"Falling Into Place" by Hattie Kauffman, an Emmy Award-winning news correspondent, is a beautifully-written memoir about a tragic childhood, a tumultuous first marriage, a successful career and a second surprise divorce.
Imagine the most momentous and joyous event of your lifetime. One to which you are not invited. What wouldn't you give to be a fly on the wall or a mouse in the corner at that event?
At the end of each year, we put together a "Staff Picks" list at the Urbana Free Library, where staff members from across the library contribute lists of the best books they read over the previous year.
Many of us feel a great sense of pride as we watch our children discover the world for the first time. Here, Kathleen Driskell, a Kentucky poet, shows us her own daughter taking that first taste of a late summer watermelon she has grown herself.
In first grade, you met Squanto,
nearly naked and
on his haunches, showing
those thick-headed pilgrims
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
It's not often that toilet paper turns into legal paper, but it happens.
The late David Foster Walllace was known for his sense of humor and sly wit.
The actor who will portray him on the big screen has been known to draw a laugh, too.
Ryan Dean — or Winger — is a 14-year-old junior who plays wing on the rugby team in Andrew Smith's "Winger" (Simon & Schuster 2013). That's right. He's precocious.
Thank heavens he's charmingly creative. That's because he's so vulnerable and at the mercy of his teenage hormones. And the author is very funny.
I don't remember ever having a blind date, but if I had, I suspect it would have gone just as the one goes in this poem by Jay Leeming, who lives in New York state.
Our loneliness sits with us at dinner, an unwanted guest
who never says anything. It's uncomfortable. Still
we get to know each other, like students allowed