Archive for June 2014

Matt Lauer, My Hoo Hah is Not a Liability

I’ve never dipped my toes into the murky waters that make up the “Stay-at-Home Mom Vs. Work-Outside-the-Home Mom” debate because I could never see a difference between the two. To me, if you are a mom, you’re working. And it doesn’t matter if in addition to being a mom, you also work another job, because... Read more »

A Love Letter to Libraries

A Love Letter to Libraries
Do you have a happy place? I have several—nothing as awe-inspiring as that constructed by Happy Gilmore, but places that do make me happy. The beach, my bed, the clearance shoe room at Von Maur … but nothing fails to turn a frown upside down than a trip to the library. Why do I love... Read more »

I Just Can't Quit You, Rob Lowe

I Just Can't Quit You, Rob Lowe
Damnit, Rob. Celebrity memoirs often pique my interest if only because it allows my shallow superficial Id to bathe in the waters of narcissistic bullshit. It’s like reading a People magazine on steroids. And it’s a chance to connect with people you adore from afar. I don’t remember if I ever had a Tiger Beat... Read more »
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Book Review: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Looks at Losing It All

Book Review: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Looks at Losing It All
I always learn something new when I pick up a Chris Bohjalian book. In the case of his latest, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” it was the term “bitchcakes.” I found it endearing that Bohjalian thanked his teenage daughter Grace in his author’s note, as when I read the passage in which the 17-year-old protagonist... Read more »

Book Review: Little Mercies Makes for a Perfect Beach Read

Book Review: Little Mercies Makes for a Perfect Beach Read
Looking for a no-muss, no-fuss page turner for your beach book bucket list? Heather Gudenkauf’s “Little Mercies” is just that—suspense coming from all directions as the lives of a little girl who has previously suffered abuse and a young mother whose job it is to put abusers away and keep kids safe collide in a... Read more »

Book 'Em, Dano: Talking Shop with ChicagoNow's History Cop

Book 'Em, Dano: Talking Shop with ChicagoNow's History Cop
Here’s what I love about this town and its people—you never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet on any given day. The beauty of blogging is its ability to open doors to new conversations and experiences, and the email exchange I most recently had with fellow blogger and Chicago History Cop Ray Johnson... Read more »
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Dads, Daughters and Books

Dads, Daughters and Books
For most people, this weekend may include some “Dad” time. That may be your dad, a mentor, your husband, an adult son … if you’ve got someone in your life that’s played a fatherly role, and your grateful for it, now’s the time to show some love. My Dad and I began our relationship in... Read more »

Read It Before You See It: This is Where I Leave You

Read It Before You See It: This is Where I Leave You
The book was on my shelf for more than a year. I already knew I liked Jonathan Tropper—his latest read, “One Last Thing Before I Go” was heartbreaking and funny and had a maddening ending. I’m not sure what was taking me so long to get around to “This is Where I Leave You.” And... Read more »

Take This Quiz: Are You Young Enough to Read YA Books?

Take This Quiz: Are You Young Enough to Read YA Books?
Hey! You! Reading “The Fault in Our Stars!” How OLD are you? I woke up this morning to a bit of a book ballyhoo on the Interwebs—a writer’s mini-manifesto on adults that choose to read young adult novels, and that perhaps they should be embarrassed. Silly adults. Why are you reading YA books? Who do... Read more »
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