Illinois Reads: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

Illinois Reads is a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens. Established under the Illinois Reading Council, reading is encouraged at all age levels, from babies to Read more...

Posted by on June 17, 2015

The Precipice by Paul Doiron

Two college girls have disappeared while hiking the “Hundred Mile Wilderness” in Maine. Sketchy details become available as game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with constructing the girls’ check-in points Read more...

Posted by on June 1, 2015

Inside the O’Briens

Lisa Genova has yet again found the perfect vehicle for a sincere, funny, heart-wrenching story with her east coast family story, Inside the O’Briens. I find that reading her novels is Read more...

Posted by on April 6, 2015

Gardening and Farm to Table: a Fruitful Pairing

It would be hard not to be happy that we have gained another hour of sunshine, courtesy of daylight saving time. As Chicagoans, we are reminded that we have braved Read more...

Posted by on March 11, 2015

The Girl on the Train

I’ll admit it: there are many people out there (including all the publicity departments and book sellers) that are saying The Girl on the Train is the next Gone Girl novel. Read more...

Posted by on February 11, 2015

Find Momo!

Just looking at the cover of this book by Find Momo, the dog in the clever photographs, and wonder about the story behind it. Knapp, a photographer and freelance interface Read more...

Posted by on January 13, 2015

Sweet Baking and Making Memories

Let’s face it: whether or not you celebrate the seasonal holidays, the sweets and baked goods that surround these events are always welcome and shared with many – family, friends, Read more...

Posted by on November 17, 2014

Dark Stories And Dark Birds

Fall is upon us, and with Halloween just weeks away, I thought it would be a great time to reacquaint myself with the dark—but always interesting—world of horror fiction. What Read more...

Posted by on October 17, 2014

The Director: A Novel

The Director. When a disheveled computer hacker stumbles into the American consulate in Germany, no one is prepared for the fallout it creates, especially newly-appointed CIA director Graham Weber. With Read more...

Posted by on June 2, 2014

Looking for a Green Thumb

Even though the calendar says it is May and time to plant my garden, I had hesitated (like many of us) due to the chilly weather! In the meantime, all Read more...

Posted by on May 5, 2014

Gardening with An Inspirational Touch

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart to read. The author, Carol Wall, is a contributor to Southern Read more...

Posted by on February 12, 2014

The First Phone Call From Heaven

A phone call from heaven?  That would be a phone call not to miss! Mitch Albom hovers on the brink of believability as several characters in his new novel start Read more...

Posted by on December 23, 2013

Best Friend: A Dog at Your Side

It’s no secret that I am “a dog person.” Dogs have always been an integral part of my life since I trained my very first German Shepherd dog while still Read more...

Posted by on November 18, 2013

A Personal Glimpse: France Through Two World Wars

It is unusual to have two novels released within a few months of each other with a focus on France during wartime, and I thought I would give them a Read more...

Posted by on October 30, 2013