| Sep 30, 2011
| 12:26 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and Joe McGinnis pitched in with "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." (That...
| Mar 9, 2012
Reporting from New York -- The National Book Critics Circle gave its 2011 fiction prize to Edith Pearlman, an under-the-radar writer of short stories, at its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening at the New School. Pearlman won for her collection...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 4:43 PM
Hoyne Book Club
Our book club started: With two neighbors who shared books, then thought it would be fun to include other women on our block.
Once or twice a year: We have a field trip pairing a theme of a book with an outing. For example, the group...
| May 20, 2011
| 1:58 PM
"Work, as you will see, is imagined broadly in these stories - as labor, as chores, as business, as duty, as habit, as memory, as art, and as priestly avocation," writes Richard Ford in his introduction to this wonderful anthology of stories about work,...
| Jun 10, 2011
| 2:27 PM
Our club began: about 13 years ago when a few members of our original group, led by Allen Schwartz (teacher and former fine arts commissioner in Skokie), decided to continue reading and discussing books after he died. We resolved to establish a group...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:25 PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Book Club
In January: We celebrated our 11th anniversary.
We have discussed: Nearly 80 books.
Our group: Ranges in age from 40s to 80s and includes women and men with a wide mix of careers.
We don't: Get off target...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 2:52 PM
Carillon North Book Club
Our book club: was established 10 years ago in the Carillon North community of Grayslake. Our group is made up of men and women.
The Grayslake Area Public Library: helps us locate books from our reading list and makes them...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 5:29 PM
We have been together for more than 30 years. We're a mixed group from Oak Park — married, singles and a few former Catholic priests.
For our 25th year celebration we rented a villa in Tuscany. We still smile and enjoy talking about it.
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
I recently took one of those online quizzes to test your accent, and it declared, accurately, that I come from the "Central U.S." The test said my accent is essentially no accent, the one that's employed by television news anchors, who are supposed to...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 10:27 AM
We're based in the western suburbs.
We meet monthly nine months out of the year.
We choose all our books to be read from September through May the summer before.
We meet once each summer for Shakespeare at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook....