Here’s an hour-long interview with J.D. Vance for his book on C-SPAN
If you came in yesterday or today and there were no copies available of this month’s books there are two more copies coming in that will be available Friday.
There are ebook and eaudiobook versions on Axis360. However, at the current time all copies are checked out. You can put yourself on the hold list for those to see if you can get them. If you need assistance with getting ebooks on your computer, tablet or smartphone, call the reference desk at 630-868-7520 or come in with your device and we can help you set it up.
Our book discussion for July is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
As always if you or someone you know wants to join our discussion, they can pick up a copy of the book from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. The discussion for this book will take place on July 31st.
The author spends a considerable amount of time in Atlantic City. Here’s some history:
New York Daily News: The Real ‘Boardwalk Empire’: Atlantic City During Prohibition in the 1920’s
Atlantic County: Atlantic City’s First Boardwalk – June 1870
Atlantic City Free Public Library: Online Guide to Atlantic City Historical Markers
Atlantic City Free Public Library: The History of Atlantic City
The New Yorker: The Death and Life of Atlantic City
You’ve seen casinos in the movies: mob-run joints with tough pit bosses, friendly dealers and attractive waitresses serving drinks. But how does an actual casino operate? Who runs the floor? How do they catch cheaters? How do they make money? How far back do casinos go in history? Check out this article to find out:
Also in that link is a link to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” that goes into how online gambling works
To give you an idea about how weird professional gamblers really are, take a look at some of these articles about some of the ways they try to harness luck. From lucky oranges to dropping candy, unlit cigarettes, and sitting against the grain, there’s just something entertaining and strange about how gamblers get luck.
Online Poker Lowdown – Poker Superstitions
VegasMaster.com – Get Lucky With Gambling Superstitions
For those of you curious what a professional poker player can make on a World Series of Poker tour, here’s 2016’s numbers of top winners take-home: http://www.wsop.com/players/stats/byyear/
There is also the option for “All Time” to see the most made in a professional gambling career, in case you want to rethink all of your life decisions.