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Civility Will Prevail: Matthew Quick’s Novels for Adults

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Matthew Quick is best known for The Silver Linings Playbook, his first novel and one that has been turned into a movie, Silver Linings Playbook.  In these works, Pat Peoples is recently released from a mental institution where he was committed after an explosive argument with his estranged wife. He still loves her, she's moved on.  Peoples starts compulsively working out and […]

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Catching Up on High School Summer Reading

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Maybe memories of high school aren't too far in your distant past, or maybe your son or daughter is enjoying the remaining days of summer before high school starts, or maybe you know a high schooler who is dreading their assigned summer reading. Or, more realistically, you're like me and blew off those high school summer reading assignments until just […]

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Graphic Novels to Read If You Can’t Get Away This Summer

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If I could spend the entire year traveling, I would. But like most people, I can't afford it. So I take pleasure in reading leisurely paced graphic novels that take me on virtual adventures. They are not packed with lots of information like travel guides and don't demand a lot of commitment like a novel. […]

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Streets of Chicago: Midway Plaisance

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Chicago has its share of unusual street names. For example, nobody quite knows what Agatite Avenue means. The origins and history of the name Midway Plaisance are also more mysterious than commonly assumed. It is the name of both a street and the park contained within the street’s northern and southern branches. According to the […]

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Say Goodbye to Hollywood: Stars, Real and Imagined

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You know what Lisa Jakub looks like. You saw her in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matinee. But you don't see her anymore. Her book, You Look Like That Girl, explains why she walked away from a successful Hollywood career. First, however, she describes how she got into acting as a preschooler and her adventures as a child performer. […]

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