Archive for March 2013

A Lesson in Dying? Jonathan Tropper's "One Last Thing Before I Go"

A Lesson in Dying? Jonathan Tropper's "One Last Thing Before I Go"
Chick lit? No, more like d*ck lit. And I mean that in the very best way. Jonathan Tropper brings the male perspective on marriage, divorce and the ultimate mid/end-life crisis in “One Last Thing Before I Go.” Tropper’s male lead is a 44-year-old Drew Silver, a wedding band drummer who was part of a one-hit... Read more »

Sheryl Sandberg is Kinda Like Yoda For Career Women ... Except Not Short, Squatty and Green

Sheryl Sandberg is Kinda Like Yoda For Career Women ... Except Not Short, Squatty and Green
The Board of Directors asks its last two candidates for the CEO position, “Which comes first, your kids or this job?” The woman responds, “My family.” The man responds, “Trick question. You’d never ask a guy that.” Before you can read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” you need to accept a cold hard truth—until... Read more »

Banning Books is Bad. And Let Me Tell You My Top 5 Reasons Why ...

Banning Books is Bad. And Let Me Tell You My Top 5 Reasons Why ...
Full disclosure here—I haven’t read “Persepolis,” Marjean Satrapi’s autobiographical account of growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. But I plan on it now. And I plan on letting my 6th grade daughter read it, too. She has two teenage brothers, so torture is nothing new for her. When I first heard about the... Read more »
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God I Hate When Oprah is Right: Book Review for "Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

God I Hate When Oprah is Right: Book Review for "Twelve Tribes of Hattie"
Damnit Oprah! “Twelve Tribes of Hattie” is a winner. You know how people have an unnatural loathing of Anne Hathaway? So it is with me and the O. (Don’t read too much into this—like just about anyone my age in Chicago, I made the trek to her studios years ago to see a taping and... Read more »

Writers Are Not a Dime a Dozen

I can’t perform heart surgery. And if I needed a heart surgeon, I wouldn’t ask him or her to do my surgery for free. And maybe if I tried really hard, I could do my taxes. But should I take them to an accountant, I wouldn’t ask him or her do complete my forms for... Read more »

Whose Story Is This Anyway? A Book Review for A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

Whose Story Is This Anyway? A Book Review for A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee
A Thousand Pardons … a thousand questions for your book club. Pulitzer-nominated author Jonathan Dee’s exploration of the disintegration and subsequent rebirth of the modern, upper-middle-class-living-in-the-’burbs family is a lot to chew on. Who is to blame for Ben Armstead’s descent into temporary insanity? (Yes, asking a legal intern to just stand in front of... Read more »
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