| Jul 24, 2013
This is the advertisement: "Don't surrender to misery another day."
The book promises that a reader suffering from worry, depression, anger and condemnation can find peace and overcome a negative outlook by recognizing and changing "damaging thought...
| Jul 24, 2013
Hagerstown Community College assistant English professor Amanda Miller recently published her first children’s early reader chapter book, “SuperDylan and the Powers of Just Right.”
Miller, an avid poet and fiction writer, said that she...
| Mar 4, 2013
When I first received a copy of "The Manager's Phrase Book," I laughed.
I laughed long and hard.
The book is a collection of more than 3,000 canned phrases a manager can use in different situations, rated on sliding scales such as "casual to formal"...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 11:47 AM
"& Sons" by David Gilbert, Random House, 434 pages, $27.
Charles Topping dies. His funeral on the Upper East Side of Manhattan wouldn't have been a big deal except his oldest friend comes to deliver the eulogy. A.N. Dyer, a reclusive author, was his...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The early morning sun clawed at my blinds like a screaming victim of premature burial, casting bloody fingernails of light wherever it could find a gap.
One of my favorite interactive features has been our local version of San Jose State's annual...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:36 AM
Really, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor, minor point, somewhere between apocalyptic and not-very-apocalyptic-at-all: The 24-hour Starbucks in Piper's Alley, the large, busy one that hugs the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street in Old Town,...
| Nov 3, 2013
Confession time, fellow readers, fellow bibliophiles, fellow bookaholics. Over the last month or so I've been reading my favorite book-centric publication (you're reading it) and holding back a rising tide of panic.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Ever wonder what the typical rock star is thinking about on stage? Playing the same songs played a million times before? To the same audiences? Night after night? Year after year?
Donald Fagen, 65, co-founder of literate, aggressively dyspeptic jazz-...
| Oct 31, 2013
Chicago, the city of Daniel Burnham and his oft-quoted epigram, "make no little plans," doesn't have a planning department.
Yes, you read that right.
Although the birthplace of modern American city and regional planning still has planners tucked...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 12:37 PM
It's a literary parlor game: Is Allan Gurganus the descendant of William Faulkner or Eudora Welty? Or was it one of the Johns: Updike? O'Hara? Cheever?
As tempting as it might be to play this game — connecting the author dots to understand a...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:10 PM
(Paterson, N.J.) The other day Junot Diaz drove back to his home state. He had promised a college friend who teaches eighth grade here in this tattered, slate-colored, chain-link-fenced town, that he would make an appearance. And so he'd collected his...