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Crossing the Pressure Line with Laura Bird

An Interview and Book Recommendations with Debut Author Laura Bird By Sue Millinocket It's a really exciting day when one of our own publishes her first book. We're so excited to talk with Laura Bird about her delightful middle grade novel, Crossing the Pressure Line. Her story is set in the North Woods of Wisconsin, a place I grew up visiting. Spending a summer with her young heroine was like visiting parts of my own childhood, but with someone much more courageous and determined! I know Laura well. We live in the same city in addition to sharing a love [...]

2022-04-01T11:47:16-07:00April 1st, 2022|

Deceit and Denial in the Windy City

An interview with Truth and Other Lies novelist Maggie Smith By Laura Anne Bird In Truth and Other Lies, debut novelist Maggie Smith weaves a riveting and swiftly moving tale of mothers, daughters, journalism, and politics. Twenty-five-year-old Megan Barnes has just lost her reporting job and her boyfriend. She leaves her apartment in Brooklyn and moves back to Chicago, feeling (and acting) like a hot mess. Helen, her mom, welcomes her in, but within minutes they’re bickering as usual, clashing over everything from reproductive rights to #MeToo. To make matters worse, Helen has announced her run for US Congress, which [...]

2022-03-13T12:53:03-07:00March 13th, 2022|

A Pandemic Playbook for the Times

A blog, a memoir, and five recommendations for further reading By Laura Anne Bird I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly eager to read a book about the COVID-19 pandemic because...well, because we’re still in it. The omicron variant rages on, my city continues to have a mask mandate, and nothing feels normal. Most of the time, I simmer in helplessness and anger, so when The Accidental Plague Diaries was pressed into my hands, my first thought was: I really don’t want think about the pandemic any more than is absolutely necessary. But author Andrew Duxbury MD intrigued me. [...]

2022-01-07T11:54:20-07:00January 7th, 2022|Tags: |