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  • The Bernard Madoff book collection: Rick Moody, Fyodor Dostoevsky

    How does an author of seriously literary fiction discover one of his books was owned by Bernie Madoff, the investor who defrauded his clients of billions of dollars? He sees it listed in an auction on EBay. That's how Rick Moody came to know that Madoff's...
  • More Than a Book Club

    More Than a Book Club
    More Than a Book Club Our book club began almost accidentally at a Mary Kay party in 1994. Someone at the event suggested we begin one, and before we knew it we were reading "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley and meeting once a month at each other's...
  • Sisters Book Club

    Our club has 16 members, all of whom live in Sun City Huntley and are also members of P.E.O. International (a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women). We are in our seventh year and meet once a month in each others'...
  • City schools unveil cost-saving consolidations

    Some neighborhood schools would be consolidated and some charter or magnet schools given more space in a cost-saving measure being considered by Chicago Public Schools, interim CEO Terry Mazany announced today. “It's no secret that Chicago has a...
  • PASSINGS: Pauline Betz Addie, Giorgio Tozzi, Harry Redmond Jr., James Woodress, Mark Dantzler

    Pauline Betz Addie 1940s tennis champion in Hall of Fame Pauline Betz Addie, 91, a champion tennis player who won Wimbledon in 1946 without dropping a set during the entire tournament, died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility in Potomac, Md., the...
  • 'Hog butcher for the world'

    'Hog butcher for the world'
    The shuttering of the Union Stock Yard and Transit Co. on July 30, 1971, didn't mark the end of Chicago's role as "hog butcher for the world." That came a year earlier, when "hog alley" closed, a victim of the stockyards' long descent from years of...
  • Stars, stripes and stories

    Stars, stripes and stories
    Let the fireworks begin. When talk turns to naming the Great American Novel — the upper-case designation is required by custom, if not by law — tempers tend to flare. Each time I approach the subject in a column, and display the shameless...
  • Bonza! Bookclub

    Bonza! Bookclub
    Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park. The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
  • Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Women's Book Group

    Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Women's Book Group
    Our book club was founded by women from Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church more than 20 years ago. Today, about half of our 20 participants are from outside the congregation. We make a point to host Chicago authors when we can. We enjoyed talking with Jian...
  • Low-rent Chicago lawyers get in over their heads

    Low-rent Chicago lawyers get in over their heads
    Do we need any more evidence than the last 20 years' worth of best-seller lists of the huge human longing — specifically, the huge American human longing — for entertaining and sustained fictional narrative? In other words, for popular novels?...
  • 3 Classics in One Year Book Club

    3 Classics in One Year Book Club
    Our book club is a Facebook book club. We chat on our Facebook page throughout the year and meet three times a year for the grand finale at one of our homes. We started with 45 people who resolved to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and finish it...