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  • Review: 'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf

    Review: 'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf
    Clamor imperils the reading life. The promotional high jinks that announce wholly average books. The tease of adverb-laden blurbs. The authors testifying to their own genius. Then along comes Kent Haruf, an author of singular quietude and grace, who...
  • New paperbacks: 'How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky,' more

    New paperbacks: 'How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky,' more
    How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky: A Novel by Lydia Netzer, St. Martin's Griffin, 352 pages, $15.99 Co-workers at the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, George Dermont and Irene Sparks have much in common: They're both ambitious, passionate scientists...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

     Upcoming Chicago literary events
    July 10: Caitlin Moran will discuss her latest book, "How to Build a Girl," recently released in paperback. 7:30 p.m., Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., $10 or free with purchase of any of Moran's books at Women & Children First, www....
  • When 'Go Set a Watchman' arrives, what awaits the grown Scout Finch?

    When 'Go Set a Watchman' arrives, what awaits the grown Scout Finch?
    I recently stumbled across a fashion website that dared to follow the headline "To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel Announced" with the pressing question: "Is Scout Still a Tomboy?" In the amiably prescriptive style of women's magazines, a photo gallery...
  • Poetry roundup: 'What About This' by Frank Stanford, more

    Poetry roundup: 'What About This' by Frank Stanford, more
    What About This by Frank Stanford, Copper Canyon, 750 pages, $40 The Arkansan poet Frank Stanford shot himself in the heart in 1978, when he was 29 (his 30th year, not his 29th, as the preface has it). Since then his poems have been in and out of print,...
  • Me, My Shelf and I: Vu Tran

    Me, My Shelf and I: Vu Tran
    In Vu Tran's Hyde Park home, the writing is on the wall — or, more precisely, the writers: neat rows of black-and-white photos featuring literary heavyweights. There's Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison and Flannery O'Connor......
  • Review: 'The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far' by Quintan Ana Wikswo

    Review: 'The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far' by Quintan Ana Wikswo
    Quintan Ana Wikswo's strange and haunting debut, "The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far" is less like a book of stories and more like a museum installation. Surrounded by and broken up with white space and interspersed with Wikswo's own dim and...
  • New in paperbacks: 'Empire of Sin' by Gary Krist

    New in paperbacks: 'Empire of Sin' by Gary Krist
    Empire of Sin by Gary Krist, Broadway, 438 pages, $16 Subtitled "A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans," "Empire of Sin" details 30 years in Storyville, New Orleans' notorious red-light district. Krist pays special...
  • Review: 'Nabokov in America' by Robert Roper

    Review: 'Nabokov in America' by Robert Roper
    During his 20-year stay in the United States (1940–1960), Vladimir Nabokov enjoyed a remarkable friendship with the literary critic Edmund Wilson. The two giants had much in common: Nabokov the Russian and Wilson the Russophile; both men pedantic...
  • Review: 'The Soul of the Marionette' by John Gray

    Review: 'The Soul of the Marionette' by John Gray
    Many scientific luminaries eventually acquire a perverse posthumous fame for their errors and superstitions. It's often noted, for instance, that Aristotle believed the human brain was essentially a cooling mechanism, while the heart did the cognitive...
  • Review: 'Muse' by Jonathan Galassi

    Review: 'Muse' by Jonathan Galassi
    Most debut novels are terrible. Most are never reviewed, because what would be the point? Writing a negative review of a debut novel is like bashing an amateur runner for finishing a marathon but not winning it. The accomplishment is impressive even if...