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  • 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...
  • Review: 'See You in Paradise' by J. Robert Lennon

    Review: 'See You in Paradise' by J. Robert Lennon
    What's the worst thing that could happen between you and your wife? She cheats on you with a wealthy businessman and announces her plans to leave the family to live with him? She invites friends over for dinner then intentionally singes them with...
  • Hachette and Amazon reach e-book deal after 6-month dispute

    Hachette and Amazon have reached a deal over e-books and print sales, the two companies announced Thursday. They have been locked in an unusually public dispute over pricing since May. While the new e-book terms will not take effect until early 2015,...
  • Ha Jin on 'A Map of Betrayal'

    Ha Jin on 'A Map of Betrayal'
    With one foot in China and the other in the United States, Ha Jin is the quintessential Chinese-American writer. As a teenager, he served in the People's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution, but later immigrated to the United States —...