| Nov 3, 2010
| 3:19 PM
"Joe Louis: Hard Times Man"
By Randy Roberts
Yale University Press, 308 pages, $27.50
Joe Louis was a titan, the undisputed heavyweight champion for more than twelve years (and a record 23 title defenses) and, probably, the greatest American hero of...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 2:36 PM
"Grant Wood: A Life"
By R. Tripp Evans
Knopf, $37.50, 432 pages
Controversy attended Grant Wood's iconic and enigmatic painting "American Gothic" from its first public viewing, a juried exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. The depiction...
| Nov 29, 2011
Ken Russell, the often controversial British director known for his flamboyant visual style in films such as "The Devils," "Altered States" and the Who's rock opera "Tommy," has died. He was 84.
Russell, who lived in Lymington in southern England, died...
| Jan 17, 2011
| 9:41 AM
"The Story of Martin Luther King Jr." (2002)
By Johnny Ray Moore, illustrated by Amy Wummer
Ideals, 21 pages, $6.95
The life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in easy-to-understand language for small children.
"Martin's Big Words: The...
| Jun 3, 2011
Pauline Betz Addie
1940s tennis champion in Hall of Fame
Pauline Betz Addie, 91, a champion tennis player who won Wimbledon in 1946 without dropping a set during the entire tournament, died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility in Potomac, Md., the...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:19 AM
"Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds"
By Lyndall Gordon Viking, 472 pages, $28
Even though fewer than a dozen of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems were published in her lifetime, her family and friends in Amherst,...
| Mar 22, 2011
Betty Sarah Wouk
Wife and agent of 'Caine Mutiny' author
Betty Sarah Wouk, 90, the wife and literary agent of bestselling writer Herman Wouk, died March 17 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after suffering a stroke, said Suzanne Stein of...
| Jul 6, 2012
Michael J. Ybarra, a former Times reporter who had recently chronicled his extreme-sports adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park. He was 45.
| Oct 1, 2010
| 10:36 PM
Here is a puzzle for you: What do Ricky Gervais, Oscar Wilde and your very own Printer's Row have in common?
Last night I went to see Ricky Gervais' stand-up at the Chicago Theatre and he did a bit about Oscar Wilde's famous quote "I have nothing to...
| Aug 6, 2011
Diet Coke. Check.
A copy of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography" (Scribner), edited by James L. West III. Check.
If you're on your way to see — or see again — "Midnight in Paris," the latest film...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:41 PM
"Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
By Alan Brinkley
Oxford University Press, $12.95, 129 pages
FDR At a time of crisis in the American economy, one critic of federal programs charges the administration with stumbling "into philosophies which lead to the...