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  • 30 spooktacular Halloween freebies and dining deals

    30 spooktacular Halloween freebies and dining deals
    Stores and restaurants are offering spooktacular freebies and dining deals on Halloween on Friday. Some offers, good at participating locations, are valid through Sunday.
  • Best-sellers: Hardcover fiction and nonfiction, plus Chicagoland hits

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Gray Mountain" by John Grisham (Doubleday, $28.95). A lawyer from Manhattan is relocated to a small town full of secrets. Last week: — 2. "Leaving Time" by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, $28). A woman searches for her mother,...

    Review: 'Let Me Be Frank With You' by Richard Ford

    Review: 'Let Me Be Frank With You' by Richard Ford
    In Richard Ford's 1986 novel, "The Sportswriter," the main character, Frank Bascombe, is 38, wealthy and recently divorced. His young son has died. He is exiting a period of what he calls "dreaminess" and reflecting on life. In the first pages of the...

    Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes

    Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes
    Inconceivable! One of the most beloved films of modern times was a resounding flop at the box office. "The Princess Bride," a 1987 fairy tale romance, would seem to have had everything going for it. Director Rob Reiner was on a hot streak with "This...

    The Biblioracle: Is 'Kandy' still dandy?

    The Biblioracle: Is 'Kandy' still dandy?
    It's time for another installment of my ongoing series, "But Does It Hold Up?" in which I take a fresh look at a book I treasured at some earlier point in my life and see if it manages to bring the same pleasure. Sometime in my early teens, I was...