| Jun 6, 2010
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pinkwater brings a magical realist perspective to YA fiction in the third volume of the series that begins with "The Yggyssey" and "The Neddiad."
The Clock Without a...
| Jun 13, 2010
Francesca Lia Block's quintessentially Los Angeles spirit animates her fictional worlds, where incongruous things coexist and love bridges the most impossible chasms. Pearls and mosh pits. Fairies and soldiers. "House of Dolls" (HarperCollins: $15.99,...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 4:20 PM
By Tom Lichtenheld
Henry Holt, $16.99, ages 4-7
"Usually, Cloudette didn't mind being smaller than the average cloud." Against graph paper the color of an evening sky, we see that tiny Cloudette really doesn't measure up. She doesn't mind,...
| Oct 24, 2010
Hope Will Find You
My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living
Harmony Books: 244 pp., $23
Naomi Levy, the first female Conservative rabbi to lead a congregation on the West Coast, was used to caring for other people in...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 5:10 PM
Novelist Andrew Winer credits his failure as an artist with inspiring his new novel.
"'The Marriage Artist's' contemporary storyline originated, in part, from failure: my failure to make it as an artist in New York," Winer wrote in an online biography....
| Nov 6, 2010
| 5:34 PM
There is nothing I love more than women who kick butt.
And this weekend, Chicago is full of just such women.
That's because the city is hosting 'Uproar on the Lakeshore,' the Women's Flat Track Derby Association national championships in which 12 of the...
| Nov 21, 2010
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Henry Holt: 352 pp., $16.99
Thank Stephenie Meyer or the casting director who made Taylor Lautner a household name. Werewolves are big in teen fiction, especially if they're brooding, sexy and hot-...
| Nov 21, 2010
Henry Holt: 312 pp., $25
Halfway through Paul Auster's 16th novel, "Sunset Park," a writer named Renzo Michaelson mentions to his publisher, Morris Heller, a concept he has for "an essay about the things that don't...
| May 2, 2011
| 3:21 PM
"Shout! Shout It Out!"
By Denise Fleming
Henry Holt, $16.99, ages 3-5
Some books - "Goodnight Moon" - quiet children. Denise Fleming turns up children's volume, so choose your reading times carefully. The children's faces, mouths larger than any other...
| Dec 24, 2010
| 9:21 PM
By Mark Newman
Henry Holt, $16.99, ages 5-8
The "biggest bears in the world" are, we know, photogenic, but have they been written about too much? Author and photographer Mark Newman's book earns its place for an audience of young readers...
| Aug 22, 2010
This Must Be the Place
Henry Holt: 354 pp., $25
During his lifetime, the artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell established a celebrated career by creating shadow boxes filled with eclectic assemblages of random objects that...