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  • Kim Gordon on her new memoir, 'Girl in a Band'

    Kim Gordon on her new memoir, 'Girl in a Band'
    Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth, visual artist, feminist icon, mother and fashion trendsetter. Now she can now add "memoirist" to her list of accomplishments. Her new "Girl in a Band," not only offers insight into music, art, the shifting...
  • The Biblioracle: The Books of Love

    The Biblioracle: The Books of Love
    I am not well-versed in romance (just ask Mrs. Biblioracle), but I like to think I know a little something about love (just ask Mrs. Biblioracle, to whom I have been faithful and have received faithfulness in return for 23 years). Valentine's Day is...
  • Review: 'My Sunshine Away' by M.O. Walsh

    Review: 'My Sunshine Away' by M.O. Walsh
    The book publicist's job — to turn an unknown book and/or author into a best-selling phenom — is not easy nowadays. Nearly a million books are published annually in the United States. With promotional opportunities shrinking — Oprah's...
  • Review: 'Leaving Before the Rains Come' by Alexandra Fuller

    Review: 'Leaving Before the Rains Come' by Alexandra Fuller
    I want to read the memoirist who is uneasy with ease. The one who doubles back, isn't sure, scuffs the page with maybe. Who knows something of the art of digression. Who yields to the calamity of self-examination, who is dissuaded by the possibility of...
  • Three books that detail the biology of love

    Three books that detail the biology of love
    "I think I can stop taking my antidepressant," a friend told me. She recently started dating someone whom she refers to as her "human drug." It turns out there may be science to prove that. In honor of Valentine's Day, we rounded up some insights from...
  • Review: 'The First Bad Man' by Miranda July

    Review: 'The First Bad Man' by Miranda July
    Nobody writes a conception scene like Miranda July. In "The First Bad Man," the debut novel by the ambi-talented writer, director and artist, a woman reads aloud from a website called "Grobaby.com" and sympathizes with the baby-to-be: "I could see it so...
  • Personal connection at heart of Story Sessions

    Personal connection at heart of Story Sessions
    On a recent Friday night, I meet Jill Howe and Rachael Smith, the producers of local live lit show Story Sessions, at a restaurant on the North Side. From our booth, Howe identifies a few fellow storytellers and writers who happen to be dining at the...
  • E-reader: The magic of Le Guin's sorcery, storytelling

    E-reader: The magic of Le Guin's sorcery, storytelling
    The Daughter of Odren by Ursula K. Le Guin, 30-minute read, $1.99, Kindle Singles Ursula K. Le Guin returns to her beloved Earthsea fantasy series with "The Daughter of Odren." Every morning for 14 years, Weed, the farmer's wife, brings offerings to a...
  • Review: 'The Strange Library' by Haruki Murakami

    Review: 'The Strange Library' by Haruki Murakami
    Hardship is an ancient topic. It is difficult to believe there is much new to say about it. Sure, insights can be drawn, good stories told. But can tales of hardship feel surprising? Apparently yes. The celebrated Japanese author Haruki Murakami's tales...
  • Me, My Shelf and I: Tim Samuelson

    Me, My Shelf and I: Tim Samuelson
    Tim Samuelson leads the way to his Chicago Cultural Center office, all the while spouting trivia: "That's the top of the Tiffany dome, restored in 2008. ... And there's the roof where Kevin Costner confronts Billy Drago in 'The Untouchables.'" Chicago's...
  • Review: 'Funny Girl' by Nick Hornby

    Review: 'Funny Girl' by Nick Hornby
    Different writers are good at different things, and it would be unfair to expect Nick Hornby to write beautifully. His signature is a voice that doesn't sound like writing at all — highly readable, unpretentious on every subject except soul music,...