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  • Marilynne Robinson on 'Lila'

    Marilynne Robinson on 'Lila'
    In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Gilead" (2004), Marilynne Robinson introduced readers to the Rev. John Ames, an elderly Congregationalist preacher in a small town in Iowa in the 1950s. Written as a letter to his young son, "Gilead" is the story of...
  • Reader of the Week: Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

    Reader of the Week: Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti
    Who I am Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, author, poet, retired university professor and founder of Third World Press, the oldest independent African-American publisher in the country. One unique thing about me I started reading literature seriously at 14...
  • Jane Smiley brings 'Some Luck' to readers

    What happens in the middle-American farm town of Denby, Iowa? Not much. In Jane Smiley's 14 previous adult novels, five nonfiction books and five young adult novels, she demonstrated the gifts that earned her a Pulitzer (and more recently, a spot on the...
  • Review: 'Not My Father's Son' by Alan Cumming

    Review: 'Not My Father's Son' by Alan Cumming
    Alan Cumming is the political consultant Eli Gold on CBS' "The Good Wife," perpetually trying to fend off scandal and electoral disaster with guile and an American accent. He is the alluring host of PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" And he is currently on...
  • Review: 'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson

    Review: 'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson
    If you loved Marilynne Robinson's novels "Gilead" and "Home," as my wife and many of my friends did, you probably won't be bothering with this review; you'll already have Robinson's "Lila" at the top of your to-read list. Set in the Iowa town of Gilead...
  • Review: 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande

    Review: 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande
    Three-quarters of the way through "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," Atul Gawande pulls back his carefully stitched curtain of reporting and research to relate the story of his father's decline and eventual death. Atmaram Gawande was in...
  • The Biblioracle: Indie bookstores on the rise

    The Biblioracle: Indie bookstores on the rise
    As most of you likely know, the current culinary trend is the locavore movement. More and more we expect our food to be produced relatively close to where we're eating it. Farmers' markets abound; the one in Logan Square near the home of brother and...
  • A rundown on the Man Booker Prize shortlist

    A rundown on the Man Booker Prize shortlist
    There is something silly about surveying all of English literature each year and deciding that one book is simply better than all others, as though literature were the equivalent of an Olympic long jump, and all we really need is a more accurate ruler...
  • Review: 'Where To?' by Dmitry Samarov

    Review: 'Where To?' by Dmitry Samarov
    All cabdrivers get dispatched, but most cabdrivers don't send dispatches. Artist, writer and former taxi driver Dmitry Samarov does, though, and has for years: on his blog and through Twitter as well as in his first book "Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab"...
  • Review: 'Deep Down Dark' by Hector Tobar

    Review: 'Deep Down Dark' by Hector Tobar
    When I was a child, I enjoyed visits to the doctor because of the long waits in the waiting room. There, stacked high on small tables, were battered copies of Reader's Digest, each containing a single gem: a "Drama in Real Life," a true-life story of a...
  • Time Machine: H.L. Mencken's 1925 review of 'The Great Gatsby'

    Time Machine: H.L. Mencken's 1925 review of 'The Great Gatsby'
    Time Machine is a new Printers Row Journal feature offering a look at past Tribune books coverage. This week, we offer H.L. Mencken's 1925 review of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Scott Fitzgerald's new novel, "The Great Gatsby"...