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  • Review: 'A Map of Betrayal' by Ha Jin

    Review: 'A Map of Betrayal' by Ha Jin
    Thanks to the massive success of the James Bond movies, the spy novel genre has been largely dominated by implausible potboilers featuring unusual locations, unrestrained sexual adventurism, unlikely gadgets, unbridled machismo and underdeveloped plots....
  • 'What Jennifer Saw' marks debut for Evanston man

    'What Jennifer Saw' marks debut for Evanston man
    For writers hoping to sell their first books, Emma Cline represents the dream. Evanston resident Hal Schweig is more the reality check. Cline, 25, with but a few essays and two published short stories to her credit, recently signed a three-book deal...
  • Science fiction roundup: 'The Three Body Problem,' others

    Science fiction roundup: 'The Three Body Problem,' others
    The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, Tor, 399 pages, $25.99 China is one of the largest markets in the world for science fiction, and yet we here in the West seldom have a chance to see the work of even the most popular Chinese...
  • Book club: Morowitz, Wexler and Young

    Book club: Morowitz, Wexler and Young
    Our club We are Morowitz, Wexler and Young from Wilmette. Our meetings We try to meet every two weeks on Sunday mornings at Jake Morowitz's house. We loved "Justice as Fairness" and "The Law of Peoples" by John Rawls. These books reflected a...
  • Top 3 Moravian Book Shop best-sellers: Young adult books

    SINNER By Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, $18.99) This fourth — stand-alone — chapter in the "Shiver "series follows Cole St. Clair and Isabel to LA. These two secondary characters finally have their time to shine in this touching and...
  • Military Spotlight on the Bookshelf

    Military Spotlight on the Bookshelf
    For this month’s roundup of new releases, in honor of Veterans Day, we’re spotlighting military history and books written by members of the armed forces. “The Early Morning of War” by Edward G. Longacre of Newport News....
  • Me, My shelf and I: Fred LeBaron

    Me, My shelf and I: Fred LeBaron
    Fred LeBaron, a retired lawyer who now works part-time at Downers Grove Public Library, is famous in certain circles for being a reader of — and for championing — the burgeoning new-adult fiction genre, which targets the college-age set. He...
  • The Biblioracle: Hanks, but no thanks, New Yorker

    The Biblioracle: Hanks, but no thanks, New Yorker
    Condensed version of this week's column: Tom Hanks, get off my lawn! The full story: In the Oct. 27 issue, The New Yorker featured a debut short story called "Alan Bean Plus Four" by a previously unpublished, apparently up-and-coming fiction writer...
  • Editor's choice: 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014'

    Editor's choice: 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014'
    Despite my best efforts, I can't keep track of everything I want to read. Aside from the obvious weekly and monthly literary magazines and journals, there are others I see inconsistently, but approach with the fervor of a high school sweetheart —...
  • 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 —...
  • Children's roundup: 'The Book With No Pictures,' more

    Children's roundup: 'The Book With No Pictures,' more
    The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Candlewick, $14.99, ages 5-8 Princess Magnolia is almost too perfect, what with the fluffy pink ball gown, shiny glass slippers and impeccable table manners. She rides...