| Feb 7, 2014
Memoir has become popular enough to spawn a variety of subgenres, from chronicles of childhood abuse to accounts of late-life dementia. The literary memoir, featuring the coming-of-age stories of writers, has birthed its own derivative specialties. One of...
| Jan 31, 2014
The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren, Signet Select, 352 pages, $7.99
"Never mix business and pleasure" is an adage that advertising professionals Madelyn Grayson and Zack Douglas throw out the window in "The Last Man on Earth," a contemporary...
| Oct 17, 2013
It's been 17 years since "Bridget Jones's Diary" first hit the scene, turning freelance journalist Helen Fielding into a best-selling author and screenwriter. Her latest installment, "Mad About the Boy," follows Bridget, now 51, as she copes with the loss...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:51 AM
LONDON -- Paper or plastic? No, not what kind of bag do you want your purchases in; it's what kind of money you’ll use to pay for them, at least in Britain.
The Bank of England announced Wednesday that, beginning in 2016, it will start issuing...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:03 PM
"No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her to be a heroine," declares Jane Austen at the outset of "Northanger Abbey." Anyone who takes the pleasant but rather placid journey with the young Miss Morland offered in...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will star in "Into the Forest," a story of two sisters set in the not-too-distant future against the collapse of society. Jean Hegland's novel will be adapted by writer-director Patricia Rozema.
Page will also be...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:43 AM
A new plastic currency that can withstand a spin in the washer will begin circulating in Britain in 2016, replacing paper bills with ones made of polymer, the Bank of England said Wednesday.
Britain’s central bank announced the switch the plastic...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Stage 773 has announced the line-up for the second annual “Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival,” a festival dedicated to the geekier sect of the Chicago funny scene, representatives for the venue said on Monday. Including sketch, improv, stand-up and...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
If you love movies, and you love romance, the DVD world has lots of new releases you can sample, depending on the kind of romantic you are.
If you are a traditionalist, there is the "Keepsake Edition" of the BBC's 5 1/2-hour 1995 version of Jane Austen'...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:13 PM
If binge-watching the second season of "House of Cards," Netflix's misanthropic political thriller, isn't your idea of romance, take heart: There are plenty of other shows that celebrate love in its myriad forms available for you to binge-watch this...