| Dec 16, 2011
| 1:04 PM
My one quibble with this book: Why didn't Rachel Bertsche call me? I would certainly have been her friend.
New to Chicago, missing her lifetime besties on the East Coast, this young journalist established a challenge for herself: In the course of a year,...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 9:25 AM
Attention all book groups: "The Tiger's Wife" is an ideal book for discussion, and not only because of the handy reader's guide included, or because of the nifty conversation between Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan and Tea Obreht, called one of the 20...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 8:41 AM
Raising well-adjusted children is a challenging endeavor, but when the parents are nutty in the name of art, childhood presents a whole different set of challenges.
For a family of performance artists — yes, the Fangs — reality tilts and time...
| Dec 29, 2011
Chicago will loosen winter's gloomy grip by exerting some powerful literary muscle. In the next three months, award-winning Chicago-based writers such as Don De Grazia, Nami Mun and Stuart Dybek will give readings. And don't miss a local mystery author...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 11:40 AM
At the center of this lovely novel is newlywed Mary Walker, who returns to the rural territory of her childhood with her new husband and a plan to restore the house in which she was raised. After her husband falls to his death on a mountain hike, Mary...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Bachelor uncle who complains that the last good book he read was "Seabiscuit": "The Eighty Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts, about a Dutch immigrant, the plow horse he rescues and their partnership as a show-jumper team. (Re-gift bonus: neighbor's...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 10:08 AM
Famed naturalist and writer John Muir (a founder of the Sierra Club) once observed that if it ever came down to a war between the races, he would side with the bears. That remark inspired the title of this compelling collection of short fiction...
| Dec 27, 2011
Shelve this one under a category that should be named ''bouquet memoirs.''
Books like Amy Ephron's "Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I've Lost (and Found) Along the Way" are a nosegay of life essays whose pronouns are mostly "I" and "we," but are...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 10:27 AM
Anton Chekhov's famous line, "Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other," inspires this collection of writing by physicians. And it is an inspired collection, with famous literary...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 10:28 AM
Carrie Fisher has done an excellent job of reinventing herself, evolving from ingenue actress to tell-it-like-it-is writer and humorist. And she has a lot to say, mostly about her odd but compelling life — enough to add a Part 2 to her memoirs....
| Jan 6, 2012
| 2:06 PM
"Don Tomas Urrea arrived astride Caballito Urrea. ... He wore his frilled white shirt and his tight black jacket cut high at the waist and embroidered with a shining scorpion on the back. Delicate red needlework etched the smallest red roses at each...