| Jan 24, 2011
The Republican effort to repeal the health care law is sure to founder in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but that doesn't mean that the GOP is ending its assault on the law. House Republicans are already beginning work in committees to lop off and...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 7:48 AM
More than 60 million Americans volunteered 8.1 billion hours of their services in 2010 in work valued at nearly $173 million, according to a new report.
Whether it is tutoring and mentoring students, fundraising, job training or assisting during...
| Dec 9, 2010
Seitan Wellington, it's what's for dinner this holiday season. At least it is if you're vegan, interested in becoming vegan, trying to balance your meat-heavy diet or just hanging around in the Spork Foods kitchen. Founded four years ago by sisters...
| Aug 28, 2011
On the edge of the Nebraska sand hills is Lake McConaughy, a 22-mile-long reservoir that in summer becomes a magnet for Winnebagos, fishermen and kite sailors. But officials here in Keith County, population 8,370, imagined this scene: an Al Qaeda...
| Sep 17, 2010
| 9:08 PM
We entered Red Cloud from the east, just as novelist Willa Cather and her family did in 1884, when she was just 11 years old. The Cathers arrived by train at the Burlington & Missouri Railroad depot, in those days the usual portal into the small but...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 9:46 AM
"The Killing of Crazy Horse"
By Thomas Powers
Knopf, 592 pages, $30
"The half-Sioux interpreter William Garnett, who died a dozen years before I was born, first set me to wondering why Crazy Horse was killed. He made it seem so unnecessary," writes...
| Sep 27, 2010
By Jane Yolen, illustrated by David SmallPhilomel, $17.99, ages 6-9
"Elsie was a Boston girl" who is familiar with the sights and sounds of a harbor. She's a singing child and a listening one, knowing the songs of all the birds around her....
| Oct 5, 2010
| 10:04 AM
"Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre"
By Heather Cox Richardson
Basic Books, 392 pages, $28.95
Heather Cox Richardson’s superb new book should come labeled: Warning! Reading the contents may lead to depression.
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
| Aug 17, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Living as we are in the heyday of the undead, with HBO's "True Blood" in its fourth season and the "Twilight" franchise steamrolling along, it's easy to be misled by the title of Kevin Wilson's funny and off-kilter debut novel, "The Family Fang." The...
| May 4, 2011
| 12:37 PM
Former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Barnhart and his writing partner, Gene Schlickman, were among five Chicago-area writers winning recognition from the Society of Midland Authors, which announced winners of its annual Author Awards Wednesday...