| Sep 23, 2009
| 11:08 AM
Readers’ responses to Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger’s new novel, will depend, I suspect, on how they like their ghosts.
Those who prefer their apparitions straight up, poltergeist-style—banging about houses, turning off...
| Oct 3, 2010
The Night Bookmobile
A Graphic Novel
Abrams Comicarts: 40 pp., $19.95
What would a library of your entire life's reading contain? What kinds of material — not just books, but anything you've ever read, such as instruction...
| Sep 25, 2010
One thing about our club: We all work for or are retired from local school districts in LaSalle County and in keeping with that theme we call ourselves the Bookbags. Our 8-year-old club meets once a week at local restaurants and usually has 10 or 12...
| Sep 15, 2009
From (way in the back of) last night's Granta kick-off event:
After garnering a dirty look at the click of the good camera in the otherwise silent audience, I resorted to an iPhone set to silent. Clearly the event, held in the Chicago Cultural Center'...
| Apr 15, 2010
One thing to know about your book club: Our book club has been meeting for three years. We meet six to eight times a year and have a meal that matches the theme of the book or is really easy to make and tastes great. We met and discussed “The Help&...
| Jun 13, 2010
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — The red-haired toddler's blue eyes filled with tears as the big red ball in the sky vanished beneath the Lake Michigan horizon. No one recalls exactly what he said that day, but it was clear he was heartbroken. Turns out he...
| Feb 8, 2010
| 6:04 PM
It's hard to stay together when your husband always is being spirited off to a different time and place. So learns the heroine ( Rachel McAdams) of this adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's best seller, with Eric Bana as the man fated by genetics to move...
| Oct 25, 2009
1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)
2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15)
3. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14)
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and...
| Apr 9, 2011
"The wonderful thing about making records is something comes out you never expected," explains Ray Davies, who knows of what he speaks. In nearly five decades as leader of one of rock's great bands, the Kinks, and as a solo artist, Davies has been...
| Nov 29, 2010
Last Saturday night, as the hordes gathered on and about Michigan Avenue to celebrate the lighting of lights and the beginning of the gift-buying season, a few hundred members of the Chicago literary community settled into the seats in the handsome...
| Dec 4, 2010
| 4:53 PM
One thing to know about our club:Our husbands or fiances were all in a fraternity together at the University of Illinois. We started Intellectu-Gals as a pseudo-excuse to get together, chat and enjoy good food and wine. The enjoying good food and wine...