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  • For one year, reading books by only minority authors

    For one year, reading books by only minority authors
    In 2014, I decided that for the entire year, I wouldn't read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the "classics" — Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes, Euripides — and well-known modern writers such as Margaret Atwood and T.S. Eliot. After school, my pleasures came from bestseller lists, which also were filled with Anglo names: John Grisham, Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel. Then, a couple of years ago, I read "Questions of Travel" by Sri Lanka-born Michelle de Kretser, which moved me so deeply that I decided I needed to evaluate my choices in literature. So I quit my standard diet to expose myself to new perspectives.
  • 'Lengthen and strengthen' at barre3

    'Lengthen and strengthen' at barre3
    Warm weather is here again! This means getting reacquainted with longer days, shorter sleeves and, if you're a winter bum like me, harder workouts. Whether you are looking to lose weight, build strength or just improve your overall well-being,...

    The Biblioracle: Ending my reading slump with a 'Sellout'

    The Biblioracle: Ending my reading slump with a 'Sellout'
    Three weeks ago, I lamented my reading slump, which was rooted in trying to read books that others seemed to think were important, and I declared that I would go to the store and choose a book for no other reason than it seemed to call to me in that...


    1. "The Liar" by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam's Sons) 2. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. "The Road to Character" by David Brooks (Random House) 4. "Every Fifteen Minutes" by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's Press) 5. "The Stranger"...

    Best-sellers: Hardcover fiction and nonfiction, plus Chicagoland hits

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Liar" by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95). Last week: — 2. "The Girl on the Train: A Novel" by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead, $26.95). Last week: 1 3. "All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel" by Anthony Doerr...