images stay with you long after the story is over. Part Lord of the Flies and part The Thing (John Carpenter's 1982 film version), The Troop is an exercise in modern horror literature that left me "hungry" for more gore after each chapter. This is a scary book. I recommend avoiding eating undercooked meat or drinking unclean water while reading this story. Yuck.

Dan @ Washington Park




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