Archive for January 2014

On the Occasion of a 100th Birthday and a Funeral

On the Occasion of a 100th Birthday and a Funeral
It’s been a week. When you are contemplating one grandmother’s 100th birthday while at the same time attending the funeral for another, it’s easy to give pause. “Is this a sign that life’s too short?” I question myself, as I watch my father eloquently search for the words that eulogize his mother, afraid to say... Read more »

Book Review: Mark Angelotti is Back in Dante's Poison

Book Review: Mark Angelotti is Back in Dante's Poison
I only wish book lovers could get this sooner. “Dante’s Poison” is Chicago area author Lynne Raimondo’s followup to one of my favorite recent debuts, “Dante’s Wood.” Featuring psychiatrist and amateur sleuth Mark Angelotti, readers will soon become enveloped in mystery, as he tackles not one, but five challenges: 1. Who killed Rory Gallagher, the... Read more »

Chicago Humanities Festival: Gary Shteyngart and Karen Russell Coming to Town

Chicago Humanities Festival: Gary Shteyngart and Karen Russell Coming to Town
Want something else to think about besides the crapola weather we’re in the midst of? Go get yourself a little culture this winter. The Chicago Humanities Festival, which offers amazing programming year-round, is hosting bestselling authors Gary Shteyngart on Wednesday, January 22 and Karen Russell on February 13. We’re talking two literary powerhouses in the... Read more »
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You're Not a North Shore Snob: You're Just a Snob

It makes me cringe. Whether I read it somewhere on my blogging home at ChicagoNow or somewhere else, when I see the words, “North Shore” and “snob” next to each other, my blood pressure goes up. I live on the North Shore. I am not a North Shore snob. Here’s the thing—being a snob has... Read more »

Book Review: Dave Eggers "The Circle" is a Social Media Circle Jerk

Book Review: Dave Eggers "The Circle" is a Social Media Circle Jerk
I readily admit I am a social media addict. Not so much that I need to check my phone if I wake up at 2 a.m., but enough that I can usually be caught scanning my Facebook page in line at the grocery store. When I read, it’s my break from a computer screen. I’ve... Read more »

5 Chilling Books for Snow Days

5 Chilling Books for Snow Days
Everyone’s got the hot reads—so I’ll play the contrarian. Here are 5 great books for snow days—they fit the weather like Flick’s tongue to a pole: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards): Twins born during a blizzard on a fateful winter’s night. One is healthy, the other has Downs—and a decision is made that changes... Read more »
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Litzy's 2013 Book Roundup

Litzy's 2013 Book Roundup
How many books did you read this year? I thought I read a lot until I learned one of my friends reads three books a week. That makes me both jealous and exhausted.  Me? I read a paltry 38—though it felt like I read more than that. Maybe I need to do something about my... Read more »

Book Review: The Husband's Secret ... The Truth can be a Bitch

Book Review: The Husband's Secret ... The Truth can be a Bitch
If you found a letter from your husband that you weren’t supposed to find unless he had died, would you go ahead and read it anyway? Be careful—your husband’s secret may just change your life. And not in a “I’ve left you $20 million in a Swiss bank account” kind of way. Author Liane Moriarty... Read more »