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The Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire burned from Sunday, October 8 to Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire started in or around a barn on DeKoven Street, but despite the fact that the O'Leary family lived in the area, the legend of Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern is probably just that - a legend. More than 300 people died in the fire, 100,000 were left homeless, and four square miles of the city were destroyed. Although the Chicago fire, perhaps, the most well known from in American history, there have been significant fires in other major cities as well - Boston, Pittsburgh and Detroit included. To learn more about them check out Seven Fires: the Urban Infernos that Shaped America.

The great fire by Jim Murphy

Smoldering city: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871- 1874 by Karen Sawislak

City of the century: the epic of Chicago and the making of America by Donald L. Miller

City of big shoulders: a history of Chicago by Robert G. Spinney

Tom Clancy, 1947-2013

Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died. He published twenty-eight books and has an new novel yet to be released. Seventeen of his novels made the New York Times best-sellers list and many of them hit the number one slot. Several of his books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and The Sum of all Fears, were made into block-buster films. His many fans will long remember the enjoyment given to them by his detailed thrillers.

Murder Will Out: October 2013

The 2013 Anthony Awards were recently announced at BoucherCon 2013. The winners are:

Best Novel

The beautiful mystery by Louise Penny

Best First Novel

The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone

October Birthdays

Read about some of the fascinating people who were born in the month of October!

Home: a memoir of my early years by Julie Andrews — October 1

Keeping faith: memoirs of a president by Jimmy Carter — October 1

The life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry — October 2

Buster Keaton: cut to the chase by Marion Meade — October 4

Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell — October 5

Rocket man: Robert H. Goddard and the birth of the space age by David A. Clary — October 5

This little light of mine: the life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills — October 6

Italian-American Heritage Month

About 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2004. The greatest surge occurred between 1880 and 1920 when more than 4 million Italians came to America. October is the time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Americans of Italian descent in all walks of life.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

The world before her [videodisc] by Kinosmith, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program present a film by Nisha Pahuja ; writer and director: Nisha Pahuja

The house I live in [videodisc] by Charlotte Street Films presents an Edgewood Way production ; producers, Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin ; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki

The reluctant fundamentalist [videodisc] by IFC Films and Doha Film Institute present a Mirabai Films and Cine Mosaic production ; produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher ; screenplay by William Wheeler ; directed by Mira Nair

Defiant requiem [videodisc] by Partisan Pictures ; the Defiant Requiem Foundation ; PBS ; producers, Peter Schnall & Doug Shultz ; director/writer, Doug Shultz

Why ships sink [videodisc] by produced by Jonathan Challis, Olly Jones, Lisa Mirowitz ; directed by Jonathan Challis ... [et al.]

Paleo Diet

One of the hottest new trends in diets and cooking is the Paleo Diet. Popularly known as the 'caveman diet' it focuses mainly on fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

Paleo cookbook for dummies by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

Paleo fitness: primal training and nutrition to get lean, strong and healthy by Darryl Edwards with Brett Stewart and Jason Warner

Quick & easy paleo comfort foods: 150 delicious gluten- free recipes by Julie and Charles Mayfield ; foreword by New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf ; photography by Mark Adams

Living paleo for dummies by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body by Ballantyne, Sarah

California Statehood

California was admitted to the United States on September 9, 1850. Originally colonized by the Spanish in the 17th century, it became part of Mexico in 1821. In 1846, a group of American settlers declared an independent California Repulic shortly after the beginning of the Mexican-American War. The California Gold Rush of 1848 led to a huge increase in Califronia's population and started an economic boom. Some of the many figures connected to the state's rich and complicated history include Sir Francis Drake, Junipero Serra, John Fremont, Leland Stanford, Upton Sinclair, and William Randolph Hearst. Learn more:

School Days

Now that school has begun for another year, this would be a good time to learn about some extraordinary teachers both past and present:

A schoolteacher in old Alaska: the story of Hannah Breece by edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs

Nothing daunted: the unexpected education of two society girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

The water is wide by Pat Conroy

Teacher man: a memoir by Frank McCourt

Beyond the miracle worker: the remarkable life of Anne Sullivan Macy and her extraordinary friendship with Helen Keller by Kim E. Nielsen

In the sun's house: my year teaching on the Navajo reservation by Kurt Caswell ; afterword by Rex Lee Jim

Words of Wit and Wisdom

Find inspiration and humor in these books of quotations.

Hello goodbye hello: a circle of 101 remarkable meetings by Craig Brown

The Wit and wisdom of women by [interior illustration by Steven Nau; edited by Melissa Stein]

For girls only: wise words, good advice by Carol Weston

Notes to the future: the authorized book of selected quotations by Nelson Mandela ; introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu ; editors, Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter ; associate editor, Doug Abrams

The Guinness book of poisonous quotes by compiled by Colin Jarman

A continual feast: [words of comfort and celebration, collected by Father Tim] by [Jan Karon]

The March on Washington, 1963

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. One of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history, it was the site of Martin Luther King's historic I Have a Dream speech. In a year marked by racial unrest and numerous civil rights demonstations, Dr. King pleaded to "let freedom ring."

Nobody turn me around: a people's history of the 1963 march on Washington by Charles Euchner

Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation by Drew D. Hansen

The 1963 civil rights march by Scott Ingram

Lunch & a Book October 2013

On Thursday October 10 at noon, we will be discussing the Everyone's Reading 2013 selection:

The secrets of happy families: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds--from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets--and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Australia's first 4 billion years [videodisc] by Essential Media and Entertainment ; WGBH ; written, produced, and directed by Richard Smith

Bill Moyers [videodisc]: On the Hudson by Thirteen/WNET ; Public Affairs Television ; produced and directed by Monica Lange, Tom Spain, Kathleen Hughes, and Tom Casciato ; written by Tom Spain, Tom Casciato, Kathleen Hughes, and Bill Moyers

The ghost army [videodisc]

Great Barrier Reef [videodisc]

Last shop standing [videodisc]: rise, fall, & rebirth of the independent record shop by produced Rob Taylor ; directed by Pip Piper

Letters from Jackie [videodisc]: the private thoughts of Jackie Robinson by MLB Productions

Living downstream [videodisc] by a film by Chanda Chevannes

Mars landing 2012 [videodisc]: The new search for life by Cerebellum Documentaries

Doctors and Nurses in War

The new book Surgeon in Blue is the biography of Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War surgeon who, as chief medical officer for the Army of the Potomac, revolutionized combat medicine during four major battles of the war. Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg resulted in an unprecedented number of casualties, and his innovations saved countless lives. Among them was the first organized ambulance corps, and the establishment of hygiene and dietary standards. Learn about other brave doctors, nurses, and medics whose bravery and medical care saved lives while risking their own.

Revolutionary medicine, 1700-1800 by C. Keith Wilbur

Medics at war: military medicine from colonial times to the 21st century by John T. Greenwood, F. Clifton Berry Jr