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  • Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions

    Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions
    At first glance, Donald Antrim's collection of short fiction, "The Emerald Light in the Air," looks like a departure — at least from the three novels for which he is known. If in the past, Antrim has played around the edges of reality — his...
  • In 'Bone Clocks,' David Mitchell ties his universes together

    We enter David Mitchell's new novel, "The Bone Clocks," through a conventional door: Holly Sykes, a mouthy British teenager in 1984, is sleeping with an older guy and spending time with a bad-news best friend. After a fight she decides to take off, a...
  • Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied

    Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied
    The story of Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew almost defies belief. A wealthy society woman living in Richmond, Va., during the Civil War, Van Lew engaged in extensive undercover work for the Union — right under the noses of the Confederacy. Not only...
  • Haruki Murakami's upcoming novel excerpted at Slate

    Haruki Murakami's upcoming novel excerpted at Slate
    There is more than a fortnight to wait for Haruki Murakami's new novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," but today fans can get a taste at Slate. A review of the book that had been posted by The Guardian early Monday has been...
  • 102-year-old literary scholar, Pynchon's prof, honored at White House

    102-year-old literary scholar, Pynchon's prof, honored at White House
    At 102 years old, literary scholar M.H. Abrams was awarded the National Humanities Medal on Monday at the White House by President Obama. Abrams is an emeritus professor at Cornell; in the 1950s, his students included Harold Bloom and Thomas Pynchon....
  • John Green books come under parental fire again

    John Green books come under parental fire again
    First it was Florida, then Wisconsin. John Green's books -- though not "The Fault in Our Stars," which became the summer movie -- have come under fire from parents. In Pasco County, Fla., Green's young adult novel "Paper Towns" was removed from an...
  • Bolingbrook couple buys used bookstore

    Bolingbrook couple buys used bookstore
    Paul Garrison had wanted to buy the Frugal Muse used bookstore on Lemont Road in Darien for the past few years. Finally, the Bolingbrook resident got a call from the owner of the chain of stores, which includes locations in Wisconsin, asking if Garrison...
  • Cocktails 101: Drink up Jeffrey Morgenthaler's 'The Bar Book'

    Cocktails 101: Drink up Jeffrey Morgenthaler's 'The Bar Book'
    If you're looking for a great cocktail book that's simultaneously entertaining and wonky and has plenty of expert tips, pick up “The Bar Book: Elements of Bar Technique,” written by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmberg and published...
  • More questions on state grants

    More questions on state grants
    Back in late 2010, Apostle Carl White helped pick who would receive a lucrative state grant — then got $5,000 from the winning recipient. "It didn't seem like a big deal to anybody," White recalled. But now the state is seeking to recover the...
  • In 'The New Arabs,' millennials are key to remade Middle East

    In 'The New Arabs,' millennials are key to remade Middle East
    It's winter 2011, and I am living in Istanbul. I wander old streets in Turkey's cultural capital, past thousand-year-old mosques that were once churches, trying to understand the place that has become my home. Streets day and night are thronged by young...
  • Two dog memoirs shed light on human nature

    Two dog memoirs shed light on human nature
    Dog memoirs are a tricky literary tradition. Writers are naturally solitary people, so it's no surprise they often form close bonds with such loyal, social animals and that, in turn, their pooches begin to inspire (or some might say dictate) their written...