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Oh, the Early Humanity! What to Read If You Like Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond has written several books about early humans and civilizations, including the highly-praised-and-awarded The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and The World Until Yesterday. Yet the origin of the human species remains mysterious and controversial. Why did we develop language? How did we make it out of Africa? Why agriculture? The following books […]

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Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Chicagoan Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things. This winter, as she battled ovarian cancer, she wrote a memorable Modern Love column for the New York Times that was both a dating profile for and a love letter to her husband. Prior to that, Rosenthal, who died Monday, March 13, at 51, was best […]

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What to Read If You Like James Herriot

James Herriot published his first stories based on his experiences as a veterinarian in rural Yorkshire 45 years ago in All Creatures Great and Small. This was turned into a long-running series by the BBC. Both the book and the television series are much beloved, so here are a few titles that can give you your fix, albeit more […]

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Mayor Harold Washington: Irish for a Day

Chicago's first modern downtown St. Patrick's Day parade was in 1956, when Richard J. Daley was mayor. The Chicago River was first dyed green in 1962. Since then, each year, the downtown parade and river dyeing have become important milestones in Chicago's late winter, with many people celebrating a communal party in the Loop. 1987 was no different. Mayor Harold […]

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Armchair Time Travel for Kids

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Will people ever be able to time travel? I don't know, but I hope so. Until then, I'm going to experience as much time travel as I can while sitting in my favorite reading chair. Experiment with the idea of jumping backwards in time and experiencing history firsthand. Or maybe you'll read about jumping forwards […]

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