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With a quick glance at the cover of Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, comedian Nick Offerman’s second book, one would think it’s an ode to the macho attributes of America. …

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“Fat.” The word may sound harsh and critical, bringing up hurtful memories or distinct images. But blogger Jes Baker has no problem saying it — in fact, she uses it more than 370 times in …

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I first picked up If the Oceans Were Ink because, one, the author is a journalist, and two, she’s reigning supreme on my list of most inspirational women leaders of our time. The book, published …

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A former Chicago Tribune reporter accuses an ex-Northwestern professor of unethical practices in Justice Perverted: How The Innocence Project at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Sent an Innocent Man to Prison. The book is …

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The day of the Chicago Book Expo was cold. Brutally cold. The Nov. 21 morning started with a light snowfall, and by noon it was difficult to see through the white mass of swirling snowflakes. …

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We all have at least one goal that seems impossible to achieve, yet we still dream of accomplishing it. For Amy McCullough, a Loyola University Chicago alum who graduated in 2002 with a creative writing …

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“Where can I find Fahrenheit 451?” I asked this question to a student worker in Loyola’s Cudahy Library. She smiled warmly and led me to a computer to search for the call number. As I …

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Lidia Yuknavitch is an artist, but not a typical artist. Instead of using paint to illustrate masterpieces, she uses words to create pictures of beauty, brutality, sex and gender in violently vivid pigments. These colors …