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Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: The Best of Mary Schmich

By Mary Schmich

Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: The Best of Mary Schmich

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Started reading:
31 January 2014
Finished reading:
6 February 2014

Review

Beloved Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich is here anthologized in functional fashion: each of the thirteen sections is devoted to a single topic, starting with her mother (who contributed the title) and finishing with the pieces that won her a Pulitzer for commentary in 2012. Perhaps the most fascinating of the sections is the one that deals with the mostly-dismantled Cabrini-Green public-housing complex; Schmich focuses on the residents, rather than the politics or the architecture, and the difficulties of living in an area that most of the town would just as soon have forgotten. And yes, “Wear Sunscreen” is here, along with Kurt Vonnegut’s amused reaction at having been erroneously credited for it. If you have roots in Chicago, you’ll find this a must; if you don’t, you might almost wish you did after reading it.