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  • Review: 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd

    Review: 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd
    The march of events during Barack Obama's presidency has been a lot like that scene in "Dude, Where's My Car?" when Ashton Kutcher orders garlic chicken at a drive-thru window, and the attendant asks, "And then?" White rice. "And then?" And wonton soup....
  • Review: 'Brief Encounters' by Dick Cavett

    In "Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks," a welcome sequel to 2010's "Talk Show," Dick Cavett covers a lot of ground in a collection of erudite and witty pieces: from writing jokes for the comedy-impaired Art Linkletter to...
  • Review: 'Electric City' by Elizabeth Rosner

    Review: 'Electric City' by Elizabeth Rosner
    Before the name Electric City there were other names, and before those names there were no names at all. The river carved itself into the valley, remembering everything. … The story repeated and repeated, the same and yet not the same, year in...
  • Review: '100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write' by Sarah Ruhl

    Review: '100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write' by Sarah Ruhl
    Sarah Ruhl, the Chicago-born playwright whose elegant, funny, thoughtful plays garnered her a MacArthur "genius grant" at the age of 32, hates the word "whimsy." That's not something you might guess from the long subtitle and doodle-decorated cover of...
  • Review: 'Worth Fighting For' by Rory Fanning

    Review: 'Worth Fighting For' by Rory Fanning
    To kill for your government, you must believe in what you're doing. If you don't, you walk away. And you keep walking. So it went for Chicago resident Rory Fanning. In his new book, "Worth Fighting For," Fanning shares the story of his walk across the...
  • Review: 'Three Minutes in Poland' by Glenn Kurtz

    Review: 'Three Minutes in Poland' by Glenn Kurtz
    In the summer of 1938, David Kurtz, an American businessman on a six-week European vacation with his wife and friends, made a home movie that captured three minutes of life in his birthplace, the Polish town of Nasielsk. In Germany, Hitler's anti-...
  • Review: 'The Girl Next Door' by Ruth Rendell

    Review: 'The Girl Next Door' by Ruth Rendell
    Jane Austen wrote until the age of 41. Charles Dickens, 58 (the same as James Joyce). Yes, there have always been long-lived writers, but only recently has it been common for novelists to work into their late 70s and beyond — not merely producing...
  • James Watson on 'Father to Son'

    James Watson on 'Father to Son'
    In 1953, at just 24 years old, James Watson made a discovery that brought him lifelong fame. At Cavendish Laboratory, he and Francis Crick were the first to map the double helix, the structure of DNA. Years before that, Watson learned curiosity,...
  • New in paperback: 'The First Phone Call From Heaven,' others

    New in paperback: 'The First Phone Call From Heaven,' others
    The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom, Harper, 327 pages, $15.99 The residents of Coldwater, Mich., begin receiving mysterious phone calls with voices on the other end saying they are calling from heaven. As "miracle fever" sweeps through...
  • Readers of the Week: Clare O'Connor & Wylie Aronow

    Readers of the Week: Clare O'Connor & Wylie Aronow
    Who we are Clare O'Connor from Seattle and Wylie Aronow from Miami. One unique thing about us Clare: I read the very best on airplanes. But I've learned to adapt to other locations, given the expense. Wylie: If I don't like a book I will sometimes...
  • Review: 'The Lost Book of Mormon' by Avi Steinberg

    Review: 'The Lost Book of Mormon' by Avi Steinberg
    Joan Didion famously said that "we tell ourselves stories in order to live." Didion was talking of the way we create narratives out of the stuff of our lives, attempting to make sense, to extract meaning, from what happens to us, what we observe around...