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reviewed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. June 19, 2009
Um, wow.  "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," originally written by Jane Austen and adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith, is in fact, a kick-ass novel. Really.  It takes a few chapters to …
reviewed Body Of Lies (book). March 26, 2009
Body of Lies
It took me a while, Dad.  Sorry - you were right. The book was better!  Body Of Lies, by David Ignatius, follows Roger Ferris' journeys, both professional and personal, as he tries to make things …
reviewed John Adams (HBO Miniseries). March 16, 2009
John Adams
I'm not much for miniseries. It's gotta be REALLY promising to get me to commit multiple hours of my time to the boob tube. But "John Adams," HBO's undertaking of David McCullough's lauded novel, had …
reviewed Ferris Bueller's Day Off. March 14, 2009
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I dare anyone to watch this movie and NOT be amused at some point.  "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is John Hughes' quintessential classic 80s teen flick. Shot on location in Chicago and several …
reviewed "The Double Bind". March 13, 2009
Meet Chris Bohjalian, the M. Night Shyamalan of the literary world.  Bohjalian is no stranger to literary success, especially thanks to the Big O - his novel Midwives was an Oprah selection …
reviewed Vanishing Acts: A Novel. March 12, 2009
Vanishing Acts
OK - maybe Jodi Picoult doesn't need a prozac. Actually, I'm confident she's a happy, happy woman, what with her literary success and financial security, thanks to the masses of chick lit fans (and I'm …
reviewed The Wordy Shipmates. March 12, 2009
The Wordy Shipmates
Because I so thoroughly enjoyed Assassination Vacation, I immediately checked out The Wordy Shipmates, another historical tome from Sarah Vowell. color me equally impressed.  As with "Assassination..." …
reviewed 1776. March 11, 2009
I should tell you that I'm a voracious reader – when I have time to read. So don't misunderstand me when I call 1776 the "page-turner that took me three months to read."  Written by the brilliant …
reviewed Summerfest. March 11, 2009
Looking to get your music freak on? Summerfest is the grandpappy of outdoor summer music festivals, and knows how to bring it when it comes to high quality shows ranging from the little known to stadium-filling …
reviewed Joe Scarborough. March 10, 2009
Joe Scarborough
I really, really, loathe Joe Scarborough. There. I said it. And if he catches wind of this, he'll probably blog about how I'm one of those annoying liberals who can dish it out but can't take it. Believe …
reviewed Assassination Vacation. March 09, 2009
President Garfield was one way cool dude. Seriously! An amateur history buff, I get on non-fiction kicks, and since I liked Sarah Vowell on her various appearances on The Daily Show, I thought I'd give …
reviewed Three Cups of Tea. March 09, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote
I love books that move me to tears.The killer scene in "Three Cups Of Tea?" Well, it could be the completion of Greg Mortenson's first bridge. That soaked a couple of tissues. Or maybe it was the presentation …
reviewed Real Time With Bill Maher. March 09, 2009
Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher, I love you.Bill Maher, I loathe you.  I think Bill likes it this way. Seriously – my guess is Bill would be the first to tell you he could give a s*** about your opinion of him. …
reviewed Navy Pier. March 09, 2009
Navy Pier
Visiting Chicago and not going to Navy Pier is akin to visiting Disney World and blowing off Space Mountain. It's that simple – it's part of the fabric that makes up the Chicago skyline, with its  150-foot-high …
reviewed Portillo's Chocolate Cake. March 09, 2009
I'm not typically a "cake" kind of girl. I much prefer a good scoop of ice cream. But Portillo's? you had me at hello with this slice of heaven! The Chicago area Italian beef joint has the best chocolate …
reviewed Zingarella. March 09, 2009
Chicken Pignoli
Date night! We like taking our couple's nights out to try places we know our kids wouldn't survive ("C'mon! You can try something other than a burger or Mac n' Cheese!")...which is what led us to Zingarella, …
reviewed Big Love. March 09, 2009
Big Love
Let's dispense with the business at hand up front – if you're looking a for quality drama that makes an hour seem like 15 minutes and has you hooked from the first episode, watch "Big Love" on HBO. Here's …
reviewed Stanley's Kitchen & Tap. March 08, 2009
Never much for trying the same place twice, our family's the kind that's constantly on the prowl for somewhere different to eat. We get enough of the chain restaurant experience in the 'burbs, so we'll …
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