Last week, I was fortunate enough to go away for spring break. In between theme parks, nature preserves, swimming in the pool and shopping, I was able to squeeze in a little reading.
The following novels are pure guilty pleasures. They're light (for the most part), feature engaging characters and follow entertaining, if somewhat predictable story lines. Perfect for a little time away.
By JIM O’BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER
Rough tongue of new grass
Pants for spring to come, to stay
Crocus — sweet candy
— Will Reger, Champaign
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Dental Care, a dental practice that heavily relied on Illinois to pay its bills, has closed.
"Due to the state not paying, we have not been able to keep our doors open," said Erica Chancellor, a business assistant at the practice at 2102 N. Market St.
Selected events at local libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
As I reflected on the events of Holy Week, the gravity of the events that lead to Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus was heightened as I read a new book by Dr. Ruth A. Tucker — "Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife — My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse" (Zondervan, 2016).
WARNING: "Memory Theatre" by Simon Critchley was entirely too smart for me. In fact, my initial reaction (my review on Goodreads) was simply five stars and "I have no idea what I just read. But I think I liked it?" That doesn't mean I don't want to take the time to recommend it to you.
Indeed, this book is profoundly intriguing. Also, it's only 100 pages or so.
Could it be that spring is here? There are sprouts poking out of the ground, trying to decide whether it's safe to come out. Birds and insects are showing up. The world outside is beckoning.
This week celebrates the beginning of spring by highlighting the newest in a beautiful series of nonfiction books about nature by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
When I was a boy, because of the song, I thought there really was an Easter parade, but the Easters came and went without one. But here's a glimpse of just a little piece of a parade by Kim Dower, who lives in Los Angeles. Her forthcoming book is "Last Train to the Missing Planet," Red Hen Press, 2016.
The brown eyes and toothy grin of the cover photograph on "Boy's Best Friend" by Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake made me pick up the 2015 novel for middle grades.