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  • Q&A: Jhumpa Lahiri on 'The Lowland' and her upbringing

    Q&A: Jhumpa Lahiri on 'The Lowland' and her upbringing
    Jhumpa Lahiri, who at 46 has already won a Pulitzer Prize (for her first book, the 1999 story collection "Interpreter of Maladies"), and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (for her new novel, "The Lowland"), does a number of things...
  • The Biblioracle: No reason to shame Young Adult lovers

    The Biblioracle: No reason to shame Young Adult lovers
    Ruth Graham recently declared in Slate that adults who read young adult literature should be "embarrassed when what you're reading was written for children." The outrage was swift and predictable. As of this writing, there are more than 3,000 comments...
  • The Biblioracle: Anticipating books is half the fun

    The Biblioracle: Anticipating books is half the fun
    By now, you've probably all thoroughly digested Jeff Bezos' "60 Minutes" bombshell that he foresees a future in which Amazon delivers books via drones. The reactions seemed to range from "that's awesome" to "that's idiotic" to "that's impossible." I...
  • 'Canada' by Richard Ford

    This is a hard book to read, because while the story compels readers to read with urgency, the linguistic prowess is so stunning that one is forced to slow down and reread passages. Narrated by Dell Parsons, surely one of the most memorable characters in...
  • Editor's choice: Kinder Than Solitude

    How can a novel feel so suspenseful yet its plot seem so beside the point? How can a work of fiction be so slender yet so broad in scope? Only a great talent like Yiyun Li could perform this magic. The story seems straightforward. Four adolescents...
  • Editor's choice: 'Above the East China Sea' by Sarah Bird

    When conversation about World War II turns toward the East, toward Asia, attention generally focuses on the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Battle of Iwo Jima or the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The island of Okinawa seems far away, far in the distant...
  • The Biblioracle: Putting the watt? in Wattpad

    The Biblioracle: Putting the watt? in Wattpad
    My last semester of college I took an oil painting class for students whose major was not art. I was an abstract expressionist by default because my ability to draw is roughly the equivalent of a 4-year-old working with his nondominant hand. ----------...
  • Books Inspiring Global Tours, Journeys

    Books Inspiring Global Tours, Journeys
    Book lovers who head out to visit authors' homes, museums and gravesites are part of a new chapter in travel called "literary tourism." Some focus their storied journeys on places and events featured in works of fiction, (think "Da Vinci Code" tours...
  • Review: 'Half of a Yellow Sun' ★★★

    Review: 'Half of a Yellow Sun' ★★&#9733
    Better than average historical fiction, "Half of a Yellow Sun" (now in a week's run at the Siskel Film Center) takes its cruelly hopeful title from the flag of Biafra depicting the upper half of a rising sun against bold stripes of red, black and green....
  • Kenneth Turan's noir-ish DVD picks: Darkness begins with a D

    Kenneth Turan's noir-ish DVD picks: Darkness begins with a D
    Film noir is, by definition, a dark genre, and there is a trio of new DVDs that, by bleak coincidence, all begin with the letter D. "Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers Volume Two" is the latest offering from TCM's Vault Collection. It features a pair of...
  • Newfangled Christmas movie culture forces a trip to DVD shelves

    The digital video disc was introduced to America in the late 1990s and, for no good reason at all, people started switching from VHS to DVD. Several years after that, our kids got it into their heads that my wife and I should try to join the 21st...