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The Blood of Emmett Till

You really can’t remember. For sure, something important happened years ago, something you should recall very easily, but time’s made things fuzzy. Have you forgotten or, worse yet, have you just remembered everything wrong? Usually, you suppose, it wouldn’t matter ...

Tears We Cannot Stop

"America is in trouble, and a lot of that trouble--perhaps most of it--has to do with race. Everywhere we turn, there is discord, division, death and destruction. When we survey the land, we see a country full of suffering that ...

Local pastor’s book details his personal struggles with race and faith

Calvin Quarles is a senior pastor at the Church of Bolingbrook, a husband, father, a former Black Panther, and now a published author.

Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name-here’s kid. You’re a chip off the ol’ block, maybe named after your Pops, forever known as your ...

“Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance”

It took a leap of faith. A new job, a big move, a new skill, a major purchase, a ring on your finger and “I Do.” Even if you knew you were on the right path and you could handle ...

Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

You can’t bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it’s going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they’re all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book ...

“Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations”

The house won’t write its own check. Car payments don’t happen by magic, food won’t drive to your doorstep, and decent clothing isn’t free. In short, bills won’t pay themselves – but are they the sole reason to go to ...

"Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner and Beethoven’s Skull” by Tim Rayborn

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or ...

Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or ...

“And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer”

You can’t remember a thing these days. Whatchamacallit’s name doesn’t come quite as easily anymore. You can’t recall the title of that movie you used to love. Thingamabobs are never where you put them last, your glasses are on top ...

“Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South”

Life these days is a three-ring circus. The clowns at your job dominate Ring Number One. Ring Number Two features The Juggler (you) and your checkbook, schedule, chore list, and family obligations. And in Ring Number Three, there’s a wild ...

Another Day in the Death of America : A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives” by Gary Younge

Today was an ordinary day. It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it tomorrow with clarity, perhaps, but its details will be sketchy in a decade. It ...

Crossing the Thinnest Line

Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America , you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former ...

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 ...