| Jul 9, 2011
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, has died. She was 93.
Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower...
| May 14, 2012
C. David Heymann, a bestselling biographer whose titillating accounts of famous lives often were criticized as inaccurate or dishonest, including a book on heiress Barbara Hutton that was recalled because of factual disputes, has died. He was 67.
| May 18, 2011
| 9:54 AM
MIAMI — We've got boat rides. We've got paddlewheelers and pirate ships, air boats and catamarans. Speedboats, glass-bottom boats, schooners, yachts and purpose-built tour boats.
We've got fast rides, slow rides and hop-on, hop-off boat tours...
| 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...
| Oct 12, 2010
| 5:42 PM
Before the Printers Row Book Fair became the Printers Row Lit Fest, before the Kindle versus Nook debate and consternation over what the Internet is doing to our brains, I was lucky enough to introduce Joyce Carol Oates at the fair more than a decade ago....
| 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...
| Sep 17, 2010
| 10:29 PM
Jonathan Franzen and Oprah Winfrey have brokered the ultimate lilterary peace accord: she has selected Franzen's Freedom for her final book club selection.
After the flumox over "The Corrections" in 2001, it seems both of them have matured. It's as if...
| 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Reading an ex-husband's unpublished novel might seem a daunting endeavor, but Susan Morrow has been divorced from Edward Sheffield for 15 years, and they now exchange Christmas cards.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...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 10:13 AM
Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered for her movies, her men, her rocks and, well, her eating. The voluptuous star lived life to the fullest on the set, in the bedroom and at the table--and the excesses of the latter too often showed up on her much-...
| May 19, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Their internationally recognized names sell music and movie tickets. They promote perfumes and presidents. But when it comes to selling their own houses, celebrities often find that their cachet doesn't pull in the cash.
Actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt...
| Aug 21, 2012
Q: Many years ago I was dining in a restaurant in Chicago's Chinatown. I ordered pressed duck. It was served in a deep fried form about 6 inches in length, 4 inches wide and about an inch or so thick. The vegetables were pressed together with the duck and...