| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:43 AM
Chicago diners who think they are eating red snapper may actually be munching on goldbanded jobfish.
Those who order Alaskan cod may really be tucking into a threadfin slickhead. And fans of yellowtail could just be getting a fish tale.
These are some...
| May 29, 2013
Julia Child had a problem in 1960. After spending much of the previous decade wrestling a book of French recipes for Americans into shape, she was stuck on what to call it. Suggestions, 45 or so, came and went without a winner. Finally, Judith Jones,...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 4:07 PM
The story line seems the same. Just change the sport from football to basketball, and the states from Texas to Kentucky.
Keith O'Brien's new book, "Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness," is the basketball...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 8:34 AM
In 1956, Pamela Moore set a high bar for scandalous fiction with her debut "Chocolates for Breakfast," a harrowing coming-of-age tale tracing 15-year-old Courtney Farrell's journey from boarding school to Hollywood to New York's jet-setting society. The...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
No one dreams of being a book reviewer when he grows up. You might dream of writing poems or novels or essays or even, if you are perennially picked last for teams in gym class, literary criticism (“We don't want Robbins, you can have an extra...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:53 AM
The fictional universe of Lindsay Hunter, author of the debut collection “Don't Kiss Me,” is at once both repelling and mesmerizing. Written as intense bursts of flash-fiction, the stories are visceral; they unsettle, shock, provoke. Hunter,...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Hollywood makes movies, of course, but just as important — or maybe more so — it makes stars. But as Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr argues in “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame,” the manufacture and maintenance of...
| Oct 22, 2012
Sasha Issenberg's "The Victory Lab" is a groundbreaking look at how computer data, analysis and the application of behavioral science changed the way campaigns are run in this country. A former political correspondent for the Boston Globe, Issenberg...
| May 11, 2013
| 11:31 AM
In 1933, Robert Ripley crash-landed into Chicago, opening his first "Odditorium" exhibition at the World's Fair. At the showing, writes Neal Thompson in “A Curious Man,” a fascinating and fun biography of the "Believe It or Not!" creator,...
| Oct 14, 2012
Johnny Cupcakes' Cupcakes From the Crypt national tour is scheduled to make a stop at the fast-growing brand's Los Angeles store at 7 p.m. Wednesday, offering fans limited-edition merchandise sold from coffins and the opportunity to meet founder Johnny...