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  • Ghosts soar in William Vollmann's hefty 'Last Stories'

    Ghosts soar in William Vollmann's hefty 'Last Stories'
    It has been a season of giants in the arts. In New York, Jeff Koons' "Split-Rocker," a 37-foot-tall foliage sculpture of a rocking horse made up of 50,000 flowering plants, has given Kara Walker's sphinx, a 35-foot-tall sculpture made of an estimated 40...
  • Bookstore opens new chapter in Evanston

    Bookstore opens new chapter in Evanston
    The closing of antiquarian book store Bookman's Alley last year was a sad chapter in the literary life of the North Shore. But it wasn't the final chapter. Last month, Bookends & Beginnings, a new independent bookstore, opened in the Bookman's Alley...
  • 'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form

     'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form
    It's tempting to frame Anya Ulinich's "Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel" in terms of its antecedents: Bernard Malamud and Anton Chekhov, on the one hand, both of whom are referenced in the narrative, and on the other, graphic novelists such as Marjane Satrapi...
  • 'The Book of Life' a bewitching end to All Souls Trilogy

    'The Book of Life' a bewitching end to All Souls Trilogy
    Diana Bishop, a witch and Yale historian, and Matthew Clairmont, a vampire and Oxford biochemist, have been searching for Ashmole 782 (a.k.a. the Book of Life) through the first two books of Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy. Harkness has immersed and...
  • Patterson's passion: getting kids to read

    Patterson's passion: getting kids to read
    — James Patterson, king of the airport novelists, spent much of last week being celebrated by the nation's independent booksellers. On its face, it seems like an irony: Author of unabashedly commercial fiction earns plaudits from snooty vendors of...
  • Alex Tizon sizes up his masculinity in memoir 'Big Little Man'

    Alex Tizon sizes up his masculinity in memoir 'Big Little Man'
    You have to wait until the eighth chapter of Alex Tizon's remarkable memoir, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self," for confirmation that his title is the reference you've been hoping it isn't and fearing it is. All of the book has been leading...
  • Bob Stanley's 'Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!' is crazy in love with pop music

    In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing. But think of all that...
  • Mohawk Bend celebrates Sriracha's deliverance

    Mohawk Bend celebrates Sriracha's deliverance
    How can anyone forget the chaos and pandemonium that was the threatened Huy Fong Foods Sriracha ban, or “SrirachaGate 2014” as many have dubbed it? There was a hurricane of emotions ravaging hot sauce fans when they thought the condiment might...
  • More questions on state grants

    More questions on state grants
    Back in late 2010, Apostle Carl White helped pick who would receive a lucrative state grant — then got $5,000 from the winning recipient. "It didn't seem like a big deal to anybody," White recalled. But now the state is seeking to recover the...
  • 'The Girls From Corona del Mar' explores friendship's evolution

    'The Girls From Corona del Mar' explores friendship's evolution
    In the opening chapter of Rufi Thorpe's debut novel, "The Girls From Corona del Mar," 15-year-old best friends Mia and Lorrie Ann get drunk on jug wine with the intention of breaking one of Mia's toes. Mia, the narrator, has just gotten an abortion, and...
  • 'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician

    'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician
    "Song of the Shank," Jeffery Renard Allen's epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book's odd and sometimes confounding protagonist, based on a real man who is most often...