| Sep 28, 2011
| 11:25 AM
Since this week is Banned Books Week, and since one of my colleagues over at Glendale High School is fighting for Truman Capote’s "In Cold Blood" to be approved as a book to teach to advanced 11th grade English students,...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 1:44 PM
"Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck.
— Olayinka Hassan, Chicago
"From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall: Travelers' Best, Worst and Most Ridiculous Stories From the Road" edited by David Slenk. It's a travel book that includes stories from multiple...
| Jun 27, 2010
It was long after dark when Henry Sweets brought me to Hannibal's Old Baptist Cemetery, "a graveyard of the old-fashioned Western kind."
No moon. Ragged weeds, crumbling gravestones. We tried to tread lightly, but it had been raining, and mud grabbed...
| Jun 14, 2008
From Anton Chekhov's "Kashtanka" and Franz Kafka's "Investigations of a Dog," down through Jack London's "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," and including Albert Payson Terhune's improbably massive canine oeuvre, right up to such iconic names as Lassie,...
| May 27, 2010
The place: “There's something about being able to be transported out of the ordinary into the real,” says Printers Row Fine & Rare Books bookseller John LaPine of his love of literature. When you enter the Victorian-styled store, it feels like...
| Sep 3, 2010
| 11:18 AM
“Burn This Book: Pen Writers Speak Out On the Power of the Word”
Edited by Toni Morrison (2009)This international collection of essays range from writers around the world, from Morrison and John Updike to Orhan Pamuk and Nadine Gordimer,...
| Nov 21, 2009
Chicago's Feltre School offers discussion of the great works, in a no-commitment setting.
One thing to know about our book club: The discussions are intelligent without being fussy, and fun without being frivolous. Author we'd most like to meet: Yann...
| Apr 2, 2010
One thing to know about your club: We meet at one another's homes once a month in the Printers Row and Dearborn Park areas of the South Loop. We try to match the food we serve to the book we are reading. Every July, we read poetry to one another on the...
| Jan 4, 2009
"The Journals of John Cheever" edited by Robert Gottlieb (Vintage)
"Good Friday. I neither fast nor make any observations of this somber time. I roam from the post office to the church, unsober. The central altar is dark, but on the left the priest has...
| Oct 30, 2009
Surrounded by sports fields and suburban lawns, Hadley Junior High School could be the envy of the state.
Nine of every 10 students at the Glen Ellyn school passed state exams in reading and math, according to the 2009 Illinois School Report Card made...
| Aug 2, 2009
In the patch of paradise called Big Sur, Billy Post was the last cowboy. A direct descendant of one of the early settlers of El Sur GrandeEl Sur Grande, the 19th-century name for the coastal wilderness south of Monterey, he herded cows, built roads,...