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“Healing Mushrooms” has everything to know about the magic of mushrooms

Mushrooms are the new superfood craze you may not have heard of yet. Though they’ve been used medicinally for thousands of years for things like boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation, they’re only now becoming popular in mainstream culture due to the immense research that’s been ... Continue reading

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What are we having for dinner?

Being a reader almost inevitably means forging relationships (at least in our own minds) with favorite authors. Once upon a time, as a nine-year-old hardcore "[Little House on the Prairie][1]" fan, I was devastated when at last it dawned on me that I would never, ever meet ... Continue reading

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Fancasting my favorite rom-com reads

Like many people, I love a good romantic comedy. I’m always in the mood for a meet-cute, a tale-of-friends-to-lovers, a happily-ever-after (or at least for now). Luckily, as a reader of romance, I usually have a stack of rom-coms sitting on my bedside table. The only downside ... Continue reading

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World music mixtape

Since last November’s [Luaka Bop][1] spotlight, I’ve disgracefully neglected my world music search. Hoping to make up for lost time, I asked my coworkers to share some of their favorite albums from our world music collection. Here are their responses: Dom La Nena’s "[Ela][2]" is a hauntingly ... Continue reading

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On “American Heart,” the latest from Laura Moriarty

I’ve been a longtime fan of Laura Moriarty’s writing since I first heard her talk about "[The Center of Everything][1]" in the tiny cafe of the now defunct Borders bookstore in 2004. Her fully fleshed characters and well-developed plots often have me reading into the wee hours ... Continue reading

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An erratic start to 2018

One month into 2018 and I find myself in a very erratic reading mode, so much so that I couldn't settle on trying to feature one book in depth, so I thought I’d take you, dear reader, on a stroll through some books I’m really enjoying — ... Continue reading

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“Deep” thoughts

Thanks to the discovery of a book called “[Deep][1],” while it was below zero here in Kansas, I was immersed below sea level in a warm and magical aquatic world where the rules of life are tweaked and a different language is spoken. Hundreds of feet down ... Continue reading

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A new book on Kansas LGBT pride

Kansas Day is almost here, and I’ve got an inspiring way to celebrate! A new book pays tribute to the Kansans who are advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. In "[No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas][1]," author C.J. Janovy shares ... Continue reading

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Never trust a librarian carrying a dog book

[Sounder][1], [Old Yeller][2], [Old Dan, and Little Ann][3]: children’s literature is littered with corpses of dogs who died too young and made us cry harder than we wanted to. Luckily, our parents burst into tears, too, which helped distract us from our own sorrow, since they looked ... Continue reading

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What to read while you wait for Obama’s favorite book

While Barack Obama was president, he started an annual tradition of sharing his favorite books and music from the previous year, and he’s graciously kept with this tradition for 2017. At the top of his list this year? A new “dystopian” novel with some radical feminist themes ... Continue reading

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Read Across Lawrence 2018: the heartfelt middle-school story of “Wonder”

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.” -Auggie, "[Wonder][1]" Whenever I’m handed a book with the promise “This will make you cry,” I’m always a little skeptical. A montage of dogs seeing their ... Continue reading

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Nancy Pearl’s “Rule of 50” and the books I did not finish

It’s typically a rare case for me not to finish a book. At some point, I think I convinced myself that not finishing was giving up on an author or myself as a reader. But I have come to understand that neither of those is true at ... Continue reading

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December Look Play Listen Round Up

*Hi Lawrence! Look Play Listen is the library’s team of AV appreciators. Each month we’ll round up some of our favorite music, film/TV, and video game reviews from our staff and put them in one easy to read, easy to locate blog post.* Look ---- ["The Mind ... Continue reading

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Fact and fiction collide in “The Only Harmless Great Thing”

The stranger-than-fiction story of the women who painted radium dials during World War I got a proper exploration earlier this year in the nonfiction hit "[The Radium Girls][1]." Now the topic gets its due in the realm of fiction with Brooke Bolander’s "[The Only Harmless Great Thing][2]," ... Continue reading

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It’s time for the 2018 Squad Goals reading challenge

In 2017, the Lawrence Public Library's Book Squad introduced the Squad Goals Reading Challenge, a collection of 13 prompts designed to get you reading more widely. In 2018, by popular demand, we’re back with 13 new prompts that we hope will intrigue, delight and, yes, challenge you. ... Continue reading

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Library staffers share their best books of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, with all its turbulence—for better or worse—one thing remains constant: great books of all flavors. Staff from all across the library share their favorites; read on for LPL’s best books of 2017. **Shirley Braunlich, reader's services assistant:** "[The Turtle’s Beating Heart: ... Continue reading

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Cozy reads to get you through the endless night

It’s that time of year again! The ground is covered in leaves, the holiday lights are on, the heater is cranked all the way up and snow is imminent. You look outside one minute, and the sun is shining, and the world is like a gorgeously illustrated ... Continue reading

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Eight(ish) miraculous books

Taking place every year on the 25th of Kislev, Hanukkah commemorates the story of Jewish persecution at the hands of the Syrian despot Antiochus, who made observance of Judaism a capital offense, regularly slaughtered Jews and made it a point to desecrate the Temple. A man named ... Continue reading

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Female writers of the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe

The newest "Star Wars" movie is days away from release, and there’s an electricity in the air surrounding this excitement that I’m forced to refer to as the Force. With the new trilogy and Expanded Universe movies all abuzz, it’s become clear that women have taken a ... Continue reading

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“Manhattan Beach”: a mob drama for the rest of us

About a month ago I tweeted, with 100 percent sincerity, “I zone out as soon as a TV show description uses the words, ‘crime boss.’” Although in my tweet I was referring to a synopsis I had seen on Netflix, believe me when I say this is ... Continue reading

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