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  • James McGrath Morris on Ethel Payne, 'Eye on the Struggle'

    James McGrath Morris on Ethel Payne, 'Eye on the Struggle'
    Although white Chicagoans knew little about Ethel Payne, a city reporter and later Washington correspondent for the Chicago Defender in the 1950s and '60s, African-Americans here and around the country came to venerate her as the most prominent female...
  • Review: 'The Fierce Urgency of Now' by Julian E. Zelizer

    Review: 'The Fierce Urgency of Now' by Julian E. Zelizer
    In the mid-1960s, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a series of laws that came to be known as the Great Society, which set in motion the most transformative period of social change of the last half-century and delivered on many...
  • Review: 'The Modern Savage' by James McWilliams

    Review: 'The Modern Savage' by James McWilliams
    James McWilliams is a hard guy to figure out. For more than five years, he's been cranking out contrarian essays that take aim at sustainable food's sacred cows: pastured livestock, organic produce, local food and, yes, even farmers markets. The usual...
  • Review: 'Captives' by Norman Manea

    Review: 'Captives' by Norman Manea
    For the three characters at the center of Norman Manea's "Captives," identity formation is a matter of survival: Haunted by their wartime experiences, the Holocaust and a repressive communist Romania, in which the novel is set (and during which Manea...
  • Me, My Shelf and I: Joe Bryl

    Me, My Shelf and I: Joe Bryl
    Many people know Joe Bryl as one of Chicago's most prolific deejays. But the Back of the Yards resident — a former bookstore manager — is also an autodidact and bibliophile who, in addition to some 20,000 pieces of vinyl, owns an extensive...
  • Review: 'Honeydew' by Edith Pearlman

    Review: 'Honeydew' by Edith Pearlman
    What does it mean to be a contemporary master of the short story? To be a writer's writer? Edith Pearlman is described as both, often and rightfully. On her website, she offers one possible answer: "I am slow," she says. "A sentence often takes an hour to...
  • Review: 'Outline' by Rachel Cusk

    Review: 'Outline' by Rachel Cusk
    In the conclusion to an essay he wrote about Aerosmith, the music writer Steven Hyden has a funny, damning line about the band's career: "Aerosmith was a drug-fueled rock band when drug-fueled rock bands were big business, it was a non-drug-fueled rock...
  • The Biblioracle: This is spinal trap

    The Biblioracle: This is spinal trap
    Recently, I became aware of one of the scars of my childhood, hidden from my own view until suddenly, the depth of the wound became clear. Mrs. Biblioracle and I were in bed, reading. She was just getting started on Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" — in...
  • New in paperbacks: 'Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore' by Walter Mosley, others

    New in paperbacks: 'Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore' by Walter Mosley, others
    Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 265 pages, $14.95 In Mosley's latest novel, famed porn queen Debbie Dare is one of the industry's hottest stars until she has an epiphany on set. She later returns home to find...
  • Chicago book news: Jessie Ann Foley, Charles Finch receive honors

    Chicago book news: Jessie Ann Foley, Charles Finch receive honors
    "The Carnival at Bray" by Jessie Ann Foley was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association earlier this month. Foley is an English teacher at William Howard Taft High School. →Charles Finch, author of the Charles...
  • New in paperbacks: BJ Novak's 'One More Thing,' others

    New in paperbacks: BJ Novak's 'One More Thing,' others
    One More Thing by B.J. Novak, Vintage Contemporaries, 276 pages, $14.95 Novak, a comedian, writer and actor famous for his role on "The Office," offers more than 60 short stories in "One More Thing." There's plenty of humor here: A woman sets out to...