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March 21, 2017

“Shedding our born skins and wearing an identity we choose can be a really powerful, liberating thing.” Anthony R. Palumbi discusses Blood Plagues and Endless Raids: A Hundred Million Lives in the World of Warcraft »

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GG Films- Anthony Palumbi_lowresSince its inception 12 years ago, 100 million people have traded in their workaday selves in favor of becoming warriors, mages, assassins and healers in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. In Blood Plagues and Endless Raids: A Hundred Million Lives in the World of W

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Ragged Edge, The March 13, 2017

Co-authors Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp discuss the misconceptions surrounding the Iraq War and how they collaborated to tell Michael’s story in The Ragged Edge »

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Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (ret.) and Ted Kemp, senior editor in charge of CNBC Digital’s foreign desk collaborated to tell Michael’s story of his time in Iraq in The Ragged Edge:

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February 27, 2017

Judy Garland: “I wanted an Oscar and I wanted it badly” »

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Judy and I 3dShe had the top-selling hit song of 1939 with “Over the Rainbow,” was invited to place her hand and footprints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and was presented with a special Academy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Juvenile Actress in The Wizard of Oz. She may have called i…

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February 17, 2017

Deb Aronson’s Alexandra the Great tells the story of a horse who showed people exactly what it means to “run like a girl.” »

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AronsonRachel Alexandra grew from a knock-kneed foal abandoned by her mother into an athlete that dominated every filly on the track, but she still wasn’t allowed to compete against the colts. When a new owner saw her potential, Rachel and her team lined up against competitors threatened by her speed and…

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February 10, 2017

Music biographer Peter Benjaminson presents an unabashed look at the life and career of Rick James in Super Freak »

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PeterBenjaminsonForJacketFew American entertainers have stories that are richer, wilder, or more excessive than Rick James. He played in a band with Neil Young, spent years in jail, self-produced his first album (which was then picked up by Motown), crossed rock and funk to come up with one of the best-selling albums of the…

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February 9, 2017

Herb Karl discusses “connecting the historical dots” of John Brown’s life and writing his new novel, The Insurrectionist »

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Photo1From his involvement in Bleeding Kansas to the invasion of Harpers Ferry, John Brown has gone down in American history as one of the most dogmatic and influential abolitionists in the years leading up to the Civil War. The Insurrectionist: A Novel by Herb Karl presents a fictionalized account of Joh…

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December 6, 2016

Welcome to the CRP team, Ashley »

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20161206_140825This November Chicago Review Press welcomed Ashley Alfirevic as our new publicity associate. A native of the south suburbs, Ashley headed west for college and majored in english literature and communication studies at Colorado State and earned a graduate certificate from the Denver Publishing Instit…

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December 1, 2016

Elizabeth Kern discusses her novel Fire Angels, based on Chicago’s December 1, 1958 Our Lady of the Angels school fire »

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Elizabeth Kern photoOn December 1, 1958, one of the deadliest fires in America broke out at Our Lady of the Angels school in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, claiming the lives of 92 children and three nuns. A tight-knit faith community was changed forever by the fire, and there was a new public clamor for safe

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September 29, 2016

In Hot Sauce Nation, Denver Nicks explores the origins of and the motivations behind our national zeal for the fiery condiment »

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Denver NicksIn 2012, after a couple grueling, draining years researching and writing a biography of US intelligence whistleblower Chelsea Manning, author and regular TIME contributor Denver Nicks was looking for a lighter subject. That’s when it dawned on him how little he actually knew or understood about ho…

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September 27, 2016

“People Get Ready” for Traveling Soul, Todd Mayfield’s definitive biography of his dad, Chicago musician Curtis Mayfield »

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Todd MayfieldBorn into dire poverty and raised in the projects of Chicago, Curtis Mayfield went on to become a musical prodigy and an iconic voice of the 1960s civil rights era, with hits like “People Get Ready” and “Keep On Pushing.” Yet, no great biography has ever been written about the musician until…

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