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  • New in paperbacks: Lorrie Moore's 'Bark,' others

    New in paperbacks: Lorrie Moore's 'Bark,' others
    Bark by Lorrie Moore, Vintage Contemporaries, 196 pages, $15 "Bark" is a collection of eight new short stories, most of which deal with life, divorce and politics with Moore's brand of tragic humor: A divorced man tries to keep calm at the breakout of...
  • Review: 'Beijing Bastard' by Val Wang

    Review: 'Beijing Bastard' by Val Wang
    In the 1990s, when thousands of young Chinese nationals, including this reviewer, fled China's dusty streets and stifling political environment for the U.S. Val Wang, a Chinese-American, went the other direction. Wang was raised in an affluent suburb of...
  • Reader of the Week: Arsalan Iftikhar

    Reader of the Week: Arsalan Iftikhar
    Who I Am Arsalan Iftikhar from Downers Grove. One unique thing about me I prefer audiobooks. Please don't tell anyone. I liked "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D....
  • Review: 'Ada's Algorithm' by James Essinger

    Review: 'Ada's Algorithm' by James Essinger
    The story of Ada Lovelace would be irresistible even if she did not hold a singular place in the history of the computer. Her father was the celebrated poet Lord Byron. His brief marriage to Annabella Milbanke is the stuff of bodice rippers, with the...
  • 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story: In the Oct. 27 issue, The New Yorker featured a debut short story called "Alan Bean Plus Four" by a previously unpublished, apparently up-and-coming fiction writer...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...
  • 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,...