| Apr 6, 2012
| 6:09 PM
Bill Bryson is my personal standard as far as travel literature. He's appealing in his teddy bear look and sharp in his wit. His ability to describe things in detail makes me feel as if I'm right next to him, bellying up to the same bar. "A Walk in the...
| Jan 22, 2012
The British couple — she in a long black dress, he in a traditional tux — leaned against the elevator's polished wood paneling as they headed back to their cabin after an evening performance in the main showroom. Embarrassed at my casual...
| Jan 21, 2012
| 8:00 PM
How are you, readers? I'm doing well, in spite of the billions of germs crawling all over me.
I've been thinking about germs a lot. It started when I read that piece in the paper last week about how our dollar bills are coated with bacteria, from all the...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Our book club has only three members. We work at the same company, which allows for ongoing discussion of the book as we read. We've been together for almost four years and are on our 38th book.
Sometimes our book selection inspires field trips....
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Our book club reads a wide range of titles, frequently about nature.
We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs.
"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:21 PM
Founded in 2001, our club meets monthly.
We pick titles by theme and try to bring food and drink to match the book's content. Some of our favorite combinations were graveyard cake and blood punch for Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 12:12 PM
Emmy Award winning former anchor of 20/20 Hugh Downs and best-selling author Bill Bryson are among the lecturers slated to host enrichment programs on select segments aboard Silversea Cruises' Silver Whisper's World Cruise in 2012.
The ship will set sail...
| Nov 6, 2011
| 10:56 AM
A list of everything you need to know about the week ahead.
MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change)
Jack and Jill
The Bad Girls Club Reunion, Part 1 (special; 9 p.m.; Oxygen)
The Witch Doctor Will...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 1:30 PM
About our book club
Our book club, Readers and Eaters, is 16 women brought together by our children who attended our local elementary school. We are all avid readers who also like to include treats based on the theme of the featured book. We meet in a...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 11:05 AM
Let me say, upfront, that Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors. The American-turned-transplanted-Brit-turned-American again is without doubt one of the funniest human beings on the planet, and his every contact with the written word should be...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 1:44 PM
"Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck.
— Olayinka Hassan, Chicago
"From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: Travelers' Best, Worst and Most Ridiculous Stories From the Road" edited by David Slenk. It's a travel book that includes stories from multiple...