| Feb 4, 2009
If you're one of those who has been mesmerized by the problematic complexities of the still-unfolding Whittier octuplets saga, then "The Angel Maker" might be just the novel for you.
Stefan Brijs, a 39-year-old former secondary schoolteacher, is...
| May 13, 2007
Maureen Shanklin is fine with you comparing her home to a beehive if, by beehive, you mean a marvel of sound (and loving) organization.
As evidence, she could provide this snapshot of her kitchen one fall afternoon: Six-year-old Alexis prattling about...
| May 31, 2008
Benjamin Nugent's book "American Nerd" might have had its genesis in grade school:
"I was in fourth grade when I first observed that people who liked [Dungeons & Dragons]—people like me—tended to be the same ones who liked to play with...
| May 15, 2006
In the 17 months after their son, Eddie, announced he was heading off to fight the war on terror, Margaret and Edward Brabazon of Bensalem, Pa., had held their breath.
They were accustomed to holding their breath with the boy they had taken in as a...
| Mar 11, 2008
| 4:31 PM
Tiffany, the mall-made pop star of the 1980s, looms like a ghostly presence over the documentary I Think We're Alone Now. She's in the film, but never interviewed. Because it's not really about her. It's about a couple of nuts who are stalking her....
| Dec 4, 2008
Veteran Los Angeles film producer Leslie Urdang stands among the most fortunate independent filmmakers. One of 1,026 submissions, Urdang's low-budget "Adam," an uplifting love story featuring a man with Asperger's syndrome, was announced Wednesday as part...
| May 4, 2009
On a trip to the art museum, my son, my husband and I stopped in the cafeteria for lunch.
"I want chicken nuggets," my 11-year-old said.
There were no nuggets on the menu, and I braced myself. "Sorry, kiddo, there are no chicken nuggets here."
| Mar 3, 2009
A Wilmette man who police say shot his wife and her teenage son to death Monday before taking his own life had spent 15 years behind bars for the murder of his previous spouse in Chicago.
The prosecutor in that case said Monday that he always feared...
| Sep 6, 2009
Growing Up With
Doubleday: 198 pp., $26
Are we who we are in spite of our afflictions, or because of them?
This question beats at the heart of Tim Page's brief, unadorned memoir, "Parallel Play:...
| Aug 30, 2009
When an actor plays a character with an unusual disorder, he can't think about how people who know that malady might watch his performance — looking for errors, symptoms that do or don't ring true.
"I would have been paralyzed with anxiety,"...
| Jul 28, 2009
A self-possessed individual graced with the good looks of a matinee idol -- large, bluish-gray eyes, a firm jaw line and fistfuls of brown, wavy hair -- actor Hugh Dancy seemed, at first glance, completely wrong for the lead in Fox Searchlight's...