Archive for 2013

Litzy's Best Books of 2013

Litzy's Best Books of 2013
Enjoy the lazy days of a holiday vacation? Sun, slopes … or just sitting on your own couch—if you’ve got time to read, chances are it’s a precious few moments. Don’t waste it on a bad book—here are my favorites—the best books of 2013: The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt) On just about everyone’s “best” list, Tartt’s... Read more »

7 Things I Learned 7 Days Before Christmas

7 Things I Learned 7 Days Before Christmas
Every day is an adventure, right? If you subscribe to the “glass is half full” theory, then surely you must wake up every day with vim and vigor, open to the lessons life is going to teach you. Or, if you’re like me, you struggle to remember what day it is and hope it’s one... Read more »

Book Review: The Goldfinch is Getting its Due

Book Review: The Goldfinch is Getting its Due
Think your life is just one tragedy after another? You need to meet Theo Decker. Here I thought Billy Lynn was going to be about the saddest protagonist I came across this year—poor Theo lapped him before the end of the first chapter of “The Goldfinch,” an astonishingly good book from Donna Tartt. On any... Read more »
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Andrew Solomon on Accepting Your Children: It's Not Just About Love

Andrew Solomon on Accepting Your Children: It's Not Just About Love
I was late to the game with Solomon’s “Far from the Tree,” a runaway bestseller for a year when I met him Wednesday night at a Family Action Network event. (By the way, if you live in Chicago or its northern ‘burbs and you haven’t been to a FAN event, you need to get to... Read more »

5 Books I Give Thanks For

5 Books I Give Thanks For
I have much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving. Family, friends, a roof over my head, blah, blah, blah. One of the things I am most thankful for? My books, of course. Because when you are hiding in the bathroom from Aunt Marge, you can’t exactly take your TV with you. Books are an escape,... Read more »

Late-Term Abortion: My Baby is Not Your Business to Legislate

Almost 20 years later, it still pisses me off when I see or hear about it in the news. Legislators trying to ban late-term (post-20 weeks) abortion. The right to choose is very personal—to me, and every woman. And almost 20 years ago, I exercised that choice. I’ve been asked what one of my biggest... Read more »
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Love Rules: How Much Does Time Matter?

Love Rules: How Much Does Time Matter?
When it comes to love, is there a minimum amount of time required to validate the relationship? Needing break from some of the heavier stuff I’ve been reading, I picked up what looked to be a piece of classic chick-lit: Forever, Interrupted, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Nailed it—it is the stuff chick lit is made... Read more »

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
OK, OK—there is the very logical, and even emotional argument that people with autism don’t need to be fixed. Of course they don’t. It doesn’t take long once you start this book to recognize there is brilliance in this 13-year-old’s thoughts and feelings. Of course nothing is wrong with the author, or with anyone on... Read more »

It Takes A Village To Keep This Band Geek Going

It Takes A Village To Keep This Band Geek Going
In a society that rewards the narcissist first (I’m looking at you, Tucker Max), it’s rare for anyone to put much thought into what gets them through the day, let alone their life. And you know you haven’t been keeping up with your gratitude journal when it takes you longer than 30 seconds to answer... Read more »
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Book Review: The MTV VJs Dish on the Early Days of MTV

Book Review: The MTV VJs Dish on the Early Days of MTV
  So there I was, waiting in a Starbucks for Alan Hunter. And ladies, he’s still a cutie pie. But moreover, he’s smart. And engaging. And means well. “VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave” isn’t so much salacious gossip as it is a piece of the puzzle that was the 80s—once a decade... Read more »