May 3, 2016

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"And from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previ ously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady." 
--Jane Austen (1775-1817)
YouTube Pick of the Week

We may not have Prince, but we still have Prinze. Presenting the greatest prom scene of all time--so 90's, so real, so raw. This is what prom is really like.

Things to not miss: Freddie Prinze Junya, Paul Walker on the dance floor (RIP), Usher as the DJ, and the guy with the most frosted tips you've ever seen.


The Girl on the Train (2015) by Paula Hawkins

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The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Every day the same.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life-as she sees it-is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today.

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? --

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A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) by Khaled Hosseini

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After 103 weeks on the  New York Times  bestseller list and with four million copies of  The Kite Runner  shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. 

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made  The Kite Runner  a beloved classic,  A Thousand Splendid Suns  is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. 

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. -- Goodreads

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) by  Barack Obama
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Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller when it was reissued in 2004. Dreams from My Father tells the story of Obama's struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother-a struggle that takes him from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in the tiny African village of Alego. 

Obama opens his story in New York, where he hears that his father-a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man-has died in a car accident. The news triggers a chain of memories as Barack retraces his family's unusual history: the migration of his mother's family from small-town Kansas to the Hawaiian islands; the love that develops between his mother and a promising young Kenyan student, a love nurtured by youthful innocence and the integrationist spirit of the early sixties; his father's departure from Hawaii when Barack was two, as the realities of race and power reassert themselves; and Barack's own awakening to the fears and doubts that exist not just between the larger black and white worlds but within himself.

Propelled by a desire to understand both the forces that shaped him and his father's legacy, Barack moves to Chicago to work as a community organizer. There, against the backdrop of tumultuous political and racial conflict, he works to turn back the mounting despair of the inner city. His story becomes one with those of the people he works with as he learns about the value of community, the necessity of healing old wounds, and the possibility of faith in the midst of adversity.

Barack's journey comes full circle in Kenya, where he finally meets the African side of his family and confronts the bitter truth of his father's life. Traveling through a country racked by brutal poverty and tribal conflict, but whose people are sustained by a spirit of endurance and hope, Barack discovers that he is inescapably bound to brothers and sisters living an ocean away-and that by embracing their common struggles he can finally reconcile his divided inheritance.

A searching meditation on the meaning of identity in America, Dreams from My Father might be the most revealing portrait we have of a major American leader-a man who is playing, and will play, an increasingly prominent role in healing a fractious and fragmented nation.  -- Goodreads

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Tech Corner

Elote Finder

"Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come." --Victor Hugo

That idea is here. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is an app that does exactly what its name describes--it finds elote. Elote is a common Mexican street food--corn on the cob smothered in butter, crema, mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder, and lime juice--and it is sold from street carts around Chicago. Unfortunately, a lot of these vendors (heroes) move their carts to different locations every day! Users of this app report sightings of nearby elote stands, so you can find the closest one no matter where you are. GENIUS!!!

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