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Gretchen Lida

Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Brevity, The Rumpus, The Washington Independent Review of Books, and many others. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Wisconsin, sometimes lives on Nantucket Island and is still a Colorado Native.

What to Read When FROZEN II Turns You Into an Environmentalist

Heads up: This post contains spoilers. The week after it came out, my friend Jera and I went to see ...

The Little Free Libraries of East Rogers Park

One reader takes a trip through their neighborhood of East Rogers Park in Chicago and explores the Little Free Libraries.

2 of the 2019 New Releases Every Coloradoan Should Read

Like its terrain, Colorado's history is ragged and complicated. Get to know the U.S. state through these 2019 books.

My Year of Unfinished Books

A reader looks back at a tough year in reading, the books left unfinished, and a title that turned out to be the right book at the right time.

Four Contemporary Collections to Make You a Believer in the Short Story

These short story collections are irresistible.

30 Tiny Lessons From 30 Memoirs, 2019 Edition

Family, healing, and finding your voices are among the biggest lessons one reader found in thirty memoirs this year.

5 Boss Lady Books of Nonfiction

Give your fall TBR a boost of inspiration with these powerful nonfiction books covering everything from disability to cultural criticism and more.

The Strange and Beautiful Harmony of Two Irish Farmer Memoirs

A reader of Irish heritage gets acquainted with the country through two books set against farms in Ireland.

3 Animal Memoirs to Make Your Heart Sing, Winny, and Woof

These animal memoirs are perfect for readers who cannot get enough animal love in their life.

Books to Radicalize Your Beach Bag

What if we used our time on the towel to grapple with hard truths?

My Strangely Dark History With GAME OF THRONES

A reader discusses the dark days that surround their GAME OF THRONES reading experience and that keep them from watching the show.

Figuring: A Hall Pass to Great Minds

Maria Popova’s new book called Figuring is a whopping 592 pages or 21 hours on audiobook. It is one of ...

The Hallowed Walls of The American Writers Museum

Early in February I finally got to go the American Writers Museum here in Chicago. I saw that Ross Gay ...

Five Nonfiction Books for the New American Family

The shape of the American family has taken a drastic shift in this last generation. The reality is that this ...

4 Great Books About The Great Lakes

During January’s visit of the polar vortex, my obsession with the Great Lakes sunk further in and ached just like ...