| Mar 13, 2011
The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War
Deb Olin Unferth
Henry Holt: 212 pp., $24
In the 1980s, Central America was astir with civil unrest, in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. While nation-states and their proxies intervened...
| Feb 6, 2011
The View from Lazy Point
A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Henry Holt: 416 pp., $30
"The View from Lazy Point" is a naturalist's notebook, a record of a year at Carl Safina's home on the Sound side of eastern Long Island, north of...
| Feb 20, 2011
"The guy looks tough, setting off my internal alert. Everyone knows a guiding principle of underclassman survival is identifying dangerous upperclassmen." (from "Leverage")
"We're losers together. We don't care. We're like freedom fighters. We'...
| Nov 30, 2011
The Age of Movies
The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Edited by Sanford Schwartz
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| Aug 14, 2011
The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America
Henry Holt: 368 pp., $30
From April to October 1919, a wave of racial violence swept across the United States. A bloody series of at least 52 lynchings and 25 major...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 10:56 AM
At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Lauren Manning, a former managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, left for work. At 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2002--six months and four days later--she finally came home. Her return marked an...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 9:35 PM
To call "The Variations" (Henry Holt) a book about faith is to say both too much and too little.
It's too much because, if you take the broader perspective, every book is about faith; indeed, every book is an expression of faith.
Every book is the...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 10:19 PM
If you haven't met before, I'd like to introduce you to the Michael L. Printz Award. For readers familiar with the Newberry Medal (for children's literature), the Printz Award is the equivalent in the teen category.
The Printz is awarded by the...
| May 22, 2011
A History of the Papacy
John Julius Norwich
Random House: $30
The respected historian of the Byzantine Empire and Venice now turns to one of the oldest institutions on Earth and those who have worn the mitred hat during its 2,000-...
| 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...