Family Road Trip Audiobook Recommendations

Is your family taking a road trip this summer? Mine is—and we're planning to listen to an audiobook or two on our seven-hour drive. It can be tough to find an audiobook everyone agrees on. These family stories offer different viewpoints and characters that will entertain your whole group. There's something for everyone in The […]

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Strike a Patriotic Pose for July Fourth

How do you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July? A backyard barbecue? Watching fireworks? What about gathering 10,000 or more of your closest friends to form a large patriotic symbol and then photographing it? If you chose the last one, you'll be following the tradition of Chicago-area photographers Arthur Mole and John Thomas. Mole and […]

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Let’s Go Crazy

Have you ever wanted to turn your back on everything and take off in such absurd directions that your actions become dangerous and offensive? No? Really? I guess I'm sorry, then. Everyone keeps telling me to stop talking like that, but there are just so many ways to ruin your life in fiction and reality, I'm amazed more […]

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Uniquely Insecure: How Issa Rae Is Changing TV

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Issa Rae made fans laugh when she compared her TV show, Insecure, to The Golden Girls. Insecure is about young black women and is as raunchy as it is hilarious. The Golden Girls is about the hijinks of four older white women. But Rae has a point. The Golden Girls was one of the first TV shows about female friendship; Insecure […]

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Back to the Killing Fields

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Cambodia may not be in the news much anymore, but the scars from its past are everywhere. The trials of the Khmer Rouge seem to have ground to a halt, and Pol Pot died of old age in the jungle, surrounded by loyal cadres. Land mines and unexploded ordnance are still buried around the country and […]

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The Devil Gives His Due

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There are plenty of sayings about the devil: you can't kill him or cheat him, but what if you could? These book are all about mortals who go up against the King Of Lies, and perhaps they come up on top. The two opposing sides of the afterlife have their rules for every occasion, but […]

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Caught Reading: Palmer Square Park, June 2017

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We prayed for sun, and boy did we get it! Summer is finally here, and for a lot of us that means soaking it up in the park with a good book. Palmer Square Park happens to be my front yard and favorite reading spot, and I am not alone! I caught my fellow Logan […]

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#TBT: The Legendary Paul McCartney

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Who's your favorite Beatle? Mine has always been the outrageously talented Paul McCartney. I can trace my affection for him back to when I was a little girl and used to sing songs about meeting him and how handsome he was. Those songs definitely did not showcase any songwriting or singing talent on my part, […]

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Best Dad Ever! Picture Books for Kids

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I cherish memories of spending time with my dad growing up on the South Side of Chicago, bonding over pizza and movies. It's times with my dad that made me into the father that I am today. As we honor fathers and fatherhood this month, check out these picture books celebrating dad: The Daddy Book: The Daddy […]

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Podcast Pairings: The Sequel

It’s June! Time to celebrate Audiobook Month with another edition of Podcast Pairings. Are you a fan of this delightful medium? If you're addicted to podcasts like I am, here are a few I’ve recently binged or kept in rotation, along with audiobook suggestions that make fun “listen-alikes.” S-Town: Earlier this year, podcast listeners were all […]

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