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  • Flying Monkey Brigade book club

    Flying Monkey Brigade book club
    Our club: We are the Flying Monkey Brigade Book Club. We are all women of a certain age who met while working at Elsie C. Johnson Elementary School in Hanover Park. Our meetings: Monthly at Panera Bread. We loved: "Close to Shore" by Michael Capuzzo....
  • Walking through Saul Bellow's Chicago

    Walking through Saul Bellow's Chicago
    Saul Bellow Way is a one-block stretch of West Augusta Boulevard in Humboldt Park, running from Rockwell to Washtenaw, and named, of course, for the Chicago writer, who would have been 100 on June 10. He died in 2005 and received this honorary street...
  • Searching for Donald Justice's Miami

    Searching for Donald Justice's Miami
    Donald Justice, the son of "crackers down from Georgia," wrote of his childhood in the 1930s in a Miami "not yet itself." Last year, I memorized my favorite poem of his, "Psalm and Lament," when I'd wavered in my own commitment to poetry, which then...
  • 2015 Children's Read & Write: Librarians recommend exciting books

    2015 Children's Read & Write: Librarians recommend exciting books
    We've asked Chicago-area librarians to suggest well-written, age-appropriate books in six categories for our annual Children's Read & Write program. Here are their suggestions. The Animal Kingdom "How to Speak Dog" and "How to Speak Cat" by Aline...
  • Spiritual book roundup: 'Walking With Jesus,' and more

    Spiritual book roundup: 'Walking With Jesus,' and more
    Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church by Pope Francis, foreword by Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, Loyola Press, 160 pages, $16.95 Given that he's the spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, and given that this is only the...
  • Milan Kundera's 'Festival of Insignificance' on being and smallness

    Milan Kundera's 'Festival of Insignificance' on being and smallness
    There's not much to Milan Kundera's 10th novel, "The Festival of Insignificance" — his first work of fiction since 2000's "Ignorance" — but then that's part of the point. Revolving around five middle-aged friends living in Paris, it offers not...
  • 'Your Band Sucks,' but your book is a mixed bag

    'Your Band Sucks,' but your book is a mixed bag
    Long, long ago in a time now known as the early '80s, long before Pandora, file sharing and even compact discs, to find new music you trudged to a record store and sifted through bins of LPs. If you lived in the suburbs, your options were limited to a few...
  • 'When Marnie Was There' deftly creates a magical friendship

    'When Marnie Was There' deftly creates a magical friendship
    "When Marnie Was There," the delicate, evocative new Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, does not fall neatly into any conventional narrative category. But that doesn't get in the way of it being visually spectacular. As directed by Hiromasa...
  • Jami Attenberg novel pays tribute to big-hearted 'Saint Mazie'

    Jami Attenberg novel pays tribute to big-hearted 'Saint Mazie'
    In addition to having published four novels and a short-story collection since 2006, Jami Attenberg once went viral for busting a bike thief in Brooklyn, which makes her one of the most New York authors of the 21st century, as far as I'm concerned. It...
  • Review: 'In the Unlikely Event' by Judy Blume

    Review: 'In the Unlikely Event' by Judy Blume
    If you've ever wondered how childhood experiences impact a novelist's plots and characters, consider this. In December 1951, Judy Blume was in the eighth grade at Hamilton Junior High in Elizabeth, N.J., when a plane crashed in the city limits. Two more...
  • Review: 'Primates of Park Avenue' by Wednesday Martin

    Review: 'Primates of Park Avenue' by Wednesday Martin
    Wednesday Martin had a delicious idea: Treat her wealthy Park Avenue neighbors like the subjects of an anthropological expedition. She would learn the unusual folkways of this insular culture and reveal them to a curious world. She had the opportunity...