| Dec 30, 2009
| 1:22 PM
Note: Our second lamb recipe comes from our issue on one-dish oven meals published nearly a year ago. The original recipe that this is based on comes from Patricia Wells, but we liked the version that was adapted by Frances McCullough and Barbara...
| Jan 24, 2010
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. || 33 ||
|| 2. || The Girl Who Played...
| May 10, 2009
Go Down Together
The True, Untold Story
of Bonnie and Clyde
Simon & Schuster: 468 pp., $27
Bonnie and Clyde
The Lives Behind the Legend
Henry Holt: 384 pp., $27.50
Within minutes of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's...
| Sep 27, 2009
It's not quite fair that a novelist who has had such success in the adult world -- among many awards, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Thousand Acres," her novel based on "King Lear" -- can shift gears apparently effortlessly and write for...
| Sep 7, 2010
| 10:29 AM
"Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home"
By Rhoda Janzen
Henry Holt and Company, 256 pp., $22.00
I worry that it might be impossible to share with anyone who doesn’t have a background similar to Rhoda Janzen’s the wicked...
| Sep 28, 2010
Books to keep writers inspired:
"Architecture of the Novel: A Writer's Handbook"
By Jane Vandenburgh
Counterpoint Press, 240 pages, $15.95
Both practical and inspiring, this fast read offers a brick-by-brick refresher course for longtime writers in...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...