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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for July 3, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for July 3, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

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Shelf Life: Experiencing authentic Chicago Blues

Shelf Life: Experiencing authentic Chicago Blues

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H. to visit his mentor Harry Quebert.

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Father and Son Life Lessons: New book and local signing event highlight Polish family life with a father's strict guidance

Father and Son Life Lessons: New book and local signing event highlight Polish family life with a father's strict guidance

Early on, in his new 176-page paperback book of his childhood stories, author Richard Post, who was raised in the Polish neighborhood of Chicago known as "Goose Island" during the 1940s and 1950s, shares a vivid story about the importance his…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Author uses experience and history to put herself in others' shoes

Shelf Life: Author uses experience and history to put herself in others' shoes

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H. to visit his mentor Harry Quebert.

June 08, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Writer John Green on Hollywood and teen whispering

Writer John Green on Hollywood and teen whispering

When "The Fault in Our Stars" landed on bookshelves more than two years ago, John Green's enthusiasm was nonexistent for a screen version of his story featuring teens with cancer.

June 08, 2014 8:00 am

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for June 5, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for June 5, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Writer's block gives way to a plot full of twist and turns in New England

Shelf Life: Writer's block gives way to a plot full of twist and turns in New England

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H. to visit his mentor Harry Quebert.

June 01, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

Poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

May 28, 2014 10:30 am Related

Book chronicles Memorial Day Massacre

Book chronicles Memorial Day Massacre

Police shot, clubbed and gassed striking steelworkers who were marching across a prairie to the Republic Steel mill in Hegewisch on May 30, 1937, in what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre.

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Dylan's obsessed fans comprise strange subculture

Dylan's obsessed fans comprise strange subculture

A Bob Dylan obsession manifests itself in a variety of ways in "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob" by David Kinney.

May 13, 2014 12:00 am

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for May 1, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for May 1, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

May 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

While most of us don't see beyond the headlines of today, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry reads them not with an eye to the future but instead looks back into the past.

April 14, 2014 3:00 pm

Book review: 'Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers'

Book review: 'Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers'

To outsiders, steel mills are mysterious places. Anne Balay’s path-breaking book “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” recently published by University of North Carolina Press, aims to lift the veil of secrecy…

April 08, 2014 12:00 am

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for April 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for April 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Love, time spent together, cuddling, educating and fun are the reasons that Breanne Mitchell liked to play a game with her babies that provided all those elements.

March 30, 2014 9:00 am

Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Patrick Butler always knew that at some time in his life he would explore the what he terms "a kind of curio shop of people and places that time forgot."

March 17, 2014 9:00 am

Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

With a father who was an undertaker and an early hankering to bake, it's no wonder that Joanne Fluke fits in nicely with my latest reading craze.

March 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

In times of turmoil, a man often feels like he is supposed to be strong and know what to do.

March 09, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

“I’m putting it all on the table,” Jenny Garth tells me as she’s heading for the airport about to catch a flight to Chicago.

March 06, 2014 9:00 am

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for March 6, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for March 6, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 23, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Book explains why parenting is 'all joy,' 'no fun'

Book explains why parenting is 'all joy,' 'no fun'

Parenting is a life-changing, meaning-infusing, deeply profound experience. It is also, day by day, a huge drag.

February 23, 2014 9:15 am

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