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  • Audiobook roundup: 'A Game of Thrones' 5-book set, and more

    Audiobook roundup: 'A Game of Thrones' 5-book set, and more
    A Game of Thrones: Books 1 through 5 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice, 215 hours, Random House Audio, $340, 49 CDs There are enough characters in the first book, "A Song of Ice & Fire," to populate several novels. It's an argument for...
  • Review: 'The Ghost Network' by Catie Disabato

    Review: 'The Ghost Network' by Catie Disabato
    The first question in the Reading Group Guide for Catie Disabato's quirky and high-concept debut novel "The Ghost Network" is: "How does the framing device of Cyrus Archer's reporting and Catie Disabato's editing alter your connection to the characters?"...
  • Review: 'Dreams to Remember' by Mark Ribowsky

    Review: 'Dreams to Remember' by Mark Ribowsky
    During Otis Redding's far-too-brief 26 years, he made numerous commanding first impressions. At the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival he overwhelmed the folkies and burgeoning psychedelic rockers with hard-driving R&B shouts and ballads. The Beatles held him...
  • Review: 'Pirate Hunters' by Robert Kurson

    At a pivotal juncture in his search for a legendary sunken pirate ship, one of the subjects of Chicago writer Robert Kurson's "Pirate Hunters" has a revelation: "This isn't about finding a ship," says John Chatterton, a celebrated wreck diver. "It's about...
  • Review: 'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf

    Review: 'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf
    Clamor imperils the reading life. The promotional high jinks that announce wholly average books. The tease of adverb-laden blurbs. The authors testifying to their own genius. Then along comes Kent Haruf, an author of singular quietude and grace, who...
  • New paperbacks: 'How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky,' more

    New paperbacks: 'How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky,' more
    How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky: A Novel by Lydia Netzer, St. Martin's Griffin, 352 pages, $15.99 Co-workers at the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, George Dermont and Irene Sparks have much in common: They're both ambitious, passionate scientists...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

     Upcoming Chicago literary events
    July 10: Caitlin Moran will discuss her latest book, "How to Build a Girl," recently released in paperback. 7:30 p.m., Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., $10 or free with purchase of any of Moran's books at Women & Children First, www....
  • E-reader: Children, parents and the cost of loss

    E-reader: Children, parents and the cost of loss
    Frito Lay by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Kindle Single, 30-minute read, $1.99 A childhood summer day turns sour in Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's short story "Frito Lay." When Francesca joins the Donnelly sisters poolside, it seems like an ordinary...
  • When 'Go Set a Watchman' arrives, what awaits the grown Scout Finch?

    When 'Go Set a Watchman' arrives, what awaits the grown Scout Finch?
    I recently stumbled across a fashion website that dared to follow the headline "To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel Announced" with the pressing question: "Is Scout Still a Tomboy?" In the amiably prescriptive style of women's magazines, a photo gallery...
  • Poetry roundup: 'What About This' by Frank Stanford, more

    Poetry roundup: 'What About This' by Frank Stanford, more
    What About This by Frank Stanford, Copper Canyon, 750 pages, $40 The Arkansan poet Frank Stanford shot himself in the heart in 1978, when he was 29 (his 30th year, not his 29th, as the preface has it). Since then his poems have been in and out of print,...
  • Me, My Shelf and I: Vu Tran

    Me, My Shelf and I: Vu Tran
    In Vu Tran's Hyde Park home, the writing is on the wall — or, more precisely, the writers: neat rows of black-and-white photos featuring literary heavyweights. There's Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison and Flannery O'Connor......