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  • 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,...
  • Milford Street Book Club

    Milford Street Book Club
    Our club We are the Milford Street Book Club from Cary. Our meetings We meet once a month in our homes. What's unique about us? We started with a small group of seven in a brand-new subdivision, and over the 25 years grew to 22 members. We all...
  • Spiritual roundup: 'The Norton Anthology of World Religions,' more

    Spiritual roundup: 'The Norton Anthology of World Religions,' more
    The Norton Anthology of World Religions, Vols. 1 and 2, edited by Jack Miles, Wendy Doniger, Donald S. Lopez Jr., James Robson, David Biale, Lawrence S. Cunningham, Jane Dammen McAuliffe, W.W. Norton, 4448 pages, $100 Weighing in at 8.4 pounds, a...
  • From the archives: A novelist with an apocalyptic vision of life

    From the archives: A novelist with an apocalyptic vision of life
    Editor's note: We take a look back this week at an excerpt from a 1981 interview with Robert Stone, who died last month. At the time of the interview, Stone had just published "A Flag for Sunrise," which would go onto become a finalist for the Pulitzer...
  • David Axelrod memoir 'Believer' offers inside glimpse of Obama White House

    David Axelrod memoir 'Believer' offers inside glimpse of Obama White House
    For most of Barack Obama's meteoric political career, David Axelrod was the guy. He was the rumpled fella over there in the corner plotting the next move. How to spin it, sell it, defend it, bury it. Whatever the occasion called for. It was Axelrod who...
  • Editor's choice: 'The Man Who Couldn't Stop' by David Adam

    Editor's choice: 'The Man Who Couldn't Stop' by David Adam
    Eccentric and lovable detectives have become standard for so many police procedurals, and science writer David Adam presents a corrective to this popular image presented by germaphobe "Monk" and his idiosyncratic comrades on "Law & Order" spinoffs in...
  • Review: 'Blood-Drenched Beard' by Daniel Galera

    Review: 'Blood-Drenched Beard' by Daniel Galera
    In Daniel Galera's "Blood-Drenched Beard," a young man travels to the small fishing village of Garopaba to investigate a mysterious death. This translation is a U.S. debut for Galera, a Brazilian author with three other novels under his belt. In his...
  • Reader of the Week: County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

    Reader of the Week: County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
    Who I am (Cook County Board President) Toni Preckwinkle. I grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and moved to Chicago in 1965 to attend the University of Chicago. I've lived here ever since. One unique thing about me I am compulsive about finishing books...
  • Nick Freeman offers look at Chicago signage in 'Good Old Neon'

    Nick Freeman offers look at Chicago signage in 'Good Old Neon'
    With the exception of an abandoned drive-in movie theater, there may be nothing more wistful, architecturally speaking, than a neon sign gone dark. Neon is the most alluring siren song of signage, and St. Charles-based artist and photographer Nick...
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood aims to diversify Chicago live lit

    Welcome to the Neighborhood aims to diversify Chicago live lit
    When Paul Dailing and Rachel Hyman met on Twitter in 2013, they bonded over their own local literary projects. Dailing contributes three times a week to his ambitious journalism project, 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, and Hyman curates stories for her citywide...
  • Young adult roundup: 'Jackaby,' others

    Young adult roundup: 'Jackaby,' others
    Jackaby by William Ritter, Algonquin Young Readers, 299 pages, $16.95, ages 12 and up The title character of "Jackaby," William Ritter's agreeable debut young adult novel, is at once strange and utterly familiar, and if readers can't quite discern where...