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Book review: “Mermaids and Mastodons” by Richard Carrington

Book review: “Mermaids and Mastodons” by Richard Carrington

Richard Carrington has been called a naturalist and a naturalist-historian.  But, above all, he’s a writer. In his 1957 Mermaids and Mastodons, he writes about creatures and events from millions and millions — and millions — of years ago with verve, zest and great delight. Carrington takes deep enjoyment from the stories he tells of

Book review: “Mermaids and Mastodons” by Richard Carrington
Book review: “Mermaids and Mastodons” by Richard Carrington

Richard Carrington has been called a naturalist and a...

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Book review: “Alabam McCall” by Walt Huffine
Book review: “Alabam McCall” by Walt Huffine

Well, I was at the Newberry Library Book Fair at the end of July, and my eye...

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Essay: Well, how many books can $30 buy at the Newberry Book Fair?
Essay: Well, how many books can $30 buy at the Newberry Book Fair?

When I headed to the Newberry Library Book Fair on a Friday at the end of...

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CHICAGO BORN & BRED
Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of ten books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

 

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe.

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