5 books for summer beach bags

5 books for summer beach bags
Well, sure. Right after we finish our winter reading list, right? Summer is traditionally a great time to hit the books—fiction, nonfiction, memoir … here are five suggestions that’ll have you at the top of your “Oh, I already read that and found it absolutely sublime” game at your next wine-oh-I-mean-book-club: Finders Keepers (Stephen King)... Read more »

Book Review: Lucid by Jay Bonansinga

Book Review: Lucid by Jay Bonansinga
Never dare a book lover to read a book in a day. Especially a good book. Asked by a media outlet to interview Walking Dead author Jay Bonansinga, the longtime Evanston resident was kind enough to send his latest, Lucid, to read in the two days prior to our interview. And that I did, in... Read more »

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!
Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Everyone has a favorite bookstore—the one you go to because you know your way around the stacks, you trust the staff’s opinion, there’s always a great selection and maybe even a good cup of java. Bestselling author Lee Child summed the value of a good local bookstore up very nicely: “Because... Read more »
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Book Review: I'm a Believer

Book Review: I'm a Believer
Full disclosure here—I’m an unabashed liberal. So of course I would enjoy any story that ends with a fairytale finish, like that of David Axelrod’s “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.” Even the most disinterested in politics would gather that Axelrod’s memoir would be comprised largely of his relationship with President Obama, and certainly, that... Read more »

Get your oversharing off my Internet

Get your oversharing off my Internet
Hey! You! Posting that picture of your baaaaby smiling at nothing. What is that? Your 15th post today? Cut that out! Oh, wait. I agreed to be your friend. Or did I send you the friend request? No matter. You’re on my feed now and to stay on it you are going to have to... Read more »

Teens, tech and texting during sex

Teens, tech and texting during sex
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to … text during sex. Really. Given my proclivity to being a bit overbearing with my kids and their phones (“Who are you texting? Who? WHO?”), I’m drawn to articles about kids and technology and social media. There were two quotes from two different stories in just the... Read more »
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Book review: In Some Other World Maybe

Book review: In Some Other World Maybe
Looking for a good Spring Break read? Fall into the world of Phoebe, Adam, Sharon and Oliver. Shari Goldhagen’s “In Some Other World, Maybe” is the perfect beach/hotel pool/trip to your relatives kind of read. Not too heavy but definitely engaging—so much so, you’ll rip right through it in a marathon sun session. Goldhagen introduces... Read more »

Book review: I'll Give You the Sun

Book review: I'll Give You the Sun
So. I thought I was having this super momentous experience with my 13-year-old daughter last week. I bought her “Forever” by Judy Blume—one the best books I’ve ever read on first love and “the first time.” My mom gave it to me in middle school, and now, it was her turn. I asked her to... Read more »

Throw that sh*t out: It's time to Kondo your life

Throw that sh*t out: It's time to Kondo your life
The book had beckoned silently for weeks from the Target bestsellers book rack for weeks. “Buy me,” it said. “You know you want to. You know you need to clean up. I promise, once you read me, you won’t be able to stop tidying. You neeeeeeeed me.” So finally, I threw it in the cart.... Read more »
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Book review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Book review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Looking to get lost in a book? Alice Hoffman’s “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” takes readers back to the early 1900s and New York City—when sweatshops made their fortune on the backs of immigrants and con men knew how to parlay gullibility into profit. At the center of the book are Coralie (I would almost—ALMOST—have... Read more »