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Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: On Hope, Loss, and Wearing Sunscreen

Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: On Hope, Loss, and Wearing Sunscreen

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What it means when your father dies. How it feels when summer comes. What it's like to live in a great but troubled American city. The value of wearing sunscreen.

These are just a few of the topics that Mary Schmich addresses in this second, expanded edition of Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now, a collection of her columns from the Chicago Tribune, including the 10 that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Schmich is the rare newspaper columnist whose writing resonates long after it's published and far beyond the place she lives. She may be best known for a column widely called "Wear Sunscreen"--misattributed to Kurt Vonnegut and turned into a hit recording by Baz Luhrmann--but her writing ranges as widely as life itself. It can be slyly humorous, deeply moving, or tough. She addresses subjects as varied as family love, sexual harassment, long friendships, poverty, and Chicago violence.

Every city has its voices, the enduring writers who both explain and create a city's culture. Chicago has had many, including the legendary Mike Royko and Studs Terkel. Mary Schmich is among them. In a hectic age, her writing lifts us, calms us, and helps us understand.

Carrie: I am a clipper - of ads, articles, comics and columns, so how lovely it is when they are collected for me in one place!  This compendium of our very own Chicago Tribune columnist’s greatest hits is worth a read and re-read and a share and “listen to this” with a book buddy.  She writes most poignantly about the human side of the news, and usually spends ample time on reflection about the meaning in events big and small.  Some of these gems are anchored in time, like 9/11 (“Going to Ground Zero”) and Hurricane Katrina, (“The Last Man in New Orleans”); others have Chicago flavor (Michael Jordan, Mayor Daley, Roger Ebert); all are thoughtful, well-written, and shareable.

Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

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From Mark Forsyth, the author of the #1 international bestseller, The Etymologicon, comes a book of weird words for familiar situations. The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them.

Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized.

Find yourself pretending to work? That's fudgelling.

And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just don't get too vinomadefied; a drunk dinner companion is never appreciated.

From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

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Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets--aspiring or practicing--can use to hone their craft, perhaps into art. Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre and from the work of a number of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry's ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts. Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend--a friend who is willing to share everything he's learned about the art he's spent a lifetime learning to execute so well.
The Best American Food Writing 2018

The Best American Food Writing 2018

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"Food writing is stepping out," legendary food writer Ruth Reichl declares at the start of this, the inaugural edition of Best American Food Writing. "It's about time...Food is, in a very real sense, redesigning the world." Indeed, the twenty-eight pieces in this volume touch on every pillar of society: from the sense memories that connect a family through food, to the scientific tinkering that gives us new snacks to share, to the intersections of culinary culture with some of our most significant political issues. At times a celebration, at times a critique, at times a wondrous reverie, the Best American Food Writing 2018 is brimming with delights both circumspect and sensuous. Dig in!