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April 10, 2018

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, by Caitlin Alifireka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch 

I’ll give it to you straight: this book is not a literary masterpiece. But the wonderful true story of two children changing each other’s lives across an oc...

March 6, 2018

“The period of John Adams' presidency declined into a time of political savagery with few parallels in American history, a season of paranoia in which the two parties surrendered all trust in each other.” 

So, I just discovered the soundtrack to the Broadway musical Ham...

January 24, 2018

John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, returned last October with a bang, earning accolades from every major media outlet and book reviewer from the New York Times to Seventeen magazine. 

I was in the O’Hare airport when I read this book, waiti...

December 12, 2017

Thinking troubles us; thinking tires us. Thinking can force us out of familiar, comforting habits; thinking can complicate our lives; thinking can set us at odds, or at least complicate our relationships, with those we admire or love or follow. Who needs thinking?

When...

November 7, 2017

This critically acclaimed classic by Sandra Cisneros tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina growing up in Chicago. Rather than a plot with a beginning and an end, Esperanza’s story consists of a series of brief vignettes that create a mosaic, fragmented p...

October 5, 2017

Sharon Draper’s young adult novel about a girl with cerebral palsy won numerous awards, spent almost two years on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into twenty different languages. The dramatic success of Draper’s book is due less to the writi...

September 5, 2017

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero, star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin.

“One moment—that’s all it takes for your entire world to split apart. For me, that moment came when I was fourteen. I returned home from school to discover...

August 1, 2017

China had not yet become the Next Big Thing when Fuchsia Dunlop signed up for a year of graduate studies in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. Although a major metropolis with a population of eight million, at the time Chengdu was home to a mere handful of expatr...

June 28, 2017

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. 

In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious novel, the underground railroad takes on physical form: tunnels dug by slaves where steam engines run on iron rails toward freedom a...

May 23, 2017

 Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S. C. Gwynne

Cynthia Ann Parker, the blue-eyed daughter of settlers on the farthest edge of the Texas frontier, was nine years old wh...

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