Archive for September 2013

Book Review: Tom Perrotta Nails It With Nine Inches

Book Review: Tom Perrotta Nails It With Nine Inches
The short story medium isn’t my typical go-to for a good read. I drift toward books where I know I’m going to enjoy a long relationship with the characters. Yet, Tom Perrotta is a master at character definition, and I love his work—so it took me about a nano-second to pick up his latest collection... Read more »

Words of Advice For Parents of Kids with Social Language Problems

Words of Advice For Parents of Kids with Social Language Problems
If I knew then what I know now. When you first think about having babies, you wish for all the good things. 10 fingers, 10 toes, no third eye in the forehead—that kind of thing. But rarely do you think, especially with your first, “I hope he doesn’t have a speech disorder.” Small things, I... Read more »

5 Reasons You Should Read Banned Books

5 Reasons You Should Read Banned Books
Banned Books Week. On one hand, it makes me sad that we even have a week to recognize the impact of ignorance on the arts. On the other … wahoo! Shout it from the mountaintop, people—let’s celebrate some of the most thought-provoking words on paper. With that in mind, here are 5 reasons you should... Read more »
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Like Author Talks? You'll Love The Chicago Humanities Festival Schedule

Like Author Talks? You'll Love The Chicago Humanities Festival Schedule
If you’re the type that gets your jollies listening to authors talk, then the Chicago Humanities Festival schedule is required reading. This year’s festival, “Animal: What Makes Us Human,” includes a host of great authors making Evanston or Chicago appearances, including: Delia Ephron Sunday, October 13 Cahn Auditorium, Evanston Screenwriter and author Delia Ephron’s newest... Read more »

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling
That J.K. Rowling chick has got a future in writing, I tell you. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” is Miss Harry Potter’s first foray into crime fiction—and it’s well worth your time to pick it up. Under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, Rowling invites us into the world of Cormoran Strike—a private dick with an aging rocker... Read more »

Book Review: Moms, Here's How to Talk to a Boy

Book Review: Moms, Here's How to Talk to a Boy
Talking to boys is tough. Parenting them is tougher. As a mom to three kids, two of them boys—and now high school boys, at that—I’ve forever been on the lookout for good advice to break through the scrum. I harbor fantasies of being “that” mom—the cool one, whose boys hug her in public because they... Read more »
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