Thursday, August 18, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
Toobin perfectly captures the wild times of the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army. They were a hot mess with no clear mission statement. Toobin did not have Ms. Hearst's cooperation for this well-researched coverage of the case. She, however, had published her own version ten years after the sensational event. The extensive research included FBI files, letters, books by many people involved, and thousands of legal documents. The Hearst family background is covered as well as Patty's shifting allegiances. Toobin keeps the reader riveted--those old enough to remember the era will learn there was more to the story, and younger readers will learn about those crazy radical sixties. - Iva Freeman

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review

Grit by Angela Duckworth
MacArthur winner Duckworth examines this topic in a highly original and exploratory manner. Her vast research reveals such things as admission to West Point, finalists in the National Spelling Bee, and parenting with grit. Chapters include the motivation techniques of football coaches and business leaders. She infuses her own life experiences, as well as how her own family pursues grit (or not). The book is a practical overview of a topic of perpetual interest: why do some people push themselves harder to succeed than others? - Iva Freeman

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Glenview's Olympians!

Glenview is well represented in the Olympic Games.  Good luck to all our athletes!
  • Olivia Smoliga of Glenview will swim the women's 100 back individually and is expected to lead off the USA’s 4×100 medley relay which will contend for Olympic gold.
  • Laura Zeng, who trained at the North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Glenview, competes in the rhythmic gymnastics women's individual all-around.
  • Loyola Academy graduate Conor Dwyer swims in the men's 400 and 200 meter freestyle.