| Nov 27, 2011
| 8:00 AM
It's 1922 and nothing much is up in Pasadena. Not among the orange groves, not along the leafy streets. Just as the little old ladies like it.
But wait. Down in the Arroyo Seco, a crew has just started putting up some kind of stadium. On Pepper Street,...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 2:58 PM
Reading an ex-husband's unpublished novel might seem a daunting endeavor, but Susan Morrow has been divorced from Edward Sheffield for 15 years, and they now exchange Christmas cards. He says that she has always been his best critic.
Susan is now an...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:21 PM
Books attempting to explain the economic situation are a dime a dozen these days, but my pennies go to "Pinched." Shorn of jargon, this tightly written book distinguishes itself from the crowd in the way it lays out the problem of the continuing...
| 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...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 4:18 PM
Ava Barcelona paid $205 for a framed photograph of former Cicero town president and ex-convictBetty Loren-Maltese on Friday and said she has just the perfect spot for it at her Chicago home.
"I'm going to hang it next to a photograph of Rod Blagojevich,"...
| Sep 7, 2011
| 1:48 PM
The Author Talks series resumes next week with a special twin bill: best-selling authors Jacquelyn Mitchard and Elizabeth Berg, both firmly rooted in the Heartlands and the world of popular fiction.
The session will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 12:48 PM
The tragedy Sept. 11, 2001, prompted questions about America's place in the world, and a proliferation of books resulted. Here is a recommended reading list for those seeking enriched understanding.
•"The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the...
| Sep 25, 2011
You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles — not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Mountains. This means you'll be well-fed, well-rested and...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 9:56 AM
When readers of Elizabeth Berg and Jacquelyn Mitchard came to see the authors at the Tribune Tower, they wanted to ask about how they wrote, what they read at night and to meet the people behind some of their favorite books.
Authors Berg and Mitchard,...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 12:08 PM
The stories in this collection glance at one another like high school students in corridors between classes. These eight darkly funny stories about different kinds of girls and women — middle-aged moms, promiscuous teens or college students with...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 8:21 AM
The universally acclaimed Joyce Carol Oates returns to Chicago on the heels of "A Widow's Story" (Harper Collins, publication date: Feb. 15). The author's poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six...