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By Thor's Hammer

Tue., Jun. 27
Every few years a new culture seems to capture our collective attention…Pirates, vampires and zombies (oh my?) being the first three that come to mind over the last decade and a half. Lately I have detected a little Scandinavian sensationalism, some Nordic know-how, floating into pop culture. I am, of course, talking about the popularity Vikings seem to be enjoying in television.
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Summer Reading, Pittsburgh Style!

Fri., Jun. 23
This year, we’re striving to read 180,000 books for Summer Reading! While ANY books, magazines and graphic novels count toward our goal, some of the books we’re promoting this year have a common theme—the city of Pittsburgh!
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Throwback Thursday: Ready for Ready Player One

Thu., Jun. 22
If you haven't read Cline's best-selling novel, it takes place in the year 2044 when most of the world is in pretty bad shape (except for Columbus, Ohio—one of the signs that this is a fictional story). Literally everyone is plugged into a virtual reality utopia known as the OASIS. When OASIS creator James Donovan Halliday dies, it’s revealed that he left behind a series of puzzles leading to to a hidden Easter Egg. Whoever finds the Egg will win Halliday’s real-life fortune and control of the OASIS, like if Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took place inside The Matrix.

A Taste of Summer: Farm Market Season is Here!

Wed., Jun. 21
The benefits to frequenting a farmer's market are many: Fresh food (I'm talking food yanked right out of the ground or straight from the branch to the table where it's sold), fair prices, the ability to support local businesses and farmers, and so much more more!
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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Tue., Jun. 20
Black and white graphic illustrations guide us along the streets of Chicago as Roger, the narrator of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty tells us this story. Roger knew of Yummy, aka Robert, the nickname being an indication of Robert's love for sweets. While he was short in stature and looked innocent, Yummy belonged to the Black Disciples, a gang that ruled the Chicago streets. Seeking their approval, Yummy fired several shots which killed fourteen year old Shavon Dean, an aspiring hairdresser that everyone knew, even Yummy. Yummy immediately fled, his image plastered on television screens for the world to see.
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5 Questions With... Jacob Bacharach

Mon., Jun. 19
Five Questions With... is a series of short interviews with local authors and persons of interest. Today we're featuring Pittsburgh author Jacob Bacharach, who will make an appearance at CLP - Main on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Bacharach has written two books, The Bend of the World and The Doorposts of Your House and On Your Gates. Both novels feature Pittsburgh, and both have been described as "madcap" by reviewers. Think UFOs, legendary monsters and re-framing Biblical stories.
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Who Has the Power?

Fri., Jun. 16
There's always that one show that everybody watches, but you don't. For me that was Power. A lot of people that I know watch the show, including my mother. She was always talking about how good it is. I just never got into it until now. The show centers around James St. Patrick, who is the owner of a New York City nightclub called Truth. This is his legal job. His other job is the distributor for one of the biggest drug cartels in New York City.
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Throwback Thursday: Travel Here, Travel There, Travel Everywhere... With Books!

Thu., Jun. 15
The one thing that I have learned through my travel experiences is that you can have fun anywhere you go; it’s all in how you plan it. Make sure that you are prepared for that plan to fall apart entirely, and then you will be able to explore. Some books that I have found helpful, either because they are awesome reads and take place where I was traveling, or because they provide loads of information.
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Welcome to Pittsburgh: The Steps of Pittsburgh

Wed., Jun. 14
According to Bob Regan’s Pittsburgh Steps: The Story of the City’s Public Stairways, Pittsburgh has, “more city steps and bridges than any other city in the world.” Additionally: Pittsburgh has hundreds of streets complete with street signs, and oftentimes houses, composed entirely of steps. These “paper streets” are municipal rights-of-way and appear on many maps as valid thoroughfares, much to the consternation of unsuspecting motorists.
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Cookbooks for Summer Eats

Tue., Jun. 13
Summer means lots of different things to lots of different people, but me, well, I spend summer how I spend all other seasons: thinkin' lots about what I'm going to cook and eat. Here are some tried-and-true cookbooks you can check out for some A+ summertime recipes.