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  • The Bookworms

    The Bookworms
    We have been together for more than 30 years. We're a mixed group from Oak Park — married, singles and a few former Catholic priests. For our 25th year celebration we rented a villa in Tuscany. We still smile and enjoy talking about it. Last...
  • Peeking in Gillian Flynn's vault of horror

    Peeking in Gillian Flynn's vault of horror
    In the early days of their marriage a few years ago, Chicago attorney Brett Nolan and his wife, the thriller novelist Gillian Flynn, were having drinks with a group of friends when Flynn posed a surprising question. "Does anybody have any idea," she asked...
  • Twists and turns and a few stumbles in LaBute's 'Forest'

    Twists and turns and a few stumbles in LaBute's 'Forest'
    When two characters in a Neil LaBute play head into a forest — dark and deep or otherwise — one does not anticipate either an enjoyable stay or an easy exit for either party. But the latest LaBute drama, now in its American premiere at the...
  • Tough guys, unite

    Tough guys, unite
    Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) knew his way around two things: rock-hard prose and stone-cold corpses. He was a wizardly writer of mysteries, a man who could ratchet up the menace and dread by steady, excruciating degrees. His sentences were of the...
  • Friends Evening Book Discussion Group

    Friends Evening Book Discussion Group
    The group has been meeting at the Mount Prospect Public Library since January 1990 and has been featured in "The Book Group Book" edited by Ellen Slezak. Recently we read Helen Simonson's "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and had a very good discussion....
  • British TV cops are a tormented lot

    British TV cops are a tormented lot
    Channel-surf almost any night of the week in Britain and chances are you'll come across a gruesome crime drama featuring a dark and tortured soul whose brutal, morally repellent deeds make you recoil in horror. And that's just the detective. The...
  • English cottage revival in Homeland

    English cottage revival in Homeland
    John and Leila Juracek's British friends tell them their 1929 Tudor Revival house in Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood is more like an English cottage than the country cottages in England. The L-shaped exterior is of 18-inch-thick stone dressed in ivy...
  • A lifetime bond over books

    A lifetime bond over books
    Every Christmas when I was a child and even as a young adult, I knew which present I would open last. Deep under the tree, covered with fallen needles and those home-made paper ornaments you save for the lowest branches, lay a large box. Originally used...
  • Book review: 'The Reading Promise' by Alice Ozma

    Book review: 'The Reading Promise' by Alice Ozma
    Alice Ozma's father read to her every night before bed for 3,218 days straight. "The Streak," as Ozma and her father, Jim Brozina, called it, began when Ozma was in fourth grade and didn't stop until the day she moved into her college dormitory when she...
  • Writing home: Brando Skyhorse

    Writing home: Brando Skyhorse
    Bookshelves real and virtual are stocked with volumes about Los Angeles and Southern California written by people who parachute into a Westside guest house for a few weeks, hit the hot spots and high spots, then write with voice-of-God authority for...
  • New mystery and thriller books set amid the world wars

    New mystery and thriller books set amid the world wars
    Mysteries and thrillers set in the years surrounding and during our two world wars have become a cottage industry. From Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle" in the 1980s to recent novels by Charles Todd and Jacqueline Winspear, the standouts blend enough...