Posts by: Lisa Mecham

Lisa’s Book Round-Up

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I once read a quote that to consider adultery in literature is to consider literature itself. These past few weeks, the complexities of romantic relationships kept popping up…

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Lisa’s Book Round-Up

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You know it’s a small world when you devour a book and you Google the author because you want to profess your undying love for her words and you notice she gave a reading at The Last Bookstore in October and you text Zoë Ruiz and she reminds you that you were, in fact, at […]

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Lisa’s Book Round-Up

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Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook rested on my parent’s bookshelf alongside The Second Sex, The Feminine Mystique and The Edible Woman. As a girl, I liked to peek at the books in this particular grouping as if I could sense their power, even if I was too young to understand the feminist movement they were […]

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I wouldn’t be much of a book columnist if I didn’t celebrate Alice Munro and her much deserved Nobel Prize for Literature. It surprises me, the number of people who have never read Munro. If you’re one of them, you might start here. In 2004, Jonathan Franzen made an appeal in The New York Times […]

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I recently discovered a fascinating cookbook: Rufus Estes’ Good Things To Eat. Written in 1911, this cookbook is the first ever written by an African-American chef. Born a slave, Estes triumphed over unimaginable odds to become one of Chicago’s finest chefs. I read the recipes, made his delicious “Potted Chicken,” but it was the “Sketch […]

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Growing up, I learned to play the piano from a hunchbacked nun at a local, catholic university. After my lesson was over, after she scowled at my clumsy fingers and scrawled the word “practice” over and over again in the margins of my music, I would wait for my mom to pick me up. As […]

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