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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.…

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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.…

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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 futur…

April 14, 2014 3:00 pm

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 ti…

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.

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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

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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Artists and Suffragettes: Inside Sharon Biggs Waller's 'A Mad, Wicked Folly'

Artists and Suffragettes: Inside Sharon Biggs Waller's 'A Mad, Wicked Folly'

Sharon Biggs Waller lives in the modern world, but she can relate to the past.

February 18, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

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

February 16, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

A decade ago, says Allan Friedman: What Everyone Needs to Know with P.D. Singer, cyberspace was, for most of us, a science fiction like term u…

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Shelf Life: Sibling rivalry between sisters takes form in local author's new book

Shelf Life: Sibling rivalry between sisters takes form in local author's new book

Broke and about to be evicted from a crummy apartment, Jen Lancaster, a former executive in Chicago who thought she'd had it all, took to writing.

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Murder, mayhem and mystery in Lake County: Kentucky author investigates Indiana crime in new book

Murder, mayhem and mystery in Lake County: Kentucky author investigates Indiana crime in new book

As a history buff raised in Northwest Indiana, I simply couldn't resist the title of Kevin McQueen's latest book "Murder and Mayhem in Indiana."

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History of Hobart told through pictures

History of Hobart told through pictures

When Sergio Mendoza became Hobart’s city planner in 2003, he wanted to find out as much about the city as he could.

January 26, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Author explores the relationship between two artists as they grew in love

Shelf Life: Author explores the relationship between two artists as they grew in love

Nancy Horan, who wrote "Loving Frank", the New York Times bestselling novel that explored the relationship of Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover…

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Shelf Life: Author uses Chicago as setting for 'pandemic' thriller

Shelf Life: Author uses Chicago as setting for 'pandemic' thriller

A former high school English teacher, Stacey Ballis is now author of a series of popular and humorous "chick lit" books.

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Shelf Life: Former English teachers writes about self-confidence and a 'big' love affair

Shelf Life: Former English teachers writes about self-confidence and a 'big' love affair

A former high school English teacher, Stacey Ballis is now author of a series of popular and humorous "chick lit" books that in her words, "do…

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Shelf Life: Detective D.D. Warren 'fears nothing' in new Lisa Gardner crime novel

Shelf Life: Detective D.D. Warren 'fears nothing' in new Lisa Gardner crime novel

In Fear Nothing, Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author, brings back Boston Detective D.D. Warren.

January 08, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Cameron Diaz promotes healthy lifestyle and healthy body image

Shelf Life: Cameron Diaz promotes healthy lifestyle and healthy body image

For good reasons, a book by actress Cameron Diaz showing her long blonde hair pouring down her tawny long limbed and athletically thin body on…

January 06, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: 'Dreams of Duneland' takes a look back in time and a look at the lakeshore's beauty

Shelf Life: 'Dreams of Duneland' takes a look back in time and a look at the lakeshore's beauty

Luscious photos show us maple sugaring at Chillberg Farm, the Swedish settlement n the National Dunes Lakeshore and now a historic site.

December 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Harry, Lo and Jo: A love story

Harry, Lo and Jo: A love story

I was so excited. Finally, I would be face to face with the only man I’ll ever love.

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Shelf Life: New Civil War book shows the impact Lincoln had on international relations

Shelf Life: New Civil War book shows the impact Lincoln had on international relations

The Civil War was a more than a conflict between North and South and President Abraham Lincoln recognized this larger dimension in the battle …

December 08, 2013 12:45 pm

Shelf Life: A page-turning account of JFK's assasnation stands out against others

Shelf Life: A page-turning account of JFK's assasnation stands out against others

Shrill pundits and politicians shout that our schools are failing, blaming teachers, unions and public schools in general.

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Interview: Scott Turow

Interview: Scott Turow

In his latest mystery, Chicago attorney Scott Turow takes us back to Kindle County, the setting of his first book Presumed Innocent, published…

November 17, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Interview: Scott Turow

Interview: Scott Turow

In his latest mystery, Chicago attorney Scott Turow takes us back to Kindle County, the setting of his first book Presumed Innocent, published…

November 17, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Graphic Novels: Not just for kids

When I was young, my brother and I shared copies of Mad Magazine and Marvel comics, reading each issue over and over until they were tattered …

November 17, 2013 7:00 am

Shore Short Story Contest

Shore loves short stories and the creativity that can be expressed through fiction alone. To encourage storytellers, we would like to choose a…

November 17, 2013 5:00 am

Shelf Life: Education expert reveals the danger of charter schools

Shelf Life: Education expert reveals the danger of charter schools

Shrill pundits and politicians shout that our schools are failing, blaming teachers, unions and public schools in general.

November 11, 2013 9:00 am

Shelf Life: Author pens 17th mystery novel and supports young girls interested in science

Shelf Life: Author pens 17th mystery novel and supports young girls interested in science

Chicago's brash and take-no-prisoners V I Warshawski is back in Critical Mass, the 17th book about the private eye written by New York Times b…

October 27, 2013 9:00 am

Shelf Life: History and hauntings in the Windy City

Shelf Life: History and hauntings in the Windy City

For years Adam Selzer didn't believe in ghosts or at least tried not to do so mostly because the thought of spectral visions scared him.

October 16, 2013 9:00 am

Read, Dig, Nuture: Gardening and research help to grow the story for Elizabeth Gilbert's new book

Read, Dig, Nuture: Gardening and research help to grow the story for Elizabeth Gilbert's new book

In her latest novel, "Signature of All Things," Elizabeth Gilbert takes us back not only to the Golden Age of Botany but also to her own roots…

October 02, 2013 12:00 am

Shelf Life: Story of an orphaned child helps explore the struggles Chinese immigrants faced

Shelf Life: Story of an orphaned child helps explore the struggles Chinese immigrants faced

Set in Seattle during the 1920s and 1930s when Chinese immigrants were much discriminated against, Jamie Ford's latest book Songs of Willow Fr…

September 30, 2013 9:30 am

Shelf Life: Two sisters find their bond while facing the atrocities of WWI

Shelf Life: Two sisters find their bond while facing the atrocities of WWI

Daughters of a dairy farmer from Australia’s Macleay Valley ,registered nurses, Naomi and Sally Durance board the Archimedes, a hospital ship.

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Shelf Life: Comedy duo unveils unproduced, rejected material in new book

Shelf Life: Comedy duo unveils unproduced, rejected material in new book

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of the Emmy winning HBO comedy sketch series "Mr. Show with Bob and Dave" which ran from 1995 to 1998 a…

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Shelf Life: Achieving tasty harmonies with beer and food in John Holl's new cookbook

Shelf Life: Achieving tasty harmonies with beer and food in John Holl's new cookbook

For craft beer lovers, John Holl has the best job in the world. Besides being an international beer judge including serving as a finalist judg…

September 08, 2013 9:30 am

Shelf Life: Winemaking and life lessons in Shelia Banning 'Terroir'

Shelf Life: Winemaking and life lessons in Shelia Banning 'Terroir'

For author and painter Sheila Banning, the threads of her novel Terroir begane while she was writing a collection of short stories with themes…

August 28, 2013 9:30 am

Shelf Life: Vintage photos and local memories form history book of Miller Beach

Shelf Life: Vintage photos and local memories form history book of Miller Beach

There was a time when Miller Beach, just a short zip down the interstate or toll road now, was almost impassable – an area of swampland, sand …

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Shelf Life: 19th century Victorian intrigue and mystery lie in the 'The White Forest'

Shelf Life: 19th century Victorian intrigue and mystery lie in the 'The White Forest'

Immersing himself into the 19th century the Victorian spiritualism, ghostly apparitions, brooding dark houses and otherworldly atmosphere, Ada…

August 18, 2013 9:30 am

Summer Reading List: Books that will complement any day at the beach or in the shade

Summer Reading List: Books that will complement any day at the beach or in the shade

Summer bliss doesn't involve reading Russian novels the size of a dictionary or boning up on the theory of relativity.

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