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  • Best-sellers: Hardcover fiction and nonfiction, plus Chicagoland hits

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Revival" By Stephen King (Scribner, $30). Two men — one an addict, the other a fallen minister — reunite after more than a century. Last week: — 2. "Gray Mountain" by John Grisham (Doubleday, $28.95). A lawyer...
  • Review: 'Limonov' by Emmanuel Carrère

    Review: 'Limonov' by Emmanuel Carrère
    The American critic and biographer Leon Edel once told an interviewer that writing a biography is "like falling in love." Infatuation, explained Edel, is necessary, but so is the termination of the love affair, "if a useful biography is to emerge."...
  • Book club: Morowitz, Wexler and Young

    Book club: Morowitz, Wexler and Young
    Our club We are Morowitz, Wexler and Young from Wilmette. Our meetings We try to meet every two weeks on Sunday mornings at Jake Morowitz's house. We loved "Justice as Fairness" and "The Law of Peoples" by John Rawls. These books reflected a...
  • The Biblioracle: Make Congress read books

    The Biblioracle: Make Congress read books
    Sometimes, when I'm asked, "What's the last book you read?" I'll freeze up for a second because I'm not sure how to answer. Often, I'm reading several books at once, and it's not clear if I'm being asked about the last book I finished or what I'm...
  • Review: 'The Laughing Monsters' by Denis Johnson

    Review: 'The Laughing Monsters' by Denis Johnson
    The Laughing Monsters" drops us onto the steamy airport tarmac of Freetown, Sierra Leone, then takes us on a no-seat-belts ride into the maelstrom of violence and corruption that personifies today's West Africa. The title of Denis Johnson's latest novel...
  • Reviews: 'Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis' and 'The Good Son'

    Reviews: 'Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis' and 'The Good Son'
    November was always tough for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The reason never needed explaining: President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Jackie — those of us alive in the 1960s need no other identifiers — was sitting...
  • E-reader: Emily Gould's online bookstore, more

    E-reader: Emily Gould's online bookstore, more
    Emily Books: An Indi(e) Bookstore, Book Subscription, $13.99/month Emily Books brings the feel of an indie bookstore to the online marketplace. Launched by novelist Emily Gould (above) and writer Ruth Curry, the site handpicks reads the same way...
  • Chicago book news: Society of Midland Authors awards, more

    The Society of Midland Authors is accepting nominations for its annual literary awards. The awards will recognize the best books written by Midwestern authors that were published in 2014. Each winner will receive $500 and a recognition award. For details,...
  • Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators'

    Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators'
    We think of innovators in general, and the giants of the Digital Age in particular, as lone geniuses. But just as the heralded designs attributed to visionary architects such as Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano are actually group efforts produced by...
  • Science fiction roundup: 'The Three Body Problem,' others

    Science fiction roundup: 'The Three Body Problem,' others
    The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, Tor, 399 pages, $25.99 China is one of the largest markets in the world for science fiction, and yet we here in the West seldom have a chance to see the work of even the most popular Chinese...
  • The outsized influence of Margaret Anderson's Little Review

    The outsized influence of Margaret Anderson's Little Review
    To open, an analogy: Margaret Anderson and The Little Review are to independent publishing what Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground are to music. In a 1982 interview with Musician magazine, Brian Eno observed that while the first Velvet Underground...