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Randall Oaks Staff Favorites of 2018

You’ve seen enough “Best Of” lists for 2018 by now, so the Randall Oaks staff thought we’d just share some of our favorites, whether they're critically lauded or not. Here’s a sampling of books and movies that came out last year that we enjoyed for various reasons- they made us think, they made us cry, they were just plain fun, etc.

Sam B.

Books:

Recommended Reads Weeks 1-3

Looking for something good to read? If you’ve signed up for Summer Reading you’ve probably seen the Recommended Read postcards (if you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up or start filling out cards!). On the cards, simply let us know what you’re reading and why you would/would not recommend it. You can drop these off at the Information Desk and we draw winners every week for additional Summer Reading prizes. You’re reading anyway; why not try to win? Here’s a sampling of the book suggestions and comments your fellow readers have submitted in the first few weeks. 

Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of chef Anthony Bourdain on June 8th.  He was one of my favorite food writers and television personalities.  A drug addict early in his cooking career, Bourdain turned his life around and became one of the most successful food personalities in America starting with his memoir Kitchen Confidential published in 2000.  With his success, Bourdain frequently advocated for the underdog.

Devils in the White City- and Beyond

Whether you’re interested in notorious murderers and serial killers or just into the Gaslight Era in general, we’ve got a great program for you. Devils in the White City and Beyond will explore some of the most notorious personalities from the 19th century. Register here to attend this Saturday, May 12. If you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered with some suggestions to read and watch.

Pearl Harbor -- A Day of Infamy

Join us on Saturday April 21st for a program about December 7, 1941. Battlefield expert Robert Muelller will discuss the events of that day, the experiences of some of those who were there, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Please note: This program will be held off-site at: Village Green 605 Barrington Ave. East Dundee.

A Sketch of Iran: the Country and Its Culture

Join us on Saturday, April 14 for a program about Iran. A Sketch of Iran: the Country and Its Culture will be presented by Libby Fischer Hellmann, and will focus on the people, architecture, customs, and culture of that country.

While you’re waiting, or after the program, you can check out the following titles, most of which focus on life in Iran since 1979.

CHICAGO WOMEN

Join us on Wednesday March 7, 2018 for a fascinating program about some of the amazing women of Chicago’s past and present. While you’re waiting, check out these books. Not all of these women will be profiled in the program, but they're all inspiring and have links to Chicago. Come to the Information desk for more suggestions to keep you reading during Women’s History Month, and register for Hell Hath No Fury: The Wild, Wicked, and Wonderful Women of the Windy City to learn more about these incredible women.

Happy reading!

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