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Local Book Notes: Revisiting Comiskey

1. "Everybody knows that one of the driving forces behind the 1919 Black Sox scandal was that the White Sox players were so upset with the penny-pinching ways of owner Charles Comiskey that they conspired with gamblers to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds," Paul Hagen writes for

"But what if what everybody knows is wrong

"That's the bold premise of Tim Hornbaker in Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey."

2. On de-cluttering your bookshelf:

"Amy Trager, a certified professional organizer based in Chicago, suggested flipping the books around so the pages are facing out, instead of the spine, to cut down on the visual clutter of the books' different colors and sizes.

"That only works, of course, if you don't need to quickly access specific books, but it's a great way to add texture and a neutral, toned-down feeling to your space, Trager said."

Great tip - if books are merely decorative devices not made to be read.

3. "As you page through this lovely book, you start to understand the rationale behind Easter eggs," Laurie Hertzel writes for the Minneapolis StarTribune.

"On page after page of photographs of bird eggs from all over the world - 600 eggs - there is not a white one in the bunch. The eggs range from cream to tan to brown, from green to blue to red. Some have squiggles, or spots, or mottles."

The book is The Book of Eggs by Mark Hauer, published by the University of Chicago Press. Subtitle: A Life-Size Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species.

4.The Cook County Law Library continues its drive for new or gently used children's books through Sunday.

5. The Rise Of The Midwest In Young Adult Literature.


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