Chicago is revered as a musical breeding ground, having launched major figures like blues legend Muddy Waters, gospel soul icon Mavis Staples, hip-hop firebrand Kanye West, and the jazz-rock band that shares its name with the city. Far less known, however, is the vital role Chicago played in the rise of prewar country music, the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and the contemporary offspring of those scenes.
At Manster College, monster professors guide students in the fine art of fitting into human society--easier said than done.
When the local Purity League vows to stamp out all monsters, one professor is pushed to a decision. Should she and her students stick with her no-killing principles, or join forces with the anti-Purity League Knobbers—a group of demigods, including the woman who cursed her? When all you need is love and a college education, does anything make fighting worth it?
The New Rules is a memoir of a 38-year career as a practicing criminal defense attorney and legal writer. For sixteen months, John Burns finds himself caught in the crossfire between the highly conservative Republican Legislature and governor on one side and, on the other, a Supreme Court struggling to remain the last independent check on the unfettered power of the other two branches. John’s story seems to be a small one, but it opens a window to the way politics are played in Iowa in 2022 and 2023.
Retired Des Moines Register opinion columnist Rekha Basu will talk with Carol Roh Spaulding about her Korean American background and the family roots that inspired this collection of stories.
This collection of linked stories follows four generations of the Songs, a Korean American family, beginning in 1924 just prior to the Immigration Act and extending to near the end of the century. With these stories, Carol Roh Spaulding charts shifting definitions of “Americanness” across time through the arc of a family narrative that centers on the life experiences of Gracie Song.