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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

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

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


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




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