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Underneath It All

Mother and Daughter 1

Not all stories have to be about grand, soaring adventure. Sometimes the little stories, the stories of ordinary wives and mothers, particularly of a certain age, are just as illuminating. So, without further ado, here are some picks for domestic fiction. Sima has a routine: open Sima's Undergarments for Women (also the title of Ilana Stanger-Ross' novel), […]

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Maxwell Street: The Market of the Third Coast

Man leaning on stand with suit jackets and pants

Chicago may not have the oldest municipal public market in the country–Pike’s Place Market in Seattle claims that title. But Chicago's Maxwell Street Market may be the most colorful. Some may argue that Maxwell Street's heyday was between the 1930s and the 1960s, the same period discussed in the One Book One Chicago selection, Thomas […]

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Faulkner Wrote Plays?: Authors Writing In Multiple Styles

William Faulkner

Did you know that William Faulkner wasn’t just a groundbreaking novelist, but also a playwright? Me either – until the New York Times reported that the University of Virginia discovered the unpublished play “Twixt Cup and Lip” by The Sound and the Fury author. The Strand Magazine has published the play in its holiday issue.BibWidgetBibWidget […]

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The Real All-Americans: The First All-American Indian Football Team

Before and after image of American Indian student at Carlisle Indian School, Tom Torlino

The Carlisle Industrial School for Indians, the first of its kind, was founded by Richard Henry Pratt, who thought he should "civilize" these indigenous children of America by taking them away from their parents and placing them in military-style boarding schools. The before-and-after image of Tom Torlino shown here is an example of the dramatic changes the students endured.  […]

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Top Picks for Katniss Fans

picture of poster of katniss from hunger games

The last film of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2, is finally here! Having to wait a year for its November 20 release was a pain, but I'm hoping it will be well worth it to see Katniss take on President Snow. The end of a series is always bittersweet because even though you […]

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