| Jan 2, 2012
Yaffa Yarkoni, a singer who entertained Israeli soldiers on the front lines for half a century and later reaped public censure for her outspoken criticism of the military's treatment of Palestinians, died Sundayof Alzheimer's disease in Tel Aviv. She...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 2:52 PM
Carillon North Book Club
Our book club: was established 10 years ago in the Carillon North community of Grayslake. Our group is made up of men and women.
The Grayslake Area Public Library: helps us locate books from our reading list and makes them...
| Nov 25, 2011
By the time she was 7, little Ilana Diamond knew she wanted to be a lawyer.
"I believed lawyers did good, from what my father told me," she says. "I still believe it."
As an infant, she and her parents had left their home in Latvia, fleeing Hitler....
| Oct 6, 2011
| 10:00 PM
History is real, but sometimes reality doesn't tell the whole story.
That's why we have the historical novel — a genre that, at its best, combines the cold scrupulousness of fact and the hot drama of human ambitions and emotions. To understand...
| Mar 24, 2012
Young adult novelists are increasingly tackling darker subjects: kidnappings, drugs, rape. But few have delved into so many dark subjects as novelist Thane Rosenbaum, who ventures into YA territory with his latest, "The Stranger Within Sarah Stein," a...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Backward reels the bad guy, pummeled and stunned. Round goes the good guy's granite fist, finishing its gorgeous orbit after connecting with the villain's smirking mug.
Up jump hope and inspiration, fortified by daring fictional heroes on the page and on...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 3:12 PM
You do not have to be a member of the church to join our group. Everyone is welcome as long as they enjoy reading and are open to new ways of thinking.
One book we really liked was "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. It is poetic and creative in weaving...
| Nov 22, 2011
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| Aug 12, 2011
| 8:44 AM
Every member of our book club (which is based in Crystal Lake) is or has been involved in education.
Our club's goal is to read a variety of genres and to discuss each book in depth. We've been surprised by the number of books written by first-time...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 1:54 PM
"Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-18"
By Grigoris Balakian
Translated by Peter Balakian with Aris Sevag
Alfred A. Knopf. 509 pp. $35
Armenian Golgotha is the astonishing memoir of Father Grigoris Balakian (1876-1934), a work...
| Mar 13, 2011
We were on our way to see the Brandenburg Gate when they came unexpectedly into view across the street — rows of muted gray concrete slabs of varying heights, their rise and fall taking up an entire city block.
The sight stopped us in our tracks....
| Dec 4, 2010
Among the advantages of the iPad or other e-reader is that no great book need ever again suffer the sad fate of my paperback copy of "Art and Ardor" by Cynthia Ozick. The essay collection was published in 1983, but by the time it came to me, plucked...