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Fall Book Sale

Calling all book lovers and bargain hunters! The Friends of the Joliet Public Library will host their Fall Book Sale September 30 through October 2 at the Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. The sale is open on Friday, ...

Elizabeth and Michael

Your closest friend really gets you. You never have to explain yourself when you’re together; everything said (and unsaid) is understood. There may be many years between you, but it doesn’t matter. There may be differences in background, but no ...

“Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White”

The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, ...

The “Nobody” Interview: Marc Lamont Matters!

Marc Lamont Hill is one of America's leading intellectual voices. He is currently the host of BET News and VH1 Live, as well as a political contributor on CNN. Marc has received prestigious awards from the National Association of Black ...

“Nobody”

Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and ...

Brave Like Me

Never be afraid of…. Your Mommy and Daddy have taught you that. Never be afraid of spiders, big animals, lightning, or loud noises. Always be brave, they say, and so you are – and in the new book “Brave Like ...

“The Gilded Years”

Always be true to yourself. It sounds like a poster, a meme, or advice that’s always been in the background of your life. Putting on airs, pretending to be someone you’re not, keeping up the ruse, it’s harder than it ...

Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson

It doesn’t take very long. An accident, a murder, a surprise can happen in an instant that can seem like a lifetime. It doesn’t take very long – or does it? The odd thing about time is that it’s shapeable, ...

Famous Nathan

Mom always loved you best. I can beat you at that. You got more than me, more from Santa and a bigger birthday cake. I was Dad’s favorite, I’m better than you, and sibling rivalry can linger long past childhood. ...

Running with the Champ

Two heads are better than one. Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem. ...

“The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation”

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. Shut the door, and what’s inside is familiar and comfortable. It’s yours, and it’s where you want to be at the end of the day. Or maybe not: in “The ...

Joliet priest’s book to benefit St. Patrick’s Parish

Father Peter Jankowski just released his first book based on the homilies he's written during the 20 years he's served as a priest in the Joliet Diocese.

“Trombone Shorty”

“Just wait til you’re older!” Oh, how you hate hearing that! Wait til you’re grown. You need to get bigger. You can’t do that now, you’re too little. But why not? Why can’t you start dreaming of someday right now, ...

Book Review: The Final Service

A book signing of Gary Moore’s new book, “The Final Service, ” will be on May 17, 2016 at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, Il. at 7:00 pm "Not all wounds are visible," is the line that stands ...

“Brown is the New White”

Your vote matters. At least that’s what they tell you, but you have your doubts. You’re ONE of millions of people who’ll go to the polls in November. You’re a raindrop in the sea, a needle in a voting haystack. ...