| Jan 17, 2014
Shortly after the 1975 release of E.L. Doctorow's novel "Ragtime," the novelist drew not only praise but fierce condemnation for inflecting historical figures and facts with the spin of fiction. As his critics then saw it, his genre-blurring book...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Ever picture Jamie McCourt in an Alpine hat and some nifty lederhosen? Hey, let’s be open-minded.
She’s still out there, and apparently recovered from losing her first round at getting her divorce settlement with ex-hubby Frank thrown out...
| Oct 20, 2013
Of the Scandinavian crime writers who have become international sensations in recent years, Sweden's Stieg Larsson (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) is obviously the best known, but Norway's Jo Nesbø is catching up fast. Nesbø's dark and...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 11:29 AM
Sheryl Crow reportedly witnessed Lance Armstrong receive a banned blood transfusion and told federal investigators, according to a new book "Wheelman" by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell.
The book, which comes out...
| Nov 3, 2013
Since her hugely popular fictional debut, “The Joy Luck Club” (1989), Amy Tan has devoted her career to telling the stories of Chinese and Chinese-American women — in particular mothers and daughters — in novels that include...
| Feb 25, 2014
Down with stakeholders.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against affordable healthcare for kids. Retail medical clinics — at drugstores, Wal-Marts, etc. — are cropping up across the nation, thanks in part to the expected...
| Oct 6, 2013
As much as we're fascinated by the art of Henry Darger — the self-taught artist whose life's work was discovered in his Chicago apartment after his death in 1973 — it has always made us more than a wee bit queasy. His thousands of drawings,...
| Nov 10, 2013
With the possible exception of Robert Caro, who has spent the bulk of his long career documenting the career of a single president (Lyndon Johnson), the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is perhaps America's best-known chronicler of our most interesting...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Writers have their special places, and places have their special writers. In this sense, Edwidge Danticat and Haiti belong to each other. In book after book — from the novel “Breath, Eyes, Memory” (1994) and the short-story collection...
| Nov 3, 2013
One night in Chicago, a young man turns on a television set — which is unusual, since he isn't much of a TV watcher, preferring books instead — and finds himself transfixed by the host of a local restaurant review program. She's a well-known...
| 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...