The Devil Gives His Due

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

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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Fairies and Folktales: Historical Fantasy

For those of you who like a little more magic than magical realism, I've got some books for you. These are all what could be considered historical fantasy, taking place in a specific time and place that actually existed. However, these books contain stuff that couldn't possibly occur in our current universe. Buckle up and prepare yourself […]

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Midwife Mysteries

Midwives are known for delivering babies, but as mystery writers well know, they are also keepers of secrets. Their job takes them from the echelons of society to the truly desperate, which makes them excellently placed to suss out the truth of a crime. All of the books I mention in this post are just as good […]

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Peaceniks

John Lennon told us to give peace a chance. He was shot. Martin Luther King, Jr. promoted nonviolent protest. He was shot, too. So was Gandhi, and I'd rather not get into what they did to Jesus. What I'm saying is that peace is hard. If, like I did, you try to find books about […]

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Caught Reading: Spring Days in Chicago, May 2017

While this week isn't a great example, Chicago's had some beautiful weather this spring, and I really enjoy getting outside at lunch. Sometimes I walk around my neighborhood, and other days, I just sit down with a good book. During my last trip downtown, I saw that people in the Loop also enjoy sitting outside with a book. Here […]

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Top Picks: The Words of John F. Kennedy

Avid sportsman, visionary leader, newspaper reporter, war hero, statesman, civil rights activist, Peace Corps founder—and author. So many books have been written about John F. Kennedy, examining his short, yet remarkable life from a myriad of viewpoints, and no doubt hundreds more will follow. Born May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of […]

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Love, Marriage, Parenthood, Death

Shakespeare says that a sad tale's best for winter, but I say spring brings tales of hope and growth. These four books are about loss, yes, but also about how we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off. If you're looking for a book that makes you both laugh and cry, try one of these. Abby […]

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Three Merry Mysteries

Like mysteries with comic banter, likeable characters, and a strong sense of place? We've got three new entries in long-running series for you. Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler is meant as a stand-alone inside the Bryant & May series.  Detective Bryant is suffering from what appears to be senile dementia, leaving straight man May and the rest […]

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Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Every 10 years, British literary magazine Granta selects their picks for the best American novelists of their generation. (Access their 1996 picks and 2007 picks on the magazine's website.) It's quite an honor and a career boost for authors to be selected, and we're excited to further explore their latest picks, featured in the new […]

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