| Aug 12, 2011
| 8:44 AM
From the pleasant opera-loving terrorists in "Bel Canto" to the endlessly fertile Amazon women in her new novel, "State of Wonder," Ann Patchett creates magical stories. No wizards or vampires, no triumph over dysfunctional past, but rather an alternative...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
"Tent Life: Haiti"Photographs by Wyatt Gallery, essay by Edwidge DanticatUmbrage Editions, 128 pages, $39.95
"Pito nou led, nou la," goes the Haitian proverb, which means "Better that we are ugly, but we are here." Edwidge Danticat recalls this notion in...
| Jul 29, 2012
Marilyn Monroe certainly achieved fame in the course of her 36-year lifetime, but in the five decades since her death, she's become such a celebrity-branding superstar, it often feels as if America's proto-platinum pinup never really left the building...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:20 PM
Like many ideas, this seemed like a good one at the time: Ask novelists Jacquelyn Mitchard and Elizabeth Berg to appear in the latest installment of our Author Talks series. They are friends who have the same editor and publisher, and each has had...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 3:06 PM
When Isabel Wilkerson thought of writing about the Great Migration, the movement of the 6 million black Americans who left the Jim Crow South for the North and West between World War I and the 1970s, one of the first places she headed was Chicago's...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 8:44 AM
A friend passed Jeannette Haien's "The All of It" to writer Ann Patchett, and she was so taken with the novel that she embarked on a crusade to win it a second life. Originally published in 1986, when Haien was in her 60s, the debut novel won praise...
| Dec 4, 2010
| 2:32 PM
"Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read"
By Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark
Harper, 432 pages, $14.99
This is the time of year when many book groups determine their next annual reading schedule and they would be well advised to bypass...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 10:00 PM
"Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol"
Edited by David Royko
University of Chicago Press, $24, 254 pages
This city worships Mike Royko as an icon; the sharp-tongued, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who feared no one. Whether people sat...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 1:14 PM
"Best of the Web 2010"
Kathy Fish, guest editor
Matt Bell, series editor
Dzanc Books, $18, 510 pages
Reading, poetry and prose written for the Web calls for a different kind of writing than one might find on the printed page and this annual volume...
| Jan 24, 2011
| 3:28 PM
You know you are in the midst of award season when it seems that new finalists and winners are being announced every week. Considering the onslaught of recent medal announcements and award ceremonies, we can definitely say that the season is now upon us....