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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.

The New Robin Williams Bio Was Beautiful, But I Am Still Not Into Celebrity Books

A reader shares opinions on the celebrity memoir and biography genre, and the experience of reading ROBIN, a bio of Robin Williams' life.

Wonder, Teaching, and Andrew Forsthoefel’s 4,000 Mile Walk

A composition teacher on why she assigned her students a podcast about walking across America.

Literary Tourism: Washington Island

Finding the Rough Beauty of Strong Women in Books that Capture the West

A Colorado native on searching for the familiar, rough beauty of her home state, and for strong women in books about the West.

On Understanding What It Means To Be Samwise

4 Books to Read After Watching the SENSE8 Series Finale

For those of us still mourning the loss of SENSE8 and in need of a place to go after watching the series finale, here are books for fans of SENSE8.

The Salve of Beach Glass and Audiobooks

A reader muses about fleeting moments of beauty while walking the shores of Lake Michigan with audiobooks plugged in.

On the Unconventional Love Story of POLDARK

Why the marriage of Demelza and Ross Poldark defies conventions, and manages to succeed.

How To Take on Chicago’s Bookstore Day Challenge!

Avi’s Army of Dyslexic Writers

On being a member of Avi's Army of dyslexic writers--how an elementary school presentation by children's book author Avi, and being diagnosed with dyslexia shaped one writer's aspirations.