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  • 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...
  • From the Archives: You made me and shall keep me, Chicago!

    From the Archives: You made me and shall keep me, Chicago!
    Editors note: In the weeks leading up to the holidays in 1953, the Chicago Tribune asked a group of authors why they stayed in Chicago. Here is Gwendolyn Brooks' response. When I was a little girl I often visited a now departed aunt, Mrs. Joseph Small,...
  • Review: 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd

    Review: 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd
    The march of events during Barack Obama's presidency has been a lot like that scene in "Dude, Where's My Car?" when Ashton Kutcher orders garlic chicken at a drive-thru window, and the attendant asks, "And then?" White rice. "And then?" And wonton soup....
  • 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,...
  • Review: 'Brief Encounters' by Dick Cavett

    In "Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks," a welcome sequel to 2010's "Talk Show," Dick Cavett covers a lot of ground in a collection of erudite and witty pieces: from writing jokes for the comedy-impaired Art Linkletter to...
  • Review: 'Electric City' by Elizabeth Rosner

    Review: 'Electric City' by Elizabeth Rosner
    Before the name Electric City there were other names, and before those names there were no names at all. The river carved itself into the valley, remembering everything. … The story repeated and repeated, the same and yet not the same, year in...
  • 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,...