| Oct 14, 2011
| 1:19 PM
The trouble with love triangles is, somebody almost always has to lose. This is a defect in real life, so why shouldn't it be a problem in fiction too? The endings of Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" and James L. Brooks' "Broadcast News" each got...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 8:33 PM
Some things are made to order when it comes to themes of near-universal interest: love, romance, coming of age. And yes, hard times for hope when adult life gets under way during recessionary economic times.
How rich the experience, then, for those who...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 12:08 PM
Our group is made up of men and women in their 50s to 80s who live in the Village Green Condominiums of Lincolnshire. Our monthly meetings last about 90 minutes, and six to 13 members attend.
Our readers include business people, homemakers and retirees...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 1:11 PM
Once again challenging the conventional wisdom that people don’t read books — or worse, that people in this golden age of YouTube and Dancing With the Stars don’t have time to read them — the Miami Book Fair International returns...
| Dec 18, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
The people behind “The Guilt Trip” should feel proud, not guilty, for the places the comedy doesn’t go.
During an eight-day, cross-country road trip, Andy (Seth Rogen) and his overbearing mom, Joyce, (Barbra...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
I recently took one of those online quizzes to test your accent, and it declared, accurately, that I come from the "Central U.S." The test said my accent is essentially no accent, the one that's employed by television news anchors, who are supposed to...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:18 PM
With his first collection of short stories, “Drown,” and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Junot Díaz won enthusiastic fans. Díaz spoke about his new collection, “This Is How You Lose...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 4:06 PM
We are from the Long Grove/Buffalo Grove area, and the core group has been meeting over 30 years.
Our discussions, led by a professional reviewer, are always interesting. Providing background knowledge and steering discussion questions originate with the...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 1:48 PM
"A short story must be, by definition, short. That's the trouble with short stories. That's why they're so difficult to write. How do you keep a narrative brief and still have it function as a story?"
That's what Jeffrey Eugenides writes in his...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 10:27 AM
We're based in the western suburbs.
We meet monthly nine months out of the year.
We choose all our books to be read from September through May the summer before.
We meet once each summer for Shakespeare at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook....