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The sky is grey, the ground is white, thereâ€™s a warming fire in the living room fireplace. Sure, I like a brisk winter walk, to ice skate, to ski. In Chicago, there are many days too cold to go outside for long. So we turn to books. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:(...)
Instead of grabbing you by the throat, some books take you gently by the hand. Soothing, comfortable — ok, slow. But youâ€™ll tote that book around like a third child and finish it, and feel sorry when you have. â€œThe Elegance of the Hedgehogâ€ is one of those books. A 2007 prize-winner in France, it(...)
With two weekend trips that involved air travel and a week in bed with a respiratory flu, I read a lot. Here goes: Paul Kalanithiâ€™s When Breath Becomes Air is a seamless memoir of a young neurosurgeonâ€™s last year. Woven into his dire situation is the story of his life: a happy, active Arizona childhood,(...)