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New national African-American museum could help, hurt smaller institutions

When the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday on the National Mall, a century after it was first proposed, it will be greeted by an outpouring of joy. The gleaming bronze behemoth standing out amid a phalanx of white marble will be dedicated by President Barack...

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  • Shirley Jackson biography tells of the author's short, unhappy life

    Shirley Jackson biography tells of the author's short, unhappy life

    It used to be a source of wonder that Shirley Jackson, author of "The Lottery," "The Haunting of Hill House" and other horrifying tales, was, in her personal life, a housewife with an academic husband and four children. For decades it was generally assumed that was a frantic but happy lot, a notion...

  • Chicago best-sellers: Sept. 11 - 17

    Chicago best-sellers: Sept. 11 - 17

    Here are the best-sellers for Chicagoland for this week. Participating bookstores: Barbara's Bookstores (Chicago), The Book Cellar (Chicago), Seminary Co-op Bookstore and 57th Street Books (Chicago), Anderson's Bookshop (Naperville), The Book Stall at Chestnut Court (Winnetka), Women & Children...

  • Editor for Booklist discusses her upcoming work, 'Identity Unknown'

    Editor for Booklist discusses her upcoming work, 'Identity Unknown'

    When they hear that Donna Seaman is preparing to publish a book about female artists, most people assume that means literary artists, otherwise known as writers. Seaman is, after all, one of the best-known literary critics in Chicago. And as editor of adult books at Booklist, she wields significant...

  • Patrick Phillips' 'Blood at the Root' examines the lasting effects of two sexual assaults

    Patrick Phillips' 'Blood at the Root' examines the lasting effects of two sexual assaults

    In many ways, Patrick Phillips has a perfect perch from which to observe and document the ghosts of old racial divisions in his Georgia home that culminated in white citizens of the county hanging and beating several black men and expelling nearly all of its black citizens after the rape of two...

  • Consecutive months of great book picks? Welcome back, Oprah.

    Consecutive months of great book picks? Welcome back, Oprah.

    When it comes to Oprah Winfrey, I contain multitudes. On the one hand, she is indisputably amazing, a self-made woman of many talents. Forget about the talk show (not that we could) or her magazine or her television network or her production company. She is also one of the most underappreciated...

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