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Walking Around in Others’ Shoes . . . with Your Book Group

By Susan Maguire I am an eternal optimist. This tendency to think things will work out for the best is sometimes at odds with my inner curmudgeon, but what can you do. I like to think this conflict keeps my also-inner Pollyanna in check, but sometimes, that Pollyanna is strong. Take, for example, the time…

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Cozy Reads for Winter 2018

By Shari Randall What’s a cozy? No, not that thing your grandmother put on her teapot. In the mystery world, a cozy is a traditional whodunit where the focus is on an amateur sleuth in a small, self-contained community. This kind of mystery is distinguished by what it doesn’t have―no graphic violence, intimacy, or language. Think…

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Instagram Book Recommendations from SJP in 2017

While you’re waiting for Sarah Jessica Parker’s next official Book Club Central pick, here are just some of the books she recommended on her Instagram in 2017. Enjoy! The Nix by Nathan Hill From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce…

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A Reading List for Showtime’s The Chi

By Michael Ruzicka The Chi, a new drama series created by Lena Waithe and produced by Common, is a coming-of-age drama set on Chicago’s South Side. Most striking about the show is the range of characters it contains: while they span age groups and economic strata, all are interconnected in ways that are both touching…

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