| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:42 AM
The headline blares: "Elderly Chicago woman found dead, mutilated." Four fingers of her right hand had been severed.
The prime suspect? The slain woman's best friend, Dr. Jennifer White, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who is also her neighbor on...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:42 AM
Though a friend likened "Rich Boy" to "The Great Gatsby" in its depiction of a young man living under the illusion that money can buy happiness, for me it evoked "An American Tragedy," Theodore Dreiser's great dramatic novel about a young man's struggle...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Update: The longtime Bel-Air home of actress Elizabeth Taylor has sold for an undisclosed amount.
The house came on the market in May at $8.6 million. The listing agent, David Mossler of Teles Properties in Beverly Hills, declined to reveal the sales...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 8:32 AM
Appearing on "60 Minutes" several months ago, author Jon Krakauer took aim at a fellow best-selling author and mountain climber. His target: Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools." More than 5 million copies of Mortenson's...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 2:58 PM
“Precious” (movie) put Sapphire (author) on the map. Claireese Precious Jones, the poor, obese, sexually abused girl with AIDS who triumphed by learning to write, was also a mother. Her son is the focus of Sapphire’s new novel “The...
| Jul 23, 2011
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have listed their Hidden Hills estate for sale at $12,999,000.
The 2.5-acre promontory sits off a cul-de-sac in the gated community. The Cape Cod-inspired mansion, built in 2001 and featured in the June issue of Architectural...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
A boy moves away from his small-town central Illinois home after his father murders a tenant farmer. Years later, an occasional childhood playmate ignores the boy in a high school corridor. Out of that awkward, wordless moment emerged "So Long, See You...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Before Match.com, just as "Sex and the City" was making a splash, and before bookstores were embattled, "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" arrived on the scene. In a series of linked stories published in 1999, young women could see themselves as...
| Aug 1, 2011
| 8:28 AM
Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who gave birth to three of her four daughters at home, writes about the advantages of home births in The Atlantic.
Home births are a less expensive and more personal option for some mothers, she writes.
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:52 AM
In the first few pages of "Rules of Civility," Amor Towles' wonderful debut novel, it's New Year's Eve in Manhattan, with 1938 a few hours away. Snow powders Washington Square's trees, gates and brownstones as the curtain is drawn back and "the ghost of...