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Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:00 am

Something black, something blue, something old, something new

Untitled Document One of the pleasures of summer vacations is a visit to the bookstore or library to pick out those special volumes you plan to take to the cottage or the beach.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 12:00 am

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin looks at Lincoln’s inner circle

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, in a sense, worked her way up to the nation’s greatest leader by first producing several acclaimed political studies of some of the 20th
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 12:00 am

There’s a new kid in town and his name is creative nonfiction.

I used to work in a library, and the person I most envied there was the cataloger. She got to see all of the new books first and decide where they would reside in the cozy confines of the De
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
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
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
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
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
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


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