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Stardust

Stardust (2007) PG-13
Feuding princes, witches, pirates, flying ships, and falling stars – what more could you want?

To prove his love to Victoria (Sienna Miller), Tristan Thorne (Charlie Cox) crosses the forbidden wall to retrieve a fallen star. Instead of finding a celestial rock, he discovers an injured Yvaine (Claire Danes).

Yvaine reluctantly follows Tristan after he promises to get her back home. What should be a simple trek turns into a fast-paced adventure as Yvaine becomes the target of evil witches (including Michelle Pfeiffer) and feuding princes.

Fighting to stay alive, Tristan and Yvaine eventually find an ally in the cultured pirate Captain Shakespeare (Robert DeNiro). During their journey, Tristan and Yvaine begin to fall for each other, but will true love be enough?

Narrated by Ian McKellen. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.
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Chicago Bulls: the 1990s

Chicago Bulls: the 1990s (2003)
Are you excited about the NBA draft on June 26? With the #1 pick, do you think the Bulls will choose Michael Beasley or Chicago native Derrick Rose? But before we begin a new season, relive the glory days with this four-disc set about the Bulls’ six championships from 1991 to 1998. With highlights from each of the six seasons, you can reminisce about Michael beating Magic, Paxson hitting the three against Phoenix, the record-setting 72 victories, and Jordan’s last shot as a Bull. The set also contains six games as they were originally broadcast – one from each finals appearance.

Includes a history of the Chicago Bulls.
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Ransom

Ransom (1996) R
A millionaire ignores the FBI’s advice after his son is kidnapped. Instead of cooperating with the kidnappers and paying the ransom, Tom Mullen fights back.

Watch this explosive thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise.
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Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky

Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky (2005)

Private investigator V. I. Warshawski returns to her South Chicago neighborhood to coach her old high school basketball team. After one of the girl’s mothers asks her to investigate sabotage at a local plant, V. I.’s squabbles with the teenagers seem inconsequential as she gets caught up in a web of murder and intrigue that will jeopardize her life.

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State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (2008)
White House Assistant Chef Olivia “Ollie” Paras loves to cook and loves her job. Life gets complicated when a man tries to illegally enter the White House and Ollie stops him with a frying pan. Soon Ollie is embroiled in a deadly mess involving Secret Service agents, an assassin, and international leaders. If that’s not enough, she’s also battling a cooking show diva for the Executive Chef position, clashing with the White House’s new “sensitivity director,” and fighting with her Secret Service boyfriend.

This fun culinary mystery also includes recipes for "A Presidential Menu" -- and the honey almond scones aren't bad! For more about the book and the author, read an April 6 Chicago Sun-Times interview with Tinley Park resident Hyzy.
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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can (2002) PG-13
In 1963, 16-year-old Frank Abagnale, Jr. is devastated when his parents split up. He runs away – and embarks on a journey that has him masquerading as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer.

Carl Hanratty is a career FBI agent specializing in check fraud. He dedicates – and jeopardizes – his career to catch Abagnale, who successfully acquired millions of dollars before he turned twenty. The two play a cat and mouse game for several years.

You may think it’s hard to empathize with someone who’s cheated others out of more than four million dollars, but then you haven’t met Frank Abagnale, Jr. Inspired by a true story – see what happened in Abagnale’s own words in his 1980 biography of the same name.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Amy Adams.
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The Game of My Life by Jason “J-Mac” McElwain

The Game of My Life: a true story of challenge, triumph, and growing up autistic by Jason “J-Mac” McElwain with Daniel PaisnerHis friends call him J-Mac. His mom prefers Jason. Sounds like your typical teenager, right? Not quite.

Jason “J-Mac” McElwain is considered a high functioning autistic. And in February 2006, J-Mac accomplished something that any “normal” person would have difficulty accomplishing: he scored 20 points – including six 3s – in the last FOUR minutes of a high school basketball game.

Read this inspirational story of a boy who didn’t talk till he was five. Read about how he became practically obsessed with basketball and how he was the team manager for three years. Read about how the coach let him dress for Senior Night – and how his unimaginable feat made him an instant celebrity across the country.



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Sox and the City by Richard Roeper

Sox and the City: A Fan’s Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of ’67 to the Wizards of Oz by Richard Roeper (2006)
From one White Sox fan to another, Roeper details his love of the White Sox and of baseball. His wry sense of humor takes you from his childhood in the 1960s through the championship season of 2005. It’s part memoir, part Sox history, and part baseball nostalgia. You don’t have to be a Sox fan to enjoy this book – and you can’t help but appreciate the movie and television trivia scattered throughout.

Get ready for Opening Day 2008 (March 31: Cubs vs. Milwaukee and the Sox at Cleveland) by checking out this book and others on our Chicago Baseball list. You can read about the Cubs and Sox in the World Series, look back at the history of Wrigley Field, and much more.
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Bones: Season 1

Bones: Season 1 (2005-2006) TV-14

FBI agent Seeley Booth and forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan (David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel) team up to solve cases no one else can handle. The pair bickers over everything from who gets to drive to whether Bones should be allowed to have a gun – all while catching murderers.

Bones has it all – the forensic aspect, the crime-solving mystery, and the personal side of things, not to mention humor. If you can’t get enough of CSI, you’ll definitely enjoy Bones. It has all of the science of CSI, but is more character driven. You get involved in the lives of Booth and Bones.

Season 2 of Bones is also available on DVD. The series is inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.

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The Greatest Generation Speaks by Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections by Tom Brokaw (1999)
After the publication of the bestselling The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw received mail from readers across the country. The letters provide accounts of WWII soldiers who reconnected after fifty years because of a name mentioned in Brokaw’s book. Children and grandchildren wrote of the deceased soldiers they never knew – and how important the book was in understanding their ancestors. Others wrote of similar tales mentioned in The Greatest Generation, or pointed out areas of the war that Brokaw overlooked. At times heartrending and uplifting, Brokaw’s follow up to The Greatest Generation is truly inspiring.

The audiobook is a great way to “read” this book. Brokaw reads the introductions to the chapters, while a supporting cast reads the letters and accounts featured. The various voices allow the listener to move between stories with ease.
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Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (2005)
Heath Champion is determined to find a wife. The successful sports agent (and popular bachelor) wants to expedite the entire courtship process, so he hires professional matchmaker Portia Powers.

Annabelle Granger just inherited her grandmother’s matchmaking business – along with its septuagenarian clientele. After failing in her previous careers, Annabelle is determined to make this one work. She finagles an interview with Heath, who reluctantly agrees to a limited trial.

With both Portia and Annabelle introducing him to potential brides, Heath should be closer to finding a wife. And while his perfect match continues to elude him, Annabelle becomes more and more entangled in his life.

In this honorary Chicago Stars book, Phillips entertains with her usual combination of quirky comedy and deep emotion.
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Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (2006)
In the first book of her new mystery series, Cabot introduces us to former pop star Heather Wells. Her mom ran off with her manager and her money, and her dad’s in jail. Heather finds a job as an assistant dorm director at a New York college. Everything seems to be going well…until someone finds a dead body. Heather doesn’t think it was an accident, despite what the police say. She starts investigating, ignoring the advice of her landlord and crush (and her ex-boyfriend’s brother), P.I. Cooper Cartwright. Laugh out loud at this chick lit mystery as you follow the adventures -- and misadventures -- of Heather Wells.

If you want to read more Heather Wells escapades, check out the next books in the series: Size 14 is Not Fat Either (2006) and Big Boned (2007).
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The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander

The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander (2003)
A man leaves his granddaughter a taped account of his time serving the Russian royal family during their imprisonment. How much of his recollection is the truth? Did any of the Romanovs survive? Find out in this riveting fictionalized account of the months leading to the execution of the Romanov family.
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Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson (2007)
As part of the Eminent Lives series, Bryson presents a brief (196 page) biography of William Shakespeare – brief, he explains, because so little is actually known about Shakespeare. In his quirky comedic style, Bryson elucidates on what few facts exist on Shakespeare’s life. General history is interwoven with specifics about the playwright (for example, up to 40% of brides were pregnant on their wedding day). With amusing anecdotes on farfetched theories (like the plays were actually written by Francis Bacon, a random aristocrat, or a combination thereof), Shakespeare is a quick, enjoyable read on a mysterious author’s life and times.

After you read the biography, if you're interested in reading Shakespeare's works, check out the library catalog or visit MIT's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare online. To find out more about Shakespeare -- his life, works, theater, FAQs -- visit the Folger Shakespeare Library website.
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Dark Assassin by Anne Perry

Dark Assassin by Anne Perry (2006)
In Anne Perry’s fifteenth book featuring William Monk, the detective witnesses a couple engaged in a heated debate before they fall in the River Thames to their death. Was it murder? Suicide? Monk, with help from his wife Hester, is determined to find out, which leads to the discovery of a larger issue that could destroy all of London.