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Brief Reviews

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir Nick Flynn | Norton | It’s a conundrum: what is a child’s responsibility to a parent when that parent has long since abandoned him? In his new memoir Nick Flynn takes his sweet time getting to the heart of this question, rifling through his past to make […]

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The Rest of the Story

Chicago Tribune: “For the second time in less than a month, Chicago-area high school students became ill Tuesday during realistic and graphic presentations on the dangers of drunken driving. Three students at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village were taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center after saying they felt faint. . . . […]

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Youth, Meet Ambition

Since Rea Frey moved to Chicago four years ago to attend Columbia College, the 22-year-old Nashville native has taken up boxing, undergone brain surgery, gotten married, been named valedictorian of her graduating class, and written her first novel, A Woman’s Ring, which will be published this summer by Dare2Dream Publishing, a small South Carolina press […]

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Have You Seen This Turtle?

The night Shady got lost, eight-year-old Robbie Penna cried himself to sleep in his mother’s arms. Shady was his pet box turtle, and for almost two years he’d lived in Robbie’s room in a glass aquarium lined with wood chips. Shady would bang his shell against the glass every morning. He was like an alarm […]