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  • Review: 'A Spool of Blue Thread' by Anne Tyler

    Review: 'A Spool of Blue Thread' by Anne Tyler
    There was a time when the favorite way to put down Anne Tyler was to refer to her novels as "middlebrow." Particularly in the 1980s, a decade of triumphs that began with "Morgan's Passing" and continued with "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant," "The Accidental Tourist" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Breathing Lessons," there were those who regarded Tyler as unworthy of all the attention and accolades she was receiving.
  • The Biblioracle: A Year of Books with Facebook

    The Biblioracle: A Year of Books with Facebook
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is starting a book club. My question: Who brings the wine? Is there an app for that? Zuckerberg announced the book club on — where else? — Facebook. He intends to read a book every other week for an entire...

    E is for Elephant House

    E is for Elephant House
    When his longtime mentor and celebrated children's author Edward Gorey died in 2000, Kevin McDermott grieved for one week. Then he grabbed a camera and visited the Elephant House, Gorey's home in Cape Cod, a rundown place covered in a thicket of tree...

    Fiction, nonfiction books to gift

    Fiction, nonfiction books to gift
    The first Christmas gift I can remember receiving was a book. I was 4 years old, still unable to read, but when Santa left me a copy of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by Chicago's own L. Frank Baum, I felt certain that it was the greatest gift any boy had...

    Printers Row Picks: The best books of 2014

    Printers Row Picks: The best books of 2014
    We picked the best books from 2014 that stood out amongst the rest in a year filled with good literature. Here are our picks. The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham (Penguin, $29.95) Sex and anarchy! A...