24/8 Book Club

One of our own, fabulous author Jane Green
April 15, 2008, 11:12 pm
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will be in NYC appearing at The Triad on April 21 and 22nd.   If that is not enough she will be joined by a host of other fun contributors to the event entitled , Afterbirth stories you won’t read in Parents Magazine.  The Triad features all types of events so it is a place you should check out if you are in the city or planning a visit,  To see more information about this event and other Triad events go to, www.triadnyc.com


Amazon has its Significant 7 for April
April 14, 2008, 4:01 pm
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If you are itching for a book to read and want more options be sure to check out Amazon’s picks for April.  There are also seven on the side cause when you think about just picking seven it is a very hard choice so they have squeezed in fourteen for your consideration.

Even if these don’t spark an interest for you they might take you to other selections that do jump off the pages.  Why not plan to read something out of your comfort zone and see how it feels.

To see what is on the folks at Amazon’s mind check out, http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_6646102_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000061771&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-6&pf_rd_r=018R0DVGNDFSREV7S2XX&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=384521001&pf_rd_i=283155

Spring- Hurricanes, Thunderstorms, Thunder snow.
April 13, 2008, 8:40 pm
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There is a rumor, that Spring has arrived in Chicago, but the language of this season is still depressing.


In a new biography of Mark Roget, by Joshua Kendall,  The Man Who Made Lists, www.us.penguingroup.com   it  revealed that Roget suffered greatly from depression. His extraordinary work was an outcome of his learning to cope with his melancholia. “As a boy he stumbled upon a remarkable discovery-that compiling lists of words could provide solace, no matter what misfortune may befall him.”  

The lists gave him an alternative world in which to repair,” said Kendall.

Words do heal, as do new seasons.


If you are a fan of the widely popular THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
April 12, 2008, 8:39 am
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by Kim Edwards tune in to Lifetime tonight as it premieres starring Dermot Mulroney (“The Wedding Date”), Gretchen Mol (“3:10 to Yuma”) and two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson (“Angela’s Ashes”). The New York Times Bestseller has been adapted for the small screen with actors that are sure to deliver powerful performances. http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/memory-keepers-daughter

Come back to the site and tell us how you liked it.  If you have read the book, provide your thoughts on the tv version to the book.  Con’t forget if you did not read this book and you like the tv version buy the bookbecause it is very rare that a screenwriter can mirror the subtitles of a book in an adaptation. Kim if you are out there, tell us what you think. 

Author Andrew Gross will be in Naperville tomorrow at 2:00 pm
April 11, 2008, 8:59 am
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Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/ is at it again.  Anderson’s  continues to attract a stellar author line up to their independent bookshops and we in Chicago are the lucky benefactors. 
Thank you to our 24/8 friend and author Renee Rosen for sharing this upcoming author news with us:
New York Times bestselling author, Andrew Gross, will be reading and signing his new book —The Dark Tide this Saturday at 2PM at Anderson Bookshops in Naperville.  The Dark Tide, just published, has already hit the New York Times list and shows no signs of easing up.  
P.S. Check out Andy’s website: http://www.andrewgrossbooks.com/
Renee Rosen, author of Every Crooked Pot, is a great friend and supporter to those that are fortunate enough to know her.  Please take a moment to visit Renee’s site, http://www.reneerosen.com/.

Randy Pausch
April 10, 2008, 9:33 am
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is a name hard not to recognize and with very good reason. This is beloved Carnegie Mellon professor that is dying and has launched a country into profound wonder at his strength and words of wisdom he leaves for the rest of us. 

If you have not had a chance to read the book by Professor Pausch, you really should. To me it was a call to action to enjoy the life you have.  That even if everything is not going your way you have the opportunity to live more and see and create changes, Randy Pausch does not. 

If you had the knowledge you were dying and the forum in which to make your last lecture, what would you say? To see the last lecture video of Randy Pausch you can do so at the link below.  This is a book that should be on the bookcase for anytime you have doubts about the life you are leading. http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/oz_20071022_350_106.jhtml?promocode=HP23


Mary Doria Russell
April 7, 2008, 9:27 pm
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One of the most powerful and haunting novels that I ever read is A Thread Of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. www.literati.net/Russell.com   I still carry the story and the characters in my heart, and ever so often think of them with longing.  With the Jewish Holidays approaching, the story becomes even more alive for me.  As  it is a fictional account  

( based on actual recollections) of how everyday heroes in Italy  worked to keep the Italian Jews  from the camps  during the war.  Russell, will be at Andersons Book Shop in Naperville tomorrow, Tuesday at 7pm. www.andersonsbookshop.com  with new novel  Dreamers of the Day. 


It’s a doubleheader
April 5, 2008, 11:00 pm
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It’s April in Chicago, and that means Baseball and Poetry.


Reread Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Thayer, and join everyone at Daley Plaza on April 8th for PLAY BALL, CHICAGO from  10 am to 3 pm. Along with special appearances by players from the Chicago White Sox and The Chicago Cubs,  there will be batting cages, and lots of giveaways.    Make sure to grab a hot dog, and start singing,  Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”  ( it’s the 100th anniversary)


I’d call that a Grand Slam



I should look so good at my 100th Birthday
April 4, 2008, 10:54 pm
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Celebrate The  Grand Centennial Opening  for the Garfield Park Conservatory  on April the 13th from 9am to 5pm. If you can’t get there for the party, order the  book, Inspired By Nature: The Garfield Park  Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side  written by Julia S. Bachrach and Jo Ann Nathan  and published by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. It is available now at the Gift Shop ( 312- 724 4147) and all bookstores. Think part history of the park, history of a community, and all Chicago.  The gorgeous photos really show off  the jewel that Jens Jensen planned and created.

rhyme in my mind
April 2, 2008, 12:01 pm
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Little darling I feel that ice is slowly melting,
Little darling it seems like years since it’s been clear,
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right.           Here Comes the Sun           The Beatles