| Sep 28, 2009
Despite a midday deluge, book lovers turned out in record numbers for the ninth annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
The gray morning couldn't dissuade 130,000 people from attending readings and signings on the National Mall...
| Oct 18, 2009
"The only way I can regain credit for my early work is to die," Kurt Vonnegut once said, sounding more amused than worried about it. Ever the realist, ever the stoic, ever the cynic, Vonnegut got how the lit game works. Reputations soar, tumble into the...
| Aug 23, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: We meet every other month, rotating at a different family member’s house. The host provides a buffet dinner and if possible attempts to reflect something of the book in the menu. Occasionally, we dress in theme...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 1:30 PM
71. "Junie B. Jones" (series), by Barbara Park
72. "Song of Solomon," by Toni Morrison
73. "What’s Happening to My Body Book," by Lynda Madaras
74. "The Lovely Bones," by Alice Sebold
75. "Anastasia" (series), by Lois Lowry
76. "A Prayer...
| Oct 2, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: On the third Thursday of each month for the last 34 years, our book club has to discuss books that add another dimension to our very hectic existence. Over the years, we have watched our members marry, divorce,...
| May 28, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: Our group formed about five years ago with people living in two condo communities in the West Loop. Although some of us have moved away, it is a testament to our group that we now meet all over town as we continue to...
| Oct 31, 2010
Driving on the Rim
Alfred A. Knopf: 310 pp., $26.95
Fiction is "the last frontier," Thomas McGuane writes in a poetic disclaimer to this powerful novel about Berl Pickett, a small town doctor faced with public condemnation, lest...
| Feb 7, 2010
In the late 1980s, when I was a graduate student working on short stories and flirting with the idea of a novel, I came across an essay that was being passed around my circle of friends. It was titled "Writing in the Cold: The First Ten Years," and the...
| Oct 25, 2009
Last Night in Twisted River
Random House: 558 pp., $28
The opening passages of "Last Night in Twisted River" recycle John Irving's signature themes at such dizzy speed, it's as though the author were ticking boxes. New England?...
| Nov 15, 2009
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $25.99) Harvard professor Robert Langdon uses his symbology skills to find a missing Freemason in Washington, D.C. || 8 ||
|| 2. || Nine Dragons by...
| Oct 23, 2008
This morning's Variety has what I believe to be one of the more exhaustive discussions of "Mad Men" I've seen, and the guy doing the discussing is none other than creator Matthew Weiner. I could send you to Variety,......