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  • Review: 'Aquarium' by David Vann

    Review: 'Aquarium' by David Vann
    "A beautiful book." This coded and cliched phrase, usually associated with a novel, generally speaks to an elegant use of language, a finely chiseled work of imagination. "Aquarium" by David Vann may be elegantly written and fiercely imagined, but it is...
  • The Biblioracle: A fast break for book lovers

    The Biblioracle: A fast break for book lovers
    Is there anything worse in the world than Internet comments? Ebola? ISIS? The New York Knicks? On just about any site you care to name, the comments are a cesspool of ignorance, hatred and appalling spelling. There is an old spiritual with the line,...
  • Chicago book news: Curbside Splendor accepting submissions

    Chicago book news: Curbside Splendor accepting submissions
    Chicago-based publisher Curbside Splendor is accepting submissions through March 31. Submissions of poetry, art, photography and short fiction for the publisher's monthly e-magazine are free. Book submissions cost $10. For guidelines, visit...
  • Best-sellers: Hardcover fiction and nonfiction, plus Chicagoland hits

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Girl on the Train: A Novel" by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead, $26.95). Last week: 1 2. "All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel" by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $27). Last week: 3 3. "Obsession in Death" (In Death series) by J. D. Robb...
  • Mohsin Hamid on 'Discontent and Its Civilizations'

    Mohsin Hamid on 'Discontent and Its Civilizations'
    Best known for his fiction, especially the acclaimed novels "Moth Smoke" (2000), "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (2007) and "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" (2013), Mohsin Hamid maintains a fruitful sideline as an essayist and commentator on...
  • Audiobook roundup: 'Vanessa and Her Sister,' more

    Audiobook roundup: 'Vanessa and Her Sister,' more
    Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar, narrated by Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Daniel Pirrie, Anthony Calf, Random House Audio, 10:52, $20 Priya Parmar spins a vivid novel about a singular relationship in "Vanessa and Her Sister," the...
  • From the archives: Chicago is fertile soil for a fledgling writer

    From the archives: Chicago is fertile soil for a fledgling writer
    Editor's note: This week, we take a look back at a 1977 piece by Saul Bellow. The essay, which appeared about a year after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was excerpted from the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Later this month, a new...
  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage) 3. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (William Morrow) 4. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage) 5. "Fifty...
  • Mike Greenberg loves off-air work too

    Everyone has their idea of a dream job. Even those people who already have dream jobs. For the last 15 years, Mike Greenberg has teamed with Mike Golic for the popular "Mike & Mike" morning sports talk show that airs on ESPN Radio, ESPN2 and locally on...
  • Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro
    If I had to nominate one novel from the last 50 years for preservation, it would be "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's probably the wrong choice — a book without the vast synoptic intelligence of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" or...
  • Review: 'H Is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald

    Review: 'H Is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald
    Helen Macdonald's "H Is for Hawk" is one of a kind, unless there are other grief memoirs/falconry tales/literary analyses out there. But really, it is one of a kind for its voice. British author Macdonald is a poet, her language rich and taut. As she...