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  • Authors reflect on favorite books given as gifts

    Authors reflect on favorite books given as gifts
    Once again, we asked authors to write about books they've given or received as gifts. I love this question because it isn't really about recommendations — although it may inspire some. Our favorite gifts bind us to the givers through memory and meaning. With time, these books morph from presents into totems. They are not just vessels to other worlds between the covers, but to other times within our own lives. Here are authors' edited responses.
  • Printers Row Picks: The best books of 2014

    Printers Row Picks: The best books of 2014
    We picked the best books from 2014 that stood out amongst the rest in a year filled with good literature. Here are our picks. The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham (Penguin, $29.95) Sex and anarchy! A...

    The Biblioracle: Taking a reading on gift-giving

    The Biblioracle: Taking a reading on gift-giving
    Christmas is the most exciting time of the year for book lovers. Suddenly, books become relevant to people that normally don't give them a second thought, as they realize that purchasing a book as a gift for the literary-minded people in their lives might...

    Great children's books for holiday giving

    Great children's books for holiday giving
    My kids loved Holly Hobbie's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" because it was full of holiday excitement and hushed wonder and plucky pink pigs. I loved it because it was a surprisingly soulful meditation on the push and pull of serious long-term friendship...

    Give the gift of Chicago writing

    Give the gift of Chicago writing
    This year, Chicago authors published books that grapple with, among other themes, identity, discovery, secrecy, citizenship and home. Some captured surreal images of city life with uncanny lyricism, as in Stuart Dybek's "Paper Lantern" and "Ecstatic...