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Mary Schmich
Walk the line: Mary Schmich at the Blagojevich trial. Reprinted with permission from Chicago Tribune; copyright Chicago Tribune. All rights reserved.

We?ve never met her face-to-face, but somehow Tribune columnist Mary Schmich feels like an old friend.

For years we?ve followed her musings on topics ranging from the worst thing about modern-day Thanksgiving to what makes someone a real Chicagoan (is there an ugly coat in your closet yet?). And last year, Schmich won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for her heartfelt, humor-laced commentary and advice.

Now you can read the ten columns that wowed the Pulitzer committee plus 150 more gems in the book Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: The Best of Mary Schmich.

The collection--which is a steal if you download the Kindle edition for less than $4--is divided into sections like ?Travel,? ?The World We Live In? and ?Loss and Survival.? We couldn?t resist flipping to ?Taste of Chicago? first--it?s fascinating to relive the city?s most memorable stories through Schmich?s eyes.

Remember when someone randomly, horribly pushed a Vietnamese fisherman who couldn?t swim into the water at Montrose Harbor? What about when Mike Ditka tried to fight the indoor smoking ban, or when Rod went for a run on the day he was impeached?

?I run because when I run I?m free. When I run I am invincible,? muses Schmich as a tongue-in-cheek, pavement-pounding Blagojevich. ?Ow! Bleepin? pothole.?

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