| Oct 5, 2012
| 3:02 PM
According to ancient Jewish mysticism, there are 36 people, called lamed-vavniks, who are divinely chosen to save the world. This ......
| Jan 19, 2013
Clement Clarke Moore is said to have died bitter that he would be remembered for "The Night Before Christmas," and not his massive scholarly works on religion and the classics. By contrast, Adam Mansbach is delighted to be risking a similar fate....
| Oct 15, 2012
Ever the champion of making the literary world safe for genre fiction, author Michael Chabon added another novel to his resume, "Telegraph Avenue," his first in five years. The author's newest yarn, set inside a used vinyl shop on the "ragged...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 5:44 AM
Michael Chabon's new novel, "Telegraph Avenue," is like a child's bedroom overflowing with '70s pop culture — with used vinyl records and Motown name-dropping and cheesy blaxploitation movies, and set against a backdrop of racial identity in...
| Sep 5, 2011
| 8:20 AM
Repeat after me:
There. Feels good, doesn't it? Some words are just plain fun to say. And those are the words, according to Michael Chabon, that belong in any honorable, self-respecting bedtime story for children, the kind...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park.
The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Backward reels the bad guy, pummeled and stunned. Round goes the good guy's granite fist, finishing its gorgeous orbit after connecting with the villain's smirking mug.
Up jump hope and inspiration, fortified by daring fictional heroes on the page and on...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 12:16 PM
Beth Emet the Free Synagogue's Book Kvutzah (group)
Our book club is located at Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston. We are entering our third year of reading, discussing and enjoying each other's company.
A recent favorite was "The Guernsey...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Things to know about our book club
The Inquiring Minds Book Group was started 16 years ago by a teacher going on maternity leave who wanted to keep connected to friends and create opportunities for intellectual stimulation. We pride ourselves on in-depth...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 12:53 PM
Some of the biggest blockbuster movies in the last 10 years are based on books. (That means you, Harry Potter and “The Hunger Games”). But the annual television lineup has always included its share of book adaptations as well, dating back to...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 1:52 PM
1. "A Wanted Man" by Lee Child (Delacorte, $28). Jack Reacher finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy after hitching a ride with strangers. Last week: —
2. "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $24.99). Father Time, the...