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Feature
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 12:00 am

Books showcase Springfield history

Lost Survivor By Thomas R. Jones Like Henry Fielding’s famous novel (whose hero shares a name with Lost Survivor’s author), this is a coming-of-age story. But Johnny
Books
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 12:00 am

The story of Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln knew a lot of grief. Her mother died when she was 6. She lost three of her four children and was sitting beside her husband the night he was assassinated. When I picture he
Books
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 12:00 am

Springfield poet takes us to another time and space

I once caught a whiff of a wet woolen overcoat. Before you could say “Sister Mary Magdalene,” I was transported to the winter of 1956 and a grade-school
Books
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 12:00 am

How to search for "the soul of kindness"

Call me cantankerous, but I didn’t want to like Field Notes on the Compassionate Life. Sure that in the background I was hearing strains from the ’60s musical Hair, I wondere
Books
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 12:00 am

Noir is a travelogue with a twisted sense of humor

Chicago Noir isn’t about a newspaper, although after reading it I kept thinking of the old riddle “What’s black and white and red all over?” The stage sets in th
Feature
Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:00 am
AloftBy Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead Trade, 384 pages, paperback edition, 2005, $14) At one point in his life Jerry Battle may have been a daring young man in his flying machine, but now he’s
Books
Thursday, March 31, 2005 12:00 am
Though it has been more than 10 years since my husband moved to the Midwest from Boston, his amazement at the prairie remains fresh. Driving to Chicago, he’ll point out the window and
Poetry
Thursday, March 24, 2005 12:00 am
Paul Muldoon teaches poetry at Princeton University, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2003 for his collection Moy Sand and Gravel , and has been hailed by the Times Literary Supplemen
Books
Thursday, March 3, 2005 12:00 am
Number 9, number 9, number 9 . . .  No, John Lennon hasn’t booked a return engagement, but wordsmiths are singing the praises of something almost as good. More than 30

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